Foghat: “EPIC” the ONE word to describe this concert. Ya know you really can’t beat a Foghat concert. What is not to like? Bikers, booze, babes, and, oh yeah… Rock n Roll! If that does not sound like a fun time to you, please direct your mouse to the top right hand corner of this page and click the “X”.
The Show: Foghat at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL
The Crew: Big Al, Taters, and Laser
This was a cheap booze and cigar kind of night. For God’s sake, Foghat is one of the most legendary rock ‘n roll bands in all of classic rock and we would be doing them and ourselves a disservice by drinking anything other than a gas station case of beer. Once we had a very nice friend drop us of in downtown St. Pete (Thank you Colonel), we decided to make our way to the Pelican Pub. I will describe the pregame in summary: lesbians, biker gangs, Occupy Pinellas, magical homeless people, and overt sexual offerings for tickets. To explain further, we sat next to a table of lesbians who played Alanis Morrisette on the juke box. Lazer was talking to a bunch of guys in a biker gang and Big Al threw up (as always) before we even got into the show. Taters got into an argument with the hipsters from Occupy Pinellas and there was a really high homeless guy who decided to tell us he is traveling on a magical journey while he moon-walked around the bar. In summation, we were in Pinellas County, Florida.
Jannus Live is one of our favorite local venues. Great beer selection, properly placed bar area, and all outdoors. We have seen everything from Dropkick Murphy’s to Foghat now at this venue and every time we go I have to say it was an enjoyable place to watch a show.
The opening act had to be among the top 5 most amusing openers I have ever witnessed. Their lead singer looked like Russell Brand and wore a cup and aviators. The rest of the band looked like they just got off the bus as roadies for a Bon Jovi tour. Just legendary! It was almost like seeing two shows in one. The band itself was pretty good and decent to listen to, but when you add in the continual comedy hour provided by the Russell Brand B squad, it definitely makes this a more memorable opening band.
They just absolutely jammed. If you’ve never heard of Foghat, shame on you, but you have definitely heard their biggest hit, Slow Ride. Other notable hits include I Just Want To Make Love To You, Fool For The City, and Maybelline. Now, this wasn’t the original Foghat line-up that formed across the pond in the early 70′s. The two original members at this show were Craig MacGregor on the bass and Roger Earl on the drums. You may remember Sir Earl made our Top 5 Mustaches in Music, but he had it completely shaved off at this show. (We will be sending an email to “The Intimidator” to right his course.) The two new additions were former Ted Nugent and Victory vocalist and rhythm guitar player, Charlie Huhn, and our fan-favorite of the evening, Bryan Bassett, formerly of Molly Hatchet. We were in the front row which proved to be a dangerous situation as we were directly in Bassett’s “shred zone ” and our faces were completely melted off. He played a cherrywood Gibson SG and was a Jedi Slide Master. Overall, the concert was exactly what you would expect from Foghat. Lengthy guitar solos, mostly the hit songs that they are known for, playing to the crowd, and a 15 minute Slow Ride encore. Support these Rock and Roll badasses here: Foghat website.
One word… Foghat,