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Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot rock Penn's Peak Fri.

Published October 15. 2009 05:00PM

Friday night at Penn's Peak, two legendary Southern Rock bands will be making their return.

Performing will be Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

In a telephone interview with Greg T. Walker, bass player for Blackfoot, he remarked that Penn's Peak is one of his favorite venues.

"It's one of the premier venues in the country for that size," he said. "It's designed well. It's constructed well. The sound is great. The production staff is hard t beat."

Since appearing at Penn's Peak last October, Blackfoot has been to Sweden twice, and has also performed in Germany, Finland, and Belgium.

"We criss-crossed the ocean several times," said Walker.

All Blackfoot members hail originally from Florida, although the band moved to northern New Jersey and lived there for several years, "trying to get a record deal in New York."

Walker explained regarding New Jersey, "It was the perfect place for us. Southern rock was not known then. We stayed in North Jersey for about 10 years."

Today the band members live in California.

One of the big differences between Europe and the United States is that Europe doesn't have many radio stations like the U.S. does, explained Walker. "Here, every major city has radio. In England, they still have BBC 1 and 2. The fans rely heavily on print media."

"Because bands aren't over-exposed in Europe, the public tends to buy more records," Taylor noted. "If they like you in Europe, they are your fans for life."

Other members of Blackfoot include Scott W. Craig on drums, Charlie Hargrett, lead guitar and founding member; and Bobby Barth, singer and guitarist.

Blackfoot produced multi gold and platinum albums and continues to add new songs to their repertoire. They still play their classics, "Train Train," "Highway Song" and "Baby Blue," just to name a few.

They toured with many legends over the years (The Who, Deep Purple, AC/DC) and they have even helped open doors for other up and coming bands (Def Leppard, Scorpions and Iron Maiden) by allowing them to open for Blackfoot on tour.

Molly Hatchet was named after the infamous 17th century murderess"Hatchet" Molly who copied her killings from Lizzie Borden. Molly Hatchet was the title of their 1978 debut album and it quickly reached multi-platinum status. Soon, Molly Hatchet was touring with Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and more. One year later, they released Flirtin' With Disaster, which also reached platinum status.

In 2003 they celebrated their 25th anniversary of the first national or international release with their first double live album Locked and Loaded. It was recorded in Germany at the International Harley Davidson Festival in front of 80,000 southern rockers. In 2005, Dave Hlubek, an original Molly Hatchet band member, returned to the band after a 20 year hiatus.

Molly hatchet continues to forge ahead. After almost 30 years, they are a band that is always workin' hard, playin' tough, livin' fast and still Flirtin With Disaster!

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