Foreigner Tour Continues
With more than 75 million sold copies of their albums, Foreigner continues to impress both “classic” and new generations of fans. After the “Juke Box Heroes Tour”, the band has embarked this year in a new tour called “Double Vision”. The novelty of this tour consists in the artistic line-up: for the first time ever, all the current members of the band and the original band members who brought their contribution to Foreigner’s massive success will share the stage of the various stadiums and arenas where the tour will be present.
The current line-up consists of Mick Jones – lead guitar, Kelly Hansen – lead vocals, Tom Gimbel – vocals, rhythm guitar, sax, Jeff Pilson – vocals, bass, Michael Bluestein – keyboards, Bruce Watson – guitar and Chris Frazier – drums. This line-up will be joined by the former members of the band Lou Gramm – vocals, Al Greenwood – keyboards, Dennis Elliott – drums, Rick Wills – bass and Ian McDonald – guitar, saxophone. These amazing performers promise to deliver their fans a live collection of their most famous songs from various albums, making the experience a “treasure forever” one, for both the “first time” public and for the “veteran” audience. The tour that will wrap up in 2019 has coming scheduled stops in locations like Atlantic City, Winnepeg or Calgary, alongside multiple shows in Canada. For the full list of dates and venues, see the list at the end of this article.
If you want to catch live one of the most important bands of the ‘80s, you can get your ticket at many of the great ticket sites online.
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But why would you want to see live a band from the “crazy ‘80s”?
Well, first of all because it’s NOT just from the ‘80s. The band has success even in the “hi-tech” era we’re living: it has been granted platinum singles for the digital sales of “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Plus, the band’s songs have been viewed half a billion times on “Youtube” and you can still hear them in famous TV shows or movies. In a world filled with downloads and streams, that’s quite impressive for a band that had the peak of its career 30 years ago.
Second: because their songs performed great: 16 hits in “Top 30”, 10 multi-platinum albums, presence in almost every category of “Greatest of All Time” listings issued by “Billboard”, presence in the “Top 40” of “Best Selling Music Artists of All Time” issued by “Business Insider” (before names like Bob Dylan, Queen, Phil Collins or Bon Jovi).
Third: because they are restless, even 40 years since their beginning: on 27th of April, the band released “Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus”, which immediately reached #1 on the “Billboard” classical album chart. They had sold out shows in Europe, at London’s famous “Royal Albert Hall” and in Australia, at the iconic “Sydney Opera House”.
The band’s 2017 album, “In Concert: Unplugged” contained acoustic arrangements of their iconic hits: “Juke Box Hero”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, “Cold as Ice”, “Say You Will”, the anthem “I Want to Know What Love Is” and more. Few of these rearranged hits were performed at “Carnegie Hall” and at the “GRAMMY Museum” in L.A. Moreover, in August 2018, the musical “Juke Box Hero” has been launched in Canada, based on the book written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement. The musical features many of the 16 hits that reached “Top 30” over the years.
Still not convinced? Then let’s take a brief look at the highlights in the band’s history.
The band was founded in 1976 by the iconic musician Mick Jones. Jones, a “Hall of Fame” member, is not just an important guitar player, but also a prolific songwriter – his songs “portfolio” includes Eric Clapton’s “Bad Love” and Ozzy Osbourne’s “Dreamer”. He has been nominated as a songwriter to “Grammy Awards” and “Golden Globe Awards” and has won the “British Ivor Novello Songwriter Award” for the soundtrack “The Flame Still Burns” from the movie “Still Crazy”.
Jones teamed up with saxophone player Ian McDonald, with drummer Dennis Elliot, keyboards player Al Greenwood, bassist Ed Gagliardi and vocalist Lou Gramm.
The debut album of Foreigner was released in 1977 and offered the public songs like “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like The First Time”, receiving platinum certification.
Their second album – “Double Vision” (that gives the name of their current tour) stayed for 6 months in the “Top Ten”. These songs enabled the band to build the reputation of a consistent, clean-sounding and determined band in the musical landscape of that time.
In 1979 came “Head Games” and marked the first of the many line-up changes, with bassist Rick Wills replacing Ed Gagliardi. This album was also a success, but left Jones and Gramm longing to create some ground-breaking music. They achieved that with their next album, called “4”, released in 1981 and reaching “Number One” in “Billboard” chart. And for a good reason, as it included huge hits, like “Jukebox Hero”, the power ballad “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and the energetic, state-of-the-art sounding “Urgent”, with the saxophone part played by Motown veteran Junior Walker.
Three years later, in 1984, the 5th album called “Agent Provocateur”, gave the global Number 1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is”. The band made the transition to MTV era and “I Want To Know What Love Is” (featuring “New Jersey Mass Choir”) was that year one of the biggest hits of the music television and radio stations. Gramm and Jones began to have some arguments generated by Gramm’s desire to focus on his solo career, a desire that will determine him to quit the band in 1989.
After both musicians realized it was a mistake to split, they reunited, especially since the album “The Very Best … And Beyond”, released in 1992, proved the biggest commercial success of the band. After being confronted with a diagnosis of brain tumor in 1997, Lou Gramm had it removed and recovered enough to rejoin the band. The new century found the band still performing and releasing either greatest hits albums, either archival collections. After the “Accoustique” album released in 2011, 2017 found the band celebrating its 40th anniversary and recording a live performance in Switzerland alongside an impressive orchestra and choir.
Foreigner continues to offer its fans amazing experiences, either as live show or as rearranged hits.
The band’s performance is even more impressive, if we take into account they have been doing this for the past 40 years. Mick Jones declared: “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”.
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Here is the full list of the coming dates and venues of the “Double Vision” tour.
November 9 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
November 10 – Agua Caliente, Rancho Mirage, CA
November 30 – Hard Rock, Atlantic City, NJ
December 1 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
February 24 – Sandman Centre, Kamloops, BC, Canada
February 26 – Western Financial Place, Cranbook, BC, Canada
February 27 – Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary, AB, Canada
February 28 – River Cree Resort & Casino, Enoch, AB
March 2 – Bell MTS Place, Winnepeg, MB, Canada
March 4 – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
March 5 – GFL Memorial Gardens, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
March 7 – Sudbury Community Arena, Sudbury, ON, Canada
March 8 – First Ontario Concert Hall, Hamilton, ON, Canada
March 11 – Peterborough Memorial Centre, Peterborough, ON, Canada
March 12 – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, QC, Canada
March 14 – Grand Théâtre de Québec, Québec, QC, Canada
March 15 – The Centre at Casino New Brunswick, Moncton, NB, Canada
March 17 – Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada
April 20 – Choctaw Grand Theatre, Durant, OK