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FOGHAT Celebrates 50th Anniversary With '8 Days On The Road' Live Album

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https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/foghat-celebrates-50th-anniversary-with-8-days-on-the-road-live-album/

 

 

 

Legendary rockers FOGHATRoger Earl (founding member/drums), Bryan Bassett (lead guitar, formerly with WILD CHERRY and MOLLY HATCHET), Charlie Huhn (lead guitar and lead vocals, formerly with Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, VICTORY and HUMBLE PIE) and Rodney O'Quinn (bass, formerly with the PAT TRAVERS BAND) — celebrate 50 years of rock and roll with "8 Days On The Road", a 14-track live performance that will be released as a double CD/DVD package on July 16, 2021 on their own Foghat Records label, distributed by Select-O-Hits (which is part of the Sun Records family and is owned by Sam Philips's son and nephew).

Pre-orders are now available on these digital outlets, which includes an instant download of "Road Fever" with purchase, as well as a pre-save on Spotify. A video for the song can be seen on the band's official YouTube page today. The collection will also be available on 180-gram vinyl in the coming months.

Recorded on November 17, 2019 at Daryl's House Club in Pawling, New York, the collection features the band's biggest and most legendary hits, including "Slow Ride", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "Fool For The City" and so many others.

As original drummer Roger Earl explains: "Eight days on the road is more like 80,000 days on the road for us, but that's okay; I love my job! It was a change and a real pleasure to play this particular small room. I explained to a couple of folks sitting down front as we were about to take the stage that we sweat a lot, and they might want to finish eating. They just grinned and said, 'We're ready.' And so were we!"

"To play in a small intimate venue like Daryl's club was really fun and something we don't do often," says lead guitarist Bryan Bassett. "Combine that with the fact that this venue has been fine-tuned for acoustics by the on-site recording professionals and this became a great place for us to play and record."

While bassist Rodney O'Quinn shares: "In 2019, we were definitely living up to the title, '8 Days On The Road'. Having played at Daryl's House once before, I remember that it was such a great-sounding room. The energy in the room that night was electric, and the band was hitting on all cylinders."

Singer/guitarist Charlie Huhn concludes: "Playing in an intimate club is so much more energetic and exciting, because as a performer, when you are close to the audience, it's as though you are really in there with them and they are onstage with you. This closeness feeds on you to bring out the best which is a very cool feeling. After playing in larger, more distant stage scenarios like fairs, festivals, casinos and theaters, it was really awesome to be right in with the audience. The close proximity lends an especially exuberant feel that is infectious, and this show was no exception."

Formed in 1971 when "Lonesome" Dave Peverett and Roger Earl left the British blues-rock band SAVOY BROWN, FOGHAT has earned eight gold albums, one platinum album and one double-platinum album. They've continued to release new music every few years and have never stopped touring and recording, although there have been several ups and downs and lineup changes over the years. They sadly lost Peverett in 2000, Rod Price in 2005 and Craig Macgregor in 2018, but founding drummer Roger Earl kept the band's musical legacy going.

If FOGHAT had only given us "Slow Ride", the band's place in rock history would be secure, but the band is so much more than that. As stated by Roger Earl: "We are still a 'work in progress,' writing and recording and plan to be until the day we depart this earth."

The band has already started to work on a new blues/rock studio album, to be released in 2022.

"8 Days On The Road" track listing:

01. Drivin' Wheel
02. Road Fever
03. Stone Blue
04. Fool For The City
05. It Hurts Me Too
06. Take Me To The River
07. Home In My Hand
08. 8 Days On The Road
09. Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie
10. I Just Want To Make Love To You
11. Chevrolet
12. Maybellene
13. Play That Funky Music
14. Slow Ride

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Topic starter Posted : June 18, 2021 7:49 am
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Sorry to be the wet blanket here, but no, no, HELL NO!

These guys just might be all be better players and a better band than the originals.  They could be the greatest band that ever took a stage - but they are NOT Foghat!!!!  One original member - the drummer (Roger Earl) comes nowhere near making up for the deceased or otherwise now gone originals.  Hell, Charlie Watts or Ringo could never tour with qualified sidemen as the Rolling Stones or Beatles!  I'm sure these guys are qualified to play the material but they ain't Lonesome Dave or Rod Price!  I'm sure they play a helluva set, but c'mon guys - get yourselves a name of your own!

