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FireHouse Live at The Vault

FireHouse Live at The Vault

New Bedford,  Massachusetts

September 23, 2018

By Nina McCarthy



The Vault inside Greasy Luck BrewPub is easily becoming my favorite intimate venue to see bands that I’ve loved for years.  Artists like Pretty Boy Floyd, Every Mother's Nightmare, Stryper, Tantric, Lita Ford, Janet Gardiner, and more.  Usually I would have to travel two hours to NH or another neighboring state to catch these shows, so I am grateful for The Vault.  This night I was here to see FireHouse and it was packed!


Living on a Bad Name, a Bon Jovi tribute band opened the night.  I had seen another Bon Jovi tribute band the day before, so I was a little Jovi’d out, but still sang along to my old High School favorites.  I must say, as an original music supporter, I was slightly disappointed not to hear a local original band getting the opportunity to shine, but that’s just my opinion.  I was a little taken off guard when Living on a Bad Name busted into a Billy Idol song, followed by Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon.”  They songs were covered well, but were far from the Bon Jovi I remember.  I enjoyed watching the Bon Jovi fans singing and dancing like they actually were at an authentic Bon Jovi concert.  It’s always enjoyable to see the crowd having a good time.


By the time FireHouse came out, the crowd was packed in tight.  The diehards claimed their upfront spots hours ago when the doors opened.  I lingered to the side, near the bar, towards the back.  I had previously seen FireHouse at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun front and center, so I gave others the opportunity for the prime view.  At this point, drinks had been consumed, spilled, and re-ordered by this lively crowd.  It was interesting to see the amount of guys in attendance.  I could tell some were probably FireHouse fans from back in the day, but I couldn’t help but get the feeling that a “meat market” atmosphere was also abounding.  As a people watcher, this made for an interesting scenario.  


FireHouse took the stage and CJ Snare thanked us for being the 3rd sold out show in a row. FireHouse has been around for over 25 years now, and although appearances have changed, the sound and energy certainly did not.  The set began with “Overnight Sensation” off their 1990 debut self titled album that launched the band into stardom.  The 15 song set included songs off their various albums with fan favorites, “Shake & Tumble,” “All She Wrote,” “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” and “Love of a Lifetime.”   An amazing drum solo by Michael Foster and guitar solo by Bill Leverty rounded out the set and gave time for Snare to catch his breath.   Concluding song was my favorite,  “Don’t Treat Me Bad.” It was hot, it was crowded, and the band killed it...a perfect night of rock n’ roll.


The band had sold out of merchandise the night before in Pennsylvania so there was none to be purchased, and the band stayed in the Green Room until the crowd had left, which was also slightly disappointing.  But overall, it was a fun night.


Make sure to check out the calendar of upcoming events at The Vault.  If not, you’ll be missing out on some great shows.  


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Don't Treat Me Bad

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