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Old Jul-25-2004, 7:40 AM
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Icon34 Firebird

Since seeing them live for the first time last Autumn supporting GLENN, I was quite impressed, so I went ahead and got their 3 studio albums and was again pleasantly surprised to see them again during the last UK tour with HTP!

If you like early 70's style British rock, then you're bound to have an affinity with Firebird. Very much in the style of Humble Pie, Free, Rory Gallagher and the like - what you hear is what you get and live performances are where they shine.

Their 4th album should be out later this year or the early part of next and they're also hoping to put some US East Coast dates together before year's end.

Anyway, thought this snippet might be of interest and if you want to find out more, you can visit their website.
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Old Jul-26-2004, 10:47 AM
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Interesting - I didn't know that they had the support slots -

- I can remember very well when the local distributor had their first Album on presale back in 2000, and I thought the cover had a vintage thing about it, so I went ahead and ordered one copy for the shop, which I bought myself a few seconds into the first song...
When the same distributor sold Album No.2 a year later, the same representative gave me a promotional copy... Can't remember where I got their third one though, probably second hand.

Good band - excellent vintage sound!

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Old Jul-27-2004, 8:32 AM
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Yeah these guys were quite good and a great support band for HTP.

Cheers...

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That does bring back memories of them when they opened up for HTP. It's cool how vintage they are, they even look like they just walked off the stage of the Isle of Wight Festival 34 years ago!

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Old Jul-27-2004, 2:12 PM
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That's hilarious John Although whoever was doing the lighting that night, must have been on something, either that or one too many pints of Guinness

Since you all seemed to enjoy it, here's one other from the same gig.
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Old Jul-28-2004, 9:49 PM
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Their next live show is in Spain on August 27th at the 2004 Seriez Festival.
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Old Sep-24-2004, 7:44 AM
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If anyone is going to be in the Bradford area during early October.....Firebird will be playing there on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at the 1in12 Club - (01274 734160).
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Old Oct-07-2004, 8:20 PM
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Another date added....a bit late notice...as for this Saturday night!

Saturday, October 9th - Upstairs at The Barfly - Glasgow, Scotland
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I saw them at the Mean Fidler last October and though they were great, very much like Free to my mind. It was like a trip back in time.I will try to get a couple of there albums as this has reminded me to check them out further.Thanks David.
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Lightbulb Firebird

Thanks for great review Wolfy. Sounds like an unforgettable evening. Now waiting with even more anticipation for Glenn's next full UK tour.

I notice in the pictures you posted that Glenn is wearing his Firebird t-shirt. Does anyone know what has become of them ? I saw them supporting Glenn (and possibly HTP) a couple of times at Mean Fiddler gigs in London on recent tours and also in their own right at a couple of local pub gigs 12/18 months ago. A fantastic band, but I've heard nothing of them since the summer of 2004. It's probably about 18 months since their own website was updated and I believe at that time they were just off to the states to promote their No3 album that had just been released there. Anyone got any ideas ?

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Old Oct-12-2005, 3:48 PM
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Tim - hope you don't mind, I moved your post into this thread, as didn't want to take Wolfy's post too off topic.

To answer your question, I believe they're in the midst of recording their latest album and have played some more dates in Ireland recently. They have a new drummer too. They never did make the States, at least not to play any gigs

As I hear anything more, will post here.
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Thanks for the update David

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Old Apr-11-2006, 9:18 PM
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Icon47 Hot Wings

Another Firebird update for you!

Looks like the new album - Hot Wings - from the trio headed up by Bill Steer is out in Japan on May 24th and if I'm not mistaken, it looks like he's recruited Thomas Broman on drums, along with new bass player, Al Steer.


In addition, they'll be playing some dates in Ireland a week after the new release:

Thursday, May 25th - Fred Zepplins, Cork
Friday, May 26th - Fibbers Magees, Dublin
Saturday, May 27th - Katy Dalys rocKD special, Belfast
Sunday, May 28th - The Dunglow Bar, L'Derry

Hope to hear more on the "new" Firebird soon, perhaps if Thomas is around he'll add some more info for us
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Old Apr-12-2006, 6:51 AM
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Thanks for the update David. Typical! I'll be on business that very week Otherwise would of certainly gone to at least a couple of those dates. Would of been nice to catch up with Thomas. It's turning into a real family tree in our Hughes world
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Old May-06-2006, 8:20 AM
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Heard from Thomas the other day.

