It seemed like someone's idea of a joke at Harlow's in Sacramento in late December 2011 when this announcement was made: fIREHOSE would be playing the club next April.
Whaaat? fIREHOSE? The hugely influential power trio of the '80s and '90s that alternative, indie and grunge fans could all agree upon? Would it be the actual lineup of Ed Crawford (vocals/guitar), mike watt (bass), and George Hurley (drums), or somebody's sad hijacking of the oddly capitalized band's name?
Well, as it turns out, in this case the news wasn't too good to be true. The reunited trio -- together for the first time since their 1994 -- is opening a 14-date reunion tour there, which ends at the Coachella Music Festival.
Of equally good news for fans is the release of the double CD anthology, "lowFLOWs", which collects all of the band's recorded output for second label Columbia (full lengths Flyin' the Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator and the EP Live Totem Pole), along with rarities, demos, singles, and unreleased cuts.