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Meet Foghat at Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre before they play Rock 107 Birthday Bash on April 13

Meet Foghat at Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre before they play Rock 107 Birthday Bash on April 13
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From a press release:

Hours before multi-platinum-selling blues rock band Foghat hits the stage at Scranton classic rock radio station Rock 107’s annual Birthday Bash at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, April 13, the band will be meeting fans for free at the nearby Grotto Pizza next to the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township.

All four members of Foghat will be at Grotto Pizza (337 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.) from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. to give away free tickets to the show and take photos with fans, which will be shot by a professional photographer and posted on the Rock 107 website and Facebook page. The concert later that night is also free, but tickets have to be obtained in advance from on-air contests, live appearances, and remote broadcasts, so this is one of the last chances concertgoers will have to gain free admission to the show – otherwise, it’s $15 at the door. A full list of locations and times for ticket giveaways can be found here.

In addition to door prizes, giveaways, drinks, and “a killer birthday cake,” the 37th birthday concert will also include performances by local bands 7800 Fahrenheit: A Tribute to Classic Bon Jovi, Flaxy Morgan, Three Imaginary Boys, 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. See the full list of set times below:

Rock 107 Birthday Bash schedule:

7:15 p.m.-8:10 p.m.: Facing the Giants
8:15 p.m.-9:10 p.m.: Flaxy Morgan
9:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m.: 7800 Fahrenheit
10:30 p.m.-11:40 p.m.: Foghat
11:45 p.m.-close: Three Imaginary Boys

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!”