Live Review: The ’70s Rule with Blue Oyster Cult & Foghat at Prairie Knights

Published on May 6th, 2012

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May 5, 2012 – They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Rock warriors of a time gone by, Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat have survived deaths of multiple band members, dozens of music eras, and even famous Saturday Night Live sketches. Both bands are both well beyond their 40th anniversaries and still carrying on with an undeterminable amount of shows still left in them. Their joint show at Prairie Knights Casino proved that the fans are still hanging on – and then some.

The casino is nestled in the bluffs of the Missouri River basin, just a short car drive south of Bismarck, North Dakota. Oil may be the state’s mainstay treasure, but this evening the only resource that mattered was rock ‘n’ roll. Roger Earl, Charlie Huhn, and the rest of the Foghat crew were on board to ensure that plenty was in supply from the start of their hour-long set.

They may have saved their two most popular hits – “Fool for the City” and the magnificent “Slow Ride” – for the very end of the set, but that didn’t stop the crowd from getting into it from the very start. Lead vocals these days are handled by Charlie Huhn, who impresses as the newcomer who isn’t really new. A former Ted Nugent recruit, he’s been with Foghat since 2000.

Putting out the original Foghat boogie is a more challenging task with just one original member (Drummer Roger Earl) left standing. That’s where Huhn’s slick pipes are a godsend to this veteran touring act. At 60 he’s no spring chicken, but age isn’t having much of an effect on his voice.

Blue Oyster Cult haven’t seen as much change to their lineup over the years, but their fanbase certainly has evolved. Not all of the fists in the air at this show were those of original BOC’ers. Young fans were out in droves, some even sporting shirts of the Cult. Even though the band won’t indulge too much in the cowbell during their signature song anymore, there’s no denying Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live sketch has added some much needed youth to their audience.

The kids who came got to see a band still in good shape after all these years. Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom tore it up on guitar, earning respect from the youngsters no doubt, and reassuring their most loyal devotees of their continued prowess.

Keeping a good portion of the North Dakota crowd on their feet for a combined three hours was a pretty impressive feat for two nostalgia acts.

 

 

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  1. Posted by Paul Isaacson on May 8th, 2012, 15:07 [Reply]

    Matt,

    I sent you an email earlier. I obviously got my answer. Thanks for the website! I had a short visit with Charlie Huhn at check out time on Sunday 5-6-12.
    I thanked him for helping to keep classic rock alive. He remembered their ND gigs that I saw from over the years…Rockin’ the Hills, Party in the Pasture, Sawyer 2010. A nice guy that took the time for another 60 year old (almost)rocker. He’s a class act.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll buy you a brewski if I ever get the chance to meet you.

    Paul

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