Live Review, 4/11/12: fIREHOSE Relaunches Itself at Slim's

By KIERNAN REED

fIREHOSE

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Slim's 333 Club

Better than: One Reporter's Opinion, or whatever it was Dylan meant.

After 18 years away, fIREHOSE took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd at Slim's on Wednesday night, turned up, and got back to business.

The post-punk power trio — guitarist/frontman Ed Crawford with bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley of Minutemen — is getting back shape with a short tour culminating in an appearance at Coachella this (and next) weekend.

Last night's setlist was comprised entirely of selections from the band's back catalog, beginning with “Brave Captain” (the first track off their debut album, Ragin' Full On) and pulling songs in more or less chronological order from their other studio albums.

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