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Foreigner

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:15 am

Foreigner – Friday, July 18 at 9pm

Mick Jones – lead guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, vocals
Thom Gimbel – rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute, keyboards, backing vocals
Jeff Pilson – bass guitar, backing vocals
Kelly Handsen – lead vocals, percussion
Michael Bluestein – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
Chris Frazier – drums, percussion
Bruce Watson – lead guitar

After leaving the Leslie West Band, guitarist Mick Jones began to assemble musicians for a band in NYC in 1976. He and fellow Englishmen Ian McDonald and Dennis Elliott, along with Americans Lou Gramm, Ed Gagliardi, and Al Greenwood were originally called Trigger but eventually changed to Foreigner due to the nationalities of the members. Later that year they began working on a debut album and after a re-mix the self-titled Foreigner hit the shelves in 1977. The album was a huge hit, reaching #4 behind top 10 hits “Feels Like the First Time” (#4), and “Cold As Ice” (#6). It went quadruple platinum (now 5x) and stayed on the charts for over a year. They would not suffer a sophomore slump as their 2nd album, Double Vision, was even more successful. The album sold over 5 million copies (now at 7 million) and reached #3 with the help of #2 hit “Double Vision” and #3 hit “Hot Blooded.” Bassist Rick Wills took over for Gagliardi for their third album Head Games. “Dirty White Boy” (#12) and title-track “Head Games” (#14) helped the album reach #5 and the album sold over 5 million copies. Jones got rid of Greenwood and McDonald as the band went to work on their fourth album. That album, 4, which was produced by the legendary Robert John “Mutt” Lang came out in 1981 and became the band’s first #1 album, when it topped the charts for 10 weeks. The album sold over 7 million copies behind the hits “Juke Box Hero” (#26), “Urgent” #4), and “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (#2). The band released a wildly successful greatest hits album called Records (7x Platinum) and toured for 2 years before they released Agent Provocateur in 1984. That album reached #4 in the US and became their first #1 album in the UK. It also contained their first #1 in “I Want to Know What Love Is.” “That Was Yesterday” reached #12 and the album went triple platinum. Their 6th album, Inside Information, followed in 1987. While only reaching #15 and being their worst-selling album up to that time, the album still had two top 10 hits in “Say You Will” (#6) and “I Don’t Want to Live Without You” (#5). After the tour for Inside Information, both Gramm and Jones released solo albums and Gramm would leave the band in 1990. Johnny Edwards took over for Gramm for the album Unusual Heat and stayed with the band until 1992. However, Gramm returned that year and recorded three new songs with the band for their greatest hits album The Very Best…and Beyond. The band would continue to tour off and on but Gramm had to have surgery to remove a brain tumor in 1997 that stopped the band for a year. They had a successful tour with Journey in 1999 and went on a 25th Anniversary Tour in 2002. Gramm would leave the band for good in 2003 and was originally replaced by Bonham singer Chaz West. Drummer Jason Bonham, of Bonham and the son of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham also joined the band at this time and played off and on with the band until 2008. West’s spot was short-lived and in 2005, former Hurricane singer Kelly Hansen took over on and continues with the band today. The band’s last new album of original material was 2009’s Can’t Slow Down. That album had an extra disc of hits re-recorded in studio with Hansen on vocals as well as a live DVD. The band will be making their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam (1998) as they tour this summer with Styx and Don Felder on the Soundtrack of Summer Tour.

