After seeing fIREHOSE play a somewhat sloppy first show back at Harlows , Anonymous & I drove to Fresno to see their last show, post-coachella. Side note Fresno is WAY TOO FAR to drive to a concert and back in one night. They were way tighter at this show, and the songs were played at about album speed. Good stuff!
Note- there is a multicamera video of this show on youtube as well. It looks pretty decent. This is my single camera recording of the show. Filmed with a Canon HFM30.
As I was doing my “A-Z” video posting project for the site, I got to “F” and saw that this fIREHOSE had not been posted yet. 4 camera multicam with soundboard audio. I do the camera on side stage and Jim did the other 3. Thanks for posting this Jim.
I was planning on posting something different today, but I listened to this last night and realized that today is the anniversary of this show. So we heard through the grapevine(the only way to hear about stuff like this back then) that fIREHOSE were playing their last show ever at a place that was never on the radar for shows.. So I show up and there is hardly anyone there. The place is massive, so they just had everyone come on stage with them and they set up sideways on the stage- meaning they were on one end of the stage, facing the side stage area on the opposite side. It was a very odd experience. The show was odd as well. It was a bit tense- you can hear Watt stop Ed at one point and ask him to slow it down, since it is the last show. The sound is not great- playing sideways in a huge theater causes a lot of sound issues. I am surprised that no one has posted anything from this show. There were multiple tapers and video cameras there. So, yeah, fIREHOSE broke up 27 years ago today.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Sony TCD-D3 DAT and Nakamichi CM300 Mic Transfer by Shayne using Sony PCM-R500 and M-Audio Audiophile 2496 card
I think this was the last time I filmed fIREHOSE at Cattle. This show was unique because there is a guy right in front of watt who may or may not be under the influence of something. He keeps trying to touch Watt, and Mike gets pretty damned annoyed. It was painfully uncomfortable to be that close to that happening. If the high touchy guy is watching this, I’m sorry man.
Here’s another fIREHOSE show. I loved videotaping them at Cattle because I could get on the better side of the stage most of the time, since they were a 3 piece and Ed tended to set up close to center stage. I love this “fromohio” era. Watch Grant bounce people in the front row. Filmed with Aiwa CV80 and ECM909 mic
Here is one of the rare times that I was able to stand on the other side of the stage to film a Cattle show. This was only possible when the band was a 3 piece and they left enough room over there. I think I filmed there twice with the big PA in place, and both were fIREHOSE. I love this era of firehose. Don’t tell Brian, but I think 1989 is my favorite Watt year. Even over the minutement. Flame away!
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Aiwa CV80 Audio recorded by: Anonymous Equipment used: Sony WMD6C and Sony ECM090 Mic Audio remixed in Sony Soundforge Video enhanced (brighten/contrast/exposure/denoise) in Adobe Premiere w/Neat Video Audio/Video synch by King Bean
I have always felt that this was the best fIREHOSE video I shot- best sound and performance. The problem was that this Eagles hall (like a VFW hall) had high flourescent lighting that cast shadows over Ed and Mike. I was able to fix it enough in Adobe Premiere Elements and neat video to at least see their faces. It’s a big improvement from the original version.
Recorded by: Shayne Stacy Equipment used: Aiwa CV-80 and Sony ECM-909 mic Enhanced in Adobe Premiere Elements (shadow correction, lighting/contrast) and neat video (degrain)
This was the first of 6 or 7 fIREHOSE shows I filmed. The venue was called “Club Obsession”, then “Club Me”, then finally Cattle Club during the glory years. This was before Jerry and Brian’s time, a guy named Clint booked the show. Filmed with an Aiwa CV80 and stock mic. A little dark but not too bad.