Foghat has just released a new concert album and video called 8 Days on the Road in celebration of the veteran rockers’ 50th anniversary.
The collection, which is available as a two-CD/DVD package and digitally, features a November 2019 performance by the band at Daryl’s House, the club Daryl Hall owns in Pawling, New York.
Founding Foghat drummer Roger Earl tells ABC Audio that the band hadn’t planned to record the show, but since the club has cameras and recording equipment already set up, they went ahead and documented the gig.
“The sound in the room is terrific…It’s like playing in your living room,” Earl explains. “[A]nd then we took all the stuff home and [Foghat lead guitarist and producer] Bryan Bassett…started working on it. And we listened to…the first rough mixes and we said, ‘Wow, looks like we can play still.'”
Roger adds that he also was “pleasantly surprised” with the film of the show.
The concert features Foghat delivering inspired renditions of many of their best-known tunes, including “Slow Ride,” “Fool for the City” and the Willie Dixon classic “I Just Want to Make Love to You.”
Earl notes that the band also included two rarities in the set, a cover of Chuck Berry‘s “Maybellene,” which the group originally recorded for its 1972 self-titled debut, and a version of the Wild Cherry hit “Play That Funky Music.” Roger says he suggested that the band perform the latter tune because Bassett is a former Wild Cherry member, and played on the original track.
Earl tells ABC Audio that Foghat will be playing the 8 Days on the Road set at their 2021 concerts, so if “people come to see us and they like the set…it’s already pre-recorded for them.”
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