Did You Know?
Original member Ian McDonald was also a founding member of the band King Crimson.
The band chose their name because three members were from England and three were from the US.
They have sold over 80 million albums world-wide, with 37.5 million in the US.
Mick Jones was in the Leslie West Band before forming Foreigner.
Leslie West had previously been successful in the band Mountain.
The band played for over 200,000 peolple at California Jam II on March 18, 1978.
Head Games was banned in some stores due to the cover, which depicted a teen girl in a men’s restroom.
The album 4 was originally going to be called Silent Partners.
Thomas Dolby was a session musician on the album 4.
Bob Mayo, from Peter Frampton’s band, started with the band on their 1981-82 tour and played on tours with them until 1988.
The band played the first Farm Aid in 1985.
Mick Jones was a producer on Van Halen’s 5150 album and Billy Joel’s album Stormfront.
The band played Atlantic Records’ 40th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden on May 14, 1988.
Gramm had surgery for a brain tumor that damaged his pituitary gland in 1997.
Lou Gramm played Moondance Jam as a solo artist in 2003.
He now tours under the title “Lou Gramm the voice of Foreigner.”
Current bassist Jeff Pilson was a member of 80’s rockers Dokken and Dio.
He has been in Foreigner since 2004.
In 2007, Foreigner, Def Leppard, and Styx toured as a triple-bill.
In 2010 they performed with Styx and Kansas on the United in Rock tour.
Another triple-bill show followed in 2011 with Journey and Night Ranger.
They are continuing the trend with their current Soundtrack of Summer Tour with Styx and Don Felder.
The band’s 2009 album Can’t Slow Down was originally exclusively available at Wal-Mart.
It debuted at #29 on the charts and two songs reached the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 20.
Ten Foreigner classics were re-recorded with Hansen on vocals and included on a 2nd disc for that release.
In late summer 2011, Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra subbed for an ill Mick Jones.
Bruce Watson then took Jones spot through the following August.
During this time, no original member of Foreigner was performing in the band.
The only other time this happened was on May 22, 2010 when then-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich stood in for Jones.
Original drummer Dennis Elliott joined the band onstage for “Hot Blooded” at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, Fl on January 9, 2013.
Elliot became a sculptor after leaving the band in 1991.
Jones and Gramm were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013.
The pair played “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the induction, the first time they had played together since 2002.
Original bassist Ed Gagliardi died from cancer on May 11, 2014 at age 62.
Gagliardi and original keyboardist Al Greenwood formed the band Spys in 1981 and released two albums together.
Occasional Jones fill-in Bruce Watson was an original member of the band Big Country.
Current drummer Chris Frazier has been a member of Whitesnake and Eddie Money’s band.
There have been at least 32 people as either a member or touring member of Foreigner.
They have released 15 greatest hits and live albums.

My Take
I can still remember listening to Foreigner at my grandma’s house. One of my cousin’s had their greatest hits Records tape, I can still picture where I was listening to it, what the cover with the jukebox on it looked like, and thinking how great all their songs were. That would have been when I was 10 and I probably didn’t know it was a greatest hits album at the time. From then on they mostly had ballads as their hits which I’m sure I outwardly acted like I didn’t like all that much. But privately, you know I was singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the top of my lungs when I was alone. And you were too. Don’t lie. I didn’t see the band during their heyday but I did get to see them in 1999 with Journey and I thought they blew Journey (then with vocalist Steve Augeri) off the stage. Just a few years later, however, Lou Gramm was gone from the band and that version of Foreigner was no longer. I have not seen the band with Kelly Hansen but I look forward to seeing them. He has a great voice and from what I have seen online and on their Palladia channel concert, they will sound great. Will it be the same as with Gramm in his prime? No. However, Gramm’s voice is not what it was before his brain tumor in the late 90’s, although it has been better in recent live recordings. I am also glad that Mick Jones is healthy enough to perform again. For awhile a couple years ago, there was no original member touring with the band. That is just weird to me. As a teacher, I play music everyday as kids walk in my class. I can tell you that they knew the songs from Foreigner day as well or better than any band I played. Who doesn’t know “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” “Cold As Ice,” and “Hot Blooded?” They will have even the most casual fan singing along. I have mentioned this before, but I hope Moondance signed Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder individually and not as their package tour. Right now, they are playing 10 or 11 song sets and they need to treat the jam as individual concerts and each give us 14+ songs. I’m still mad about the 8-9 songs Whitesnake gave us when they were here with Judas Priest a few years back. If Felder, Foreigner, and Styx each give us full sets, we could be looking at 45+ songs that many of will know by heart. That would be an epic night.

Album Charts
1977 Foreigner #4 (5x Platinum)
1978 Double Vision #3 (7x Platinum)
1979 Head Games #5 (5x Platinum)
1981 4 #1 (7x Platinum)
1982 Records (Hits album) #10 (7x Platinum)
1984 Agent Provocateur #4 (3x Platinum)
1987 Inside Information #15 (Platinum)
1991 Unusual Heat #117
1992 The Very Best…and Beyond #123 (2x Platinum)
1994 Mr. Moonlight #136
2002 Complete Greatest Hits #80 (Platinum)
2009 Can’t Slow Down #29

