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21
Jun

FOREIGNER Announce Full Reunion Show

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MICK JONES AND KELLY HANSEN ANNOUNCE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME FOREIGNER REUNION SHOW WITH ORIGINAL BAND AND CURRENT LINEUP AT
STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018
 
TICKETS TO FOREIGNER’S REUNION, “THE LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MOTORCYCLING,”®  AND CAMPING PASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT www.buffalochip.com
 
 
(July 20, 2018) - “I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.” FOREIGNER, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, recently kicked off their 29-city “Juke Box Heroes“ tour as they rock  across the US with one of the hottest Live Nation tours of the summer. Last night in Syracuse, New York, history was made after FOREIGNER  – Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – played the latest stop on their “Juke Box Heroes” tour.
 
Here, founding member Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen shared a historic announcement – FOREIGNER’s first-ever ticketed reunion concert featuring all original members will take place on August 4, 2018 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. Here, Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills will join Mick Jones and FOREIGNER to rock through some of the best-selling songs from the band’s 10 multi-platinum albums and 40 years of enduring top ten hits. While FOREIGNER’s original members have joined the band for surprise appearances in the past, never before have they announced a ticketed reunion where fans can join in for the ultimate soundtrack of summer. For tickets to FOREIGNER’s performance on Chip's Wolfman Jack Stage as part of the 9-day annual event known as "The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling,"® please visit www.buffalochip.com.
 
Says Mick Jones, “It’s been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories. But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we’ll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a FOREIGNER reunion concert, and we hope they’ll come on down to Sturgis and join us!“
 
This announcement comes on the heels of the 40th Anniversary of FOREIGNER’s best-selling album, Double Vision, and the band is working on a very special release to celebrate the momentous occasion.  
 
FOREIGNER is also charting new territory on the album charts, as their latest album, Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus has topped the Billboard Classical Album Chart for multiple weeks, and continues to sell out tour dates across the world. This album has also inspired a new 60-minute concert special airing on PBS TV stations across the country in June and July; FOREIGNER LIVE AT THE SYMPHONY. Please check local PBS listings for air dates in your city.
 
To check out FOREIGNER joined by WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING for the 2018 “Juke Box Heroes Tour” in other cities this summer, please visit LiveNation.com
 
And... a new merch alert! Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop has partnered with Foreigner to launch a new line of band merchandise which will be sold at the group’s current US tour date. Additionally, The Thread Shop worked hand-in-hand with Foreigner to relaunch the band’s online store. This new line of merchandise will be available at Foreigner tour stops across the US, as well as online. From classic logo zip hoodies and Juke Box Hero iPhone cases to Head Games and Double Vision raglan t-shirts, Foreigner’s hits have been memorialized in this fresh new line of gear. Click https://store.foreigneronline.com/store/to purchase!
 

 

 
Tue
20
Mar

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Mick Jones FOREIGNER

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Listen to FOREIGNER's Mick Jones and UB40's Ali Campbell on this episode of Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon on Westwood One. Co-hosting is Alan Niven, plus we divulge the mystery track give it another spin and have a bonus interview at the end of the show!
 
In our first interview, Foreigner's Mick Jones talks about the upcoming tour with Whitesnake & Jason Bonham, the importance of reuniting with Lou Gramm and the other past members, making new music with Foreigner/Lou Gramm, Mutt Lange, past albums, his 1989 solo album, working with Johnny Hallyday and writing in French, session guys Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, Spooky Tooth, and more.
 
In our second interview we talk with UB40's Ali Campbell. He discusses the band's new album A Real Labour Of Love, reggae, the band's longevity, the split, New Zealand's Got Talent, their unplugged album and covering Prince, Red Red Wine, farewell tour, the North American Market and much more. 
 
With all the talk of Farewell tour and the era of classic rock standing on its last legs, I reached out to 83 year old blues guitarist, Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater to talk about making a new album (at his age), and his plans to never retire. Plus, we talk Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, the Chicago's Blues scene, his induction in the Blues hall Of Fame. 
 
And last we reveal the title, artist and story behind the 'mystery' track that was played on a previous episode.
 

 

 
Tue
20
Feb

FOREIGNER Finds Yet Another Way To Milk Catalog

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This is FOREIGNER'S 16th Live or Best Of Compilation and their 8th since the last studio album.
 
"I Want To Know What Love Is", "Cold As Ice", "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Hot Blooded", "Juke Box Hero". FOREIGNER's timeless anthems continue to rock the charts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits and album sales now exceeding 75 million copies. For the first time ever, FOREIGNER will present all its hits with a 58-piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir with "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" available on April 27 via earMUSIC.
 
In May 2017, the band performed two sold-out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland, together with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel. "Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" represents this year-long collaboration between FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones and Grammy-nominated composing/arranging team Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, exploring the deep symphonic potential of these classic and iconic songs. Eggar, Juilliard protégé and cellist/pianist/composer, and Palmer, producer/writer/percussionist, have toured, performed and recorded with artists such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Patti Smith, COLDPLAY and many more.
 
Says Mick Jones: "I could never have imagined when I set out to create FOREIGNER 40 years ago, that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later. Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer's orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy."
 
"Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" CD track listing:
01. Overture
02. Blue Morning, Blue Day
03. Cold As Ice
04. Waiting For A Girl Like You
05. Say You Will
06. When It Comes To Love
07. That Was Yesterday
08. Feels Like The First Time
09. Starrider
10. Double Vision
11. Fool For You Anyway
12. Urgent
13. Juke Box Hero
14. I Want To Know What Love Is
 
"Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" DVD track listing:
01. Overture
02. Blue Morning, Blue Day
03. Cold As Ice
04. Waiting For A Girl Like You
05. Head Games
06. When It Comes To Love
07. Say You Will
08. The Flame Still Burns
09. That Was Yesterday
10. Juke Box Hero
11. Starrider
12. Double Vision
13. Fool For You Anyway
14. Hot Blooded
15. Urgent
16. Feels Like The First Time
17. I Want To Know What Love Is
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Tue
05
Dec

FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE & JASON BONHAM Form 2018 Package

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TOUR LAUNCHES FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 IN BANGOR, ME
 
TICKETS ON SALE STARTING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th AT LIVENATION.COM
 
[VIDEO]: Watch Kelly Hansen spread some very special FOREIGNER-themed holiday cheer with his new caroler friends here: https://youtu.be/edaddXh9C00
 
Los Angeles, CA (December 4, 2017) FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING, are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit early with the announcement of their 2018 29-city summer “Juke Box Heroes Tour,” produced by Live Nation. Nothing warms up the chilly holiday season like the promise of a hot summer tour, and concert tickets make the perfect gift.
 
The legendary artists will cross the U.S. starting Friday, June 15, 2018 in Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.  All three bands are led by Englishmen Mick Jones, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham who are part of the fabric of British rock, and will bring a summer of great music across the country. Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary tour was one of last summer’s best selling runs. 
 
Tickets for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 8th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Tickets for Foreigner VIP packages including Meet & Greets with the band will be available at ForeignerVIP.com.
 
Citi® is the official presale credit card for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour.” As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase  presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 5th at 10am local time until Thursday, December 7th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com
 
“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. 
 
As Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale says, “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour.”

Says Jason Bonham, "Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!"
 
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17). FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were recently celebrated in Business Insider as hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, and Bon Jovi. 
 
Throughout this tour, FOREIGNER will continue their long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Museum, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program over the past several years, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students 
a life-changing experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.
 
The band recently released a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features 40 tracks tracing their distinguished career. Entitled 40, the album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup, with Kelly Hansen on vocals. All tracks were recorded between 1977 and 2017. The current line-up  is Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar), and Chris Frazier (drums).
 
Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE has earned multi-Platinum status for numerous albums, including TROUBLELOVEHUNTERREADY AND WILLING and COME AN’ GET IT, as well as the album that introduced the explosive hard rock revamped WHITESNAKE sound with SLIDE IT IN. The band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987’s self-titled multi-Platinum smash hit album, WHITESNAKE.  From these albums came multiple Top 10 hits worldwide, including two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night,” all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2018.  The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album FLESH & BLOOD.  
 
Following his participation in the monumental reunion of Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena in 2007, drummer Jason Bonham decided to take the music his father was such a huge part of out on the road. The result became Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Best described as a band that perfectly recreates the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening not only celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands but also the life of Bonham's late father, who died in 1980.

When asked why he decided to start the project, Jason said, "It was medicine to relieve myself from the amount of Led Zeppelin that I had studied and rehearsed prior to the O2 show and then dealing with the realization that it wasn’t going to go anywhere beyond that one concert. It originally began as me just wanting to put together a show, but once I realized I could make it more than just the music it became something more. It gave me the opportunity to give a little nod to what everyone knows about my dad’s wild side but also show his sensitive side as well. For me, he was always dad at home and this was an idea to show a deeper side of that."


 
Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on FOREIGNER‘s official website. Fans can also check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news. 
 
“JUKE BOX HEROES TOUR” SUMMER 2018: 
 
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CITY
VENUE 
6/15/2018
Bangor, ME
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion 
6/16/2018
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/19/2018
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater 
6/20/2018
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
6/22/2018
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach 
6/23/2018
6/26/2018
Camden, NJ
Cincinnati, OH
BB&T Pavilion 
Riverbend Music Center 
6/27/2018
Burgettstown, PA
KeyBank Pavilion 
6/29/2018
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live 
6/30/2018
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
7/3/2018
7/4/2018
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 
PNC Music Pavilion  
7/6/2018
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater
7/7/2018
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre
7/8/2018
Simpsonville, SC
Heritage Park Amphitheatre 
7/10/2018
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center 
7/11/2018
Chicago, IL
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 
7/13/2018
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/15/2018
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/17/2018
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
7/18/2018
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/20/2018
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 
7/21/2018
7/24/2018
7/25/2018
7/27/2018
7/28/2018
7/31/2018
8/1/2018
Irving, TX
Denver, CO
West Valley City, UT
Auburn, WA
Ridgefield, WA
Chula Vista, CA
Irvine, CA
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory  
Pepsi Center
Usana Amphitheater 
White River Amphitheatre 
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre 
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 
Five Point Amphitheater
 
 
 
 
Thu
12
Oct

FOREIGNER Musical: 'Jukebox Hero' To Premiere In Summer 2018

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Calgary, Alberta:  Annerin Theatricals and FOREIGNER announced today that as part of FOREIGNER’s 40th Anniversary celebration they are creating a brand-new musical entitled Jukebox Hero.  Based on the screenplay written by the prolific writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for films The Commitments and Across The Universe, and The Tracey Ullman TV Show, Jukebox Hero is a coming of age saga written to the music of FOREIGNER.
 
