Former FireHouse bassist Perry Richardson sits down with Chris & Aaron to discuss his career in rock music. In this hour-plus discussion, Perry shares stories of his early history with bands such as Maxx Warrior and Nantucket. He then moves on to discuss the formation and rise of FireHouse. On the success of the singles ‘Don’t Treat Me Bad’ and ‘Love of a Lifetime,’ FireHouse’s self-titled debut album took off; selling over 2 million copies. The band won the 1992 American Music Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating out up and coming Grunge acts Alice in Chains and Nirvana. In this conversation, Perry shares the story of a not-so-friendly encounter with Alice in Chains at the awards show after-party.
FireHouse’s second album ‘Hold Your Fire‘ also achieved success on the chart activity of singles ‘Reach for the Sky’, ‘When I Look Into Your Eyes,’ and ‘Sleeping with You;’ the latter of which Perry has no love lost. In this long-form talk, he also shares road stories of touring with Poison and Damn Yankees, including an interesting exchange with Ted Nugent on his way to the stage.
While the American heyday of FireHouse seems to be limited to their first two albums, things were just getting started for the band around the world. With the release of 1995’s ‘3‘ album, the band was propelled to stardom overseas; especially in Asia. In this long form talk, Perry shares some incredible stories about an extended tour of Indonesia that includes near-death experiences as well as a story of crew member disappearing in the most shocking of ways.
1998 saw a resurgence in interest in “hair bands” and FireHouse was certainly in the mix as they toured along with Warrant, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, and Slaughter for the Rock Never Stops tour.
Perry Richardson left FireHouse in 2000 after touring on the release of 1998’s ‘Category 5‘ album. In this talk, he shares his take on what led to his exit from the band and how that exit led him to Nashville and his current gig as bassist for country music star Craig Morgan.
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