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Classic English rockers Foghat and Savoy Brown play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on May 18

Classic English rockers Foghat and Savoy Brown play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on May 18
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From a press release:

After performing in Wilkes-Barre in September, it was announced this week that English blues rockers Foghat and Savoy Brown will play at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Earl & The Agitators.

Tickets, which are $35 for regular reserved seating and $39 for the pit, go on sale this Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

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.

Not content to rest on their laurels, the band released a new studio album in 2016 titled “Under the Influence” and followed it up with “Live at the Belly Up” in 2017, some 35 years since their self-titled debut record was released. To keep the ball rolling, they released the 25-track “Slow Ride” in 2018.

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 & Confused” generation of 30-40 somethings and the boomers who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or eight-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 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, Rod Price in 2005, and Craig MacGregor in 2018, but Roger Earl kept banging and kicking to keep Foghat’s musical legacy going.

If Foghat had only given us “Slow Ride,” the band’s place in rock history would be secure. But they are so much more than that. As stated by Earl, “we are still a ‘work in progress,’ writing and recording, and plan to be until the day we depart this Earth!”

Ruf recording artists Savoy Brown are still rocking 50+ years after the band formed in London, England in 1965.

One of the first bands from the U.K. after The Rolling Stones to reinvent the blues in the mid-’60s, Savoy Brown, led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, continues to perform, record, and influence today.

Modern rock music had its roots in the 1960s while bands like Savoy Brown helped lay the foundation by combining blues, rock, and psychedelia. The band is a veritable history of music and musicians, with multiple former members going on to form bands such as Foghat or to play for groups such as Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, The Kinks, and more.

Founding member Kim Simmonds has a star on the Rock Walk of Fame and is recognized globally as one of the world’s finest blues/rock players. Kim says, “I enjoy entertaining, keeping the music alive, and giving people inspiration.”

Many of the band’s original songs continue to be played on radio, television, and in movies. Shows including “CSI,” HBO’s “Vinyl,” and a recent Jimi Hendrix biopic film “Jimi: All Is By My Side” gave new life to Billboard hits such as “Tell Mama” and “Train to Nowhere.”

These songs, and many others from nearly 50 album releases, all hit high on the Billboard charts, while Top 40 albums such as “Hellbound Train” made the band a major concert headlining act.

The band has headlined on all the world’s finest stages, including the Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and both Fillmores.

Kim explains, “I still write new songs and rehearse every day. I have a new album, ‘Witchy Feelin’‘ being released August 25, 2017 that we’re all excited about. It keeps the legacy going and makes each band show both a fresh, and vintage, experience at the same time.”