Marquee Memories: Foghat

In 2024, rock band Foghat turns 53 years old. They're one of those bands you know, even if you don't know that you know. Their most famous hits - "Slow Ride" and "Fool for the City" to name a few - permeated pop culture and are embedded in the consciousness of multiple generations. The band has seen lineup changes over the decades, but through it all, founding member and drummer Roger Earl has kept them on the road, recording (Foghat's 17th studio album was released last November) and relevant.
We were honored to have vocalist Scott Holt and Roger Earl stop by our Setlist.fm studio and share stories of icons like Elvis, Mick Jagger, Prince and more! Honestly, we found it hard to leave much on the cutting room floor. Please enjoy:

Elvis

Scott Holt: 1975, I'm nine years old, and Elvis is coming to town. My parents were trying to decide if they were gonna take me and my brother, because the tickets were really expensive. You know, we got these nosebleed seats behind the stage, but I just remember going in, and the building just felt like it was pulsating. And then he came on, and it was just this nuclear explosion. And the woman sitting next to my dad, who he didn't know, but she was trying to yank his binoculars from around his neck so she could see. But yeah, it was life changing.

The Rolling Stones

Roger Earl: The Stones have always been one of my favorite bands. When records would come out, we’d put the record on the record player, and it was like magic. You know, you turn it up as loud as the speakers will bear, and it's like, "Whoa." I grew up in southwest London. I used to go and see The Stones at The Marquee, but there was one time I saw them at Eel Pie Island. I go to the bar, I think I was only 16. I didn't know at the time, but I was right behind Mick, and he turned around and bumped into me with his beer, and said, "Oh, sorry, mate." That was my brush with greatness. When they started playing in theaters and stuff, you couldn't really hear 'em, 'cause back then they had maybe two Vox columns as the PA and there's 3,000 people outside, and then of course, all the girls started screaming, so you couldn't hear 'em anyway, but they were a fantastic band.

Prince

Scott Holt: Well, I was a huge Prince fan. I saw him a bunch of times, and this particular time he was in Knoxville, and I took my wife, and we ended up on the front row. My wife is extremely attractive, and Prince kind of looked at her the whole night, which made me equal parts proud and also wanted to kick his ass,'cause you know, he's looking at my wife. But every time I saw Prince, he was amazing. He could do everything. He could play the drums and he sounded like a drummer, and he played guitar like a guitar player. But I just thought he was cool, you know? Any guy that can wear high heels is, you know, pretty badass.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Roger Earl: Without Jerry Lee, there would be no rock and roll. There was always music in our house. There was always a radio. We were the first ones I think to get record players. My father brought home a record, I believe it was "Great Balls of Fire," and my dad said to me, "Here, have a listen to this, boy son. He can really play the Joanna." It was magic. And about a couple of months later, it was around 1960, Dad took me to see Jerry Lee Lewis at a theater in southwest London somewhere. I was never the same. I recently saw him, I say recently, maybe 10 years ago, and he was fantastic. He has this reputation of going on stage and then not playing anything. So he comes up, and he starts playing a couple of country tunes, then he gets up and says, "Oh, I think that's enough," and he said, "No, just kidding." He sat back down and played for well over an hour, and he was something else.

Buddy Guy

Scott Holt: Buddy Guy's the artist that made me want to play music professionally. My father took me to see him play at a club in Tampa, Florida, and he had a 100 foot guitar chord, and he went out in the street, and went to the bar, and was playing on the bar and just, I'd never seen anything like that. And my father had set it up, unbeknownst to me, that I was gonna get to meet Buddy and talk to him, and I was mortified. And then Buddy invited me to his hotel room the next day for a guitar lesson. So I spent four hours with him the next day talking about guitars and playing and stuff. I went back home from that knowing that that's all I wanted to do for the rest of my life. About a year later, he called me and asked me to join his band, so I played with him for 10 years. He was my mentor, it was like going to the university. There's stuff I do now in my career that I don't even know why I do it, and then I'll realize it's something that I'm copying from Buddy. It's something that he taught me.


  • Listen to Foghat's newest album, Sonic Mojo, here.
  • They're always on tour, so check out dates and details here.
  • Grab merch here.
  • And watch live footage from "Drivin' On" (from their new album):

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Last updated: 21 Jul 2024, 22:40 Etc/UTC