He's not part of the new Firebird line-up. Apparently, that picture is from 1999!!
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Icon34 Shades of Koss...

Hello David,

How appropos that you would be discussing Firebird with Koss playing on the computer. Time Away has always been a favorite of mine; the full 18 minute version is on the "extras" disc of the Free box set Songs Of Yesterday. The first 11 minutes of the jam find Koss,Simon Kirke, Tetsu Yamauchi and John Martyn jamming in several different grooves and tempos...then Koss strikes gold at around the 11 minute mark and the final 7 minutes are just mind melting. Koss never wastes a note and wrings maximum impact out of his Leslie drenched phrases. Great stuff!!

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Old May-12-2006, 10:34 AM
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Firebird are set to release their latest album Hot Wings on Rise Above Records in July in Europe
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Icon47 Horse Drawn Man

Here's a track off the new one from Firebird.

As mentioned earlier, their new album is out now in Japan and July in Europe.
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Old Jun-20-2006, 8:37 AM
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Just a quick note, if you're fan of Humble Pie and/or Rory Gallagher, you should pick up a copy of the new album. Lots of early 70's influences on this one - not as memorable on the first listen as their 3 previous releases, but given time, is a another fine collection.

Out now in Japan and next month in Europe, as mentioned earlier.
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Old Oct-05-2006, 11:49 AM
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To celebrate the release of their latest album, "Hot Wings" (available in Europe on Rise Above Records), Firebird, will play the first in a series of Rise Above-hosted nights, titled "It's Heavy!", on Sunday, October 22nd at Camden Barfly in London. Doors open 7:00PM.

Firebird's current recording lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Al Steer (bass) and Ludwig Witt (drums).

The upcoming shows are:

October 19th - Halmstad, Sweden - Penny Lane
October 22nd - London, UK - Camden Barfly
October 23rd - Manchester, UK - Jabez Clegg
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the new album gets 8/10 in the November edition of Classic Rock.
"Fiery and passionate" "the millions who dig Cream and Free and the blues originators will love it".

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Old Nov-15-2006, 11:58 AM
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A couple of pre-Christmas UK dates just announced:

Dec. 12th - Underworld - London
Dec. 13th - Fenton - Leeds
Dec. 14th - Independent - Sunderland
Dec. 17th - Monkey Bar - Swansea
Dec. 18th - Old Angel - Nottingham
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It's been a while, but Firebird are back out on the road from later this month

Oct. 25th - Southampton, UK - Joiners
Oct. 26th - Swansea, UK - Sin City
Oct. 27th - London, UK - The Underworld
Oct. 28th - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Center
Oct. 29th - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 30th - Sheffield, UK - The Corporation
Oct. 31st - Milton Keynes, UK - Woughton Center

Nov. 1st - Porto, Portugal - Porto Rio
Nov. 2nd - Lisbon, Portugal - Lotus Bar (No Firebird)
Nov. 3rd - Athens, Greece - Ann Club
Nov. 5th - Luik, Belgium - La Zone
Nov. 7th - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Nov. 8th - Budapest, Hungary - Kultiplex
Nov. 9th - Slobotna, Slovenia - Murska
Nov. 13th - Winterthur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
Nov. 14th - Geneve, Switzerland - L'Usine
Nov. 16th - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Waterfront
Nov. 17th - Kontich, Belgium - Lintfabriek
Nov. 18th - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013
Nov. 19th - Groningen, Netherlands - Simplon
Nov. 20th - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Nov. 22nd - Dresden, Germany - Groovestation
Nov. 23rd - Jena, Germany - Rosenkeller
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oh... another one for my concert calender!
Thanks, Paul - I wasn't aware of the gig here in Vienna.
Autumn's definitely getting busy!

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Thanks again for posting the dates, that was an excellent gig!

I can heavily recommend everyone to check the band out when they play anywhere near you!

Unfortunately their set was only 45 minutes long since there were 2 other bands on - a local support who totally lived out their "Stoner Rock" image and didn't move around the stage at all!
And then there were the famous Nashville Thunderpussy (EDIT, they're actually called Alabama Thunderpussy!) on third. Can't tell you much about them since I left during the first song, simply because I wanted to keep my hearing!

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The band entered Berno studios in Malmö, Sweden on May 19th to begin recording its new album for an October/November 2008 release via Rise Above Records. The group spent two weeks recording and mixing at the same studio where there second album, 2001's "Deluxe", was conceived.

