Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
Foghat drummer Roger Earl will celebrate his 70th birthday at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville on May 13, but it’s his fans that will be getting the presents.
Earl, who has lived in East Setauket for decades, will not only bring Foghat, best known for hits like “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City,” to the bar, but also give fans a sneak preview of songs from the band’s upcoming “Under the Influence” album, out in June. It’s also the first Long Island appearance on the current tour, which will include shows with Blue Öyster Cult and Steppenwolf.
Earl’s birthday show will also mark the Long Island debut of his new band Earl and the Agitators, which was born a few months ago in Nashville when Earl and Foghat guitarist Bryan Bassett started recording with singer-guitarist Scott Holt. Songs like “Going Down” take the British blues base that Foghat’s brand of classic rock was steeped in and combines it with a bit of country and Southern rock.
Zebra’s Randy Jackson and Vixen will also be part of the festivities, paying tribute to Earl.
Foghat plays Revolution, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-264-7712, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13 (doors open 7 p.m.). Tickets are $30 through TicketWeb, 866-468-3399, ticketweb.com