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Firehouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989. The original line-up consisted of vocalist C.J. Snare, guitarist Bill Leverty, drummer Michael Foster, and bassist Perry Richardson.

Current Members(EDIT)

  • C.J. Snare – Vocals, Keyboards
  • Bill Leverty – Guitars
  • Michael Foster – Drums
  • Allen McKenzie – Bass Guitar


Albums(EDIT)

  • Firehouse (1990)
  • Hold Your Fire (1992)
  • 3 (1995)
  • Good Acoustics (1996)
  • Category 5 (1998)
  • Bring ‘Em Out Live (1999)
  • O2 (2000)
  • Prime Time (2003)


Intro(EDIT)

Firehouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989.

The original line-up consisted of vocalist C.J. Snare, guitarist Bill Leverty, drummer Michael Foster, and bassist Perry Richardson. The band has stayed together with all their original members with the exception of Richardson. He left in 2000 due to conflict. Richardson was replaced three times before current bassist, Allen McKenzie, was given the position in 2004.

The history of Firehouse can be traced back to 1984. Bill Leverty’s band at the time, White Heat, needed a drummer. After over 20 auditions, current Firehouse drummer, Michael Foster, showed up or the auditions. Leverty was impressed by his skill and he quickly hired him. When the band wasn’t on tour, Leverty and Foster would visit rock clubs, and at one of these clubs they saw a band called Maxx Warrior. The singer for the band was C.J. Snare, and the band’s bassist was Perry Richardson. Since the two were impressed with Snare’s vocal ability, they got the idea to unite the two bands.

As soon as Maxx Warrior split, Leverty sent Snare some of his songs and asked him to sing on his demo tape. Foster and Leverty were impressed again. They brought Snare in to be the band’s lead singer for a gig in Virginia several weeks later.

The band moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and began recording demos in Leverty’s bedroom. The band would record all day and play hotel gigs at night to earn money. Since the band name White Heat was trademarked, the band chose Firehouse instead. In December of 1989, Michael Caplan of Epic Records flew to New York to see a Firehouse show. He told the band following the gig that they were ready for a record deal. They went into the studio with David Prater as producer. Prater produced the band’s first two albums.


History(EDIT)

Firehouse’s debut in 1990, Firehouse, was met with much critical acclaim. The album sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. The band’s third and most successful single, Love of a Lifetime, reached #5. The album went on to become certified Gold in Canada, Singapore, and Japan.

The band’s follow-up record was, Hold Your Fire, which was released in 1992. It wasn’t as successful as the debut but it still managed to produce three more hit singles and was certified Gold. Singles from Hold Your Fire included Sleeping with You, Reach for the Sky, and the ballad When I Look Into Your Eyes.

For the band’s third album called, 3, they changed producers. Ron Nevison produced this album. The band’s success rate had gone down in the United States by 3’s release. But it also brought them more success overseas than ever before. The album was certified Gold in several Asian countries. It gave the band an opportunity to tour in countries like India and Thailand.  3’s follow-up, Good Acoustics, was a collection of acoustic versions of their greatest hits. The album also included four new songs. Good Acoustics, produced by the band’s guitarist Bill Leverty, went gold in six countries. After the album’s release, the band launched their second tour of Asia which ended in late 1996. It was followed by another tour of Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan in February of 1997.

After the tours the band was frustrated with their label’s lack of promotion in the United States. They asked to be released from their contract. They were released and signed with Pony Canyon Records. They toured heavily throughout Asia during 1998 and 1999. They continued to tour heavily in the United States as well.

On April 22, 1999, Firehouse recorded a live show in Osaka, Japan. It was released with the title Bring ‘Em Out Live later that year.

In 2000, the band parted ways with bassist Perry Richardson due to personal conflict. They hired Bruce Waibel, who had played in The Gregg Allman Band for 10 years. Leverty met Waibel in Sarasota, Florida and was impressed with his bass guitar skills. With Waibel, they recorded their next album, O2, and toured in support of the album. After the twelve week tour, Waibel parted ways with the band to spend more time with his family. In 2003, Waibel died unexpectedly at age 39.  Waibel was replaced by Brazilian Dario Seixas, who played bass on the band’s 2003 critically acclaimed album Prime Time. Seixas left the band shortly after, so the band announced that they were in need of a bass player.

Allen McKenzie, who was playing bass for Jani Lane’s solo project at the time, sent in his audition tape, and the band agreed that he was right for the job.

