Warrant – Firehouse – LA Guns – Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 11/18/2010 (Blog)
Written by Tom Thompson
On Thursday November 18th 2010 at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville Tennessee was a night of 80′s and 90′s Rock Music. A three star studded act of Glam Metal Rockers that featured Warrant, Firehouse and L.A. Guns.
The Guns were loaded when L.A. Guns hit the stage and worked through a short set playing songs like “Never Enough,” “Rip & Tear,” and their big hit and most popular song, “The Ballad of Jayne.” If you have a thing for hair metal and sleaze rock, this is a good show to catch.
Firehouse took the stage playing the intro to their first song from their self-titled album, “Rock on the Radio.” Vocalist C.J. Snare took to the stage with his soaring and screaming vocals, taking the audience back to the 90′s. I was very impressed with C.J.’s vocals. He was hitting every note like he was still 20 years old.
I was also very impressed with guitarist Bill Leverty. Some of their other big hits that Firehouse played were, “Overnight Sensation”, “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” “Shake and Tumble” and their biggest hit, “Love of a Lifetime.”
This was the first time that I had seen Firehouse in concert and I would highly recommend going to see their show.
The crowd could not wait for Warrant to hit the stage. They started off with “Sure Feels Good To Me” and followed the show with “Down Boys” and “Big Talk.” This was the first time that I had seen lead singer Rob Mason perform with the band and I will have to say that he put on a very impressive show. He has a lot of energy, his vocals were extremely strong and he mixed well with the band. The band continued with “Sometimes She Cries”, and “32 Pennies.”
Lead singer Rob Mason strapped on an acoustic guitar and began playing one of Warrant’s biggest hits, “Heaven.” The band had a great sound and you could tell that they were having a lot of fun on stage. Warrant continued with “Blind Faith,” a new song called “Sex Ain’t Love,” “Mr. Rainmaker” (with a soundtrack of thunderous rainstorm sounds before the song), and then closed the normal set with my favorite Warrant song, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
The band left the stage with sounds from Pink Floyd’s “Money” as the crowd yelled for more and they returned to the stage playing “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and then closed the show with the biggest crowd pleaser of the night, “Cherry Pie.”
Now for the Concert Blast scale (on a 10 scale), L.A. Guns had very little time and with about a 6 song set list. I will give them an 8.5.
Firehouse I will have to say was the best surprise and the best act of the night. Yes it was the first time that I have seen the band live, but with C.J’s voice and the quality of the band I will rate them 9.5.
Now for Warrant…The last time I saw them perform was two years ago with Jani Lane on lead vocals. That night Jani and the band performed a great show. Although Rob did a good job on lead vocals, it just didn’t feel the same without the old Jani. I will give Warrant a 9.0 rating.
Overall it was another great night at the Wildhorse Saloon. The billing was especially good with three major acts, so it was nice to hear the heavy metal songs from the 80′s and 90′s performed live once again.
Written by Tom Thompson