We now return to our regularly scheduled postings ....

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Posted : June 18, 2021 8:45 am
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@rusty:  Oh God thanks for giving me a good chuckle this morning.  Yeah, I have to agree with you, this is undoubtedly one hot rock and roll band but as you say, "it's not Foghat!"  

I actually saw this band because they played the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, I'm guessing it was around 2014.  It was a FREE show as they all are at The Boardwalk so I didn't have anything to lose.  Yeah, they were a smokin' rock and roll band but with ONE original member it has to qualify as somewhat of a misnomer.  If Dickey was in any kind of condition to play and he went on the road with Jaimoe and they called it ABB even that would have more legitimacy than this.

I have to wonder how many copies of this new DVD they will sell.  100?  500?

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Posted : June 18, 2021 12:07 pm
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@robslob I guess I take it kinda personally.  While not the greatest or most important band to ever come down the pike, Foghat was just one of those coming of age bands for me.  I forget exactly how many times that I saw them.  They (along with Wet Willie and Brownsville Station - a few others) seemed to have designated opening act status in the'70s.  They were a fun, fun band!  I wouldn't know how to rate them on the rock and roll scale of greatness, but I just never saw them do anything than a rock-solid show.  "Coming of age" status - I think I "hooked up" with my first girl, threw up from consuming too much beer, made new friends - the entire gamut at some of those shows.  Lonesome Dave - he was one of the rock icons of the day - and Rod Price always played his arse off - giving kudos to Duane Allman whenever asked about his inspiration.

I am sure this band that performs under that name is nothing short of stellar.  I think that they owe it to THEMSELVES to come up with a new band name.  I mean, everyday ain't Halloween.  They should establish their own identity.

... if it weren't so damned politically incorrect, I just might get me some brown face paint and bill myself as Chuck Berry.  You don't think anybody would notice, right?

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Posted : June 18, 2021 12:21 pm
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Saw Foghat twice in 1970's. Once was The August Jam at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1974. Marshall Tucker, Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and The Allman Brothers Band. 

Foghat had a well dressed slide player on a Gibson SG with a great tone and really got going. I believe he has passed on. 

Yeah they need to be on your with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker and The Guess Who. All with one original member. 

Saw The Guess Who at a summer street scene a few years ago and I asked the soundman and told him I'm familiar with Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman and they aren't up there. He said the drummer is the only one left from when they were real famous. 

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Posted : June 19, 2021 10:10 am
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@robertdee This probably isn't done anymore, but for a while products like "cheese" (in quote marks - for a reason) that was made with vegetable oil rather than milk had to be labeled as "cheese FOOD" to let the consumer know that what they were buying and consuming was not the actual, real product )cheese made with milk).  Some surviving members of long-existing bands have the courtesy, decency and HONESTY to put a prefix at the front of the band name.  Carl Palmer's ELP Experience  - something like this.  I'm not sure what the ratio of original/new players should be allowed or expected but the fact is, some of these bands are guilty of stretching it a little.  I can remember one summer - not too long ago when there were THREE versions of the Beach Boys on tour.  I hate to be a rock and roll snob, but when somebody walks out of a recent years Skynnyrd show all jazzed because they finally saw them ... I am always tempted to tell them, "you STILL haven't seen Lynard Skynard!"

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Posted : June 19, 2021 10:54 am
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I am big Foghat fan and saw them many times in the 1970's. They are so much more then the couple of hits that casual fans recognize.

They played great blues boogie and did some fantastic covers of old blues songs.

I am sure the current cover band plays good versions of the classics but without the original vocalist/ guitarist Dave Peverett (RIP) and slide guitar extradinaire Rod "the bottle" Price(RIP) it is not Foghat IMHO.

One of my favorite blues covers by the real Foghat off of the Fool For The City LP

 

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Posted : June 19, 2021 12:43 pm
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Saw Foghat in the late seventies at Freedom Hall in Louisville.  They were very popular at the time - all over FM radio in my area.

The part of the show I saw was fine, but this was the only concert I ever left because of the volume of the music.

Everything was turned way up, and Freedom Hall had awful acoustics before it was remodeled in the late 80's.  You could her the sound come at you from the PA and hear it bounce off the walls and come back to you.

