Foghat Guitarist Rod Price Dies at 57

Published: 2005-03-25
Rod Price, guitarist for '70s blues-rock band Foghat, died this past Tuesday (March 22nd) after suffering a heart attack before falling down a flight of stairs in his New Hampshire home. He was 57 years old. Although Price left Foghat in 1981 after a decade with the band, he continued his music career, recording many blues albums and even giving private guitar lessons.

Best known for their song "Slow Ride" from their "Fool For The City Album" (who doesn't like that song!), in their heyday Foghat sold out concerts across America and earned several gold albums. Price was a member of the band from the very beginning, playing guitar on Foghat's self-titled debut, which was released in the summer of 1972.

Releasing six very successful albums between 1974 and 1978 (including 1975's "Fool For The City"), Foghat continued to bask in the spotlight until the '80s. They eventually disbanded in 1984, a few years after Price's departure, after attention started to wane. In 2000, Price released his very first solo album called "Open", featuring 10 tracks of emotional blues music, and his last called "West Four" in 2003.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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I think it was 1973-74 when I first listen to foghat, it was Don Krishner's rock concert TV series here in Tijuana Mexico, I was 13 years old, there was something special about foghat that realy got my attention, since then, Rod Price became one of my favorites guitar players, Foghat came in to my life like many others around the world, when I was developing my musical interest, obviously with the departure of Dave now Rod "it hurts me too".

I never had the chance to meet Rod in person. As a HUGE fan of FOGHAT and Rod, I want to express my condolences to his wife and their sons. From this side of the planet, as a guitar player too, I wish soon resignation to those who were big fans of ROD PRICE.........WHAT A LOSS.....
Posted by: Anonymous on March 26, 2005
I was 17 and an exchange student from honduras in texas during 1977-78 and "slow ride" plus other massive hits from foghat were among my all time favorite songs. I'm really sorry for his death but i'm sure he is creating good music wherever he is now.
Posted by: Marco on March 30, 2005
Wow! I guess its a sign of getting old.I mean first Lonesome Dave Peverett the lead singer of FOGHAT dies in 2000 from cancer.Now Rod Price their lead guitarist.Foghat was my very first concert i attended in Philadelphia at the Spectrum stadium.Rod influenced me musically,thus discovering "Blues" music through him.He was a highly underated muscian and a killer slide gutarist.I am proud to say that i own his 2 solo cds he released before he died, autographed by Rod.For those of you who forgot how big FOGHAT was you really should relive those days.FOGHAT has a website "When I was Stone Blue Rock and Roll Sure Helped Me Through"
Peace to Rod Price,youve earned it.
Posted by: Don Timony on April 09, 2005
I first had the pleasure of hearing foghat in 1977. I was watching a late night musical show, called Don Kishner's rock concert(check spelling of Kishner), when this band came on and started playing, It hurts me too, a song it later included on its Stone Blue album. It was obvious to even my 17 year old ears that this was no small band. Writing this note, which I felt compelled to do after learning of Rod Price's unforunate demise, I am sitting here jamming on some serious blues by Eric Clapton. I guess when you listen to serious blues artists, Foghat will always come to mind. I'll miss them.
Thanks for the memories.
Posted by: Anonymous on April 24, 2005
I just wanted to say that Rod Price was one of the greatest slide guitarist of all times. So sorry to hear of his passing. I was surfing the web and found this out, as I sit hear in tears I needed to say something to the world about Rod. Listen to his music and you'll hear his great slide work. Again, Rod your the greatest.
Love Addie
Posted by: Anonymous on June 14, 2006
well, i became a foghat fan in 1972. i was in the record section of a department store here in CT and i heard a tune playing in the background that i really liked. it was "highway killing me", which is still one of my all-time fog favorites.

i saw them a bunch of times in the mid-70s.

in, i think, 1977, i attended a special "appearance" at a recording studio in wallingford, ct one night, and afterward, outside at their bus, i presented the band w/ a huge lowenbrau ceramic mug.

a few nights later, we saw them in nyc- i think it was the palladium. we were sitting in the first row of the baclony. before they came back for their encore, i told my friend- "i'm going down to catch rod's slide" (i had seen them before and knew he threw it out as a souvenir.) well, believe it or not, i DID get it! i was a happy camper!

my story gets better. after the show, we milled around the city for a while. when we went to get our car, the parking garage had closed and didn't reopen until 6 a.m., so we decided to hang out near the palladium's side entrance and sure enough, the band eventually came out.

so we approached them and they remembered us from the studio gig, and were just as surprised as me when i showed them rod's slide.

it was an incredible few days for a big fan back in the day.

sad that dave and rod are gone, but they will live forever in their music. thanks guys.
Posted by: Anonymous on August 17, 2006

You've been on my mind so much these last few days and I just realized it's almost the 3rd anniversary of your death. I miss you, my friend.

Posted by: Anonymous on March 13, 2008
I have been a fan for 37 years since foghat exsisted. Rod price will be missed very much. I would like to send my very best to his family & friends including band members. love all of you very much. Your #1 fan always Carmen Hall
Posted by: Anonymous on May 06, 2008
I knew Rod back in his days in England, we were inseperable friends but as these things go we lost cotact over the years once he went to America. I remember going with him to many John mayall gigs who at the time featured Eric Clapton and to The Cream Debut concert at The Windsor Jazz Festival.I was really sad that I have just traced him and found out he has passed away. I have some photos of him from that era if his family would like them.Let me know where I can send them.I am very sad for the passing of an old friend.
Posted by: Anonymous on November 27, 2008
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