“Lonesome” Dave Peverett, founding member of ’70s rock radio mainstays Foghat, died on Monday near his home in Florida of complications from cancer.
The 57-year-old Peverett was first diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his kidney in 1998, prompting Foghat to cut short is tour in support of that year’s release of “Roadcases.” The singer had the kidney removed, and after receiving chemotherapy for much of 1999, saw his cancer go into remission. Peverett even played a string of show with his bandmates two months ago. However, the singer recently came down with pneumonia and on Saturday was taken from his home in Orlando, Florida to a nearby hospital, where he died on Monday.
Peverett and Foghat will perhaps be best remembered for car-friendly rock radio staples such as “Slow Ride” and “Fool For The City.” Peverett first teamed with his future bandmates Roger Earl and Tony Stevens in the blues-rock outfit Savoy Brown, and the three left that band in 1971 to form Foghat. The
band found sales success in the States through the mid-’70s, courtesy of its blues-based riff-heavy sound and lengthy chunks of touring.
After several years of inactivity (save for the occasional greatest hits package), Foghat reunited in 1993 to tour and prepare the release of 1994’s “Return Of The Boogie Men.”