FOGHAT (1972–PRESENT). Classic lineup: Dave Peverett (lead vocals, guitar), Rod Price (lead and slide guitar), Roger Earl (drums), Craig McGreggor (bass).
While not a heavy metal band per se, Foghat’s massive success in the 1970s with their heavy yet accessible brand of boogie rock made them one of the most popular hard rock bands of the seventies, and their classic live album Foghat Live was an important precursor to the development of arena rock.
Formed in 1972 in England by former Savoy Brown members Peverett, Earl, and Tony Stephens (bass), the band added guitarist Rod Price before moving to the States and releasing their debut album that same year. Featuring a rocking version of the Willie Dixon blues tune “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” the album became a hit on FM radio and set the stage for further success. A string of seven hit records followed, all selling at least half a million copies each, with 1975’s Fool for the City and 1977’s Foghat Live (featuring the hit “Slow Ride”) being standouts. With their infectious boogie energy and leader Dave Peverett setting an upbeat tone, the band always conveyed a positive, good-time vibe, and became one of the most popular touring attractions of the decade.
After Price left the band in 1981, the band’s popularity gradually declined, with the band breaking up in the mid-eighties. After a few years, Earl started touring with a new lineup, and in 1993, the original members reunited for a series of albums and tours that lasted until Peverett’s death from cancer in February of 2000. Rod Price died in 2005.
Earl currently leads a version of the group featuring vocalist/guitarist Charlie Huhn (formerly performing with Ted Nugent).
Discography: Foghat (Bearsville, 1972); Foghat (Rock and Roll) (Rhino, 1973); Energized (Bearsville, 1974); Rock & Roll Outlaws (Bearsville, 1974); Fool for the City (Bearsville, 1975); Night Shift (Bearsville, 1976); Foghat Live (Bearsville, 1977); Stone Blue (Bearsville, 1978); Before Foghat Days (London, 1979); Boogie Motel (Bearsville, 1979); Tight Shoes (Bearsville, 1980); Girls to Chat & Boys to Bounce (Bearsville, 1981); In the Mood for Something Rude (Bearsville, 1982); Zig-Zag Walk (Bearsville, 1983); The Best of Foghat, Vol. 2 (Rhino, 1992); The Best of Foghat (Rhino, 1992); Slow Ride & Other Hits (Rhino Flashback, 1997); Road Cases [live] (Plum, 1998); King Biscuit Flower Hour [live] (King Biscuit, 1999). The Return of the Boogie Men (Atlantic, 1994); Live (EMI-Capitol Special Markets, 2000); Family Joules (Besh, 2003); Drivin’ Wheel (Live 2005) (Metro City, 2007); Live II (Metro City/Foghat, 2007);