This year marks the 40th anniversary of Foghat's self-titled first album. But the current incarnation of the boogie-rock group -- best known for hits such as "Slow Ride" and "Fool For the City" -- tries to look forward rather than backwards at its legacy.
"I've gotten a few comments that people think it's as good a lineup, if not better, then the original band," says Charlie Huhn, the Grand Rapids native -- and onetime Detroit and Livonia resident -- who's been fronting Foghat since 2000. "It's a real honor to be bestowed that kind of compliment.
"But we don't dwell on it a lot. We just try to do a little better every night and try to outdo ourselves at every show. We tend to get a good response that way."
During Huhn's tenure, Foghat -- which includes founding drummer Roger Earl, longtime bassist Craig MacGregor and former Wild Cherry guitarist Bryan Bassett -- has released a new studio album called "Family Joules" in 2003, "Foghat Live II" in 2006 and the blues album "Last Train Home" in 2010. This year the group is planning to release a live DVD as well as a four-song EP of new material.
"The focus going in was we wanted to keep putting things out on a regular basis and still be an active, working band," Huhn, 61, explains. "I'm really looking forward to (the EP) because I enjoy writing and doing stuff with these guys. We don't get to do that much of it because we're out touring nine months of the year, but it's important to us to take advantage of opportunities to make new things."
The Blues Balls of Fire Tour with Foghat, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Canned Heat plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $10-$35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com