 

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Posted : June 19, 2021 1:38 pm
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ABB connection.  Erik Cartwright, who replaced Rod Price in 1981 and played on the LPs that came out in the 80s eventually became a guitar tech for the ABB.  Sat in on a few shows.  I saw him sit in on Liz Reed at the Beacon once.  Sadly passed away in 2017.  

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Posted : June 29, 2021 3:49 pm
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Not intending to keep ripping on the faux Foghat (Faux-Hat - new name for these guys?), but I went to the official Foghat site and did some reading.  There are some Molly Hatchet and Ted Nugent roots here.  I thought Foghat was an English band?  Hey!  Whatever!

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Posted : June 30, 2021 9:44 am
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Saturday night of labor day weekend i'm going to see Firefall, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pat Travers, and Foghat.  I youtubed recent Foghat, thought they rocked, had no idea they rocked so good other than the 2 songs I always hear on classic rock radio, and figured what the hell.  It'll be FUN!   When I was at The Brothers 50, I wasn't wasting energy over the fact that Jaimoe was the only original member.....

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Posted : June 30, 2021 1:21 pm
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@joe_the_lurker The Brothers 50 - was NOT billed as the Allman Brother's Band.  Just sayin'!  Rock on!  😉 

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Posted : June 30, 2021 3:57 pm
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@joe_the_lurker 

"Saturday night of labor day weekend i'm going to see Firefall, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Pat Travers, and Foghat.  I youtubed recent Foghat, thought they rocked, had no idea they rocked so good other than the 2 songs I always hear on classic rock radio, and figured what the hell.  It'll be FUN!   When I was at The Brothers 50, I wasn't wasting energy over the fact that Jaimoe was the only original member....."

You make a great point.  If it's good hard-driving well played rock and roll, hell, you go and have a good time and you don't worry about how many original members are in the band.  And I doubt tickets for your show were over $25.  I didn't really think it was "Foghat" when I saw them but hell, they ROCKED and they could PLAY.

 
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Posted : July 1, 2021 2:39 pm
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On the subject of older bands that are still playing, I noticed this on Facebook just this morning.  I would love to see this because with the original drummer and bass player I would consider this version of Big Brother and The Holding Company legitimate.  I'll be on my camping trip so will have to miss it:

An Evening With
BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY
The Chapel Outdoor Show San Francisco, CA
Friday July 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
This is an excellent band, Janis Joplin's original band featuring Dave Getz (drummer, songwriter, singer, member 56 years) & Peter Albin (bass, songwriter, singer, member 56 years). The band also features Tom Finch and David Aguilar playing outstanding guitar and lead singer, Darby Gould .
The show includes all classic rock radio standards; "Piece Of My Heart", "Summer Time", "Ball And Chain", "Down On Me", "Me And Bobby McGee", "Mercades Benz".
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Posted : July 4, 2021 1:22 pm
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@joe_the_lurker no one is saying they won't play the classics well only that they are Foghat in name only and basically a cover band now.

I have seen my share of cover bands over the years and always had a good time and enjoyed hearing the old songs but never did I think they were the original band and accepted them for what they were.

If the tix are cheap enough and the band is good I just go and enjoy the music and night out and not worry about names. Just go and enjoy

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Posted : July 4, 2021 1:53 pm
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@robslob - Darby Gould was in Jefferson Starship in the early to mid 90s.

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Posted : July 4, 2021 9:03 pm
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I saw the original Foghat once when the reunited in 93 & they rocked.

Same with this current lineup who I've seen many times.

Looking forward to this release.

 

They also put out a live CD not far back called Live At The Belly Up.

Here's a newer tune from it:

 

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Posted : July 4, 2021 9:09 pm
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No matter what you want to call it - these guys have been touring/recording since 2000.

After 21 years, I don't see a name change coming. As with all businesses, someone owns it and has the right to use its' name and product. As a customer, we decide to support it or not. Don't like them - don't go.

Same goes for Gary and his Linnie Skinnie Crew - people want him to not use the name. The difference in pay as Lynyrd Skynyrd or as The Gary Rossington Band is massive. So in essence, people would like him to take a pay cut as they don't agree with him on what he should call his band.

If someone asked you to give back 90% of your salary because they disagreed with your company name - would you do it?

If someone is still booking them after 21 years then they can still draw. A fair amount of the crowds likely have no idea who original members even were so they are not missing anything. These guys play clubs, fairs, package shows with a bunch of bands and they are early on the bills. Not like they are playing big venues and trying to trick the public.