The show will feature their 16 iconic Top Thirty hit songs such as I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Hot Blooded, Jukebox Hero and Urgent, and this forthcoming world premiere of Jukebox Hero will open first in Calgary on August 10 – 12, 2018 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and then play in Edmonton on August 16 - 19, 2018 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. 
 
“FOREIGNER is proud to be associated with Annerin Productions in bringing Mick Jones’ dream of a production of Jukebox Hero, The Musical to fruition.  Jeff Parry and his team at Annerin have successfully presented theatrical musicals across the world, most notably on Broadway and in London’s West End," says manager Phil Carson.
Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais added “Ever since we wrote the book for 'Billy' starring Michael Crawford, which ran for two years at London's Drury Lane Theatre, we have been keen to get involved in another stage musical. So it's a great thrill for us to know that Jukebox Hero is going to open next year in Canada. We'll be there. Can't wait.”
“If someone would have told me three years ago when Phil Carson and I first met in Dawson Creek (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience) that we would have an opportunity to help create a musical in Alberta, destined for Broadway, I would have said that someone is playing "Head Games" with a "Dirty White Boy" from Calgary.” Said Jeff Parry, Founder and CEO of Annerin Productions. 
Jukebox Hero is set in Blaydon, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town dependent on one main industry. The story starts with the closure of its biggest factory and the plight of its now unemployed workforce. The town seeks the help of Blaydon’s most famous son, music superstar Ryan, but returning to Blaydon doesn’t just mean revisiting a town where he’s become a stranger, it means confronting the ghosts of his past.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create FOREIGNER forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years.  I had so many great times with FOREIGNER in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our 40th anniversary tour.  I’m thrilled that Canada will see the world premiere of our brand-new musical, Jukebox Hero, in 2018.”
FOREIGNER’s 10-city Canadian tour is set to launch in Calgary, AB on October 11th, and travel across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as the band - Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – bring FOREIGNER’s arsenal of hits to Canada. Some tickets are remaining for selected dates. For more information on the tour visit:   www.jeffparrypromotions.com/foreigner
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17).
 
TICKET INFORMATION FOR JUKEBOX HERO
Tickets go on sale today (October 11) and prices range from $69.50, $79.50 and $89.50 and are available at www.jukeboxheromusical.com
 
Calgary - August 10 – 12, 2018 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton - August 16 - 19, 2018 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
 
CURRENT FOREIGNER WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
 
Wed Oct 11   Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee                                     SOLD OUT
Thu Oct 12    Edmonton, AB – Northlands Coliseum                          
Fri Oct 13       Red Deer, AB – ENMAX Centrium
Sun Oct 15    Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
Mon Oct 16   Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre                                 SOLD OUT
Tue Oct 17    Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
Thu Oct 19    Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
Fri Oct 20       Prince George, BC – CN Centre
Sat Oct 21     Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre                     
Sun Oct 22    Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
 
 
Fri
15
Sep

FOREIGNER’S 40th Anniversary Tour Finale: Original Members Reunion

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FOREIGNER’S ULTIMATE 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR FINALEFOREIGNER TO BE JOINED BY ORIGINAL MEMBERS LOU GRAMM, DENNIS ELLIOTT, AL GREENWOOD, IAN McDONALD AND RICK WILLS AT SOARING EAGLE CASINO & RESORT, MI ON OCTOBER 6th & 7th 2017
 
MICK JONES REUNITING ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS IN A TWO NIGHT 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR A 2018 TV SPECIAL, DVD AND ALBUM RELEASE 
 
(September 14, 2017) – Iconic rock band FOREIGNER turned forty this year with one of the summer’s most popular tours. Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) rocked crowds while headlining amphitheaters and arenas around the world. With ten multi-platinum albums, sixteen top thirty hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million, songs like “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Juke Box Hero” continue to top the charts forty years into the game.
 
One of the highlights of FOREIGNER’s 40th anniversary tour was a handful of surprise appearances by original band members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills at various stops along the tour. Inspired by these individual appearance, FOREIGNER will be joined by original members on stage for two night special event on October 6 & 7 at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Michigan for the ultimate toast to 40 years of rock and roll. This special event will be recorded for a forthcoming 2018 TV special, DVD and accompanying album release.
 
Says Foreigner’s leader and founder Mick Jones, “Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary.”
 
For tickets to this incredible event and for more information, please visit www.soaringeaglecasino.com or www.foreigneronline.com
 
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, FOREIGNER released a 40th anniversary album that features forty FOREIGNER tracks throughout the years entitled 40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years (RHINO). This album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup featuring Kelly Hansen on vocals including “Can’t Slow Down,” “Too Late,” and the Top 20 AC hit “When It Comes To Love.” The album also features two new songs, “The Flame Still Burns,” and “Give My Life For Love,” a brand new song by Jones.
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17).
 
 

 

 
Mon
27
Feb

Foreigner 40: Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Reveal Birth Of Unique Partnership

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Dallas, TX - March 8, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  examines the birth of late ‘70s rock juggernaut Foreigner with its two creative principles Lou Gramm and Mick Jones.  

