Foreigner

Fri
07
Aug

FOREIGNER Set For Yet Another Live Acoustic Release

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Foreigner Set to Perform & Record First Live Acoustic Album 'The Hits Unplugged and Live' at Charity Event on 8/24
 
July 29, 2015 – Foreigner--Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) -- is universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action. Now they will perform and record their forthcoming album, “The Hits Unplugged and Live,” at a private event benefitting JDRF (formally known as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) on August 24th at The Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Limited tickets to this event are available by contacting ford@jdrf.org or 313-248-1655. Foreigner is donating their performance that evening, and their royalties from the record to JDRF, a charity close to the band’s heart. This new collection of never-before heard live acoustic recordings will be available on Sony in early 2016.
 
The evening’s one-hour set will feature some of rock’s best-known hits including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” The show will be opened by an acapella performance by beloved Detroit student choir, Mosaic, who will also join Foreigner on stage for “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner that will feature select menu items curated by Foreigner frontman and celebrated foodie Kelly Hansen prior to the performance. Also taking place that night will be a charity event featuring significant Foreigner memorabilia.
 JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 45 years and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide.
 
“We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program,” says Foreigner founder/lead guitarist, Mick Jones, Songwriters Hall Of Fame member who either wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song. “Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager’s daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we’re glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause.”
 
“We are thrilled to have Ford Motor Company as a partner who brings opportunities like the iconic band Foreigner to help raise awareness for type 1 diabetes,” said Margo K. Lucero, JDRF’s senior vice president, corporate and international development. “JDRF's mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications, and we are so grateful to Ford and Foreigner for the support in helping us move closer to our goal to create a world without T1D.”
 
This is just one of the Mick Jones's philanthropic efforts, which also include a longtime partnership with The GRAMMY Foundation’s effort to support music in schools.  Foreigner invites a local high school to join them on stage at each concert they play, providing these choir’s the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform #1 hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” live with the band. Foreigner makes a direct donation to each school’s high school music program, as well as donating a portion of the evening’s CD sales to the GRAMMY Foundation. Over the years, Foreigner has raised well into the six-figures through this program, inviting more than 220 high school choirs to join the band on stage, allowing more than 6,000 students, teachers and parents to enjoy this life changing experience.
 
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner has defied all odds of a heritage band with continued Billboard chart action and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Foreigner has experienced a true renaissance in recent years, thanks in part to their legendary songs being featured in films like “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Orange Is The New Black,” with The New York Post’s “Page Six” recently noting “Foreigner is enjoying an unexpected renaissance with the millennial set.”
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Fri
12
Dec

FOREIGNER - The Best Of 'Foreigner 4' And More (Review)

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content: 
68%
section name: 
BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
Jeff Pilson
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
68
Label: 
Frontiers
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They are legendary. No doubt…and I’m a huge fan of their music. HUGE! Especially the releases Agent Provocateur, Inside Information (very underrated), Unusual Heat (with Johnny Edwards), the monster AOR classic Mr. Moonlight (from 1994), plus of course the band’s most recent album with Kelly Hansen fronting the band, 2009’s Can't Slow Down.
So with my fan credentials established, I feel I am qualified to say “Foreigner…WTF guys?’
 
Believe it or not, the band has recorded just 9 studio albums in 37 years. Ok, I can live with that as they’ve all been notable releases.
But add to that, as of right now there are 5 live releases, at least 7 DVDs and no less than 16 compilations. Yes…16.
 
So do we need another live/compilation? Not really. But if you really insist upon it, The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More is ok.
Issues aside, taking a look at this album leaves you with the reaffirmation that Kelly Hansen is an absolute monster vocalist and this band is a really tight outfit.
 
Of course the songs are already legendary, but the whole spirit of this release is just off kilter for me. The songs are recorded over 2 nights in October, where 15 tracks were performed in a different order to what has been put together here.  Double Vision, Head Games and the legendary Dirty White Boy are omitted.
There are 7 Foreigner 4 tracks, which weren’t played in chronological order anyway, but are again re-arranged here still not in the original album’s sequence.
It may sound picky, but if you are going to do a live release based on paying tribute to one album, then play the full album in order like so many other artists have done.
Otherwise it’s just another live album – which is exactly what this is.
 
Awfully good of course…well recorded, perfectly performed and fill with classic songs, but based on the prior number of live and compilation releases, I imagine the fan base is beginning to feel as if it is being fleeced.
 

This is a great live recording, but the re-arranged order and the fade in/outs between tracks is a distraction and to be honest, the whole concept is only half-executed, so this will remain a really die-hard only purchase. I’d buy any studio album from Foreigner without any hesitation, but as a consumer, I’d pass on this, that is unless you don't have any other of the band's recent live albums. If that's the case, start here.

