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Thu
20
Sep

LOU GRAMM & ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE Join Forces

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Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner & Asia Featuring John Payne Join Forces For Exciting New Show!
 
Performing classics such as “Feels Like The First Time,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Heat of the Moment,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Only Time Will Tell,” “Cold As Ice,” “Sole Survivor” and more!
DEVGEL Productions announce that Lou Gramm and Asia Featuring John Payne have joined forces in an exciting 90 minute show featuring the hits of both FOREIGNER and ASIA.
Expect to hear classics such as “Feels Like The First Time,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Heat of the Moment,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Only Time Will Tell,” “Cold As Ice,” “Sole Survivor” and more!
 
Dates to be announced shortly, with availability throughout 2018 – 2019.
 
LOU GRAMM
Is the original lead singer of Foreigner. Initially starting out as the drummer with the band Black Sheep, he joined Foreigner in 1976, and the band released their debut album in March of 1977.  Their self-titled debut sold more than four million copies in the United States alone. Foreigner became the first group since the Beatles to have their first eight continuous singles reach the Billboard Top 20, with hits such as “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way from Home” taking the world of rock music by storm. Gramm has also enjoyed a successful solo career in-between hiatuses with Foreigner, with his 1987 debut “Ready or Not” further proving his versatility in the music industry. Lou Gramm was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June of 2013, and continues to tour as Lou Gramm the Voice of Foreigner.
 
JOHN PAYNE 
Is a British musician best known as the lead singer and bassist of the progressive rock group ASIA. The early 80s marked the start of a solo career as a rock/soul vocalist, with Payne releasing several heavily played radio singles. Shortly after, Payne was employed as a backing vocalist by Roger Daltrey of The Who on his solo albums. This lead to a series of work singing backing vocals for a variety of prestigious artists and composers. John then formed The Passion with keyboardist Andy Nye before being approached by Bev Bevan of ELO to reform the band after the departure of singer Jeff Lynne. This was short lived as he was later invited to join the supergroup ASIA, where he fronted the group from 1992 to 2006, releasing 10 albums and embarking on several world tours. After a brief hiatus, John formed the progressive rock band GPS before returning to the reformation of ASIA as the new ASIA Featuring John Payne, which tours to date. He is also currently involved with various stage projects, including co-creating, performing, and writing an award-winning Vegas musical. His latest endeavor is The Rock Pack, which he plans to tour for many years to come.
 
Mon
10
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - JUDAS PRIEST, FOREIGNER

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This week on Westwood's One Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon new interviews with former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, King Crimson & Foreigner founder Ian McDonald and Helloween's Andi Deris. Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven co-hosts and we talk about Great White touring with Judas Priest, the 1988 Donington tragedy and more
 
In the episode's first interview guitarist K.K. Downing discusses his new book Heavy Duty - Days And Nights In Judas Priest, his reasons for the book, Rob Halford, Gull Records, his relationship with Glenn Tipton, brand over band, forming a new band with Tim 'Ripper' Owens, Sharon Osbourne & OzzFest, one voice/one band, regrets in leaving Judas Priest, and much more.
 
In our second interview, KING CRIMSON - FOREIGNER co-founder Ian McDonald talks about his new band Honey West, their latest album Bad Old World, the Foreigner reunion shows, the possibility of a new reunion Foreigner album, Foreigner's inception and was it a supergroup, finding Lou Gramm, the story behind Foreigner's debut album, departing after Head Games, KING CRIMSON's debut album & iconic artwork, his solo album Drivers Eyes, T.Rex and much more. 
 
Helloween Andi Deris closes the episode talking about the band's Pumpkins United (reunion) tour, his time in Pink Cream 69, Germany's Internet service, KISS, will Helloween go back to being a single singer band, new album with current Pumpkins United lineup, the Pumpkins United single, how Helloween's 1994 album Master Of The Rings album utilized Pink Cream 69 song ideas, the upcoming live DVD, leaving Pink Cream 69 and more.
 
*Please note that the interview with Andi is made up of three separate phone calls. 
 
 
 
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Tue
07
Aug

Double Vision: FOREIGNER ‘Then And Now’ Tour Dates

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DOUBLE VISION: FOREIGNER THEN AND NOW
 
FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES 2018 EAST AND WEST COAST CELEBRATION CONCERTS FEATURING ALL CURRENT AND ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS
TWO GREAT BANDS, ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT
 
FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION VISIT FOREIGNERONLINE.COM
 
August 6, 2018 - With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world. With an arsenal of hits such as “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Feels Like The First Time,”  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) – continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. FOREIGNER has no less than ten multi-platinum albums and has been awarded platinum singles for digital sales of “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Juke Box Hero,” demonstrating its resonance in the era of downloads and streams.  YouTube views of FOREIGNER songs total almost five hundred million, and the band’s recordings are constantly featured in movies and TV shows all over the world.
 

