Bigtime fan -- I had read somewhere that Mick might have to have another minor procedure -- I'm sure he is just being cautious!! He may not know exactly when he can come back full time!
I first saw Bruce in February and he was just awesome!! He connects with the other guys and they feel so together!! A group of us saw them again in August -- two nights back to back! Those were fabulous shows!! They had so much fun on stage!!! Michael and Bruce swapped bass and keys and the second night Tom and Brian switched drums and guitar!!!!! Of course we missed Mick, but the guys did such an awesome job! Bruce was even better than the first time I saw him! He is an excellent guitarist!!! (Also, a very nice person!) Mick selected him and that is fine with us!!!
We were beyond happy to welcome Michael and Brian back!! They have such wonderful chemistry!! The Blue-Tichy solos are mesmerizing!!! Hopefully Blue will be back soon!!!! He has some chemo to do!!!
Both shows were GA and we managed to get down in front from the start -- which was great!!! We stood in line for hours and for the whole show! I'm tall -- so I usually do OK seeing the stage. I take care of my less tall friends
As far as the song arrangements go -- the bones are pretty true to the original recordings! They always add some great jams at the live shows!!!! I videoed Juke Box Hero at a concert a couple of years ago and it was 20 minutes long!!! Fabulous!!!! The studio recordings are pretty bare bones and designed for the radio. You can go back and look at live recordings with Lou and there is quite a difference from the studio versions!!! Even the song "Can't Slow Down" live is different than the studio. I liked it on the album but fell in love with the live recording -- Mick has the most amazing guitar solos and just took off with it!!! I prefer to listen to the live recordings over the studio any day! Jeff did rearrange "Say You Will" to an acoustic version -- very fun!!
Our local venue (where Foreigner has played) sends out notices that "at rock concerts, fans will be down in front rocking with the band -- so, anyone who doesn't want to be a part of that can be re-seated. There are seats from row H on back where you can see the stage while seated".
Below is the video from Sterling Hts. Michigan with Blue -- Tichy solos and the first 1/2 of JBH. I could only do 10 min at the time -- I have to delete and reload to get it all! They upped the limit to 25 later. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqXNMMw5C1E&list=UUrzoE8ol6E_-z3d9owcxqjA&index=25&feature=plcp