Foreigner was the brainchild of Englishman and former Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones, a veteran musician in 1977 looking to re-energize his career with a fresh start in America. Jones teamed with fellow Brit Ian McDonald and they auditioned thirty-five singers before discovering Lou Gramm, an unheralded singer then in a band called Black Sheep from Rochester in upstate New York.  After a series of auditions with Gramm, this unlikely pair found common ground in the studio, putting together a remarkable debut album Foreigner of ready-made radio hits including “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold As Ice” and “Long Long Way From Home”.

Foreigner’s first release forty years ago would become the fastest selling album in Atlantic Records history. The skyrocketing success would later manifest as tension in the band and ultimately lead to a lineup change on their fourth effort, but it is the unique relationship between Lou Gramm and Mick Jones which would define Foreigner for a decade.

Speaking to Gramm and Jones, In The Studio producer and host Redbeard gets a clearer picture of the relationship behind Foreigner’s hit machine.

“I felt there was an interesting chemistry...based on Mick’s rock and roll experience and Ian’s eclectic left field background, that there would be some really really interesting songs... That was really appealing to me.”  - Lou Gramm

“We (Mick and Lou) weren’t necessarily people who would hang out together. We sometimes found it, and still do find it, awkward to be together sometimes... I’ve gotten to know Lou over these years and he’s gotten to know me. We have different tastes. We have different things we like to do in our spare time. We occasionally get together socially, but it’s quite rare.”   - Mick Jones  

FOREIGNER @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: "http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/foreigner-first-mick-jones-l...

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”

Direct Link to Foreigner website: “http://www.foreigneronline.com”
Direct Link to Lou Gramm website: “http://www.lou-gramm.com”
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: “http://www.inthestudio.net”

 

 
Mon
09
Jan

FOREIGNER Announces 40th Anniversary Tour Details: Billboard Exclusive

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Foreigner plans to make this year's 40th anniversary summer tour "a family affair" according to group founder Mick Jones -- including the other acts on the bill and the return of some prodigal sons.
The group kicks things off June 11 in Syracuse with longtime pals Cheap Trick and former drummer Jason Bonham and his band. And Mick Jones tells Billboard that original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will be appearing on select dates. "They're not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances," Jones says. "It's the right time to do this. I'm looking forward to that and we'll see how it goes, and I'm sure it'll go down well."
The reunions will certainly be a highlight during a busy anniversary year for Foreigner. The group will be touring extensively; In addition to the summer dates -- 37 dates running through Sept. 9 in Auburn, Wash. (tickets go on sale Jan. 13 via www.LiveNation.com) -- the group is also playing U.S. dates starting Jan. 30, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland. A two-disc, 40-track anniversary compilation with some brand new material is planned, while Jones will be publishing his memoir, A Foreigner's Tale, due out this spring.
"I could never have dreamed this would happen or that we would still have some kind of relevance 40 years later. It's unbelievable, really," says Jones, who formed Foreigner during 1976 in New York, releasing its first album a year later. "I think it's fitting at this point that we do this. I'm very proud of everything we've done and what we've achieved, and of how the new band [lineup] has fought back for me and for the heritage of Foreigner. It's kind of the way I always dreamed that Foreigner would appears, as a very exciting live band and everything that goes along with it. It's really been very inspiring for me."
The compilation album, meanwhile, will precede the tour, adding a new recording of "The Flame Still Burns," a song Jones wrote for the 1998 film Still Crazy (the group has already released a video for the song), along with "a few others in the offing, another [new] song that we're working on right now, and then all the greatest hits and more."
 
 
Sat
22
Oct

First-Ever Official Biography Published As Part Of FOREIGNER'S 40th Anniversary Celebration

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A FOREIGNER'S TALE
BY MICK JONES

 
FIRST-EVER OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY PUBLISHED AS PART OF
FOREIGNER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
AVAILABLE ONLY AT
FOREIGNERBOOK.COM;
REGISTER NOW
 
October 20, 2016 - Legendary rockers FOREIGNER have been universally hailed as one of the world's most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits that continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Now they're getting ready to embark on a brand new journey into the literary world with A Foreigner's Tale, the band's first-ever official biography that will be available in various formats, including a limited edition.
 
Produced in conjunction with Rocket 88 Books, it tells the story of FOREIGNER in the words of founder, guitarist and producer Mick Jones. It will only be sold via Foreignerbook.com where fans can register their interest in the book NOW and be sure of getting a copy when it is published in 2017. Registration is not a commitment to buy, but will ensure fans get the information on the book first, a pre-order discount and the chance to have their name printed in the book.
 
Sumptuously illustrated throughout, A Foreigner's Tale tells the story of how FOREIGNER became one of the world's most successful rock acts, and also traces Jones' personal and musical path to forming the band, from his childhood in England in the 1950s through to present day. He tells funny, revealing and intriguing stories, beginning with his remarkable early musical career with Nero and the Gladiators in London, and in France with Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday in the 1960s (including a tour with the Beatles). From there, he describes working with some great musicians (among them George Harrison and Jimmy Page) before joining Leslie West and then Spooky Tooth in New York ' where Foreigner first took shape. Rare, early, personal, candid, studio and live photographs illuminate this extraordinary story, along with FOREIGNER artwork, memorabilia and Jones' personal record and guitar collection.
 
