Foreigner... It was a sold out show...
By: Michele Ross
It was a sold out show. You can hear hear the roar of the crowd, yea you can picture the scene…
Oh What a Show!
Mick Jones, the last remaining original member of Foreigner lead the band through a series of their greatest hits with boundless energy. It was in your face, up close, fist-pumping, hip grinding rock and roll from beginning to end.
The current band line-up includes, Mick Jones (original founding member) Kelly Hansen, Jeff Jacobs, Thom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson and Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham). Together these band members make up the new Juke Box Hero’s.
Kelly Hanson, lead vocalist, has one helluva set of pipes that can truly rival Foreigners original vocalist Lou Gramm. Kelly reminds me of a younger version of Steve Tyler not just in looks but in his actions as well. The guy never once stopped moving. When he unexpectedly leaped into the audience the crowd roared with excitement. It was just non-stop fun.
The Roar Of The Crowd!
Being a Lou Gramm fan I wasn’t sure how I would react to one of my favorite bands without my favorite singer but OMG Kelly Hansen nailed it, song after song after song! Moments into the first song I had fallen in love with this band all over again. Mick put together an incredible cast of amazingly talented musicians . They play hard, they play real and they are definitely here to stay.
The set list included such hits as Double Vision, Cold As Ice, Head Games, Blue Morning, Waiting for a Girl Like You, Dirty White boy (sent out to all the naughty ladies...*wicked evil grins*), Say You Will, Starrider ( an oldie but goodie), Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, an awesome rendition of Juke Box Hero , Long Long Way From Home, I Wanna Know What Love Is and the show ended on a perfect note with Hot Blooded.
The entire show was explosive and filled with action as Kelly Hansen danced about the stage flirting with the audience. He was contagious to watch and his high notes were right on! Mick’s rivoting guitar licks played well with the audience, bringing the songs we all know and love to life. Everyone, young and old was singing and cheering to such familiar beats.
Thom Gimbel took front and center during Urgent and had the audience spellbound. His sax playing brought the house down. I can’t imagine Foreigner without the sax, that was always such an integral part of the band and last night it was played to perfection.
Thom is the Man!
Jason Bonhan had one of the most outrageous performances by a drummer that I have ever seen. He was amazing, his fathers son for sure.
I could honestly go on and on about this band, the musicians, and this tour but I think to truly appreciate the craftsmanship this band exhibits and the incredibly high energy they bring to the stage you need to experience it for yourself. There’s no way in hell you could be disappointed. Foreigner Rules!
For me, to see this VERY visual band play their signature songs is a great way to end the summer. All thats left to say is…...