Regarding the future of the band, C.J. Snare stated that “this has been an incredible, incredible career. To do something that you love, to be an artist, to be an entertainer and to actually go out there and have fans all over the world and be able to make a living at it. As long as that’s perpetuated, I don’t see any reason to ever stop.”


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39 Comments

  1. Bl4cFoxx Says:

    After seeing them live with Skid Row & LA Guns..these guys have become one of my favorite bands…they are awesome!!!

  2. Michele Says:

    David Prater is my favourite producer of all time…wish I could reach him to tell him so!! I was driving down the highway when Love of a Life Time came on the radio..it floored me to the point that I had to pull over and listen to it…a huge fan now and forever

  3. dhecy Says:

    I love firehouse

  4. seventhunders Says:

    Firehouse were one of the leaders in pioneering the glam sound

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  5. rockgirl Says:

    I went to school with the drummer. Always talked about being in a rock and roll band. Nice person

  6. sproketmetal Says:

    Firehouse was the best!!!!!

  7. hotjuice Says:

    Let’s hear 3 cheers for Firehouse … hip hip hooray, hip hip hooray, hip hip hoooooorrrraayyyy you muthafuckers!!!!

  8. spektrarocknroll Says:

    Blahhhhhh! Firehouse suck camel dick

  9. ChrisX2 Says:

    Why does there always have to be a negative, immature asshole posting comments that do nothing but show their ignorance! FireHouse always puts on a great show no matter what size crowd they’re playing in front of! They sound exactly like their CDs when playing live, and they have a meet and greet with everyone after most shows. They are great people and are very talented! “Spektrarocknroll” obviously has never seen a FireHouse show!

  10. SiXxsChIcK Says:

    My fave band of all time! m/(??^)m/

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  11. fiendishminx Says:

    Sweet little muthafucker!!!

  12. red hot Says:

    u guys r sooooooooooo awesome

  13. Neilx1 Says:

    wtf are these pussies doing amongst such esteemed company?

  14. parockfan26 Says:

    i love Firehouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. troubledblondie Says:

    Who in the right mind could care less about Firehouse?

  16. Bl4cFoxx Says:

    Firehouse put out REAL rock N roll!

  17. SOUNDS Says:

    Fuck Firehouse. Didn’t like them then, don’t like them now

  18. poison19 Says:

    Talk about memories, I caught a live show back in the day and the goosebumps are real today as they were then!

  19. motherofpearl Says:

    What I like best about Firehouse is how the rhythm section form a tight rock groove. Grate to headbang to

  20. dodge Says:

    Firehouse’s music never dates. it’s a fresh today as what it was back then. Rock on

  21. sexy6girl Says:

    Firehouse sont les plus performants dans le monde

  22. allyson Says:

    they kick ass! Love them!

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  23. rockershawn92 Says:

    The more I think of Firehouse’s music, the more I like it.

  24. CaseyNine Says:

    Firehouse is pretty amazing and they are ONE of the best rock bands in the world but theyre not the TOTAL BEST!

  25. amantia Says:

    OMFG I’ve forgotten that Firehouse existed once upon a time. So overwhelmed by the memories. Thank you glamrock.com

  26. johnnygrand Says:

    Has anyone seen a pic of what Firehouse look like now. Amazing how much people change in 25 years

  27. recklesslife21 Says:

    Firehouse son las de mejor desempeño en el mundo

  28. ribbon Says:

    One of the Best Live Bands EVER! Come back to Raleigh!

  29. Gleo Says:

    The last time I saw Firehouse, I was so drunk, passed out and don’t remember a fucking thing! Those were the days. Couldn’t do that now. It was an 80s thing :)

  30. Travis Says:

    Fuck Firehouse. Didn’t like them then, don’t like them now

  31. Glammyzpain Says:

    killer guitar player in this band

  32. tart Says:

    i am a big fan your songs are great i still listen to up to this day

  33. KISSpaulstanley Says:

    Firehouse rules!!

  34. roxy_riot_69 Says:

    Firehouse has the best songs and video?s

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  35. rockinchuck Says:

    Firehouse has the best songs and video?s

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  36. petrapan Says:

    Firehouse was the best!!!!!

  37. brittany89 Says:

    OMFG I’ve forgotten that Firehouse existed once upon a time. So overwhelmed by the memories. Thank you glamrock.com

  38. Rogelio Says:

    I love firehouse

  39. Rogelio Says:

    We miss perry!!! where did he gone!!

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