Coinciding with the release of A Foreigner's Tale, FOREIGNER--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)'will head out on a world tour throughout 2017 in celebration of their 40 years as a recording, touring band. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including 'Juke Box Hero,' 'Cold as Ice,' 'Feels Like The First Time,' 'Urgent,' 'Head Games,' 'Say You Will,' 'Dirty White Boy,' 'Long, Long Way From Home,' and the worldwide #1 hit, 'I Want To Know What Love Is,' FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game. Recent albums like Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City, both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart.  Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard's recently released 'Greatest of All Time' listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 - 2/3/16).
 
PHOTO CREDIT: BILL BERNSTEIN
 
Fri
08
Jul

Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Recall 1981 Album of the Year, Foreigner 4

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Dallas, TX - July 7, 2016.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  visits with Lou Gramm and Mick Jones for the 35th anniversary of Foreigner’s most significant album, Foreigner 4.  The Album of the Year in 1981, it was # 1 seller on the American charts for ten weeks, producing the hits “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Urgent”, the rocker “Night Life” , and the classic “Jukebox Hero”.

In the late1970s the band Foreigner seemed destined to become a classic case of too much, too soon. The band’s first, 1977’s Foreigner and then Double Vision in 1978, were multi-platinum hits of unprecedented proportions and Foreigner entered the Rock and Roll arena as a full blown star. It was heady stuff, to be sure, but that kind of rapid success is often a recipe for quick decline as well.

For Foreigner the critical point came after their third album Head Games which was released in 1979. Head Games didn’t do as well as the first two albums, and the six Foreigner band members started to blame each other, resulting in departure of two of Foreigner’s original members. There were serious questions as to whether the remaining four should continue as the band Foreigner. In the end Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Rick Wills and Dennis Elliott decided to forge ahead, making their most successful album ever. Mick Jones, Foreigner’s founder and lead guitarist, and former singer, songwriter Lou Gramm reflect with InTheStudio host Redbeard, on the crisis and eventual vindication that marked Foreigner 4

“We started to rehearse for the 4 album. I was so frustrated because I felt that the direction of the band was getting so diverse, with everybody wanting to express themselves... I wasn’t hogging the writing. I was ready to be challenged by anybody else’s ideas, and as far as I was concerned the objective was to achieve a great album...and I was pretty strong minded about it.”  -  Mick Jones

“It was only after a week in the studio that the kind of undercurrent and dissatisfaction came to a head and the changes were made, or I think the band would have fallen apart right in the studio.” - Lou Gramm

FOREIGNER 4 @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at:http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/foreigner-4-35th-anniversary/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations

Direct Link to Foreigner website: http://www.foreigneronline.com
Direct Link to Lou Gramm website: “http://www.lou-gramm.com
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net

 
Sat
02
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - MICK JONES

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Legendary guitarist MICK JONES of FOREIGNER joins Mitch on episode 208 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

MICK JONES new interview - HEAD GAMES reunion coming

LINK TO EPISODE: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-208-mick-jones-foreigne

In the episode's only interview, FOREIGNER's MICK JONES discusses his recent health issues (heart), as well as the band's upcoming tour dates, their latest album (the acoustic) IN CONCERT - UNPLUGGED, producing VAN HALEN's 5150 album, juvenile diabetes, working again with LOU GRAMM, plans for a 40th anniversary (reunion) tour (reuniting the HEAD GAMES lineup), recording new music, singer KELLY HANSEN and much more.

Quotes from the MICK JONES interview:

His heart issues (time at 5.02): "It really gave me a chance to stop and think about things a bit. First of all, think about how the hell I was going to deal with my life after that."

Kelly Hansen (Time 8.39): "He was an incredible addition to the band. It was absolutely vital that we had somebody who could step into 'those shoes'. He's just gone from better to better to better. Can't describe it really. He's just so dedicated."

Van Halen's 5150 (time 12.55) : "I guess I liked to live dangerously.  I had known Sammy (Hagar) quite well over the years and that was the connection. It was a formidable atmosphere when I got there and I was nervous - I really was."

40th year anniversary and working with LOU GRAMM again (25.02): "It's quite possible. We've actually been talking about it. We're all working on trying to make it happen. It's kind of exciting. Hopefully it'll be feasible and possible to pull it off."

REUNITING the HEAD GAMES line up (time 25.43): "Lou and I have communicated and we've kept up a sort of loose communication as I have actually also with Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott and Rick Wills. We're at the early stages, but we're trying to put something together to commemorate (it's scary when I say it) 40 years."

For more about FOREIGNER visit:
Online: http://www.foreigneronline.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Foreigner
TWITTER: @ForeignerMusic
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Wed
03
Feb

FOREIGNER Roll Out Their Latest Compilation

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Friday, February 5, 2016
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FOREIGNER’S FIRST-EVER LIVE ACOUSTIC ALBUM, ‘IN CONCERT. UNPLUGGED,’
SET FOR RELEASE ON FEBRUARY 5th

 
ARTIST ROYALTIES DONATED TO JDRF
(JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION);

 
FOREIGNER TO PREMIERE NEW RENDITIONS ON ‘THE TODAY SHOW’ FEBRUARY 11th

  
January 25, 2016 -- Legendary rock group FOREIGNER will release their first-ever live acoustic album, IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED on February 5, 2016.   The band’s royalties will be donated to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the album is available exclusively via Amazon, with a special pre-order promotion kicking off on Monday, January 25, 2016 at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ACMPGF4?keywords=889853019526&qid=1452558811&ref_=sr_1_1&s=music&sr=1-1.
 
