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Topics: Riot, Detroit

Thursday, 1 July 2004

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State Police: "Let's Hope Seger Stays Quiet"

DETROIT - Seminal 1970's blues-rock band Foghat sparked a riot in the Motor City when they announced plans to start a limited, 7-city tour there in the fall. Band spokesman Peter Toth said that the members of the band all felt terrible about the rioting, but never realized that there was this much demand for a tour by the band that made its names on hits like "Slow Ride" and "Fool for the City."

Detroit police, however, say that the band is either deliberately misreading the situation, or they're badly out of touch. "These people aren't rioting because they want to see Foghat," said Police Commissioner John Tuckett. "They're rioting because they got sick to death of Foghat 20 years ago, and everyone thought they were finally rid of this band, and here they come with another reunion tour. The former fans have had enough. At least, that's what they're telling us."

Tuckett has additional worries. "We got a call last night," he said. "Kansas wants to have a reunion tour now. Kansas! You know this kind of thing can always happen, but you never dream you'll get Foghat and Kansas at the same time. You'd almost think al Qaeda was booking these acts."

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