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Concert Reviews / Re: Taupo New Zealand Concert - the extended review
« Last post by Babs on February 14, 2015, 04:28:55 am »
Thanks for sharing your experience with us - loved reading your review about this great band.
Concert Reviews / Taupo New Zealand Concert - the extended review
« Last post by Alfmac on February 12, 2015, 09:05:23 pm »
My brother and I were some of the strong contingent of people from Hawkes Bay (about 1.5hours drive from Taupo), to travel to see the triple billing Summer Concert which included Foreigner.

We have both been fans since day one, so anticipation was high.  When entering the amphitheatre, we stood on the embankment and looked down upon a sea of humanity worthy of the entertainment on show.  Not sure how big the audiences in the USA are, but 15,000 is a healthy number here.

My one disappointment of the day was that Foreigner were not the headline act!  They followed Three Dog Night (talented musicians and very good entertainers), but our focus was Foreigner!  So off to the mosh pit and await the arrival of the boys.


Opening the set with Double Vision, they grabbed the audience by the balls and never let up.  Song after song, hit after hit, they whipped us up into a frenzy!  Every word of every song being sung back to Kelly, and the entire band fed off the vibe.  This was show that involved the audience – we were part of it.  Kelly didn’t just talk to us, he involved us.  Magic!

I have never seen Foreigner live when Lou Gramm was front man, so comparisons are irrelevant.  What Mick has done is revitalise and energise the Foreigner fan base, and introduce new fans.  For those wanting to label the current line-up as a tribute band, whatever, I disagree.  The founder has ensured that the music can live on, because as we know, Mick isn’t getting any younger.  They are living the Foreigner future.  You add the genius of Tommy Gimbel, who is extremely talented as lead guitarist, but adds flute, sax and keyboards (Cold as Ice), Jeff Pilson's production and arrangements, Chris Frazier’s frenzied drumming, Michael Bluestein’s keystrokes (then swapping with Jeff to play bass during the encore), Bruce Watson’s driving rhythm and lead, and of course the band icon, Mick.

Then Kelly – a true showman.  Strutting across stage, climbing scaffold and PA bins, climbing into the mosh pit during the songs to “high five” fans, and pinching the big screen camera to film the band and the crowd are all memories that will live with me forever.

Then after whipping the crowd into a frenzy, the call for more rang out, and back they came.  More hits during the encore and then the final bow to the audience and throwing of guitar picks into the throng – I got a Tommy Gimbel one, my brother (who plays bass in his own band, got Jeff Pilson’s) – fitting really.

So, they came, they rocked, and now they are gone.  My only hope is that they remember this small, two island country at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and think, hey, we had a great time there, and the fans “got it”.  We need to go back.

That is a dream I hope the band can fulfil.
Ask the Band / Re: New Foreigner Fans Just wondering??
« Last post by SoUrgent on February 12, 2015, 04:14:10 pm »
Welcome to the board, Brad and Kim!

Your reaction to the band is not unusual. For first timers seeing Foreigner, many are blown away by just how good they are live, how tight their music is, how alive and engaging the shows are, and how friendly all of the musicians are- assuming you have the chance to meet them. Mick Jones has surrounded himself with top-notch musicians that continue to carry the legacy that is Foreigner- all of their backgrounds are rich with credentials, education, bands they've supported, toured, and recorded with, etc.

Haha, 9 times in 10 months? That is normal for many Foreigner fans! Many on the board that comment around here do the same thing. Seeing Foreigner is ADDICTIVE!
Ask the Band / Re: New Foreigner Fans Just wondering??
« Last post by SU_5757 on February 12, 2015, 11:09:44 am »
Can't say you're crazy, ya just have a bit of catching up to do.  Many of us would likely do the same if the travel wasn't a limiting factor. It sounds like you've covered a lot of ground.
y George Lenker | Special to The Republican
on February 11, 2015 at 6:23 AM, updated February 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM


Foreigner fans who had high hopes of seeing the last original member, guitarist Mick Jones, in concert at the Calvin Theatre last night may have been disappointed as he was nowhere to be found.

But it seemed most people in the crowd either didn't care or didn't notice as they danced and sang along with the band over the hour and 45 minute set.

To be fair, however, most of the founding members of the group have been gone for more than 20 years. And second, the replacement musicians are all ace players to the point where it's doubtful even real Foreigner geeks could discern the difference between them and the original six guys as far as their sound.

Jones, 70, is the only band member to appear on all Foreigner records, but missed a year of touring between 2011-12 after having heart surgery. His absence last night went without comment from the band.

The group opened with the crotch-rock anthem "Double Vision," with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen doing a formidable imitation of original singer Lou Gramm. The rock stomper "Head Games" followed, much to the crowd's delight.

The group provided an arena rock flair in a much more intimate venue. "Cold as Ice," which featured some nice harmonies, brought more screams from the near-capacity crowd. Hansen wasted no time engaging the audience, going out into the crowd, and walking across the seat tops, shaking hands with fans.

The band took a comparatively mellow turn with their 1981 hit, "Waiting for a Girl Like You," with Hansen again doing a dead-on Gramm take.

It was then back to raw-meat rock of "Dirty White Boys," followed by the atmospheric introduction to a toned down "Say You Will."
The latter song once again proved this iteration of the band could definitely sing.

After band introductions, they launched into the band's first hit, "Feels Like the First Time."

The remainder of the show was a trotting out of the band's other hits, such as "Urgent," and "Juke Box Hero." The only glitch of the evening was a combination keyboard display and drum solo that served only as iceberg-lettuce type filler.

The encore included "I Want to Know What Love Is," which featured choral backing vocals by Northampton High School's The Northamptones, and the night-ending "Hot Blooded."

Jamie Kent did his usual excellent set of catchy acoustic pop to open the show.
General Discussion / Re: Foreigner is a Tribute Band
« Last post by alexaki on February 09, 2015, 08:26:45 am »
You could say at the start of their set foreigner is made up with a bunch of foreigners :P
Ask the Band / New Foreigner Fans Just wondering??
« Last post by customconcretellc on February 08, 2015, 01:24:26 am »
We  saw Foreigner  for the first time in Estero Florida on May 22, 2014 on their soundtrack of summer tour with Styx  and Don Felder (We were there to see Styx).  After seeing  Foreigner for the 1st time we were blown away.  Best concert we have ever seen !!!  We have since been to the Louisville Ky, Elkhorn WI, Mount Pleasant MI, Sarasota FL, Melbourne FL (meet and greet and thank you Bruce and Tom for the nice pictures with my wife) shows and have tickets to the upcoming Milwaukee WI (general admission with ice pass), Elkhart IN ( row B seats 5 and 7) and Lima OH show ( row F seat 108 and 110).  That would be 9 times in 10 months.  Just wondering if this is excessive or just normal for Foreigner Fans ???  Brad  & Kim.
Ask the Band / Re: wedding propsal
« Last post by SU_5757 on February 07, 2015, 08:08:04 pm » has been showing WFAGLY consistently as the 4th song, following  Cold As Ice.  This was true of the New Zealand dates and also reported on Feb 4.  I'd doubt that it would change before Feb13.
Stories from the Road / Re: wedding propsal
« Last post by sandman14 on February 07, 2015, 12:12:37 am »
Oh Ya its Feb 13 2015 Lincoln RI ;)
Stories from the Road / Re: wedding propsal
« Last post by robk13 on February 06, 2015, 11:22:10 pm »
Please forgive me if I'm not minding my own business, but I think you can figure on the band playing that song. Every time I've seen them in the past few years they have played it. You might want to include the date of the show you will be attending, though.
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