FOREIGNER recorded this unique acoustic album at a concert hosted by Edsel B. Ford II on August 24, 2015 at the Ford Motor Company Conference & Event Center in Detroit, MI immediately following the band’s record-breaking 10-show stand with Kid Rock at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The sold-out trek with Kid Rock introduced well over half a million new fans to FOREIGNER’s nine Top 10 hits during each tour stellar performance. Foreigner will appear on “The Today Show” on Thursday, February 11 to premiere songs from the new album and announce upcoming tour dates.
 
To coincide with the album release, FOREIGNER will bring its IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED show to select venues including a special event at New York’s famed Lincoln Theater on February 17th.This tour is a prelude to a soon to be announced national tour in the fall with a grand finale at The Carnegie Hall in October.  Audiences will have an intimate experience witnessing masterful performances of such fan favorites as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and many more. See below for initial tour dates.
 
FOREIGNER is on a major roll right now with streams and downloads soaring after their worldwide #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” was featured as the 2015 season finale end title of “Orange Is The New Black.” FOREIGNER hits have also recently been included in such primetime TV shows as “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” among others.
Foreigner is Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, flute, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards,vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals) and Chris Frazier (drums).
 
Here’s the complete track listing for IN CONCERT.UNPLUGGED:
 
1. Double Vision
2. Say You Will
3. Waiting For A Girl Like You
4. When It Comes To Love
5. Fool For You Anyway
6. Dirty White Boy
7. Cold As ice
8. Feels Like The First Time
9. Juke Box Hero
10. I Want To Know What Love Is
11. Hot Blooded (bonus track)
 
DATE               CITY                            VENUE
Thu 2/11          Westbury, NY               Theatre at Westbury
Sat 2/13           Port Chester, NY          Capitol Theatre
Sun 2/14          Morristown, NJ              Mayo PAC
Mon 2/15         Red Bank, NJ               Count Basie Theatre
Wed 2/17         New York, NY               Lincoln Center Appel Room
Fri 2/19             Clearwater, FL              Capital Theatre
Sat 2/20           Jacksonville, FL             Florida Theatre

For band bios: http://www.foreigneronline.com/about.html.  More on the band’s website, www.foreigneronline.com
 
 

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Fri
07
Aug

FOREIGNER Set For Yet Another Live Acoustic Release

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2015
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Foreigner Set to Perform & Record First Live Acoustic Album 'The Hits Unplugged and Live' at Charity Event on 8/24
 
July 29, 2015 – Foreigner--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) -- is universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action. Now they will perform and record their forthcoming album, “The Hits Unplugged and Live,” at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on August 24th at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Limited tickets to this event are available by contacting [email protected] or 313-248-1655. Foreigner is donating their performance that evening, and their royalties from the record to JDRF, a charity close to the band’s heart. This new collection of never-before heard live acoustic recordings will be available on Sony in early 2016.
 
The evening’s one-hour set will feature some of rock’s best-known hits including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” The show will be opened by an acapella performance by beloved Detroit student choir, Mosaic, who will also join Foreigner on stage for “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner that will feature select menu items curated by Foreigner frontman and celebrated foodie Kelly Hansen prior to the performance. Also taking place that night will be a charity event featuring significant Foreigner memorabilia.
 JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.
 
“We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program,” says Foreigner founder/lead guitarist, Mick Jones, Songwriters Hall Of Fame member who either wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song. “Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager’s daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we’re glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause.”
 
“We are thrilled to have Ford Motor Company as a partner who brings opportunities like the iconic band Foreigner to help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes,” said Margo K. Lucero, JDRF’s senior vice president, corporate and international development. “JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications, and we are so grateful to Ford and Foreigner for the support in helping us move closer to our goal to create a world without T1D.”
 
This is just one of the Mick Jones's philanthropic efforts, which also include a longtime partnership with The GRAMMY Foundation’s effort to support music in schools.  Foreigner invites a local high school to join them on stage at each concert they play, providing these choir’s the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” live with the band. Foreigner makes a direct donation to each school’s high school music program, as well as donating a portion of the evening’s CD sales to the GRAMMY Foundation. Over the years, Foreigner has raised well into the six-figures through this program, inviting more than 220 high school choirs to join the band on stage, allowing more than 6,000 students, teachers and parents to enjoy this life changing experience.
 
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner has defied all odds of a heritage band with continued Billboard chart action and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Foreigner has experienced a true renaissance in recent years, thanks in part to their legendary songs being featured in films like “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Orange Is The New Black,” with The New York Post’s “Page Six” recently noting “Foreigner is enjoying an unexpected renaissance with the millennial set.”
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Fri
12
Dec

FOREIGNER - The Best Of 'Foreigner 4' And More (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
Jeff Pilson
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
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Frontiers
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Friday, December 12, 2014
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They are legendary. No doubt…and I’m a huge fan of their music. HUGE! Especially the releases Agent Provocateur, Inside Information (very underrated), Unusual Heat (with Johnny Edwards), the monster AOR classic Mr. Moonlight (from 1994), plus of course the band’s most recent album with Kelly Hansen fronting the band, 2009’s Can't Slow Down.
So with my fan credentials established, I feel I am qualified to say “Foreigner…WTF guys?’
 
