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on February 11, 2015 at 6:23 AM, updated February 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM



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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.

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Re: Foreigner Live at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Ma. concert review.
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 01:48:40 pm »
Thanks for sharing! I was lucky to be there!
The venue is up close and personal!
The show was full of energy and the crowd was into from the beginning which is great to see!
Everyone must catch a show here!

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Re: Foreigner Live at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Ma. concert review.
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2015, 01:02:18 am »
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..the crotch-rock anthem "Double Vision,"

Wait. What?
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