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“I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.”

FOREIGNER, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, is turning 40 this year and they’re bringing their friends along for the year-long celebration.

First up is a mammoth worldwide tour, set to launch in Syracuse, NY on July 11th. For the US shows presented by Live Nation, Foreigner will be alongside Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick — who are also celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut album — and special guest Jason Bonham who will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin to great night of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets go on sale January 13, 2017 at www.livenation.com.

“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 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. This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can’t imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll.”

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, CHEAP TRICK is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. They have performed over 5,000 shows spanning four decades and have sold 20 million records worldwide. CHEAP TRICK formed in 1974 and while they have evolved throughout the years, the band continues to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. In 2016, CHEAP TRICK released its 17th studio collection, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello

“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent 3 years as their drummer and had a great time,” says Jason Bonham. “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience show will hit home run after home run with these timeless classics done to perfection. JBLZE started 7 years ago as a way to show my appreciation not only to my dad and the music of Led Zeppelin, but also to the fans themselves. With the amazing Cheap Trick along with the one and only Foreigner this is show not to be missed.”

To coincide with the tour, 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 be releasing a celebratory 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 with Kelly Hansen on vocals including “Cant 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. Rhino is kicking off a year-long catalog promotion with the January 24th picture disc release of Head Games.

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,” “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).

Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on the band’s official website. Fans can check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.

 

DATE CITY VENUE
Tue Jul 11 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Thu Jul 13 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri Jul 14 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat Jul 15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Mon Jul 17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Tue Jul 18 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 20 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Jul 21 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sat Jul 22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 26 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Fri Jul 28 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Sun Jul 30 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 01 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 02 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 05 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Aug 06 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Aug 08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Aug 09 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Fri Aug 11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Aug 12 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sun Aug 13 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Tue Aug 15 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed Aug 16 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
Sat Aug 19 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun Aug 20 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
Wed Aug 23 Albuquerque, NM*** Isleta Amphitheater
Thu Aug 24 Phoenix, AZ*** Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat Aug 26 West Valley City, UT*** USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 29 Chula Vista, CA*** Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 30 Los Angeles, CA*** Greek Theatre
Fri Sep 01 Marysville, CA*** Toyota Amphitheater
Sat Sep 02 Mountain View, CA*** Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 04 Morrison, CO*** Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 08 Ridgefield, WA*** Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat Sep 09 Auburn, WA*** White River Amphitheatre
     

*** Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience not on this date

Thomas Morgan Robertson, known by the stage name Thomas Dolby, is an English producer, and one of the most influential musicians of our era. His hit singles include “She Blinded Me with Science” from 1982, and 1984 single “Hyperactive!”. He has also worked in production and as a session musician, as a technology entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and as the Music Director for the TED Conference, and is now a Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Tell me about working with Mutt Lange and Foreigner on the 4 album. You spent a month with them, which had to be quite an interesting experience, spending that length of time in the trenches with one of the bands that was really at the top of the “corporate rock” heap at that point.
Thomas Dolby: Up until that point, I’d never spent more than about 10 hours at a stretch in a professional recording studio, and then I was watching the clock because I was paying for it. So to have the luxury of being up all night at Electric Lady most nights of the week with any keyboard that I chose to hire from S.I.R., that was certainly a real thrill. I think especially the band themselves didn’t really know what I was putting on their records. During the day, they were doing vocals with Lou Gramm, and they would leave me at night or put me in the other studio working on my own with a relief engineer. And then they would come in and they would say yay or nay to the stuff that I’d done. I remember specifically, when I created the intro to “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” I’d done it with a technique that I’d long been hoping to try out, which was basically just to sort of build yourself a Mellotron by recording a sustained note on each track of the multi-track and manipulating them in a wave to create combinations of harmonies. I’d been longing to do that for years, and I actually got to do that one night at Electric Lady and put it on the intro of “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” The band came in in the morning and I played it for them, and there was sort of a silence and then the bass player said, “It’s a bit like massage music, isn’t it?” [Laughs] But to their credit, Mutt Lange and Mick Jones got it and it was very un-Foreigner-like in a certain way. It was certainly unlike anything Foreigner were famous for up to that point. I got a big thrill when, six months later, I’d be driving and there’d be an AOR radio station and on would come my “massage music,” 15 seconds of it before the groove kicked in.

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Have you ever been listening to a song and suddenly thought “Hey! That title would make a great comic!”? Chris Sims of the website, Comics Alliance has, and he decided to something about it. He’s got a baker’s dozen of his favorite tunes, remixed into the four-color world of comic book covers! This is so great…

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
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Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
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Public Enemy – Security of the First World
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Parliament – Dr. Funkenstein
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Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
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Guided By Voices – Teenage FBI
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The Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
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Judas Priest – Turbo Lover
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Foreigner – Jukebox Hero
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Elton John – Tiny Dancer
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Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1
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From NME:

Ray Davies, Donovan set for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Kinks‘ Ray Davies and folk singer Donovan are both set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

They will be joined by songwriters Graham Gouldman, who wrote for the Yardbirds, Mark James, who wrote ‘Suspicious Minds’ and ‘Always on My Mind’ for Elvis, and Jim Weatherly, who wrote a number of hits for Gladys Knight and the Pips, reports Rolling Stone. The induction ceremony will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on June 12.

Last year, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith were honoured alongside Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Neighbours composer Tony Hatch. “It means that people are listening to what we’re doing,” said Perry at the ceremony in New York. “Like Steven said, we’re always under the hood working, or we’re on the road, whatever. That’s what the band is, it’s work, and we’re doing it.”