1970s Rock – Foghat Shows What A Great Live Band Could Do

Foghat Gives An Incredible Live Performance – 1974

Why is it that the 1970s produced dozens of incredibly talented rock bands?

Certainly one reason is creative singer-songwriters proliferated and produced songs that have stood the test of time.

Foghat members Tony Stevens, "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, Rod Price, Roger Earl

Foghat c. 1974 standing: Tony Stevens, front l-r “Lonesome Dave” Peverett, Rod Price, Roger Earl photo: London Features

Foghat was one of the many bands that came from England and triumphed in America. Today it has been forgotten that Foghat was among the top grossing live bands of the 70s. Even with one double platinum and eight gold records, Foghat today have been mostly bypassed in rock history as a novelty boogie rock band.

Throughout the 1970s their albums and live performances won praise from music fans. Foghat was constantly heard on FM stations. Radio staples like Slow Ride and Fool For The City are still played today.

And boy could they put on a live show. Foghat were simply beasts on stage in front of an audience.

In this fantastic 1974 version of the Willie Dixon penned blues classic I Just Want To Make Love To You, Foghat makes eleven minutes go by awfully fast. Foghat looks like they are having the best time ever being in a rock band.

This is one incredible exuberant, fun and blistering performance from Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. Unfortunately the narcoleptic audience doesn’t realize what they are seeing regardless of the added applause track.

What constitutes the ingredients of a great live performance?

Watching I Just Want To Make Love To You is witnessing a jam par extraordinaire. There is no weak link in this band.

With a powerful voice and fluid playing, lead singer and guitarist “Lonesome Dave” Peverett exudes confidence. Rod Price’s trade-off guitar licks with Peverett are blazing and dexterous. Bassist Tony Stevens galloping bass line keeps the song steaming ahead. Drummer Roger Earl’s sure hand and steady tempo keeps everything in perfect time.

The reason the band was so tight is that Peverett, Stevens and Earl had previously played together in Savoy Brown from 1968 -1971, before forming Foghat with Price in 1971.

After a brief breakup in 1984 the band resumed playing with different line-ups starting in 1986. Frontman, “Lonseome Dave” Peverett died in 2000 at age 56 from kidney cancer. Rod Price passed away due to a fall from suffering a heart attack at age 57 in 2005.

Today, original  drummer Roger Earl and other accomplished musicians forge ahead recording and performing as Foghat. As Earl says about Peverett ,”We miss him. Not a day goes by without thinking about him. But, Dave told us to carry on, and that it was all ‘about the music’ anyway. . so here we are.”

While rock may now seem dead, there is still hope as a few young people continue to discover artists like Foghat. The catalog to of rock bands to choose from is vast: Deep Purple, Carole King, Wings, Elton John, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Roxy Music, Paul Simon, The Eagles and hundreds of other artists.

Then there are some new bands who have been influenced by 70s rock.

Here is hoping Zeppelin reincarnate’s, Great Van Fleet, are just one of many bands who will continue to emerge and keep rock alive.

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