Firefall to burn through Peanut Fest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2005

Staff report

Young and mature audiences alike will blanket the lawn when Firefall takes the main stage Oct. 7 at the 28th annual Peanut Fest.

Known for their country flavored rock’n’roll, Firefall played their first gig as a local band in 1973 Colorado. Three decades later they are still rocking and entertaining crowds in every arena.

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By 1982, they had cut eight albums (scoring gold for the first three, with the third album going platinum-plus), and put 11 singles on the charts.

Firefall Greatest Hits satisfied many fans who had asked for a collection of the bands best known songs-all their hit 45’s and a handful of the most chosen LP tracks, plus a new previously unreleased recording-&uot; Run, Run Away.&uot;

Without a record deal or current top hit the band continued touring during the 1980’s – playing fairs, festivals and theatres. Occasionally they joined their friends, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys, Little River Band and Bob Segar on bigger stages performing for large audiences.

With original singles like &uot;You Are The Woman&uot;, &uot;Just Remember I Love You&uot;, &uot;Cinderella&uot; and &uot;Mexico&uot;, Firefall has remained a popular live act, appealing to audiences of every age.

Firefall continues to tour nationally and internationally.

From 1996 through to 2002 the band toured the most states in the U.S., traveling to Alaska three times, Europe twice and Japan once.

Involved in many causes like the John Elway Foundation (supporting child abuse victims) and fundraising for the Special Olympics, they like to show their loyalty and commitment to their fans by &uot;giving back a little to those people in need.&uot;

Four of the five-member band, Jock Bartley, Sandy Ficca, Bil Hopkins and Steven Weinmeister have been playing together in Firefall for over a decade.

Chris Ball began traveling with the band in 2003.

&uot;We are a part of rock and roll history and a huge part of Colorado music history and am thrilled to play for the fans out there that still love our music,&uot; says Ball.

In concert, they can play over an hour of nothing but hit and radio recognizable tunes.

Firefall endures because of the strength and integrity of their songs.

It flourishes because of the energy and spontaneity that is so evident on stage.

The concert is free, on-site parking is $7.

For more information, contact the Peanut Fest office at 757.539.6751 or visit