Having two teenage brothers as a kid had its advantages and disadvantages. Aside from teasing me on the school playground’s basketball court, they often let their little brother tag along to some classic concerts.
The first concert I remember going to was Foghat at Chicago’s International Amphitheatre (with some guy named Bob Seger opening the show). The band had just released their classic Fool For The City album, which was a staple on the turntable. I remember the comical cover with drummer Roger Earl sitting on a crate in the street with a fishing pole, dropping his line in the sewer.
With the classic song “Slow Ride” pushing the album toward the top of the charts, the cover has since become an iconic image. I recently had the honor of speaking with Roger Earl, who is still recording and touring with Foghat. Roger is now a spry 75 years young, and his band is celebrating their 50th year like the hungry teens they once were.
Roger is gearing up for a handful of tour dates to promote the band’s latest live double CD/DVD package called 8 Days On The Road. Roger and I discuss this beautiful new release and so many aspects of his illustrious career. I mentioned that seeing Foghat at the Amphitheatre was a life-changing moment for me, and he told me a very special story about that particular run of shows. Apparently, that very same concert that set me on my path was one of Roger’s greatest memories as well.
We also talked about the infamous photo on the cover of Fool For The City and what New York’s Finest thought about him fishing in the sewer!
Watch the interview and get to know this fine gentleman and drummer, and hear some great rock and roll stories!
See the Dr. Music interview with Roger Earl at https://youtu.be/CMOy-oWcYs8.
Visit Foghat online at https://foghat.com.