Foreigner Brings Hot Classic Rock to Downstream

By Melinda Stotts


Posted May. 18, 2016 at 11:38 AM

QUAPAW — A chance to experience arguably one of the best Classic Rock concerts out there is coming to Downstream Casino Resort when Foreigner takes the stage in their outdoor venue on May 27.

There aren't too many from the time the band was founded in 1976 on down who can't sing along word for word to “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Head Games" and more.

Foreigner has had 9 Top 10 hits and a total of 16 Top 30 hits. Since Mick Jones, Foreigner’s leader and founder who wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song, and produced or co-produced every album, reformed the band in 2004, the band's resurrection has sold out venues, broke tour records and played to thousands of fans in Europe and America.

The band now includes Jones, front man and lead singer Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumental Thom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and Chris Frazier on drums.

Their hit single, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" was No. 2 in the Top 100 for a total of 14 weeks. This is a record in the history of Billboard magazine. It helped drive Foreigner to No. 49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All Time Top Artists Chart. To put that in perspective, The Eagles are No. 54, Fleetwood Mac are No. 73 and Aerosmith is No. 90.

Foreigner is tenth in airplay on Classic Rock radio among legendary bands such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Boston, Eagles, and ZZ Top and fourth on the Nielsen Chart Catalog Sales Position among these same bands.

With their latest three-disc album, 'Feels Like the First Time,’ out since September of their greatest hits including an 'Acoustique' CD which features unplugged versions, Foreigner ended the year on a high note with the band’s biggest ever one-week digital single sales.

The Baxter Springs High School choir will be performing with the band on the band’s classic hit “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Foreigner will donate $500 to the choir for appearing with the band and the choir will sell Foreigner CDs at the concert to raise monies for Foreigner’s charity partner, The Grammy Foundation. Both Foreigner and The Grammy Foundation are intent upon helping to keep music education available to students as part of the core curriculum in high schools throughout North America. The entire proceeds of the choir’s CD sales from this show are contributed to this initiative.

Bassist Jeff Pilson sat down long enough for an interview with MNR’s Associate Editor Melinda Stotts between tour stops.