Foreigner 4

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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
 
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
Released: 
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. 
 
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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.
 

 
 


 
 
Fri
11
Jul

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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