Singles Charts
1977 Feels Like the First Time #4
1977 Cold As Ice #6
1977 Long, Long Way from Home #20
1978 Hot Blooded #3
1978 Double Vision #2
1979 Blue Morning, Blue Day #15
1979 Dirty White Boy #12
1979 Head Games #14
1980 Women #41
1981 Urgent #4
1981 Juke Box Hero #26
1981 Waiting for a Girl Like You #2
1982 Break It Up #26
1982 Luanne #75
1984 I Want to Know What Love Is #1
1985 That Was Yesterday #12
1985 Reaction to Action #54
1985 Down On Love #54
1987 Say You Will #6
1988 I Don’t Want to Live Without You #5
1988 Heart Turns to Stone #56
1992 With Heaven On Our Side #103
1995 Until the End of Time #42

Setlists
Soundtrack for Summer Tour setlist
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold as Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
Dirty White Boy (occasionally)
Urgent
Starrider
Juke Box Hero
I Want to Know What Love Is
Hot Blooded

April 13, 2014 in London, England (before current tour)
Double Vision
Head Games
Cold As Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
Feels Like the First Time
That Was Yesterday
Dirty White Boy
Starrider
Urgent
Keyboard and Drum Solo
Juke Box Hero
Long, Long Way from Home
I Want to Know What Love Is
Hot Blooded

Videos
Double Vision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxKCPjcvbys
Head Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQdnn4QZ8Kk
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EItka8KXeq0
Cold As Ice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMqfWoFjgto
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2suNth8V1Q
Waiting for a Girl Like You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wln6NX0V4AQ
Feels Like the First Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHDy_b33cCQ
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2WDDxFXJ9s
That Was Yesterday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxz7UkOQ5v4
Dirty White Boy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81-ph0YYLOE
Starrider http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcVM5LHl9WM
Urgent - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHnNIoNUZig
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ALSsdkaI54
Juke Box Hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlAe77E3gxY
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoeqoC80m8
Long, Long Way from Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eedm15ZEaEg
I Want to Know What Love Is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raNGeq3_DtM
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JonE0uzJhCM
Hot Blooded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skle7xuHkoU
Live 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR8Jt6Z-2Zc
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Re: Foreigner

Postby Forever Rockin » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:25 am

Back in 78 or 79 I saw Foreigner at the St. Paul Civic Center with the Ramones as the opening act. At the time Foreigner was absolutely huge and as hot as any band has ever been, you had to be there to believe it. Everybody knew who the Ramones were, but they didn't care and they wanted to see Foreigner right now. People were booing and throwing things and ran them off the stage after only three songs. In the many, many shows I've seen I don't ever remember seeing a crowd that fanatical about seeing the headlining band.
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Re: Foreigner

Postby DrJim » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:58 am

Nice review Chris,
What a disappointing setlist.
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Re: Foreigner

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:43 am

DrJim wrote:Nice review Chris,
What a disappointing setlist.


Agreed. I hope we get a full set from them. Hopefully the powers that be have discussed this with their management. There is NO reason for them to act like this is a regular stop on their tour. The respect I have for all 3 bands that night will be determined by what they do for their sets. Whitesnake hasn't been the same for me after playing an 'opening' set last time and Asia just played one of the most clueless opening sets ever for a festival crowd when they were here with Yes.
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Re: Foreigner

Postby gopherboy6 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:11 pm

Great review, but I agree that the setlist better be expanded for Moondance.
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Re: Foreigner

Postby Lisa! » Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:43 pm

That would have been when I was 10 and I probably didn’t know it was a greatest hits album at the time. From then on they mostly had ballads as their hits which I’m sure I outwardly acted like I didn’t like all that much. But privately, you know I was singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the top of my lungs when I was alone. And you were too. Don’t lie.

Great review, Chris!! What I wanna know is--at 10 listening to Foreigner, didja have a mullet, cuz I kinda picture with a mullet :D Oh, and I will absolutely admit to singing I WAAAANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE IS at the top of my lungs, who hasn't?!?!?
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Re: Foreigner

Postby Chris » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:19 pm

Lisa! wrote:That would have been when I was 10 and I probably didn’t know it was a greatest hits album at the time. From then on they mostly had ballads as their hits which I’m sure I outwardly acted like I didn’t like all that much. But privately, you know I was singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the top of my lungs when I was alone. And you were too. Don’t lie.

Great review, Chris!! What I wanna know is--at 10 listening to Foreigner, didja have a mullet, cuz I kinda picture with a mullet :D Oh, and I will absolutely admit to singing I WAAAANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE IS at the top of my lungs, who hasn't?!?!?



Thanks! No it was not a mullet but I did have a bit of long hair all around, not just in the back. The mullet came several years later. :D
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