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FireHouse

Live in Beloit, WI, July 2005

Review by Lisa Palmeno

FireHouse opened "The Rock Never Stops" Tour performance at Beloit Riverfest on Sunday, July 17. Complete with high-whining guitars and vibrato-laden vocals, Firehouse kicked off the show, loud and proud.
They started right of with "Door To Door," a pick from their new CD Prime Time. The character of "Door To Door" is in keeping with their style, and it's a good, solid, get-to-the-point tune. Rock anthems and ballads from their nine records resounded through the festival grounds, and the energy of outlaw songs like "Reach For The Sky" matched the heat of the sweltering day. Keyboardist/Singer CJ Snare led one of those ballads on "Love Of A Lifetime." With lyrics like "We'll make a wish and send it on a prayer," it's easy to understand why chicks love rock ballads. Although the set was short, about 45 minutes, Firehouse packed in a lot of sound. Snare instructed the audience to "Make some noise, Wisconsin," and so they did. There was a meet and greet after their set, and fans lined up for the next half hour to get t-shirts and cds signed and take photos with the band. Those who bought t-shirts or new CDs each got a free, autographed 8x10 glossy of the band. These guys released their first CD in 1991, but they sure sound like reps of '80s arena rock to me. The band members are: CJ Snare (vocals); Bill Leverty and Allen McKenzie (bass).
     
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2005 Year Book Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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