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  posted on 11/20/2015 at 09:29 PM
Foghat have launched a PledgeMusic drive to raise money for a forthcoming studio project to be called Under the Influence, their first since 2010’s Last Train Home.
As with most such fundraising initiatives, there are a variety of incentives for fans to get on board early – but one stands out: The opportunity to sing back up on a new version of “Slow Ride” that Foghat is recording in celebration of the No. 5 hit’s 40th anniversary. Fans who give at the $300 level are eligible; there were only 25 slots left on the evening of Nov. 10.
Other incentives include the opportunity to have stalwart drummer Roger Earl cook a meal for you or read a bedtime story to your child, a guitar lesson with Bryan Bassett, the chance to join Foghat on stage, and – at the top level – a once-in-a-lifetime private concert at your home.
“Under the Influence is about 50 percent done and, since our 2015 tour is coming to an end, we are going back into the studio to finish the project,” the band said in a message at PledgeMusic. They added that the new version of “Slow Ride” is being recorded in honor of late legacy members “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and Rod Price. Peverett died in 2000, followed by Price in 2005.


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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 04:39 AM
Sorry, this is not "Foghat"...The original drummer and 3 other dudes......

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 07:56 AM
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Sorry, this is not "Foghat"...The original drummer and 3 other dudes......

It seems kind of foolish they are still using the name,but the bills have to be paid I guess.



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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 08:52 AM
From what I hear, they're still a good band. But Foghat was one of those bands (not unlike the Beatles, Who or Stones) whose makeup was also based on their individual characters/personae. Lonesome Dave out front on that 'Junior ... Rod Price wailin' away with the glass on that white SG ... it's just hard to re-brand or re-package that kind of thing.

GoFundMe is a good start for capital on the new recording. How about a site called (Re)NameMyBand?

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 09:29 AM
Bryan Bassett is a very good guitar player.
 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 10:18 AM
That's nice that they want to make an album, but they're not Foghat. As was said above, "Lonesome Dave" Peverett and Rod "The Bottle" Price were the main ingredients of Foghat.

Go ahead and do the album, just don't call yourselves Foghat. You're just the drummer who was in Foghat.

I hate to see this as coming off mean spirited but there are too many of these bands out there trying to cash in on their old name and you look at who is left in the band and it's one guy. At least in this case, the drummer was at least an original member. Too often than not it's some guy who played with them for an album or two later in the bands history and is living off that brief touch with fame.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 11:23 AM
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Bryan Bassett is a very good guitar player.
Does that make it foghat?

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 11:42 AM
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole "Go Fund Me" phenomena. It seems, in a case like this, the fan base no longer supports Foghat or they would have the money from touring to make an album.

I know I saw Foghat back in the 70's. I remember it was loud but not much else.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 12:20 PM
In the early to mid 70's, there were several bands that seemed to be the opening act for just about every show I went to. Among these "openers" was Brownsville Station, Wet Willie and Foghat. I must've seen each of these bands a dozen times in this capacity.

I saw Foghat as a headliner a time or two also. Part of the acceptance of a new band bearing the same name is personal familiarity. There are many, many bands that I have anywhere from zero to hardly any interest in at all. A re-vamped REO Speedwagon (not to pick on them specifically) would probably fly by fine for me. I doubt I'd know the difference.

But Foghat! I saw them many times - became familiar with their repertoire - had some great times with some great friends - and never ever saw them turn in a bad performance. I'm sure this current line-up is a great band in their own right. It just seems that they're borrowing a known and familiar moniker purely in the interest of generating income. There is just something patently ... less than honest about this.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 02:28 PM
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I have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole "Go Fund Me" phenomena. It seems, in a case like this, the fan base no longer supports Foghat or they would have the money from touring to make an album.





Actually it seems the opposite... it's having your fan base support the album by funding it. I would think if they reach their goal, it shows that they do indeed have a fan base that supports them.

 

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I have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole "Go Fund Me" phenomena. It seems, in a case like this, the fan base no longer supports Foghat or they would have the money from touring to make an album.