 
Now for the first time ever, FOREIGNER presents Double Vision: Then and Now, four special celebration events featuring all current band members plus the original band members who helped to put the iconic group on the map more than forty years ago. Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills join Mick Jones and FOREIGNER to rock through some of the best-selling songs from the band’s albums, and bring back the memories that make it feel like the first time for both long-time fans and new generations.
 
Double Vision: Then and Now Dates (visit www.foreigneronline.com for tickets):
November 9     Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles CA
November 10   Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage CA
November 30   Hard Rock, Atlantic City NJ
December 1     Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
 
FOREIGNER features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listings. Recently released album Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus immediately hit the #1 spot on the Billboard classical album chart for multiple weeks. The concert is being streamed and broadcast by PBS and internationally this summer. The album inspired sold-out tour dates. FOREIGNER’S recent European tour included sold-out shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, in Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Reykjavík and a return to The Kultur und Kongresszentrum in Lucerne where the band has now played four shows to sold-out audiences.  In addition to this, the band's appearance with the National Youth Orchestra of Australia already sold out the iconic Sydney Opera House, and will play to full houses all over Australia and New Zealand in October 2018.  
 
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.”
 
At FOREIGNER‘s core is the founder and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate FOREIGNER‘s influence, and guide the band to new horizons. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional “musicians 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.  A Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter, Jones is the winner of the prestigious British Ivor Novello Songwriter Award for “The Flame Still Burns”, the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.
 
Jones reformed the band after a 2002 hiatus and selected lead singer Kelly Hansen to help write an inspired new chapter in the history of Foreigner. One of rock’s greatest showmen, Hansen is known for his innate ability to connect with the crowds.  As a front man and lead vocalist, Hansen is among the most respected, consummate professionals in rock and roll. With a 35-year career that spans almost every area of music, from the role of lead vocalist to producing and engineering, Kelly has the unique ability to advance and excel when faced with new challenges.
 
This summer, FOREIGNER rocks cross the US on its Live Nation twenty-nine city headline Juke Box Heroes Tour with WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING supporting.  This is one of the hottest tours of the summer and tickets are available at LiveNation.com.
 
August 2018 sees the launch of Juke Box Hero, the Musical in Canada.  Based on the book written by the prolific writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for The Commitments movie and the Tracey Ullman TV show, the show will feature many of FOREIGNER’s 16 iconic Top 30 hits.
 
Recently, FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were celebrated in Business Insider for hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time.  The Beatles were  #1, but FOREIGNER came in ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.
 
 
 
Mon
30
Jul

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - LOU GRAMM, KEVIN CRONIN

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On this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, new interviews with singer LOU GRAMM, REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin and Colin Blunstone of THE ZOMBIES. Drummer John Humphrey of SEETHER (seether.com) co-hosts.
 
Up first, LOU GRAMM talks about the upcoming reunion show with FOREIGNER and reveals plans for more. Also, a possible upcoming EP with Mick Jones, being a team player, Foreigner's musical direction at the time, making 'good rock songs', the Shadow King album with Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, the Foreigner album Unusual Heat, what does Mick Jones mean to Lou both personally & professionally, the album Mr. Moonlight and the terrific song White Lie, his thoughts on present day Foreigner, and much more.
 
Our second interview is with REO SPEEDWAGON's Kevin Cronin. We talk touring with CHICAGO, making new music, his sons' foray into music with their band Sir, Please, their set list & adding new songs like Whipping Boy, tinkering with the songs live, his upcoming memoir, the recent charity event with Sammy Hagar, a solo album, plan to release demos, and he responds to the jokingly put assertion that they've been on a 42 year reunion tour.
 
And we close the episode with a chat with THE ZOMBIES Colin Blunstone. We discuss their upcoming tour with Uriah Heep, the fake The Zombies, ZZ Top, breaking up, Rod Argent, creating new music, his solo career, brand over band, Neil MacArthur, Alan Parsons, and more. 
 
Co-host John Humphrey of Seether adds his thoughts about Lou Gramm, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, The Zombies, gives a Seether update, talks KISS & Eric Carr, The Nixons (new music coming) and more. 
 
