Firefall legends Rick Roberts and Larry Burnett kick off their East Coast run tonight at The Iridium in the heart of Manhattan. The fall shows will also take in stops in Norwalk, Connecticut; and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Already on the books for 2020 are a trio of Virginia gigs, hitting Hamilton, Purcellville, and Norfolk.
Joining the duo on stage will be lead guitarist and vocalist Don Chapman, with Roberts and Burnett sharing the stories behind such classic hits as Roberts’ Flying Burrito Brothers-era favorites “It Doesn’t Matter,” and “Colorado” — along with the Firefall standards as “You Are The Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Cinderella,” “Strange Way,” “Mexico,” and many, many more.
“You Are The Woman” from 1976 was Firefall’s biggest hit, peaking at Number Nine. Rick Roberts shed light on how the song came to be: [“I wrote the couplet ‘you are the woman that I’ve always dreamed of / I knew it from the start / I saw your face and that’s the last I’ve seen of my heart.’ And right there, I knew — okay, I have a really strong commercial vehicle here. I started trying to write the verses, and for two or three months — nothin.’ I was not getting anything. And finally, I kind of took a step back and said, ‘Okay, you’re over-thinking this. Y’know, let’s simplify.’ And I wrote the verses and the bridge in about another two days.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . another two days)
Roberts made it clear, that despite what anybody tells you — “You Are The Woman” is NOT about anyone you know: [“I didn’t write the song for anyone. The song (laughs) was about the woman I was dreaming of. Because, as it turns out, there are, like, half-a-dozen — or more — women that are out there that have sworn the song was written about them.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . written about them)