On the evening of August 4, , Chuck Kirkpatrick was leaving from a local club gig in the area of Florida where he resided. After breaking down on the road home, he was shot and wounded in the arm in a drive-by shooting ; the shooter then fled the scene.
Many Miami musicians, including Jon Secada and members of the Miami Sound Machine , came to Chuck's aid, playing a series of shows to help defray the cost of Chuck's medical care and rehab. Firefall brought in Colorado musician Mark Oblinger to sit in for Chuck until he was able to return to the band in November But Kirkpatrick's tenure in the band was coming to an end. In late , Gaffney left and Eddie Gleason came on in the interim. Then Chuck left at the tail end of after differences with Jock Bartley.
Oblinger who'd subbed for both Chuck and Gaffney in returned as Kirkpatrick's permanent replacement in December and Bil Hopkins was the new bassist. In , after seven years in Firefall, Sambataro decided it was also time to say goodbye. He moved on to join Dion DiMucci 's band. Roberts, who was suffering from health troubles, left again in the spring of to be replaced by Bruce Crichton, who turned it over to Steve Manshel in June Mark Oblinger departed as well and Steven Weinmeister came on board in May And after Dan Clawson left that same year, there were several people to occupy the woodwind—keyboards chair, including Bray Ghiglia — , the returning David Muse —; —; —present , Jim Waddell ; —96; —; , Bob Fisher —; and Chris Ball — While touring in , Firefall encountered the Flood of One of their gigs was canceled and a few had to be moved to higher ground.
In response Jock wrote "When The River Rises", a song with an upbeat message of finding strength in adversity. Louis and played on the radio for the first time. At that point, the flood waters had still not crested. Vowing to donate a large portion of the publishing to flood relief, the song was sent to other radio stations in the flooded areas. It received heavy regional airplay and was also used by CNN and other TV stations behind coverage of the disaster.
With the band's profile raised, the search for a new record deal began. Some smaller companies showed interest. They decided to go with an independent Colorado based label, Redstone Records, who'd had some successes in the smooth jazz genre.
Messenger was recorded in Denver and Boulder and was released in September Bartley had been stockpiling songs for ten years for just this opportunity. Mark Andes and Richie Furay made guest appearances on the album and Jim Mason returned to the producer's chair. The first single, "Love Find A Way", received some minor play on some stations, but Redstone didn't have the distribution clout to get the CD into all stores, so overall sales were disappointing.
Manshel, who'd begun to take time off from the group to work on a solo album, left altogether in September to pursue his own career and the band reverted to a five-piece. From on, Firefall would sometimes play a handful of shows annually as "Acoustic Firefall" in various combinations, with the most common being the trio of Jock, Steve and Bil. Rick Roberts attended the show as well but was unable to perform with the others due to health issues.
As previously mentioned, Michael Clarke had died in Since , Jock's son, Jamey Crow Bartley, sometimes guests with the band on drums and will fill in for Sandy Ficca on occasion. During the summer of , David Muse, who just survived a bout with non-Hodgkin lymphoma , returned to play shows with Firefall once again, alternating with Chris Ball before rejoining permanently. They disbanded at the end of In February , founding member and bassist Mark Andes rejoined the band.
In June , Jace Hill guitar and vocals joined the band for a short spell to sub for Steven Weinmeister, who was back by early July.
In August of Mark Andes was sidelined after a hip replacement. Concert Tickets. Groovy Objects books, mags, t-shirts Sell Compare.
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Sometimes harboring a country feel a la Michael Martin Murphy best heard in songs like "Someday Soon" and "It Doesn't Matter," it was evident that the band had only one direction, which was that of a folk-rock sound. Since their material never strayed from this subtle easiness, Firefall 's greatest hits is their most worthwhile offering.
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Sandy Ficca was brought in to take over from Scott Kirkpatrick on drums in October Scott then returned to play some final shows with the band in June before moving on permanently and is still with them to date. We also seemed to find a way to make the very worst possible decision at every opportunity. Staying with It. Jazz fusion. Other Electro. Firefall - Various - Heavy Rock (Vinyl the band's profile raised, the search Firefall - Various - Heavy Rock (Vinyl a new record deal began. Stardust Rick Roberts. Groove Revival.
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