Foghat Raises The Roof At The Colonial – Thrills Crowd With Energy Filled Performance

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April 2, 2011-The Colonial-Pittsfield, Mass.

Foghat visited Pittsfield, Mass. last night and they provided a fantastic show for everyone in attendance.

I certainly anticipated a great show after hearing their latest release Last Train Home, a wonderful tribute to blues classics. One of the founding members, Lonesome Dave Peverett (lead vocals, guitar), who sadly passed away in 2000, held these songs dear to his heart and always dreamed of putting together an album to cover them. The current lineup was not only inspired by the music itself but the memory of their fallen leader. Drummer Roger Earl, the other founding member, has been with the band since its inception in the early 70’s. The two members were part of the legendary blues-rock band Savoy Brown.

The current lineup features Roger Earl (drums), Charlie Huhn (lead vocals, guitar), longtime members Bryan Bassett (lead guitar, backup vocals) and Craig McGregor (bass). I don’t think the audience realized what a great show was in store for them. Everything about it exceeded my expectations. Their music and stage presence is simple electric. What is most impressive is that they have been doing this for over 40 years now! That vital heart throb of the blues is a quintessential part of their sound and chemistry.

One of first thing that pops out about this band is their lead guitar player Brian Bassett. His size dwarfs the rest of the band and when holds a guitar it looks like a toy in his hands. He does play the six string like a seasoned pro however. I cannot remember witnessing such expertise on electric slide since the last time I saw Johnny Winter live. Basset’s playing is precise and powerful. The rest of the band was right on par with that assessment, all of them veterans of the studio and performing live. Everyone seemed find their “zone” right at the outset of the performance.

The one thing that always prevented me from seeing Foghat since Lonesome Dave passed was the fact that it just would not be the same without him; after all he was the voice of the band during their most successful period. Last night made all of those doubts and feelings melt away in no time once lead man Charlie Huhn started belting out some vocals. Huhn is also an exceptional guitar player. He has a voice well suited to their blues-rock boogie and the musicianship he provides is icing on the cake. What was prevalent a well was the sheer power of the music presented live. Songs like “Terraplane Blues”; a Robert Johnson classic first performed on an acoustic guitar was one of the highlights of the night. The stacks of Marshall amps certainly served their songs very well. It was very loud but crisp and clear and the best mix job I have heard to date at the Colonial, not to mention the best all-around show.

Many of the songs prompted me to reach back and shake out the cobwebs reminding me of great albums like Stone Blue and Night Shift as they played “Drivin’ Wheel” and “Stone Blue” both to perfection. I have to admit they played every song exceptionally well. Another surprise was the fact that they never stopped for a short intermission, which most bands do, then they came out for an encore and played a rousing version of their most recognizable tune “Slow Ride”. Everyone got on their feet and stayed there for that song and deservedly so.

After leaving the show we felt elated and totally amazed at how good it was, knowing that going home and falling asleep right away was highly unlikely.

People of the Berkshires do not have to travel too far these days to enjoy a great evening of entertainment. Between The Colonial, The Mahaiwie and Tanglewood, we are fortunate to enjoy these beautiful venues and the quality acts that are being booked for our pleasure.

Set List:

  • Road Fever
  • Take Me To The River
  • My Babe
  • Drivin’Wheel
  • Stone Blue
  • Rollin & Tumblin
  • Terraplane Blues
  • Needle And Spoon
  • Fool For The City
  • I Just Want To Make Love To You
  • Slow Ride

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
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