 
 
 
Sat
07
Jul

The Metal Voice: JEFF PILSON (Dokken/Foreigner)

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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently interviewed current  Foreigner  bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) who called  in from his hotel room on a headlining tour with Foreigner in North America. 
Watch here - https://youtu.be/D2hZkD3VU0s

When asked about his legendary  answering machine messages
"Actually there was a bootleg a long time ago of my answering machine messages. There was a period, especially in the 90's when I would just make these epic answering machine messages and I sort of got known for it, so then I felt obligated to continue. One time I did Pilsonian Rhapsody, I actually did, Bohemian Rhapsody done to an answering machine message. I went crazy with all the voices and music. I did the Batman theme, but of course I said PIL-SON instead of Bat-man and again played all the instruments. If you can ever hear the bootleg there are some pretty hysterical stuff."

When asked which of the three bands Dio Foreigner and Dokken  he is most proud of
"It would be Dio because there was a connection about Dio. It was the most heaviest  powerful band I had been in and I took what I learn in Dio and brought in back to Dokken later on. I would say Dio but I am really proud of Foreigner. Foreigner is on a headlining tour  now and we worked our asses off to get back here of course we have Mick Jones great songs but we had to work our way back".

When asked if Foreigner will be writing a new studio album
"I don't see us do a whole record of new material like we did in 2009 that was a tough situation for us because we are on the road so much  that it was really tough for us to come up with a whole record of new material, it was a lot of work and a lot of stress. I don't really see that happening again. What I do see  happening is what we had done on the last couple of years is that we will put out a new song here and there maybe include it in some package. I see us going recording of new songs but not full albums."

When asked if Foreigner is still Foreigner without Mick Jones can the band exist without Mick 
"It's a fair question but I will ask anybody who asks that have you seen the band live.  When Mick is not there, it's still very much Foreigner. It's sanctioned by Mick. I understand how people feel about original members but with Foreigner it's really about the songs. Lou Gramm was one of the greatest rock voices ever and it's not taking away from Lou it's actually flattering Lou that his performances were so universal that we can carry on and do those songs even when he is not there, so we can also do those songs when Mick is not there. The only way it could exist without him being there is if he passed away because he will always be connected to Foreigner. Even if Mick Passed away the legacy of the music is so strong to me yes Foreigner could exit but I don't anticipate it existing without Mick in some way or form."

When asked if there are any unreleased Dio Songs?
"As far as me having it no, as far as being unreleased material yes there is. There is actually a fair amount of unheard material. There is talks and they are in the works of someday the music seeing the light of day. In order for it to be releasable there would have to be things done to it .  Yes there is Ronnie on songs that people have not heard does exists.

However I do remember playing Ronnie a riff  and us starting to work on a song and I believe the riff is going to surface on the upcoming Dio Disciples record."

When asked if there will be a new studio album and a US tour by the classic Dokken lineup
"The reunited Dokken gets offers all the time and we talk about most of them, we are all on speaking terms and we get along fine. It's down to opportunity. I think all of us have somewhere in us where we would like to do perhaps one final studio record together. So I see that as a distinct possibility somewhere down the line but as a whole US tour the problem is kind of obvious it's our scheduling. Maybe someday some limited shows, its not impossible and I think a recording is possible but it's kind of first things first. The last time we talked about a recording Don was starting to work on  his Dokken album, fair enough, there is no hurry. Maybe some day but nothing in the books right now." 

When asked who much truth there was to the bickering and hatred of Don Dokken and George Lynch
"It was a drastically over hyped version that something that is essentially true. The two of them get along pretty good now but there was a time in the early days they didn't get along great. What really blew it all up is when we were doing publicity for the Tooth and Nail record we had a publicist who  wanted to come up with a publicity angle that would really help sell the band. So what they centered in after talking with everybody was wow Don and George don't like each other and that just exploded and it became the media hook that got stuck with the band and then it became a self fulfilling prophecy and then it became our worst enemy. Did George like the fact that the band was called Dokken, of course he didn't like that he just wanted to have a regular band name. "

When asked when he joined the band was he an equal partner in Dokken
"It was equal right from the beginning and that was the brain child of our managers  Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch and they new about the personalities of the band and the name so right from the start it was an equal split except for Breaking the Chains album cause I wasn't on it but they gave me a little piece of it. Don and George also encouraged me to write and to be a participant right from the beginning. "

When asked how the whole band fell apart after Back for the Attack Album
"It was our personalities exaggerated by drugs."

When asked about him producing the new Last in Line album and a timeline on it's completion
"Right now they are talking about January 2019 as a release date, the record is not completely done recorded."

