A “Slow Ride” may be the best travel option to the concert as East Central University presents Foghat on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.
Foghat, a 1970s rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation, is perhaps best known for its hit “Slow Ride,” which is recognized by generations of fans from young kids playing Guitar Hero III to a dazed and confused generation of 30-40 somethings and the “boomers” who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8 track.
However, the band is much more than that one hit.
“We are still a ‘work in progress,’ writing and recording, and plan to be until the day we depart this earth,” said Foghat co-founder and band member Roger Earl.
Formed in 1971 by Earl and Lonesome Dave Peverett, Foghat has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. They continue to release new music every few years. They have never stopped touring and recording, although there have been ups and downs along the way and changes through the years.
The group sadly lost Peverett in 2000 and Rod Price in 2005, but Earl has kept banging and kicking to keep Foghat’s musical legacy going. Seeing multiple 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,” Huhn said.
The band is described as truly timeless. Constant touring is part of their DNA as the band just loves to play. Foghat released a studio album in June 2016 titled “Under the Influence” and another ‘live’ album in June of 2017 called “Live at the Belly Up.” Both were given great reviews by press audiences alike. To keep the ball rolling, they are planning to release a live DVD in 2018.
Huhn, who is not only lead vocalist but rhythm guitarist, played with Ted Nugent along with Gary Moore and Humble Pie. Lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett played with Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet. Bass player Craig Macgregor, who had been with the band since the 70s, unfortunately became ill in 2015 and was unable to play, Macgregor recommended the very talented and personable Rodney O’Quinn as a ‘fill-in’ who came to Foghat via the Pat Travers Band where he proved he knew how to lay down a solid groove. O’Quinn viewed Macgregor as a mentor and a great permanent addition to the band. On the drums is the man who kept Foghat going in Earl, the founding member.
Tickets start at $45. To purchase tickets call 580-559-5751, email at email@example.com or go online to ecok.edu/FineArts.
The concert is being held in cooperation with the ECU Cultural Activities Committee, Masonic Centennial Endowment for Cultural Enrichment and the Vinita Oliver Centennial Fine Arts Endowment.
Corporate sponsors include: ECU Foundation, Inc., Score Broadcasting. Citizen’s Bank of Ada, Vision Bank of Ada, Communication Federal Credit Union, Santa Fe Cattle Co., The Ada News, Ada Nissan, LaQuinta Inns and Suites and Chicken Express.