Actually it seems the opposite... it's having your fan base support the album by funding it. I would think if they reach their goal, it shows that they do indeed have a fan base that supports them.


If their fan base supported their tours, wouldn't that fund recording an album? Or, um, like, buying the album when it's released? I know being a musician is not for the love of money, so hey, no harm in asking for some help. The worst that can happen is people say no.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 03:35 PM
Some loud rockin' Foghat from '77.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Y_hKjkM48

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 03:43 PM
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From what I hear, they're still a good band.


"They're"?...They are mostly not there.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 05:43 PM
I give Roger Earl credit for still pounding on the drums and the original Foghat was a terrifc band...some great guitar players.
But ya know after years of hearing Gregg's empty promises of releasing new music,I give anybody credit for still wanting to be creative.

 

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  posted on 11/21/2015 at 06:04 PM
This lineup has been together for a long time. It is not something new that was just put together. In fact this is the longest lasting lineup.

Original drummer, bassist joined in 75, Charlie Huhn has been there since 2000 when
Dave died and Bryan had joined Dave in 1999.


Truth is that Foghat has always been constantly changing members. They have had 10 bassists alone. The history is messed up and there were versions with just Roger dating back to the 80s.

I have seen and met this lineup a few times and they are real solid live and the albums have been pretty good.

If you don't like them using the name then you are unlikely to go to a show or buy a disc so doubt that they will lose sleep over it.

The Fund Raising Route is actually saving quite a few bands and making it possible to record and release material. Companies used to put up the funds and are not anymore so cash needs to come from somewhere.

 

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I have a hard time wrapping my head around the whole "Go Fund Me" phenomena. It seems, in a case like this, the fan base no longer supports Foghat or they would have the money from touring to make an album.




Actually it seems the opposite... it's having your fan base support the album by funding it. I would think if they reach their goal, it shows that they do indeed have a fan base that supports them.


If their fan base supported their tours, wouldn't that fund recording an album? Or, um, like, buying the album when it's released? I know being a musician is not for the love of money, so hey, no harm in asking for some help. The worst that can happen is people say no.


"Um, like" nobody buys albums/CD's anymore. It is a new way to promote an album when really nobody is promoting albums anymore. Albums that would be automatic million sellers now will struggle to crack 100,000. Hundreds of band are going this route, including ones who have a fairly large fan base, it also works for newer bands. (I have donated funding of the Jayhawks upcoming album as well as the 2nd Planet Of the Abts album). For some it is a way to get closer to their fan base and make them feel involved, for others it's testing the water to see if it is even viable to continue to put out new music. Either way I'm all for using every resource you can to keep the album industry alive in a time when the buying public only want singles from even the top selling artists of today.

Today most bands lose money on their albums and all of the revenue comes from the tour. In the past you would tour to promote the album, now an album release is more than likely to promote a tour. The industry is so backwards now and it will need to correct itself or less and less artists will be releasing full albums of music. I read yesterday where Adele will not allow her new album to be on any streaming service and will only sell it as a full album or a full album download. Hopefully more artists with some pull do the same thing so the industry will do some correction to itself.

I am not a Foghat fan so I have no idea what their show attendance is like so who knows if their fan base can even sustain an album. They may not even reach their goal. It is likely to be a struggle for them anyway because most people who go to their shows probably only know a handful of their songs and aren't interested in anything new from them in the first place. Thank you classic rock radio and your 2 songs per band rotation. The problem that they face is the majority of fans at a classic rock band like Foghat's shows only want to hear Slowride and Fool For The City. They don't have a clue if the band has anything new out past 1978. I can't see a way possible they could put something out in 2016 and sell more than 25,000 copies. Good luck to them.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2015 at 02:05 PM
I loved Foghat...but I loved Savoy Brown even more. I remember when the 3 members of Savoy left to form Foghat & how loud they were. I don't know how good they are now though.
 