The current band lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Ludwig Witt (drums) and the band's latest addition, Smok Smoczkiewicz (bass).
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and the band's latest addition, Smok Smoczkiewicz (bass).

Can you pronounce that...!?

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Can you pronounce that...!?

Sounds like the basketball coach....It sounds nothing like it is spelled....You say "SHUH-Sheff-ski" but when you spell it , it looks like a train wreck of consonants with a few vowels thrown in for seasoning like red pepper..

After working with guys having surnames like Hatzipavlou, Starigiannis, Kentemenos, I get the idea....It also reminds me of Pete Townshend's goof on the spelling of his drummer's surname on "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes"..something like "Brezickiargh..."

Having a garden variety Scottish surname, I don't worry about the spelling getting mangled...though why do people keep calling me Robert??

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Firebird, the British band led by guitarist Bill Steer, will release its 5th album, "Grand Union", on April 20th, 2009. The CD was recorded and mixed over a 2 week period in May 2008 at Berno studios in Malmo, Sweden where Firebird's second album, 2001's "Deluxe", was conceived.

"Grand Union" features a couple of tracks that are "way heavier than the stuff from the last two records," according to Steer, plus no less than three cover versions: James Taylor's "One Man Dog", Duster Bennett's "Worried Mind", and a Humble Pie number.

Firebird's current lineup includes Bill Steer (vocals, guitar), Ludwig Witt (drums) and the band's latest addition,
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"Grand Union" is released today in the USA through Metal Blade records. I highly recommend it...

Here's a review to give you a taster. It's also available online via Amazon.com and Apple's iTune Store. To hear samples visit their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/firebirdblues

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Play this album for a friend but don’t tell them what year it was recorded. When they’re done moaning about how rock was so much better in the 1970’s you can let them know it’s the brand new record from Firebird and their fifth overall. It’s out in the UK on Rise Above and will be available in the US on Metal Blade on 6/23/09. For the uninitiated, Firebird plays pure 70’s power trio rock in the vein of The James Gang, Cream, Grand Funk Railroad, Groundhogs, Mountain, and ZZ Top. Lots of bands aspire to recreate the old sounds but Firebird is one of the few to capture the true groove of those bands.

Guitarist Bill Steer has been leading Firebird for almost a decade now after his time with grindcore and death metal pioneers Napalm Death and Carcass. It’s always been interesting to me that people like Bill and Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters) made the transition from extreme metal to extremely retro rock. They’ve also both recently gone back to their roots, with Bill participating in a Carcass reunion tour and Nicke putting together his Death Breath metal project.

Grand Union is Firebird’s first album since 2006’s excellent Hot Wings and opening song “Blue Flame” picks up right where they left off. There’s a bluesy guitar riff, plenty of cowbell and a double time jam at the end. What more could you want? The production on this album is great. Smok Smoczkiewicz’s bass has some of the best Ampeg SVT filth since Dusty Hill and Mel Schacher spanked the plank. The drums of Ludwig Witt are resonant, hard hitting and deep in the pocket. Then there’s the guitar tone. Bill Steer plays a Les Paul Junior just like his hero Leslie West did in Mountain and gets a lot of variety from a simple 1 pickup guitar. Bill’s vocals explore the region between Mark Farner and Steve Marriot while keeping in mind their heroes Howard Tate and Bobby Bland.

Another thing that sets Firebird apart from most of their contemporaries is that they keep their arrangements lean and mean. Most of the songs here are under 4 minutes. That’s very refreshing since so many other bands stretch things out so much these days. “Jack The Lad” is just over 2 minutes and leaves you wanting more. Slower songs like “Lonely Road” and “Release Me” have some moody organ playing that’s reminiscent of Grand Funk’s ballads.

The big surprises are the 3 cover songs. I’ve never heard James Taylor’s “Fool For You” (and I don’t want to either) but I bet it sounds nothing like this and doubt that it includes any Santana III-style congas. Bill’s harmonica gets a big work out on Duster Bennett’s swinging blues “Worried Mind.” The least surprising cover is “4 Day Creep,” an old Ida Cox blues song that Humble Pie tore up on the classic Performance: Rockin’ The Fillmore live album. You can tell these guys are having a blast jamming out like they’re playing in a garage and pissing off the entire neighborhood.

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