Fire House ignites to Shake & Tumble Austin's Saloon! Bonus: Exclusive one-on-one interview with Bill Leverty!
Austins Saloon Libertyville, Illinois, United States January 26, 2007
The cool calm town of Libertyville, IL had one explosive night when FireHouse rolled in to perform their worldwide hits and to showcase a few new songs off their 8th studio album Prime Time.
Singer/keyboardist C.J. Snare powered through their hits. Dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans with brushed silver, C.J. got the sell-out crowd to pump their fist and rock out to every song. FireHouse opened their set with Lover's Lane; a song off their 1990 smash album simply titled FireHouse, which rocketed them to international fame. In fact, in 1991 they won an American Music Award for best new hard rock/heavy metal band, beating out Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
FireHouse did not disappoint as they performed other favorites like the jamming Shake & Tumble, All She Wrote, and their breakout classic hit Don't Treat Me Bad. But of course, what is a hard rockin' night without a few ballads, and no one seems to rip these out better than this band. With C.J. at the keyboards, the mood was set for the heart wrenching hits Love of a Lifetime and When I Look Into Your Eyes. Yes, even a few couples were actually slow dancing during these songs.
The surprise of the night is when C.J. told the crowd that they were asked to perform on a Judas Priest tribute album. Suddenly bassist Allen McKenzie and hard-hitting drummer Michael Foster broke into the Priest classic You Got AnotherThing Coming. This really got the crowd soaring. Foster later gave the fans a heart-pounding drum solo that was over-the-top. Foster could easily be rated one of the top ten best drummer's around. FireHouse did perform a few songs off their latest album including Door to Door where lead vocals are sung by drummer Michael Foster, and Holding On where the amazing and talented lead guitarist Bill Leverty took over lead vocals. Not only does Bill have the look but he is also one of the best lead guitar players the business.
Exclusive Q&A with Bill Leverty!
Bill took time out for an exclusive interview with Unrated Magazine. Here is what we found out:
FireHouse is still going strong after many, many years. What year did the band form and then eventually start touring?
How did you get your band name?
While other bands you started with have come and gone, what has been the secret of your band's success that keeps you rolling along?
Your debut album simply called FireHouse included the smash-hit Don't Treat Me Bad, which was your breakout song that launched FireHouse into an international success. When you were recording this song, did you feel that "this" was the song that would be the break-through for your band?
With other huge hits from your music catalog including; Love a Lifetime, Reach For the Sky, and When I Look Into Your Eyes, what is in store for FireHouse fans in 2007?
Your 8th studio release is Prime Time, packed with ten incredible songs. What are some of your favorite songs off this album?
You are probably one of the best guitar players around. How old were you when you started playing?
Bill, thanks for spending time with Unrated Magazine. Have an awesome 2007 tour and see you soon!
FireHouse is a must see live act. Light it up and then let the heat and music burn you up! This could be the best thing that you'll ever have!