The Foghat that you like? Maybe not but after 21 years, does it matter?

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Posted : July 6, 2021 6:25 am
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@canadianmule 

This reminds me of the whole fiasco between Brian Howe and Simon Kirke & Mick Ralphs. Howe would tour as "Former lead singer of Bad Company Brian Howe". If he just said he was Brian Howe nobody would have known who the hell he was and he couldn't have sold tickets. Well, I would have known but most people wouldn't have.

Of course Kirke & Ralphs went nuts over it and I think there were lawsuits back and forth between the parties. But hey, he was the former lead singer. I think Howe won out in the end. 

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Posted : July 6, 2021 7:35 am
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Brian Howe is/was a fine singer.  Does a guy who was brought in as a replacement for an original member have the right to associate himself that closely with the band whose original singer who was arguably the biggest star in that band?

LEGENDARY.  I think it is the use of this word in the original post of this thread that raises my eyebrow.  Again, these guys just might be better players than the originals (not sayin' that they are or aren't) but this band is not the LEGENDARY Foghat.  You can argue until your hair turns blue and your teeth fall out but they simply aren't.  They might cover the classic hits well, but the fact is they weren't in the same room when "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Slow Ride" or "Fool For the City" were recorded.  

Anybody remember when the sham version of Credence Clearwater Revival came onto the scene?

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Posted : July 6, 2021 9:15 am
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Posted by: @canadianmule

.... If someone is still booking them after 21 years then they can still draw. A fair amount of the crowds likely have no idea who original members even were so they are not missing anything. These guys play clubs, fairs, package shows with a bunch of bands and they are early on the bills. Not like they are playing big venues and trying to trick the public.

The Foghat that you like? Maybe not but after 21 years, does it matter?

This takes me to that story of the sham CCR.  I remember when a promoter was called to the mat for booking them.  His argument was, "You wouldn't know the difference ...".  Someone should've asked him to describe the inner-workings of his personal digestive system - 'cause his head was so far up his ass he probably had a good vantage point.  I believe that a whole lot of people (especially back then) most certainly would have known the difference.

Cactus was a band that I loved that went through several reformats.  On the third go-round, they did have the good taste and honesty to call themselves, the New Cactus Band.   

Having been around during the band's founding and glory days, I'd certainly know the difference between these two instances of Foghat.  If I come across them playing at some cheese-fest somewhere, I'll certainly stop by for a listen.  Defend them all you like - cool with me.  At the same time - understand my dismay.  Hey, Roger Earl!  Just put the word "NEW" at the front of your band name.  Or go with Faux Hat - I will not sue you for using my name.  😉 

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Posted : July 6, 2021 9:28 am
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Hey Rusty
I fully understand you and I am not defending them as they don't need it. They can do as they please as they legally own it.

Just meant that they are nothing new. They have been together for a long time now. Should it have been called Foghat originally? Opinions will vary but there has never been dispute over ownership etc. It is not like some guys sneaking around or a band that has two different versions of it touring.

I have seen them a few times and always part of a multi group show. Good shows but didn't blow me away. Nice guys. I hung with them watching the Edgar Winter Group - not Edgar best show as he took the scatting to a new level. One hour set and he must have scat for half of it. Have seen him many times and could always do without the scat stuff - but this show - Edgar was really in the mood to scat. 🤣 

If in 21 years, you have not seen them then no real harm or foul. That trend will likely continue. The families of the members who passed continue to benefit too so that is a positive.

 

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Posted : July 6, 2021 9:49 am
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Not arguably. Paul Rodgers WAS the biggest star in Bad Co. Usually the lead singer is. Brian Howe was able to sing the old stuff really well. I gave him kudos for that. BUT, they put out six albums with him so he was there a long time. They had a bunch of stuff on the radio. Was it as popular as the 70s Bad Co. stuff? No but they did appeal to people.

The interesting thing about that situation is that Kirke and Ralphs brought Howe into the band. Then they got pissed when he wanted to use the name. I don't think Paul Rodgers said a word about it. I would have thought he of all people would have been the one to get mad. 

I've posted that Paul Rodgers is my favorite vocalist but I always liked Brian Howe. Band dynamics I suppose. 🙄 

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Posted : July 6, 2021 10:01 am
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I guess the Edgar Winter Group (or Band) could be Edgar and anybody that passes his standards.  They are not the "They Only Come Out at Night" band. 

