FireHouse band (biography)
When I Look Into Your Eyes
Love of a Lifetime
I Live My Life For You
Don’t Treat Me Bad
All She Wrote
FireHouse is an American glam metal band formed in Charlotte, North Carolina , in 1989.
The band reached stardom during the early 1990s with hit singles like ” Don’t Treat Me Bad ” ” Reach For The Sky” and ” All She Wrote “, as well as their signature ballads ” I Live My Life for You “, ” Love of a Lifetime “, and ” When I Look Into Your Eyes”. At the 1992 American Music Awards , FireHouse won the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist. They were chosen over Nirvana and Alice in Chains .
The history of FireHouse can be traced back to 1984, when Leverty’s band White Heat needed a drummer. After over 20 auditions, current FireHouse drummer Michael Foster answered the ad and when Leverty was impressed by his skill, he quickly hired him. When the band wasn’t on tour, Leverty and Foster would visit rock clubs, and it was at one of these clubs where they caught sight of a band called Maxx Warrior.
Singing for the band was C. J. Snare, and the band’s bassist was Perry Richardson. Leverty and Foster were impressed with Snare’s vocal ability, and became determined to unite the bands.As soon as Maxx Warrior broke up, Leverty sent Snare some of his songs and asked him to sing on his tape. Foster and Leverty were again impressed, so they brought Snare in to be the band’s lead singer for a show in Virginia several weeks later.
Success in the 1990s
The band’s self-titled debut in 1990, FireHouse , was met with much critical acclaim.
The band won the American Music Award for Best New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Band of 1991, Metal Edge Magazine’s Best New Band of 1991, Young Guitar Magazine’s Best Newcomer of 1991, and Music Life Magazine’s reader’s pop poll Best Newcomer of the Year 1992.  The band’s first 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 No. 3 and sold 500,000 copies. Other singles also charted including the harder-rocking ” Don’t Treat Me Bad ” at No. 14. The first single from the album, “Shake & Tumble” enjoyed success on the radio and brought attention to the band, but it failed to chart on the Pop charts, although it did at Metal radio.
went on to become certified Gold in Canada , Singapore , and Japan .
Originally composed of vocalist C. J. Snare , guitarist Bill Leverty , guitarist Chip Tunstel, drummer Michael Foster, and bassist Perry Richardson , the band has maintained all of its original members with the exception of Perry Richardson, who departed in 2000 due to conflict. Richardson was initially replaced by Bruce Waibel, but Waibel left in 2003 to spend more time with his family.
Dario Seixas was brought on board to play bass on the band’s 2003 album Prime Time, but he parted ways with the band shortly after the album was released. Current bassist Allen McKenzie was given the position in 2004.