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Thu
16
Feb

UNRULY CHILD Announce 'Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection'

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Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to present a very special box set release from UNRULY CHILD, "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” on April 21, 2017.
 
This exclusive, limited edition, brand new box set includes the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog. In all, five full length studio albums and one DVD are included in this beautifully packaged, must have release for Unruly Child Band fans.
 
"Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” contents:
- “Waiting For The Sun”, which was originally released in 1998 and featured the line-up of singer Kelly Hansen (ex-Hurricane, now with Foreigner), Gowdy and Jay Schellen (with special guest Ricky Phillips of Styx on bass).
- “The Basement Demos”, which features all the demos that the band recorded in preparation for their first record for Interscope Records. The album also includes a bonus DVD with rare in-studio interviews and recording sessions from the same period.
- “UCIII”, an album which sees another Unruly Child incarnation featuring Gowdy with Guy Allison and Philip Bardowell taking on vocal duties. While slightly more proggy at times, “UCIII” still retains the overall vibe that fans loved about Unruly Child.
- “Worlds Collide”, which featured the full reunion of the original lineup of the band (Gowdy-Allison-Free-Antonino-Schellen). This release truly brought back the magic of the early demos and the first record.
- “Down The Rabbit Hole” is an independently released album – very much sought after by collectors – which was only sold in a limited number of copies via the band’s website in 2014. Another fine and classic melodic rock release featuring the original line-up.
The Box Set houses the CDs in vinyl replica and includes all lyrics, a total of three bonus tracks (unreleased outside Japan) and a 20 page booklet, including exclusive stories personally written by Gowdy, Free, and Allison as well as photos from their archives.
 
A superb release LIMITED to ONLY 1000 COPIES worldwide!
 
Tracklisting:
CD1 - Waiting For The Sun
-Heart Run Free
-Rise Up
-Why Should I Care
-Forever
-Man Inside
-Do You Ever Think Of Me
-Still Believe
-To The Cross
-Fool Again
-Live In The Night
-Waiting For The Sun
-World Of Difference (Bonus Track)
 
CD 2 - The Basement Demos
-On The Rise
-Rock Me Down Nasty
-To Be Your Everything
-Lay Down Your Arms
-Is It Over
-Let’s Talk About Love
-Long Hair Woman
-Forever
-Live In The Night
-Unruly Child
-Undefeated
-Down The Road
-Still Believe
-The Man Inside
-Live Without Love
-True Love
 
CD 3 - UCIII
-Tear Me Down
-Falling
-All Around Me
-Bring Me Home
-Sleeping Town
-You See Three
-Kings Of Tragedy
-Vertigo
-Shades Of Love
-Unruly Child
-Something
-Ruby Tuesday (Bonus Track)
 
CD 4 - Worlds Collide
-Show Me The Money
-Insane
-When We Were Young
-Tell Another Lie
-Love Is Blind
-When Worlds Collide
-Talk To Me
-Life Death
-Read My Mind
-Neverland
-Very First Time
-You Don't Understand
-Talk To Me (Acoustic Remix) (Bonus Track)
 
CD 5 - Down The Rabbit Hole
-This Is Who I Am
-She Can't See Me
-Down The Rabbit Hole
-For All We Know
-Breaking Hearts
-Kindred
-Say I Love You
 
DVD - The Basement Demos DVD
-On The Rise (Live Video)
-When Love Is Gone (Live Video)
-Wind Me Up (Live Video)
-Unruly Child Revisited (Interview)
-Long Hair Woman
-History Lesson (Interview) (Incl. Medley: Long Hair Woman, To Be Your Everything, Is It Over, When Love Is Gone, On The Rise)
-Forever (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-Buffalo Mics (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-One Note Away (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-Stairway To Drums (Jay Schellen Studio Session)
-Unruly Child (Tracking - Studio Session)
-On The Rise 1 (Tracking - Studio Session)
-Tunnel Of Love (Tracking - Studio Session)
-Sinking Vocals (The Asylum - Studio Session)
 
UNRULY CHILD:
Bruce Gowdy – guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals
Guy Allison – keyboards, bass, drums, vocals
Marcie / Mark Free – vocals
Kelly Hansen – vocals
Philip Bardowell – vocals
Larry Antonino – bass
Jay Schellen – drums

 

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Mon
09
Jan

FOREIGNER Announces 40th Anniversary Tour Details: Billboard Exclusive

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Foreigner plans to make this year's 40th anniversary summer tour "a family affair" according to group founder Mick Jones -- including the other acts on the bill and the return of some prodigal sons.
The group kicks things off June 11 in Syracuse with longtime pals Cheap Trick and former drummer Jason Bonham and his band. And Mick Jones tells Billboard that original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will be appearing on select dates. "They're not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances," Jones says. "It's the right time to do this. I'm looking forward to that and we'll see how it goes, and I'm sure it'll go down well."
The reunions will certainly be a highlight during a busy anniversary year for Foreigner. The group will be touring extensively; In addition to the summer dates -- 37 dates running through Sept. 9 in Auburn, Wash. (tickets go on sale Jan. 13 via www.LiveNation.com) -- the group is also playing U.S. dates starting Jan. 30, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland. A two-disc, 40-track anniversary compilation with some brand new material is planned, while Jones will be publishing his memoir, A Foreigner's Tale, due out this spring.
"I could never have dreamed this would happen or that we would still have some kind of relevance 40 years later. It's unbelievable, really," says Jones, who formed Foreigner during 1976 in New York, releasing its first album a year later. "I think it's fitting at this point that we do this. I'm very proud of everything we've done and what we've achieved, and of how the new band [lineup] has fought back for me and for the heritage of Foreigner. It's kind of the way I always dreamed that Foreigner would appears, as a very exciting live band and everything that goes along with it. It's really been very inspiring for me."
The compilation album, meanwhile, will precede the tour, adding a new recording of "The Flame Still Burns," a song Jones wrote for the 1998 film Still Crazy (the group has already released a video for the song), along with "a few others in the offing, another [new] song that we're working on right now, and then all the greatest hits and more."
 
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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
Artist: 
 
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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Fri
28
Nov

FOREIGNER - Best Of Foreigner 4 And More (Showcase)

Artist: 
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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