The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 10, 2014

Foghat to rock Thunder rally

Tom Lavis
tlavis@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — It’s been a “Slow Ride,” but the British rock band Foghat is returning to Johnstown for an overdue encore performance.

Officials at Greater Johnstown Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau have revealed that Foghat will be the headliner for this year’s Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally.

The band will take the stage at 10 p.m. June 27 at the Jagermeister Stage at the Train Station venue.

Best known for the classic hit “Slow Ride,” Foghat has some of the best blues-boogie-rock ever recorded by one of the biggest bands of the 1970s and 1980s.

It has been 32 years since Foghat appeared at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in September 1981 along with another legendary band, Blue Oyster Cult.

Foghat will conduct a small-scale British invasion as thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts welcome the rockers to the rally, which will take place June 26-29.

“Slow Ride” was Foghat’s biggest single and reached No. 20 on the U.S. charts by selling over 2 million copies.

Other hits followed, including “Drivin’ Wheel,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Stone Blue” and “Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool).”

Foghat has never stopped touring or recording. They have been together in one form or another, with Roger Earl steadfastly at that drum seat for over four decades.

Lisa Rager, visitors bureau executive director, said Foghat’s music has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.

“Over the last few years, Foghat has reached

a whole new generation of fans, largely as a result of their incessant touring, but also because their songs are heard on such popular home video games as ‘Guitar Hero III’ and ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ ” Rager said.

Their music also has been featured in movies such as “Dazed & Confused,” “Wild Hogs,” “Bottle Shock” and “Halloween II” along with numerous TV shows and advertisements.

The concert is free and VIP Preferred tickets will be available in limited quantities. More information regarding the VIP Preferred tickets will be forthcoming.

“After the success of the Molly Hatchet concert at last year’s rally, we wanted to capitalize on that by bringing another well-known group to Thunder,” Rager said.

“Foghat will have a great appeal to the demographic served by those who attend our rally.”

Foghat certainly seems to fit the bill.

By announcing a headline group early, Rager said the visitors bureau and rally sponsors want to capitalize on drawing attendees from out of the area.

“We want them to come in early for the rally and increase area hotel stays,” she said.

Foghat and all other entertainment during

the rally are sponsored by Atlantic Broadband and its partners.

For more information, visit www.visitjohnstownpa.com or call the visitors bureau at 536-7993.



Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.