Believe it or not, the band has recorded just 9 studio albums in 37 years. Ok, I can live with that as they’ve all been notable releases.
But add to that, as of right now there are 5 live releases, at least 7 DVDs and no less than 16 compilations. Yes…16.
 
So do we need another live/compilation? Not really. But if you really insist upon it, The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More is ok.
Issues aside, taking a look at this album leaves you with the reaffirmation that Kelly Hansen is an absolute monster vocalist and this band is a really tight outfit.
 
Of course the songs are already legendary, but the whole spirit of this release is just off kilter for me. The songs are recorded over 2 nights in October, where 15 tracks were performed in a different order to what has been put together here.  Double Vision, Head Games and the legendary Dirty White Boy are omitted.
There are 7 Foreigner 4 tracks, which weren’t played in chronological order anyway, but are again re-arranged here still not in the original album’s sequence.
It may sound picky, but if you are going to do a live release based on paying tribute to one album, then play the full album in order like so many other artists have done.
Otherwise it’s just another live album – which is exactly what this is.
 
Awfully good of course…well recorded, perfectly performed and fill with classic songs, but based on the prior number of live and compilation releases, I imagine the fan base is beginning to feel as if it is being fleeced.
 

This is a great live recording, but the re-arranged order and the fade in/outs between tracks is a distraction and to be honest, the whole concept is only half-executed, so this will remain a really die-hard only purchase. I’d buy any studio album from Foreigner without any hesitation, but as a consumer, I’d pass on this, that is unless you don't have any other of the band's recent live albums. If that's the case, start here.

 

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Tue
09
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - FOREIGNER & NIGEL BAILEY

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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JEFF PILSON of Foreigner and Nigel Bailey of Three Lions & Bailey join Mitch on EPISODE 74 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

In this episode's first interview, Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's new live album 'The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More', working with DIO and the Dio inspired band 'Last In Line', putting together a new project with former Dokken bandmates George Lynch and 'Wild' Mick Brown and much more.

In the episode's second interview, new talent Nigel Bailey discusses working on the THREE LIONS album with Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten and Asia) on guitars and Greg Morgan (Dare & Ten). He also discusses releasing his first solo album under the BAILEY moniker called 'Long Way Down'. One On One With Mitch Lafon believes that these are two of the best melodic rock releases of 2014.

Mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum, co-hosts this episode. Maor's mastering credits include the new FAITH NO MORE single 'Motherfucker',  the new YES album 'Heaven & Earth, as well as working in the past on Halford, Armored Saint, Nekromantix, Sepultura, Angra, Ygnwie Malmsteen, the A World With Heroes KISS tribute EP albums and more.

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Fri
28
Nov

FOREIGNER - Best Of Foreigner 4 And More (Showcase)

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Friday, November 28, 2014
The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More
Produced By: 
Foreigner
Running Time: 
76
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
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With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 US hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
 
At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.
 
Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” which appeared on the previous record “4”.
 
An unprecedented new level of energy commenced in 2002 when Mick Jones decided to take Foreigner to the next level. He was joined by the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, and continues as they lead the group in a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, Extended Versions. Can’t Slow Down followed in 2009, and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.” To follow was the release of the band’s 3-disc set, Feels Like The First Time, which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, studio re-records by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional live energy.
 
Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on the Rock Of Ages soundtrack, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – more songs than any other one band on the soundtrack. Hollywood quickly took note, and several more tracks were featured in hit films “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect,” sending Foreigner downloads up 400%. The video game industry was soon to follow. The blockbuster release, “Grand Theft Auto V,” features Foreigner’s “Dirty White Boy,” and “Hot Blooded” is included in the November 2013 release of “BandFuse”. The high visibility of Foreigner’s songs continues to introduce the band’s music to a whole future generation of fans.
On October 3rd & 4th 2014, Foreigner performed and record a unique event at the prestigious Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  For the first time ever, the band presented 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More' show.  This is a theme that will continue through select live shows, with a repertoire consisting of some of the best and most loved songs of Foreigner “4” plus a selection of other Foreigner timeless hits. Foreigner ”4” remains the best selling and fans’ favorite album in the entire Foreigner catalogue.  This is a release that will resonate very deeply with the Foreigner audience and go on to become a major release in Foreigner’s catalogue. 
 
FOREIGNER:
Mick Jones – Lead Guitar
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Tom Gimbel – Flute, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone
Michael Bluestein - Keys
Chris Frazier – Drums
Bruce Watson - Lead Guitar
 
Wed
26
Nov

FOREIGNER 'Best Of 4 And More' Out Next Week

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The opening track from FOREIGNER's forthcoming live release 'The Best of 4 And More,' "Night Life" is now available as an instant download when you pre-order the album digitally. The preorder links are below.
 
General download link:
http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4
 
Amazon link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4Amazon
 
iTunes link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4iTunes
 
'The Best of 4 And More' will be released in Europe on December 5th with release in the UK on the 8th.
 
Released in 1981, Foreigner '4' spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Hits included 'Juke Box Hero,' 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' ' all of which are present on 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More.'  'It's great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material,' enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while band founder Mick Jones added, 'Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ' unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives.'
 
"Night Life" is the live album opening track: a timeless rock song delivered with passion and urgency by the band and recorded live at the Borgata Hotel's Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October 2014.
 
