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28 February 2015
Well, what best way to end the biggest party in melodic rock circles than with the biggest party band of them all, Danger Danger. But the band have already played Firefest twice, so this time, being the Final Fling, we had to come up with something really fitting ... and boy, did we succeed. For the first time in over 20 years, the ORIGINAL line-up of Danger Danger – with Andy Timmons and Kasey Smith back on board - got together to deliver a performance that was truly out of this world, including an unrehearsed final encore that took the roof off Rock City. If you were there, then you surely want to relive this awesome set once more, and if you weren't, then take a look to see just what an awesome finale this was to the best melodic rock festival EVER!
There could only ever really be one headliner for Firefest's closing night. With apologies to S Club 7, there ain't no party like a Danger Danger party. However, this was not just a repeat of their previous exuberant Firefest displays, but they had been persuaded to reform their classic line up, so back into the fold came guitarist Andy Timmons, and keyboardist Kasey Smith, looking remarkably unchanged in 20 years save for a very intellectual looking pair of specs.
They began with a couple of perfect party openers in 'Crazy Nites' and 'Rock America', summing up their carefree spirit, and the rarely played 'Turn it On' but all was not well, specifically a ridiculously loud sound more suited to a rave with drums too high in the mix.
Ted Poley's vocal performance was also variable but he is the consummate showman and he did his trademark wander through the whole of the crowd during 'Don't Walk Away'. It was strange to see regular axeman Rob Marcello not there, but fascinating to see Andy Timmons more intricate and technical guitar style, and while there did not seem the same visual interaction his shredding solo on 'Beat The Bullet' was pure quality.
As usual bassist Bruno Ravel was the master of ceremonies, getting back at those who criticised him for talking too much on their previous appearance and teasing that this wasn't really the last Firefest. Kasey was given a solo slot and accompanied Ted on a rare snatch of ballad 'One Step From Paradise' but I felt the set sagged badly in the middle.
Having been braced for a very special climax I was feeling a sense of disappointment. My enjoyment of 'Boys Will Be Boys' and 'Feels Like Love' was spoiled by the dreadful sound, and momentum was lost by Andy's solos (though to play an instrumental of 'Theme From An Imaginary Western' in tribute to Jack Bruce who had passed away over the weekend was a nice touch).
Never the tightest of bands, the cracks showed at times in this one off line up notably when they attempted 'Going Going Gone' for the first time as a band.
However the party could not be denied and infectious classics followed one after another as the sound slowly cleared up – 'Don't Blame It On Love' and 'Bang Bang', before Ted sang the ballad 'I Still Think About You' from the photo pit where the Firefest crew were gathered.
After Bruno reminisced about previous trips to Rock City, the lascivious 'Monkey Business', one of their most loved songs, was a fitting climax, as was the encore of 'Naughty Naughty', described by Bruno as the sleaze rock national anthem. His long list of thanks included the two returning members before delivering the zinger that he was firing them again.
Now came the mother of all finales to the decade long party, as Bruno said the most fitting way to go out on was to play melodic rock's best known song. After the band struck out the intro to 'Don't Stop Believin", onto the stage came the festival's resident guitarist Tommy Denander, various stars of the weekend including Erik Gronwall and Simon Daniels, and then the entire Firefest crew, with Kieran and his family and even his more retiring co-promoter Bruce Mee out front. As organisers and fans alike celebrated their common bond the Glee choir had nothing on this.
There was an outpouring of joy but also tears from the stage as Kieran was forced to make a farewell speech and presented with a book of messages from the fans to the Firefest organisers. It is hard to imagine this happening at your standard festival run as a commercial enterprise.
Firefest, despite Bruno Ravel's teasing, may have ended its run, but its legacy both in terms of forming lifelong friendships and keeping alive and revitalising the melodic rock genre that had been driven underground by the mainstream media will be a lasting one."
Andy Nathan (www.getreadytorock.com)
Watch the show:
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
Rocktopia TV has already shown you the following FULL and 'In-Close Up' shows ...
W.E.T. - Live At Firefest 2011*
Gotthard - Live At Firefest 3*
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012*
House of Lords - Live At Firefest 2*.
Robin Beck - Live At Firefest 2012*
Unruly Child - Live At Firefest 2011*
Dare - Live at The Gods 2001*
H.e.a.t. - Live At Firefest V*
Alien - Live At Firefest 2011*
Coney Hatch - Live At Firefest 2011*
Johnny Lima - Live At Firefest 2012*
XYZ - Live At Firefest 2012*
Stage Dolls - Live At Firefest 2012*
Tyketto - Live At Firefest 2012*
Steve Augeri - Live At Firefest 2011*
Danger Danger - Live At Firefest 2012 (Alternative Close-Up Version)*
Ten - Live At Firefest 2012*
Lillian Axe - Live At Firefest 2012*
Gotthard - Live At Firefest 2012*
Royal Hunt - Live At Firefest 2012*
Work Of Art - Live At Firefest 2012*
Terry Brock - Live At The Gods 2001*
JSRG / Vixen - Live At Firefest 2013*
Legends - Live At Firefest 2013*
W.E.T. - Live At Firefest 2013*
H.e.a.t. - Live At Firefest 2013*
Dare - Live At Firefest 2013*
Harem Scarem - Live At Firefest 2013*
Bob Catley - Live At The Gods 2001*
The Sign - Live At The Gods 2000*
Nation - Live At Firefest 2013*
Nelson - Live At Firefest 2010*
Jimi Jamison - Live At Firefest 2011*
H.e.a.t - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
Autograph - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
Boulevard - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
Black 'n Blue - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
Babylon AD - Live At Firefest 2014 - The Final Fling*
... as well as "Best Of" videos from various pro-shot Firefest DVDs (each 'best-of' video has a running time of at least 40 minutes!):
Mitch Malloy - 'Live From Rock City' - The Concert Film*
Valentine - 'Live At Firefest IV' - The Concert Film*
FM - 'Back In The Saddle' - The Concert Film*
Like the pro-shot concert films? The FULL videos are avalaible as downloads for only £ 1.99 each! Click HERE to visit the Rocktopia Download Store.
*One has to be a registered member (click here to register your free account) to access the Firefest & Gods bootleg video section.
Please discuss what other FULL Firefest shows you want to see!
Photos by Martiy