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On The Road Again with Dragon Fire

October 1, 2007 - Jim Price
This past Friday, September 28, Altoona heavy metal favorites Dragon Fire hit the road and kicked off a five-week, 33-show tour in support of Cleveland-based national recording group Mushroomhead.  The tour began in Detroit, and will wind its way through the Midwest, Northeast, South and Southwest, before concluding on November 3 with a Halloween concert at the Phantasy Theater in Lakewood, Ohio.


Of course, this isn’t Dragon Fire’s first big cross-country trek.  As many local fans will recall, it was in early 2001 that the group trekked across the country to Hollywood to appear and perform their brutal brand of metal on the short-lived USA Network music television series FarmClub TV, after winning an online voting poll to appear on the program.  This national exposure was the crowning moment for Dragon Fire after six years of building a strong and loyal fan base in Altoona and surrounding areas. 


The group followed this television appearance later in 2001 by organizing and staging the Malevolent Metalfest, a weekend-long heavy metal concert that happened on a rural location near Meadville.  That concert was headlined by Mushroomhead, an association that Dragon Fire has maintained to the present day. 


Shortly after Malevolent Metalfest, though, Dragon Fire imploded, with internal differences and stress splitting the band apart.  It took three years before the band members again spoke to one another; and after some initial get-togethers, the group reformed, making their official comeback appearance at Aldo’s in May, 2005.  Since then, Dragon Fire has taken things at a more leisurely pace, to avoid the tension and stress that drove them apart before. 


In April of this year, the group again hooked up with Mushroomhead, opening for the group when they performed at City Limits in Altoona.  The two bands maintained contact with each other, and now Dragon Fire is on the road with Mushroomhead.


Dragon Fire’s future plans include the completion of their long-awaited comeback studio album, as well as a retrospective DVD set featuring concert and behind-the-scenes footage from their earlier stint.  Both of these projects are expected to be released within the next year.

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Eric Shumac and "Robo" Ron Riley of Dragon Fire, from the group's comeback performance at Aldo's in May, 2005.


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