Warrant, Firehouse bring in 2015

Two bands, one show. What a night!

For nearly three hours on New Year’s Eve, the Delta Downs Event Center was the place to be.

Rock bands Warrant and Firehouse performed a free concert in front of a standing room only crowd and helped bring in 2015 in fine fashion with a night of loud, raunchy and fun rock-n-roll.

Warrant performed a spirited 80 minute set of rock hits and new tunes from its most recent studio album. The group opened with “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” and kept the energy moving with the hit single, “Down Boys.”

There was no shortage of good times and good tunes as the band churned through its early catalog and unleashed its hit machine with tracks such as “So Damn Pretty,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “I Saw Red,” and “Love in Stereo.” The band also included songs “Sex Ain’t Love” “Cocaine Freight Train” from its most recent studio release, “Rockaholic.”

At midnight, the band was joined on stage by Delta Downs employees and free champagne was offered as the balloons dropped, kisses were exchanged and songs were sung. The evening was memorable for Warrant as well, especially vocalist Robert Mason as he inadvertently smashed his forehead into the bassdrum of fill-in drummer Michael Foster during the group’s opening number.

With blood running from a small one-inch gash in the middle of his forehead, Mason carried on as if unaware of the injury only to reveal after the third song that he was carried away he hit his head on Foster’s kickdrum. Foster, who is the drummer for Firehouse, was filling in for the band as Warrant drummer, Steven Sweet, was unable to perform due to a recent rotator cuff surgery.

The group returned to close out the night with a mix of its most popular songs, “Heaven,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Cherry Pie.”

Firehouse performed a spectacular 55 minute set of hits, including hard rockers, radio anthems and power ballads, much to the delight of the hundreds in attendance.

The band’s set included songs such as “Shake and Tumble,” “Overnight Sensation,” “Oughta Be a Law,” “All She Wrote, “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” “Love of a Lifetime,” “Hold Your Fire, “Reach for the Sky,” and “Don’t Treat Me Bad.”

Vocalist C.J. Snare was in top form as he used his voice to dazzle the fans and guitarist Bill Leverty (pictured) delivered the crunching rhythms and shredding leads the group’s songs are known for by its fans.
These two bands returned on stage for the Warrant encore of “Cherry Pie” and it was visibly apparent how much fun these men and bands still have. They made the last night of 2014 one to remember. Now let’s see what 2015 has to offer!
posted at 19:43:30 on 01/02/15 by Admin - Category: 04 Gig Reviews

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