CH: "We also have another release in Europe and Great Britain."
Roger Earl: "Yeah, its called NOT Live at the BBC." (laughing) "Actually, its already being played in Belgium, France, Germany, and Scotland. We may be able to go to Europe
.. and do what, I dont know."
CH: "So, weve kept releasing stuff and were starting up our 2010 tour down here in Clearwater. We had sporadic dates during the winter, but we spent most of the time in the studio. Bryan just got done mixing and mastering the new blues CD and did a brilliant job."
RE: "Actually, we call him 'Brian the Brilliant'" (laughing)
Yall are on tour full force again, but is it more difficult to do it like this after nearly four decades on the road?
RE: "You know, its rock n roll music and it's fun."
[image-1]BB: "We play for free and get paid to travel. But weve all got more than 20 years out on tour buses, so we dont actually do that anymore. We fly everywhere and we dont go out for weeks on end now. We go out for a couple of days or a week at most. We mostly play the shows we want."
CH: "Its like a rock n roll pension plan." (everyone laughs)
BB: "Whats interesting and totally different from the 1970s is that the casino work has now become sort of the classic rock demographic."
CH: "Yeah, and sometimes the casinos want us to play so little music
RE: "45 minutes, right?"
.and give us so much money, that we want to give money back." (laughing)
BB: "Generally I do usually give some of it back." (everyone laughs)
[image-2]RE: "Actually, we did that once in Colorado at Cityfest somewhere. We were playing with Paul Rogers (of Bad Company) and the promoter said 'Look, I need you to only play 45 minutes. Everythings late, all of the opening acts have been late and we need more time for Paul.' I said, tell you what, if I give you back your deposit and you keep all the money that you owe us tonight and you let us play for an hour and a half. He went (makes confused noises)." (everyone laughs)
He must have thought it was some sort of trick.
CH: "No, were really thankful for the casino work. Its indoors, its air conditioned..." (laughing)
Beyond the music, how did the band get into making wine, iPhone apps, video games and such?
RE: "Three or four years ago, we played the New California State Fair. We did two one-hour shows there and they were both sold out. It was a really cool place and this guy came to us called Steve Rasmussen, hes a wine-maker on the west coast. Hes a huge Foghat fan and he brought his partner along too. Afterwards, he sent an email to Linda, our manager, and said You guys are probably already doing this but would you interested in making a Foghat wine? I went ahhhhhhh (simulating someone twisting his arm and laughing)."
CH: "Roger has a self-twisting arm." (laughing)
RE: "The first one that came out was a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and this year we have a 2008 Chardonnay which will be released in June. Its really delicious. The first round was only 90 cases but this one, we have 290 cases so maybe this time Ill even get to drink some cause every time I go to drink a bottle, Linda (Roger's wife and the bands manager) says that its got to be sold." (laughing)
Forty years ago, did you ever think that youd be doing this type of thing?
RE: "Drinking wine? Yeah!" (everyone laughs)
CH: "We just didnt think that it was going to be ours."
RE: "Yeah, I was actually involved in making the wine, picking the grapes, crushing them. It was fun. Id like to make Tequila as well." (laughing)
BB: "And as far as the iPhone apps and such, that really started with 'Slow Ride' being on Guitar Hero. Of course, everybody is looking for ways to market themselves now due to the general demise of the traditional record label model."
CH: "The industry has done almost a 180 and you have to reinvent yourself on a yearly basis."
BB: "Of course we knew the Guitar Hero thing was happening and all of the sudden the first ten rows of our shows were starting to be teenagers."
CH: "Weve had little 16-year-old girls coming up with tee-shirts that say 'Foghat Wacked My Bush' (the whole room erupts in laughter) and I have to say 'I cant sign that.'"
Is it slightly surreal to see yourself on a video game?
[image-3]Craig Macgregor "It sucks cause none of us can beat it ... (everyone laughs)
Ive been playing guitar for 40 years and I cant get through it. I mean, its really frustrating.
RE: "Sometime back, I went over to one of my grandsons and he was six then and hes got this huge TV screen in his room and hes playing the game. I said 'You know thats granddads song that youre playing' and he said 'Yeah, right.'" (everyone laughs) But now he knows and Im pretty cool."
So you didnt become cool to the younger generation until you got on a video game?
RE: "No, I take them fishing and dont yell at them. Im a cool granddad."
Where do you envision yourselves in 10 years?
BB: "Hopefully being seen and not viewed." (everyone laughs)
RE: "No actually, I think that, in the immortal words of Lonesome Dave, 'Were going to roll til were old and rock til we drop.' You know, we get paid for having fun. The traveling can get to be a bit of a drag."
CH: "Were just happy that there is still a market for old rockers like us."
Foghat's latest release Last Train Home is scheduled for release in June. Check back for a review in advance of the the release date.