There is (or was) a version of Ten Years After - another of my old time favorites that did not feature Alvin Lee (I think maybe only one or two originals?).  Some band members are just ICONIC to the name, image and sound of the band.  Lonesome Dave and Rod Price were certainly iconic to Foghat.  I never saw the Alvin-less TYA.  Alvin Lee once pointed out, "the guy must be good if he's playing my stuff, but he really owes it to himself to come up with his own material.  "That's what I did with Ten Years After ... "

Yes, there are "fans" (real ones?) who probably don't know or care about the differences.  They're likely mainly there for the party.  If this is the case - why even use the borrowed name?  

Hey!  I'm sorry!  I'll stop beating the dead horse now.

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Posted : July 6, 2021 10:04 am
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@lee I liked the Brian Howe -Bad Company material.  They didn't sound like Bad Company - still a good band with good tunes.

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Posted : July 6, 2021 10:06 am
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@lee I liked the Brian Howe -Bad Company material.  They didn't sound like Bad Company - still a good band with good tunes.

Very different sound. 80s, 90s thing going. Not the 70s guitar driven approach. 

Regarding Edgar Winter I never saw him but the last time I saw Johnny Winter was at the Chicago Blues Fest. He headlined the fest with James Cotton. They played the main stage. It was kind of sad but it was nice to see them both for the last time. Neither one of them could sing. 

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This takes me to that story of the sham CCR.  I remember when a promoter was called to the mat for booking them.  His argument was, "You wouldn't know the difference ...".  Someone should've asked him to describe the inner-workings of his personal digestive system - 'cause his head was so far up his ass he probably had a good vantage point.  I believe that a whole lot of people (especially back then) most certainly would have known the difference.

Cactus was a band that I loved that went through several reformats.  On the third go-round, they did have the good taste and honesty to call themselves, the New Cactus Band.   

Yes, that also happened w/Steppenwolf - John Kay had to sue to stop the name from being ripped off by imposters - 

Like Cactus, a new version of the Cars formed many years ago, & they had the decency/brains to call it The New Cars (it had Rik’s OK)

a bogus version of Deep Purple briefly toured too before being shut down - probly others - yes the fine upstanding business side of rock n roll🤨

hey, screamin wah wah & slide guitars - Road Fever is a good song - if they have the legal right to the Foghat name, more power to em - Foghat fans will dig

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Posted : July 8, 2021 12:03 pm
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@stephen There have been a lot of bands that morphed over time.  One of my favorite bands of all time - Yes, now have a total of ZERO original members.  The absence of Jon Anderson raised one of my eyebrows.  When Chris Squire died (the final original member) ... my personal interest level dropped considerably.  Having said that - any opportunity to see Steve Howe in any format should be taken!

Bogus bands? - Fleetwood Mac has been under heavy "morphication" since the get-go.  Having Mick Fleetwood and John McVie onboard lends legitimacy.  Each incarnation of 'Mac has had its merits.  I'm a huge fan of Neil Finn (Spit Enz, Crowded House) and Mike Campbell (Tom Petty) and was hoping to see that line-up.  Alas - Covid comes and the band pretty much announces that they're done with touring.  No, it wouldn't come close to Peter green - but it would have legs.

The Who ("the Two") - by all accounts, still a viable live band with Pete and Roger delivering the goods.  When Moonie passed - I felt that they'd lost their spirit.  Entwistle was certainly a key cog.  The band played on ...

Which bands just wouldn't be the same minus a key member or two?  I know that the Rolling Stones started out as Brian Jones' band.  By the time he left, Mick and Keef had turned into the nucleus of the machine.  I had a harder time accepting the exodus of Brian's replacement - Mick Taylor.  Ron Wood has been the main guitarist now for most of their existence.  The 'Stones without either Mick or Keef?  I just could never accept that.

Chicago was a bona-fide tour de force in their original days.  Minus Terry Kath - they quickly morphed into the "Peter Cetera Band".  They are still a good live act, but even with several of the originals still onboard, they have become a greatest hits cover band (for practical purposes.

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Posted : July 8, 2021 12:26 pm
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Right, and Journey for me falls into the same classification as Chicago - the change of personnel after Journey’s early albums made for a sound change pretty unlike what they started with - but they knew what they were doing, they became huge, just like Chicago, FMac etc, only never topping what they started with 

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