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BILL LEVERTY (Firehouse)

Firehouse came along in the late 80's and quickly made a big impact, especially in the US. One of the few melodic rock bands to survive grunge and keep their credibility intact. Bill Levety is the guitarist in the band and withour further ado here are his answers... (PS Thanks to Batttttty for arranging the interview).

1. What are you currently up to?

Right now I'm working on finishing up my first solo album. It will have Michael Foster playing drums, Bruce Waibel playing bass, and yours truly playing guitar, keys, and singing all vocals. It's in the same direction as song #7 ("I'm In Love This Time") off of the FireHouse O2 album...... melodic rock with a southern feel.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoint(s) of your career to date?

Highlight - Winning the American Music Award in 1991 for best new hard rock/heavy metal band. Low point hasn't happened since it wasn't that long ago that I was cleaning out garbage dumpsters for a living.Everything in my music career has been awesome compared to that.

3. Who have been your biggest influences on your career?

For a complete list, please visit my website: , but to name a few: Eddie Van Halen, Michael Schenker, Scorpions, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Joe Satriani and Stevie Wonder.

4. Which songs give you the most pleasure to sing live?

I really love them all, but any time I sing lead vocals I get the most pleasure in singing. Other then those rare moments, "All She Wrote" and "Reach For The Sky" are 2 of my favorites.

5. Have you ever considered doing a solo album? What style would you like it to take?

Yes, as I said in question #1, I'll have my first solo album ready very soon.

6. Are Firehouse working on a new album? Any song titles/songs ready to go yet?

We're writing now, but we don't have any titles that we can share at this time.

7. How did the Metal Edge tour go? What was the highlight(s) for you? Would Firehouse like to be part of a package tour again?

It was awesome. We had such a great time sharing the stage with so many great bands that have influenced us over the years. We got to meet some great musicians like Barry Sparks. He's even helped us out by playing a few gigs with us. He's absolutely amazing.

8. Firehouse started just at the end of the 80's metal scene and just as grunge was breaking. Did you ever consider a change of style as you were afairly new band or were you convinced you could still make an impact in your style of music? How easy was it to get exposure via radio and gigs?

We thought about trying to jump on that band wagon, sure, but it didn't take us long to realize that we needed to be true to ourselves as artists and not try to be something that we're not. Airplay and exposure is much harder to get these days, but we're playing music that we really enjoy and still keep recording new albums.

9. Outside of business, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I play ice hockey. It's very dangerous, but it is the greatest sport in the world and I can't live without it!!

10. Message for your fans...

Thanks so much for sticking with FireHouse for so many years. Please visit our websites, and check out my solo album when it comes out. Thanks again for your support...........

Bill Leverty Website:


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