By Alipta Jena
Calcutta, Mar 28 : In 2004, an American band set the house on fire in Shillong. Eight years later, FireHouse is returning to rock the region on April 7 and 10 with timeless numbers like Hold your Fire and When I look into your eyes, during the Rock to Rescue tour of Nagaland and Manipur.
This time, their drums and guitars will play for a cause at DDSC stadium in Kohima and Khuman Lampak stadium in Imphal.
Organised by 7 Sisters Entertainment, a Sky Group venture, the proceeds of the tour will be spent in aid of old age homes and special children in association with Queensberry Foundation in Nagaland.
It will also raise funds to help create awareness on HIV/AIDS in Manipur in association with the Manipur State Aids Control Society.
The hard rock band, which was formed at Charlotte in North Carolina in 1989, reached stardom in the early 1990s. At present, it comprises lead vocalist and founding member C.J. Snare, guitarist Bill Leverty, drummer Michael Foster and bass guitarist Allen McKenzie.
Snare promises that “everyone will leave the show with a smile on their face and a memory of FireHouse to last a lifetime”. He adds, “We truly love performing in India. The people are so friendly. They always welcome us with open arms and show a genuine appreciation for our music.”
In December 2004, FireHouse had played in Shillong, followed by Dimapur and Aizawl. Kirit Pradyot Deb Burman, also known as Pradyot Bikram Kishore Deb Burman, a scion of the Tripura royal family, had also invited them to perform in Agartala. The show set a record for the city with 40,000 tickets being sold.
A decade later, the band still manages to inspire music lovers all across the world. “FireHouse has a huge following in the Northeast. We are putting up shows in places where they have not performed and where there is a huge fan base,” Sunny Shimrah of 7 Sisters Entertainment says.
This time, the band has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. “We have added a lot to the show since our last performances in India. We will be performing all the hits. But the beauty of a live concert is that you never know what might happen,” says Snare.
In the meantime, he says, “FireHouse has tried many different approaches to a lot of the music that falls within the parameters of our genre.”
“We also recently released a new CD called Full Circle, which allowed us to get back in the studio in 2011 and re-record some of the band’s and the fan’s favourites over the last 21 years,” Snare added.
He also speaks of their future ventures. “Some of us have ventured outside the band with side projects. Bill has released solo instrumental CDs, His vocals have a more southern, blues rock feel. I have released Christmas singles as well as a modern hard rock project called Rubicon Cross. I will also release a solo CD, From Asia With Love, in 2013. The concert declaration has received a huge response, with many fans clamouring for tickets.
Probin Sharma, an entrepreneur from Guwahati, is excited about the event. “I don’t mind shelling out the money for the event. I have always loved their numbers. Watching the band performing live is another experience altogether. It’s just not the same on video sites,” he says.