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Foghat Feels Close Ties To Detroit

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Foghat may be playing the City of Warren’s 50th Birthday Bash this weekend, but drummer Roger Earl says that any locale in the metro Detroit carries weight with the veteran blues-rock group.

“We have a lot of fond memories of Detroit and playing there,” says Earl, 58, the sole founding member left of the band formed by Savoy Brown

refugees in 1971 in England. “Detroit was the first city to embrace Savoy Brown wholeheartedly, and also when we formed Foghat, it was one of the first places our record started selling.

“So when we first went there it was like coming home. It still is — even though I live in New York now and support some of their teams.”

Like, dare we say, the Yankees?

“I am a Yankees fan,” Earl says with a laugh, “but I keep it quiet.”

Foghat’s Detroit ties go deeper than mere memories. Former Ted Nugent singer Charlie Huhn, who still lives in the metro area, has been fronting the group since “Lonesome” Dave Peverett died of cancer in 2000. And Earl says the band’s guitar and drum techs are also from these parts.

“So we have a real relationship with that area,” Earl says. “I go fishing up there, in the northern part (of Michigan), too, for salmon and trout. They have some beauti- ful places.”

Foghat released a concert album, “Live II,” in May, which was recorded two years ago in California. Earl says the group is in the process of building a studio in Florida, where it plans to record a new studio album as well as a blues collection in early 2008.

Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 21) as part of the General Motors-Chrysler Warren 50th Birthday Bash in the Warren Downtown Center City Square. Fireworks will follow the concert. Admission is free. CAll (586) 268-8400 or visit www.wattsupinc.com.

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