When asked about his memories of the late Vinnie Paul from Pantera
"I didn't know him well, actually Pantera opened for Dokken on our very first tour, Pantera they were really sweet to us, they were just starting out. My memory of Vinnie was  that he always brought fun with him, he was a  very nice man. There were some strip club trips in the 90's , he was always up for a good time. I hope he rests in peace."

When asked about his new band/ project and new album project with George Lynch, Robert Mason (Warrant) and Mick Brown
That record is actually done although it;s going to come out until April 2019 it is phenomenal, it's a very inspired piece of work. We have a new band name but we are not announcing it yet. George is playing his ass off on it. The music is very natural to what we are there is a bit of Dokken in there, there is a bit of Lynch Mob in there, it's kind of that direction although it gets a little deeper, we got pretty musical and deep on this record. We are trying our best to do a couple of live shows at some point. The whole record is recorded and done it's being mixed right now to be released April 2019."

 
Thu
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.
 

 

 
Mon
05
Mar

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - DOKKEN - Don Dokken & Jeff Pilson

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Listen to Dokken's Don Dokken and Foreigner's Jeff Pilson on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Plus a secret previously unreleased 1980's recording from one that era's most popular bands.
 
 
In our first interview, singer Don Dokken discusses his band's new live package Return To The East (2016) featuring the 'classic lineup' featuring George Lynch, 'Wild' Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson. Plus, Don offers an update on the current lineup's upcoming studio album, talks early days including Great White & Guns N' Roses, his approach to songwriting, future work with the 'classic lineup', The Beatles, Up From The Ashes, and being 'probably retired' in five years.
 
In our second interview, bassist Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's upcoming tour plans (including Whitesnake & Jason Bonham), the band's upcoming orchestral album, reuniting with Dokken & the Return To The East (2016) CD/DVD, Canadian band Chilliwack, thoughts on retirement, Lou Gramm, new music with Dokken, his new band Super Stroke, Warrant's Robert Mason, the upcoming Last In Line album, Motlley Crue, and more. 
 
Former Guns N' Roses/Great White manager Alan Niven co-hosts.
 
And stick around to the very end of the show for the exclusive world premier of our mystery song (a previously unreleased original 1980's) recording from a well-established band from that glorious era. 
 
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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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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...

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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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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
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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."

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Mon
22
Feb

One on One with Mitch Lafon - JEFF PILSON

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FOREIGNER's JEFF PILSON joins Mitch on episode 197 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
 
In the episode's only interview, bassist Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's latest release In Concert: Unplugged (available only on Amazon for the benefit of Juvenile Diabetes), working on the Last In Line album (featuring Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice), working on the Mortal Kombat movie, his friendship with Steven Adler and his potential return to Guns N' Roses and the upcoming classic era DOKKEN reunion.

Quotes from the Jeff Pilson interview:

New album: "It may be acoustic, but it still rocks."

Dokken Reunion: "We've all come to a place where we are very appreciative of the legacy Dokken has. When we finally do something, we are going to try and do it right, but we are going to try and do something. Hopefully, I'll have something to report sometime soon."

Steven Adler & Guns N' Roses: "I'm a huge GUNS N' ROSES fan. I happen to think Matt Sorum is an amazing drummer, but chemistry is something you cannot argue with."

"There is something about the chemistry of Steven with those guys that made a sound that I think is the sound that we all know as that classic amazing Guns N' Roses sound. As great as the band could be in later days, I just never think it had that same desperate energy again. So, do I think he should get the call? Of course, I do. I honestly believe that those guys know that. They feel that deep down."

"I think he's ready and I hope to God he gets the phone call because if he does the world is going to get lit on fire again."

Last In Line: "I'm so insanely proud of that rock. It really feels like a little piece of history and I couldn't be more hounored (than) to be a part of it."

Will you tour with Last in Line: "I would step in in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, Foreigner already has dates."

For more about FOREIGNER visit:
Online: http://www.foreigneronline.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Foreigner
TWITTER: @ForeignerMusic
Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FWebTeam
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6IRouO5mvvfcyxtPDKMYFN

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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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Release Year: 
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 ford@jdrf.org 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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Thu
02
Jul

Double Stop Podcast - Producer WYN DAVIS

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Release Year: 
2015
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This week on the Double Stop Podcast is Producer/Engineer/Mixer Wyn Davis (Dokken, Great White, Dio, Foreigner, Heaven & Hell).
 
Wyn Davis walks us through his career, from his early days in production, to working with Dokken, Dio and Foreigner. We learn how he became Ronnie James Dio's favorite recording engineer, and shares his experiences working with Ronnie in both Dio and Heaven & Hell.
 