It is still possible to preorder the album via PledgeMusic, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake T-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour packages. In related news, the Vinyl version of 'The Best of 4 And More' album will be released in partnership with Soulfood Music on January 23rd 2015.
 

 
 

 

 
Thu
23
Oct

Frontiers Sign FOREIGNER For 'Best Of Foreigner 4 And More'

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Friday, December 5, 2014
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RELEASED ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL, AVAILABLE 5th DECEMBER 2014
NEW HIGH-DEFINITION LIVE RECORDING FROM THE
BAND’S
MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM OF ALL TIME
 
They are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action around the world.  Now, Frontiers Music Srl presents a homage to Foreigner’s most successful album ever with "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More".
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
Foreigner "4"spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Fans will see why it "Feels Like The First Time" when Foreigner debuts these new recordings of the best of Foreigner ‘4’ along with several other chart hits. The band recorded these live high-definition versions of their most enduring anthems at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City on October 3rd and 4th, 2014.
 
 
The set features some of rock’s best-known hits including "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded" and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is," along with a selection of best songs from Foreigner ‘4’.  "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Urgent," "Juke Box Hero," "Girl On The Moon," "Night Life," "Break It Up" and "Woman In Black" are all featured with stellar performances.
 
"Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide" says Foreigner founder, lead guitarist, Mick Jones.  Also serving as executive producer of the new album, this Songwriters Hall Of Fame member wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song and continues to lead his band to new heights.  Mick continues: "Unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives."
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
"Great songs, great performances and great production are timeless. "4" has all three in spades," says bassist and producer Jeff Pilson. "Bringing the album to life on stage with the energy and passion the band has always maintained, made us very happy.  We’re thrilled to give people a chance to really reflect on what a great and classic album '4' truly is."
 
Singer Kelly Hansen adds: "The idea for this recording came from the anniversary of the release as a way to celebrate. There are some tracks that were never previously performed live in this format, and it's great to be in a group with people who really 'get it' and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material."
 
Foreigner's Kelly Hansen - Photo Credit: © S. Schweiger
 
"The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" is available now for preorders via Pledge Music through this link: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foreigner in CD, vinyl, limited edition posters and remake t-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour. As an exclusive for the German territory, the album will also be available in a special box packaging adding a cap to the CD.
 
In June 2013, Mick Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional "musician’s musician," Jones has also written songs such as "Bad Love" with Eric Clapton and "Dreamer" with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150. 
 
Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
FOREIGNER are: Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar), Chris Frazier (drums).
Kelly Hansen
Mick Jones
Jeff Pilsen
Tom Gimbel
Bruce Watson
Chris Frazier
Michael Bluestein
Photo Credits: © Bill Bernstein
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FOREIGNER: 2014 GERMAN/SWISS TOUR DATES
(all acoustic shows except where noted)
 
Oct 20 - KKL Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Oct 22 - Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Oct 24 - Rosengarten Mozartaal, Mannheim, Germany
Oct 25 - Stadthalle Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen, Germany
Oct 26 - Konzerthaus Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Oct 28 - Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 29 - OsnabrückHalle - Europasaal, Osnabrück, Germany
Oct 30 - Die Glocke Großer Saal, Bremen, Germany
Nov 02 - Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 03 - Congress Center Hamburg Saal 2, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 04 - Admiralspalast - Theater, Berlin, Germany
Nov 06 - Baloise Session, Basel, Switzerland (Electric Show presenting the "4" album theme)
Nov 07 - Georg-Friedrich-Händel Halle, Halle, Germany
Nov 09 - StadtHalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 

 
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FOREIGNER - The Best of Foreigner 4 and More, Live Atlantic City

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Friday, July 11, 2014
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The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box Oct. 3rd and 4th

Foreigner will perform a 2 evening special concert dubbed The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box at the Borgata in Atlantic City October 3rd and 4th! The special event will pay tribute to their 1981 #1 smash album, 4, which unleashed hits such as 'Juke Box Hero', 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'! Holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for a total of 10 weeks, 4 eventually sold over seven million copies in the United States alone.

A special Facebook pre-sale begins July 8 at 10:00am EDT through July 10 at 10:00pm EDT. 

Presale code: Urgent4

General on-sale begins Friday, July 11 at 10am:
Oct 3                  Oct 4

 
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10
Jul

STYX & FOREIGNER DONATE $10k TO PHILLY FIRE DEPT AFTER BUS FIRE

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Two classic rock bands gave a big thank you to the Philadelphia Fire Department for coming to their aid last week.
 
 
The tour buses for Styx and Foreigner caught fire on July 2 in Northern Liberties. The buses were used for crews supporting the bands, in town to play at WMGK's Let Freedom Rock Fest.
Foreigner let fans know everyone was fine.
 
The fire started on the Styx bus and spread to the Foreigner bus, WMGK’s promotion director Dan Fein said.
 
Both buses were empty at the time, and people had already removed most of their belongings from them. No gear was damaged, Fein said.
 
To thank the Philadelphia Fire Department for their efforts, the bands gave $10,000 to the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund. During their show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden last Thursday, the bands donated proceeds from the sale of their joint compilation album "The Soundtrack of Summer" to the local fireman's charity.
 
The groups were two of the hottest bands back in the '70s and '80s, Styx on the strength of hits like “Show Me the Way” and “Rockin’ the Paradise” and Foreigner with hits “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded."
 
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