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Glam metal hitmakers Warrant and FireHouse play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Nov. 23

Glam metal hitmakers Warrant and FireHouse play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Nov. 23
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From a press release:

It was announced this past week that glam metal bands Warrant and FireHouse, known for multi-platinum hits in the late 1980s and ’90s, will perform at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $34 in advance or $39 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

At its core, Warrant is an American rock band through and through. Hitting it big in 1989, the Hollywood, California-based group rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to the level of multi-platinum-selling, chart-topping success.

The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.” This album produced radio and MTV chart toppers “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and the massive hit “Heaven,” which reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. The single “Heaven” enjoyed gold sales, and the album went platinum in Canada as well, eventually selling over three million copies. The band toured the globe, performing 262 shows in support of DRFSR and closed the year with a platinum home video.

Warrant’s sophomore album, “Cherry Pie,” was released in September of 1990 and spawned the MTV and radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red,” which all reached the Top 10 in the United States and went on to sell three million copies, reaching platinum sales in Canada and Australia. The band played 200 shows in support of “Cherry Pie” and finished the tour headlining sheds all over the U.S.; it ended up being one of the top grossing tours of 1991. Over the course of their career, Warrant has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The song “Cherry Pie” has taken on a pop culture life of its own, being featured in countless movies, TV shows, commercials, and the hugely popular video game “Guitar Hero II.”

Warrant’s signature style of rock music is very catchy and yet very melodic and remains the band’s signature sound today. In 2008, Robert Mason replaced the late Jani Lane as lead vocalist, joining the other four original members – Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Joey Allen, and Erik Turner. Their last album, “Rockaholic,” released through Frontiers Records in 2011 and produced by Grammy winner Keith Olsen, has been highly regarded in reviews and embraced by fans, peaking at No. 22 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.

Warrant will continue headlining festivals, casinos, and fairs all over the country in support of their latest CD, “Louder Harder Faster,” while playing all the hits fans know and love.

FireHouse has been rockin’ for over a decade. Their music has taken them all over the world and has produced gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records in the United States and countries abroad.

In 1990, their first album, entitled “FireHouse,” was released. The first single, “Shake & Tumble,” had impressive radio success. Then the band released “Don’t Treat Me Bad,” which became their first Top 10 hit. This was followed by “Love of a Lifetime,” which also entered the Top 10, reaching the No. 3 spot on the U.S. charts. This string of hits vaulted their first album to double platinum status in the United States, also going gold in Canada, Japan, and Singapore. At the 1991 American Music Awards, FireHouse found themselves accepting the award for Best New Hard Rock/Metal Band, chosen over Nirvana and Alice in Chains.

The band’s second album, “Hold Your Fire,” was released in 1992. It produced the hits “Reach for the Sky” and “Sleeping with You.” Another Top 10 hit, “When I Look into Your Eyes,” peaked on the U.S. charts at No. 5. This album earned the band two more gold albums and over one million sales worldwide.

In 1995, FireHouse released their third album on Epic, simply titled “3.” Once again, FireHouse produced another Top 40 hit in the U.S. with “I Live My Life for You.” It was with this album that FireHouse made their first trip to Southeast Asia for a promotional tour. Earlier American hits like “Don’t Treat Me Bad,” “Love of a Lifetime,” and “When I Look into Your Eyes” had climbed the charts in Asia. “Here for You,” the second single from “3,” had also become a hit. Then they continued their promotional tour in South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina.

Their fourth album, “Good Acoustics,” was released in 1996 and quickly went gold in Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. “Good Acoustics” contains unplugged versions of the group’s greatest hits, as well as four new songs. This album produced foreign hits such as “In Your Perfect World,” “Love Don’t Care,” and “You Are My Religion.” The band returned to Southeast Asia for another promotional tour at the end of 1996. In February of 1997, FireHouse embarked on their first full concert tour of Southeast Asia, playing sold-out shows for fans in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan. During May and June, they toured the United States before returning to Southeast Asia in July for an unprecedented 25-city sold-out tour of Indonesia.

In 1998, FireHouse toured back home on the Rock Never Stops tour, which also included Slaughter, Warrant, Quiet Riot, and L.A. Guns. October of 1998 featured the Asian release of FireHouse’s fifth CD, “Category 5,” on Pony Canyon Records. The album quickly climbed to No. 4 on the Japanese charts and a supporting promotional tour of Japan followed. “Category 5” was officially released in the United States in 1999.

FireHouse continued touring through the winter and spring of 1999, including three more sold-out shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. On April 22, 1999, the band recorded their live show in Osaka. The result was the first-ever live album by FireHouse. “Bring ‘em Out Live” was released in Japan in December of 1999 and in the U.S. on Spitfire Records in July of 2000.

The turn of the century brought the release their seventh album, “O2,” on Pony Canyon Records in Southeast Asia and Spitfire Records in the U.S. This album had notable success despite the changing style of popular rock music. During this time, the band decided to part ways with original bass player Perry Richardson. “O2’s” bass was supplied by Bruce Waibel, who brought his phenomenal talent along with his equally impressive sense of humor. In September of 2003, Waibel passed away and is greatly missed by the band.

FireHouse went back into the studio in early 2003 to write and record their eighth album, “Prime Time,” and followed this up with “Full Circle” in 2011. As music changes over time, FireHouse continues to evolve their musical style yet, at the same time, hang onto their roots. Fans can still expect to hear what FireHouse is famous for – soulful, melodic rock.