 

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Tue
09
Dec

One On One With Mitch Lafon - FOREIGNER & NIGEL BAILEY

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JEFF PILSON of Foreigner and Nigel Bailey of Three Lions & Bailey join Mitch on EPISODE 74 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

In this episode's first interview, Jeff Pilson discusses Foreigner's new live album 'The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More', working with DIO and the Dio inspired band 'Last In Line', putting together a new project with former Dokken bandmates George Lynch and 'Wild' Mick Brown and much more.

In the episode's second interview, new talent Nigel Bailey discusses working on the THREE LIONS album with Vinny Burns (Dare, Ten and Asia) on guitars and Greg Morgan (Dare & Ten). He also discusses releasing his first solo album under the BAILEY moniker called 'Long Way Down'. One On One With Mitch Lafon believes that these are two of the best melodic rock releases of 2014.

Mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum, co-hosts this episode. Maor's mastering credits include the new FAITH NO MORE single 'Motherfucker',  the new YES album 'Heaven & Earth, as well as working in the past on Halford, Armored Saint, Nekromantix, Sepultura, Angra, Ygnwie Malmsteen, the A World With Heroes KISS tribute EP albums and more.

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Fri
28
Nov

FOREIGNER - Best Of Foreigner 4 And More (Showcase)

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The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More
Produced By: 
Foreigner
Running Time: 
76
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 US hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
 
At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.
 
Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” which appeared on the previous record “4”.
 
An unprecedented new level of energy commenced in 2002 when Mick Jones decided to take Foreigner to the next level. He was joined by the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, and continues as they lead the group in a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, Extended Versions. Can’t Slow Down followed in 2009, and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.” To follow was the release of the band’s 3-disc set, Feels Like The First Time, which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, studio re-records by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional live energy.
 
Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on the Rock Of Ages soundtrack, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – more songs than any other one band on the soundtrack. Hollywood quickly took note, and several more tracks were featured in hit films “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect,” sending Foreigner downloads up 400%. The video game industry was soon to follow. The blockbuster release, “Grand Theft Auto V,” features Foreigner’s “Dirty White Boy,” and “Hot Blooded” is included in the November 2013 release of “BandFuse”. The high visibility of Foreigner’s songs continues to introduce the band’s music to a whole future generation of fans.
On October 3rd & 4th 2014, Foreigner performed and record a unique event at the prestigious Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  For the first time ever, the band presented 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More' show.  This is a theme that will continue through select live shows, with a repertoire consisting of some of the best and most loved songs of Foreigner “4” plus a selection of other Foreigner timeless hits. Foreigner ”4” remains the best selling and fans’ favorite album in the entire Foreigner catalogue.  This is a release that will resonate very deeply with the Foreigner audience and go on to become a major release in Foreigner’s catalogue. 
 
FOREIGNER:
Mick Jones – Lead Guitar
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Tom Gimbel – Flute, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone
Michael Bluestein - Keys
Chris Frazier – Drums
Bruce Watson - Lead Guitar
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Wed
26
Nov

FOREIGNER 'Best Of 4 And More' Out Next Week

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The opening track from FOREIGNER's forthcoming live release 'The Best of 4 And More,' "Night Life" is now available as an instant download when you pre-order the album digitally. The preorder links are below.
 
General download link:
http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4
 
Amazon link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4Amazon
 
iTunes link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4iTunes
 
'The Best of 4 And More' will be released in Europe on December 5th with release in the UK on the 8th.
 
Released in 1981, Foreigner '4' spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Hits included 'Juke Box Hero,' 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' ' all of which are present on 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More.'  'It's great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material,' enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while band founder Mick Jones added, 'Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ' unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives.'
 
"Night Life" is the live album opening track: a timeless rock song delivered with passion and urgency by the band and recorded live at the Borgata Hotel's Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October 2014.
 
It is still possible to preorder the album via PledgeMusic, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake T-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour packages. In related news, the Vinyl version of 'The Best of 4 And More' album will be released in partnership with Soulfood Music on January 23rd 2015.
 

 
 

 

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Thu
23
Oct

Frontiers Sign FOREIGNER For 'Best Of Foreigner 4 And More'

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RELEASED ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL, AVAILABLE 5th DECEMBER 2014
NEW HIGH-DEFINITION LIVE RECORDING FROM THE
BAND’S
MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM OF ALL TIME
 
They are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable arsenal of hit songs that continue to propel sold-out tours and album chart action around the world.  Now, Frontiers Music Srl presents a homage to Foreigner’s most successful album ever with "The Best of Foreigner 4 & More".
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
Foreigner "4"spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Fans will see why it "Feels Like The First Time" when Foreigner debuts these new recordings of the best of Foreigner ‘4’ along with several other chart hits. The band recorded these live high-definition versions of their most enduring anthems at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City on October 3rd and 4th, 2014.
 
