Foghat Took It Easy

This is encore post from November 24, 2015.

Our latest contributor, Doug Christian, takes a look at Foghat, and English Rock band made up mostly of former members of Savoy Brown. There was no good existing video, but this is a LOUD remastered "SLOW RIDE." --TDR

Foghat is an English rock band formed in London in 1971. The band is known for its prominent use of electric slide guitar in its music. The band has achieved eight gold records, one platinum* and one double platinum record, and despite several lineup changes, continues to record and perform to the present day. The band initially featured Dave Peverett ("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass, and Roger Earl on drums when they left Savoy Brown in 1970. Rod Price on guitar/slide guitar joined after he left the Black Cat Bones in December 1970. The new line-up was named "Foghat" (a nonsense word from a childhood game played by Peverett and his brother) in January 1971. Their eponymous 1972 album, "Foghat," was produced by Dave Edmunds and had a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," which received great airplay on album oriented rock (AOR) stations. The 2000s saw the deaths of founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price. Peverett died on February 7, 2000 from complications from kidney cancer at the age of 56, and Rod Price died on March 22, 2005 at the age of 57 of a fall resulting from a heart attack.

In its most current form, Foghat consisted of Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn, and Bryan Bassett. At a concert during the Summer of 2010, former Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer Bobby Rondinelli had temporarily replaced Roger Earl while Roger was recovering from surgery.

At another Foghat concert during the Summer of 2010, after Roger Earl returned to the band, bassist Jeff Howell had temporarily replaced Craig MacGregor because of an illness. Foghat’s latest album Last Train Home (released 15 June 2010) was the culmination of a dream shared by Roger Earl and Lonesome Dave Peverett. Foghat has been playing the casino circuit the major portion of this year and will conclude the run of concerts in Fort Lauderdale during the last week of January 2016. Nothing has been planned until the following August.

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* Editor's note: a "platinum record" is a music industry award for a million sales. "Double platinum" is 2 million sold, etc.

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