Classic rockers Foghat headline Rock 107 Birthday Bash at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre on April 13
From a press release:
Scranton classic rock radio station Rock 107 will be celebrating its annual Birthday Bash with multi-platinum-selling English blues rock band Foghat at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, April 13.
In addition to door prizes, giveaways, drinks, and “a killer birthday cake,” opening the 37th birthday concert will be local bands 7800 Fahrenheit: A Tribute to Classic Bon Jovi, Flaxy Morgan, 3IB, and Facing the Giants with a special guest appearance by Nick Toma on drums. The event is 21+.
Doors at The Woodlands (1073 Hwy. 315, Wilkes-Barre) open at 7 p.m., and Foghat will hit the stage at 10:30 p.m. Tickets can be won by listening to Rock 107. Hundreds of tickets will be given away through on-air contests, live appearances, and remote broadcasts.
Foghat’s live performances show why the band is still around today and why they will be able to keep on rockin’ as long as they want. This band truly is timeless. Constant touring is part of their DNA, and the band just loves to play. Their live show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect and hope for from a seasoned band with such a long musical history, and they are bringing their fans along for the ride. In 2016, they released a new album called “Under the Influence,” which they’ve had a terrific time recording along with some special guests and old friends.
Foghat fans are everywhere and, these days, their audience consists of all ages. From the young kids who play “Guitar Hero III” and know all of the lyrics to “Slow Ride” to the “Dazed and Confused” generation of 30-40 somethings and the boomers who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8-track. Looking out at the audience and seeing all of the generations rockin’ to Foghat is very gratifying to the band. According to lead singer Charlie Huhn, “the band just wants to make sure that after every show, they are all convinced that they just got rocked, from the second we start the first song to the end of the show.”
Formed in 1971 when Lonesome Dave Peverett and Roger Earl left the British blues rock band Savoy Brown, Foghat has earned eight gold records, one platinum record, and one double platinum record, and they continue to release new music every few years. They have never stopped touring and recording, although there have been several ups and downs and changes over the years. They sadly lost Lonesome Dave Peverett in 2000 and Rod Price in 2005, but Roger Earl kept banging and kicking to keep Foghat’s musical legacy going.
According to a recent review, “The ’70s called… but there is no way in hell we are giving Foghat back to them. The iconic band from the past is rocking just as hard as they did decades ago, if not more! Foghat’s thunderous blend of blues, boogie, and butt-kickin’ rock ‘n’ roll are shaking walls and fans everywhere. There is so much talent in this band, it is ridiculous. Lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Charlie Huhn played with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, and Humble Pie, and lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett played with Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet. Bass player Craig Macgregor has been with the band since the ’70s, and on drums was the man we have to thank for keeping Foghat going… founding member Roger Earl, who dazzled everyone with his wicked drum solo.”
If Foghat had only given us “Slow Ride,” the band’s place in rock history would be secure. But the band is so much more than that. As stated by Roger Earl, “we are still a ‘work in progress,’ writing and recording, and plan to be until the day we depart this Earth!”
Joseph Peter Klapatch