 
 
Thu
21
May

LOU GRAMM Announces First 2015 Live Dates

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2015
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LOU GRAMM, THE VOICE OF FOREIGNER, TO EMBARK ON
EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER/FALL TOUR IN 2015
 
LEGENDARY LEAD SINGER OF ONE OF ROCK'S GREATEST BANDS
TO PERFORM AN EVENING FULL OF HITS WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AT DELTA CLASSIC CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5      
 
If you listen to classic rock radio on a daily basis, you'd be hard-pressed to go a full day without hearing the distinctive and powerful vocals of Lou Gramm blasting through your speakers. 
As the voice of Foreigner, one of rock's most popular and successful bands, Lou can be heard on every single one of the band's classic hits, which includes sixteen Top 30 songs and nine Top 10's over the years. For those into chart success, that's one less than the Eagles and the same as Fleetwood Mac.
 
Here are the Top 10's: "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Feels Like The First Time," "I Don't Want To Live Without You," "Say You Will" and "Cold As Ice."
You know them well.

And let's not forget "Head Games," the rock anthem, "Juke Box Hero" and other rockers such as "Dirty White Boy," "That Was Yesterday," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Break It Up" that cracked the Top 30.
By 1980, Foreigner's first eight singles (from their first three albums, Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games) entered the Billboard Top 20 charts, making them the first band to achieve that feat since the Beatles.                     

On Friday, June 5, fans are in for a real rock and roll treat as Lou will performing a vast selection of those Foreigner hits, along with such solo hits as "Midnight Blue" and "Just Between You and Me," with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor: Brent Havens) and his band at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia.         
One hit after another.
      
In 1978, shortly after the release of "Hot Blooded," Circus magazine remarked that Lou had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.
Of course, the rest was rock and roll history as when all might have been said but not yet done, Foreigner would join Led Zeppelin on the Atlantic Records label as one of the most successful artists ever on the imprint.                
In May of 2013, Lou, with the help of writer Scott Pitoniak, released a must-read autobiography titled, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll (Triumph Books).
 
A month later, he would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Lou and his band -- currently comprised of brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards -- have been on the road since the beginning of the year and have already performed a few dozen shows to date.
After the Chastain Park Amphitheater performance in early June, Lou will continue to tour throughout the year (see current itinerary below).
Come out and hear the voice behind the songs that have propelled Foreigner's worldwide album sales to exceed 75 million units, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all-time.     
 
Lou Gramm Official Website and Links:        
www.lougramm.com 
www.lougramm.com/tour 
www.lougramm/discography
 
Lou Gramm Tour 2015*
 
Thursday, May 21 - Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington
Saturday, May 23 - Bakersfield Rockin Country Festival in Bakersfield, California
Friday, June 5 - Chastain Amphitheatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, June 6 - Old Shawnee Days Festival in Shawnee, Kansas
Saturday, June 20 - Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio
Saturday, June 27 - Rockin Ribs Festival in Augusta, New Jersey
Saturday, July 4 - Sun Peaks Concert Series in Sun Peaks Village, British Columbia, Canada
Friday, July 10 - Peacefest in Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, July 11 - BobStock in Fort Morgan, Colorado
Thursday, July 16 - La Fete Du Lac Nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, July 19 - Great S. Bay Music Fest in Patchogue, New York     
Monday, July 27 - Olds Agricultural Grandstand in Olds, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 31 - Rockin on the River Series in North Tonawanda, New York     
Friday, August 14 - Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin
Friday, August 28 - Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia
Saturday, August 29 - DeKalb Corn Festival in DeKalb, Illinois
Wednesday, September 2 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, September 3 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, September 12 - Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico          
 
*Additional dates to be announced. 
 
Tue
23
Dec

Double Stop Podcast - JEFF PILSON

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
 
This week on the Double Stop Podcast, Jeff Pilson (Dokken, War & Peace, Dio, Foreigner, Lynch/Pilson, Underground Moon, T&N) discusses his entire career, including how he got his start on bass and his early bands/studies, how he joined Dokken, the making of their big albums in the 80's, why they broke up, why he didn't join Lynch Mob when they first formed, the formation of War & Peace, his time in Dio, the Dokken reunion, why he left, rekindling his friendship with George Lynch and the recording of Lynch / Pilson, why his name was off Underground Moon, and how he joined Foreigner and their latest recording - The Best of 4 & More.
 
Plus he talks about current producing jobs for Last In Line and Adler, and a new solo rock cd that he is considering making.
 
 
Fri
12
Dec

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

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BEST TRACKS
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Jeff Pilson
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2014
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Worldwide
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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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68
 

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