Foghat, the Saban Theatre, October 16, 2015
The legendary Foghat made their way to the Southland to rock and boogie fans at the Saban Theatre in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA. The London based collective was formed in 1971 and to date has a grand total of 16 studio albums, including their latest magnum opus entitled Last Train Home.
Even in spite of inevitable lineup changes and the passages of time, Foghat remains an absolutely exhilarating presence live. The party was in full swing at the cavernous Saban after a knockout opening set from The Lillies, and now fans of all ages were about to witness a night of fantastic tunes presented by a powerhouse lineup of seasoned musicians.
The Saban was sent into rapturous overdrive immediately when Foghat launched into a stunning rendition of the classic Fool For The City – such an explosive commencement and the hits just kept on coming throughout the entire evening. Eight Days On The Road from Rock and Roll Outlaws was a grand and glorious highlight, where the rock and roll lifestyle was shared with the audience in a vast and wonderful way. In addition to epic renditions of Foghat favorites such as Night Shift and Stone Blue, their were astounding instrumental solos presented by each of the members. This would include a mesmerizing drum solo by longtime member Roger Earl, demonstrating a profound skill and ferocity that thoroughly captivated the Saban attendees.
Charlie Huhn left an indelible impression on lead vocals and rhythm section – the former Ted Nugent and Victory member brings the timeless songs to ultra-vivid life – certainly doing the late Dave Peverett proud by carrying on the Foghat legacy. And I must say, Bryan Bassett shreds it into oblivion and beyond with his superb guitar work while Craig MacGregor supplies a thunderous low end on bass. When the devastating Slow Ride was unleashed during the encore, audience and band connected as one, joyously celebrating one of the truly great rock and roll anthems of all time. Be sure to catch Foghat the next time they arrive to rock and boogie in your town – their live shows remains an event not to be missed!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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