The last time we saw Foreigner was on 3/27/15 and 3/28/15 in Elkhart Indiana and Lima Ohio. The next show we have tickets for is the July show with Kid Rock in West Palm Beach Florida. However, my wife ( Kim) was not going to wait another month and a half to see her favorite band. We looked on-line and found a pair of front row tickets to the May 29th show in Glen Allen Virginia. She said "front row we are going" even though I was the one who was going to be the one driving (12 1/2 hours each way) from Wisconsin and we also had tickets for the Rolling Stones for the Saturday May 30th show in Columbus Ohio. We decided to sell our tickets to the Rolling Stones so, Foreigner, here we come. At 2:30 a.m on Wednesday the 27th we packed the car and headed to Virginia. Finally, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday the 28th we arrived at our hotel in Glen Allen. Good thing we packed a XXL 56 oz. bag of peanut M&M's to munch on to keep us awake.
We awoke the day of the show to partly cloudy skies and 80ish degree humid temperatures. We met some Foreigner fans from Glen Allen for lunch before the show. After lunch we walked outside to cloudy dark grey skies. Great!!!! We had to go back to the hotel so Kim could get into her "Foreigner attire" and head to the venue to get our tickets from will call. On the way to the venue the skies opened and unleashed a furry of rain, thunder and
lightning. We were thinking great time to see a outdoor event and drive half way cross the country to see a show. But, luck was with us and after a bit of a delay the show was a go.
The event opened with Craig Wayne Boyd a guy who I guess won the show The Voice. I don't know but he did a good job. Then it was time we where waiting for. To a nearly sold out show. Ladies and Gentlemen would you please welcome.......FOREIGNER. The band started with Double Vision followed by Head Games, Cold as Ice, Waiting for a Girl, Dirty White Boy, Say you will, Feels like the first time, Urgent, followed by Keyboard / Drum Solos then Jukebox Hero. Encore songs included Long Long way, I want to know (in which a local High School choir joined the band on stage) and ended with Hot Blooded. The band sounded great as usual. Kelly's vocals are always amazing. Michael and Chris's solos were again great. Bruce and Jeff were pure energy and Tom's instrumental flexibility is something you need to see to believe. Sax solos in urgent are the best.
At the end of the song " I want to know " Bruce Watson took off his guitar and slung it over the shoulder of a girl from the choir. The girl looked stunned. He said something to her, she smiled from ear to ear, then started to cry. He just gave this girl one of his guitars. All done without the spotlight on them. I bet over half the audience didn't even realize he did that. These gentlemen never cease to amaze us. Like I said in my reviews of Elkhart IN and Lima OH, just when you think they can't get any more personable, Bruce gives one of his guitars to a young aspiring musician. AMAZING !! These guys are just so fan friendly. It's just one of the reasons we traveled thousands and thousands of miles, seen 11 Foreigner shows in the last 12 months. Again, another great show, we again met a bunch of very nice people (Kim says I just go up and talk to anybody) and we even got to travel to the outer banks of North Carolina and relax for a few days on the beaches before heading back to Wisco. Great show, meet some great people, add few days on a beach, it just does not get any better. Next stop for us .... West Palm Beach (unless Kim decides to go sooner).
4nerfans Brad & Kim