Decibel Geek Interviews Former Firehouse Bassist, Perry Richardson

Former FireHouse bassist Perry Richardson sits down with Chris & Aaron to discuss his career in rock music. FireHouse, one of my top favorite bands, are still touring to this day. In this hour-plus discussion, Richardson 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 American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist of 1991, beating out up and coming grundge acts Alice in Chains and Nirvana. The award was presented to them in 1992 at the American Music Awards. Richardson shares road stories of touring with Poison and Damn Yankees, including an interesting exchange with Ted Nugent on his way to the stage. Things were just getting started for the band around the world and with the release of 1995’s ‘3‘ album, the band was propelled to stardom overseas; especially in Asia. In this long form talk, Richardson 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. Richardson explains his separation from FireHouse in 2000 after touring on the release of 1998’s ‘Category 5‘ album, mainly due to his alcoholism at the time and loss of interest. Richardson is now the current bassist for country music star Craig Morgan.

Richardson also talks about the Maxx Warrior reunion show in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as his love for Rubicon Cross, a heavy and modern rock band formed by FireHouse vocalist, CJ Snare and guitarist, Chris Green. I am very pleased about the compliments about Snare‘s vocals that Richardson made during this interview as well as his honesty. For the most part, the story holds up, but one thing is certain. Snare‘s vocals have definitely held up!

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