TODAY IN STEVIE HISTORY: ‘Rooms on Fire’ sizzles up the summer charts

On July 1, 1989, “Rooms on Fire,” the lead single from Stevie’s fourth solo album The Other Side of the Mirror, peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. The summer release was even a bigger hit on the Album Rock chart, where it commanded pole position for one week. “Rooms on Fire” remains Stevie’s highest charting song on the Album Rock chart, following by “Stand Back” (2) and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (2). The song is also one of Stevie’s most successful international singles, charting in the Top 50 in Australia (23), Germany (46), the Netherlands (15), and the UK (16).

Accompanied by a visually appealing video, “Rooms on Fire’s” strong melodic hook and whimsically atmospheric production allow Stevie’s vocals to soar, especially at the end of the song. Here is the official music video and some live performances of “Rooms of Fire” over the years.

Official video

Top of the Pops UK (May 1989)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11nPNVU4gZs]

The Other Side of the Mirror Tour (Mountain View CA, 8/20/89)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY_igUwyyGU]

Whole Lotta Trouble Tour (Wantagh NY, 7/23/91)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3O0A-8Yc5k]

Street Angel Tour (West Hollywood CA, 9/18/94)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiH-H2nvJfs]

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