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Passings: Craig MacGregor, Bassist For Foghat (1949 - 2018)

by VVN Music

Craig MacGregor, who has played bass for Foghat on and off since 1976, died earlier today (February 9) after battling cancer a the age of 68.

The band posted the following on their official website:

On behalf of Craig MacGregor’s family and the Foghat family, it is with great sadness that we are letting you know that we have lost our brother, good friend, husband, father and band mate this morning. He passed peacefully in his wife, Lisa MacGregor’s arms after a prolonged battle with cancer. Please respect the privacy of the family and band members at this time. We will be sharing information in the next day or so. Rest in Peace Thunderfingers.

MacGregor, who was born in Iowa, took a long road to playing the bass, first starting on piano at the age of 7 and following with trumpet and drums before finally settling down.

As a teen, he lived in Connecticut where he played with the band Swan which also included Bobbi Torrello and Joe Kelly (Johnny Winter, Ike & Tina Turner).

In 1976, he joined Foghat, replacing Nick Jameson who, himself, had replaced the band's original bassist, Tony Stevens.  The band was coming off its biggest hit, "Slow Ride", and were set for continuing success with albums like Night Shift (1976 / #36), Live (1977 / #11) and Stone Blue (1978 / #25).

MacGregor left the band in 1982, returning for a short time in 1984 and 1986 when the group broke up.  Between 1982 and his final return in 2005, he played with such groups as Buck Dharma, Randy and the Radiants and the Kneetremblers which also included Foghat's Roger Earl and Erik Cartwright.

Then, in 2012, doctors found a small spot of lung cancer but did not tell MacGregor.  By 2015, it had spread and became stage four. The actions of the original doctors caused Craig to become active in promoting the Patient Test Results Information Act which would require doctors to reveal all test results in a timely manner.

Since his diagnosis, MacGregor was unable to travel with Foghat, but he officially remained a member and played on eight of the twelve tracks on their 2016 album Under the Influence.