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"Um, like" nobody buys albums/CD's anymore. It is a new way to promote an album when really nobody is promoting albums anymore. Albums that would be automatic million sellers now will struggle to crack 100,000. Hundreds of band are going this route, including ones who have a fairly large fan base, it also works for newer bands. (I have donated funding of the Jayhawks upcoming album as well as the 2nd Planet Of the Abts album). For some it is a way to get closer to their fan base and make them feel involved, for others it's testing the water to see if it is even viable to continue to put out new music. Either way I'm all for using every resource you can to keep the album industry alive in a time when the buying public only want singles from even the top selling artists of today.

Today most bands lose money on their albums and all of the revenue comes from the tour. In the past you would tour to promote the album, now an album release is more than likely to promote a tour. The industry is so backwards now and it will need to correct itself or less and less artists will be releasing full albums of music. I read yesterday where Adele will not allow her new album to be on any streaming service and will only sell it as a full album or a full album download. Hopefully more artists with some pull do the same thing so the industry will do some correction to itself.

I am not a Foghat fan so I have no idea what their show attendance is like so who knows if their fan base can even sustain an album. They may not even reach their goal. It is likely to be a struggle for them anyway because most people who go to their shows probably only know a handful of their songs and aren't interested in anything new from them in the first place. Thank you classic rock radio and your 2 songs per band rotation. The problem that they face is the majority of fans at a classic rock band like Foghat's shows only want to hear Slowride and Fool For The City. They don't have a clue if the band has anything new out past 1978. I can't see a way possible they could put something out in 2016 and sell more than 25,000 copies. Good luck to them.


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  posted on 11/22/2015 at 02:43 PM
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Well that's not news at all. The news is that Foghat is not only still "together" but also thinks it has fans who are clamoring for new material and willing to not only buy the album, but also fund it, thereby paying for it twice. But like I said, it never hurts to ask for some help from fans - the worst that can happen is people say "no". The gofundme phenomenon has been incredibly successful for a lot of filmmakers, musicians, artists, and causes.

 

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  posted on 11/22/2015 at 02:59 PM
Those fans aren't paying for it twice.

When you do the funding thing, the minimum donation usually gets you a copy of the album so you are only buying it once with your initial donation. Usually the minimum donation is $10 and that gets you a download once the album is finished, $15 gets you a CD... then you can keep paying higher for other bonuses.

That's the way the majority of them works. Most of the time what you would pay for a CD is all you have to donate to the fundraiser and you get the CD.

I have never seen one of these where you don't get a copy of what you are funding for your donation.

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  posted on 11/22/2015 at 05:12 PM
For $15 you get a CD & a download, delivered.
Not bad.

Seen this version of the band several times & they get my approval.

Here's their previous album - Last Train Home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peZ5lfaQuZ8&list=PLtQHEjI_6mhn8uM7Z05P2 NtDTsih6XHE8

 

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  posted on 11/22/2015 at 06:47 PM
Current lineup doing Savoy Brown's Needle and Spoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jy0TYmfzNg

 

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  posted on 11/23/2015 at 05:06 AM
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Does that make it foghat?


Absolutely not..Just saying

 

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  posted on 11/23/2015 at 01:55 PM
Why would anyone but their parents donate to this??? Delusional "rock stars".

 

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Why would anyone but their parents donate to this??? Delusional "rock stars".


Not sure that you are giving these guys the credit that they deserve. They are all pretty accomplished players with long histories. Charlie Huhn alone has played with Nugent, Gary Moore, Humble Pie, Trevor Rabin and a cool group with guys from the original Alice Cooper and Joe Bouchard from BOC.

Bryan Bassett has been kicking it since he did that funky guitar on Play That Funky Music with Wild Cherry.

The other two are also obviously long time guys in Foghat and have great histories themselves from Savoy forward.

Lots of "delusional rock stars" are releasing albums this way. Marillion has been doing it for a long time. Fans are often happy as without record company interference, the bands don't have to try and focus on having a "hit".

Again you may not agree with the name Foghat but these guys are not bums. The last album was Last Train Home is a blues album and it was pretty good regardless of what you call the band. Would seem strange to be bothered by it after they have been touring as Foghat since 2000 with this lineup.



 

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