It's been quite some time since Firehouse rolled into Dayton, Ohio. The band played my hometown Saturday night at McGuffys, our little "rock club." Tickets were pricey at $25, but everything is expensive now so I accept it and move on.
Aside from Eric and Heather nearly being killed by fellow concert goers, the evening was good and uneventful. Some over rowdy nut jobs kept shoving Eric out his place near the barrier, begging to touch singer C.J. Snare. Now, I like Firehouse quite a lot, but I'm certainly not going to cause anyone bodily harm to get next to them. That's not how I roll.
Bill Leverty is a criminally underrated guitarist. Watching him live is always a highlight for me. I like the little "snake charmer" bit he does with his hand while playing.
Song highlights for me were "All She Wrote" (which is actually my favorite Firehouse tune), "Love of a Lifetime," "Don't Treat Me Bad" and "I Live My Life For You." The band also performed "You've Got Another Thing Comin,'" by Judas Priest. Firehouse recently did that song on a Priest tribute album, and C.J. Snare did a great vocal interpretation of Rob Halford. During quite a lot of the fast numbers, drummer Michael Foster banged the cymbals with his feet.
The evening went along as predicted: the band had some beers, laughed and played very hard. There were probably 200 people in the club. That number is sort of sad, but everyone was really digging the show - there wasn't a whole lot of people just randomly sitting on bar stools in the back.
I wanted Firehouse to perform "Don't Walk Away" but they skipped it. I guess there's always next time.
There's no photos because I was told at the door "no cameras allowed." This seemed a bit insane since 1) I was in a tiny club and 2) I paid $25 bucks, so I should get to take a photo. But whatever. I didn't cause a scene - and yeah, I had my camera with me in my pocket.