 
The set features some of rock’s best-known hits including "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded" and Foreigner’s iconic ballad, "I Want To Know What Love Is," along with a selection of best songs from Foreigner ‘4’.  "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Urgent," "Juke Box Hero," "Girl On The Moon," "Night Life," "Break It Up" and "Woman In Black" are all featured with stellar performances.
 
"Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide" says Foreigner founder, lead guitarist, Mick Jones.  Also serving as executive producer of the new album, this Songwriters Hall Of Fame member wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song and continues to lead his band to new heights.  Mick continues: "Unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives."
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
"Great songs, great performances and great production are timeless. "4" has all three in spades," says bassist and producer Jeff Pilson. "Bringing the album to life on stage with the energy and passion the band has always maintained, made us very happy.  We’re thrilled to give people a chance to really reflect on what a great and classic album '4' truly is."
 
Singer Kelly Hansen adds: "The idea for this recording came from the anniversary of the release as a way to celebrate. There are some tracks that were never previously performed live in this format, and it's great to be in a group with people who really 'get it' and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material."
 
Foreigner's Kelly Hansen - Photo Credit: © S. Schweiger
 
"The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" is available now for preorders via Pledge Music through this link: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/foreigner in CD, vinyl, limited edition posters and remake t-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour. As an exclusive for the German territory, the album will also be available in a special box packaging adding a cap to the CD.
 
In June 2013, Mick Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. A multi-talented and multi-dimensional "musician’s musician," Jones has also written songs such as "Bad Love" with Eric Clapton and "Dreamer" with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150. 
 
Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 
FOREIGNER are: Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar), Chris Frazier (drums).
Kelly Hansen
Mick Jones
Jeff Pilsen
Tom Gimbel
Bruce Watson
Chris Frazier
Michael Bluestein
Photo Credits: © Bill Bernstein
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FOREIGNER: 2014 GERMAN/SWISS TOUR DATES
(all acoustic shows except where noted)
 
Oct 20 - KKL Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
Oct 22 - Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Oct 24 - Rosengarten Mozartaal, Mannheim, Germany
Oct 25 - Stadthalle Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen, Germany
Oct 26 - Konzerthaus Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
Oct 28 - Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct 29 - OsnabrückHalle - Europasaal, Osnabrück, Germany
Oct 30 - Die Glocke Großer Saal, Bremen, Germany
Nov 02 - Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 03 - Congress Center Hamburg Saal 2, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 04 - Admiralspalast - Theater, Berlin, Germany
Nov 06 - Baloise Session, Basel, Switzerland (Electric Show presenting the "4" album theme)
Nov 07 - Georg-Friedrich-Händel Halle, Halle, Germany
Nov 09 - StadtHalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
 

Foreigner - Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein
 

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Fri
11
Jul

FOREIGNER - The Best of Foreigner 4 and More, Live Atlantic City

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The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box Oct. 3rd and 4th

Foreigner will perform a 2 evening special concert dubbed The Best of Foreigner 4 and More at the Music Box at the Borgata in Atlantic City October 3rd and 4th! The special event will pay tribute to their 1981 #1 smash album, 4, which unleashed hits such as 'Juke Box Hero', 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'! Holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for a total of 10 weeks, 4 eventually sold over seven million copies in the United States alone.

A special Facebook pre-sale begins July 8 at 10:00am EDT through July 10 at 10:00pm EDT. 

Presale code: Urgent4

General on-sale begins Friday, July 11 at 10am:
Oct 3                  Oct 4

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Thu
10
Jul

STYX & FOREIGNER DONATE $10k TO PHILLY FIRE DEPT AFTER BUS FIRE

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Two classic rock bands gave a big thank you to the Philadelphia Fire Department for coming to their aid last week.
 
 
The tour buses for Styx and Foreigner caught fire on July 2 in Northern Liberties. The buses were used for crews supporting the bands, in town to play at WMGK's Let Freedom Rock Fest.
Foreigner let fans know everyone was fine.
 
The fire started on the Styx bus and spread to the Foreigner bus, WMGK’s promotion director Dan Fein said.
 
Both buses were empty at the time, and people had already removed most of their belongings from them. No gear was damaged, Fein said.
 
To thank the Philadelphia Fire Department for their efforts, the bands gave $10,000 to the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund. During their show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden last Thursday, the bands donated proceeds from the sale of their joint compilation album "The Soundtrack of Summer" to the local fireman's charity.
 
The groups were two of the hottest bands back in the '70s and '80s, Styx on the strength of hits like “Show Me the Way” and “Rockin’ the Paradise” and Foreigner with hits “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded."
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