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Foreigner
« on: December 03, 2015, 04:45:28 PM »
Foreigner was one of my favorite hard rock bands of the seventies and early eighties that I grew up purchasing their 45's and albums and playing them to death along with a lot of other 70's bands.

Foreigner (THE band) was started in 1976 by guitarist Mick Jones (fresh out of the Leslie West Band), former King Crimson member Ian McDonald (keyboards, guitar, sax, flute) and vocalist Lou Gramm who later added Al Greenwood (keyboards), Ed Gagliardi (bass) and Dennis Elliott (drums) forming the classic Foreigner lineup. In 1977 they released their debut album, which went on to produce numerous hits and sell 5x platinum and just about every song on it is great, the same can be said for the next release Double Vision (1978) 7x Platinum, multiple hits and again just about every song is great. Next up came Head Games (1979) Rick Wills replaced the departed Ed Gagliardi on this one and it went 5x Platinum in the US alone and spurred multiple hits and again almost every song on it was great. Next up was Foreigner 4 as the classic lineup had splintered and both Greenwood and McDonald would leave before the recording of this album, and for the first time many additional musicians augmented the band on this album. This album on the strength of Jones and Gramm writing all the material went to #1 and sold over 6X Platinum in the US alone and produced multiple major hits. The next album Agent Provocateur (1984) again contained a lot of added musicians in the recording and was a big hit on the strength of the two hit singles "I wanna know what love is" and "That was yesterday" and sold well 3x Platinum but much less than the previous albums. That was the beginning of the end of Foreigner (THE BAND). The next record Inside Information (1987) struggled to reach platinum, again saw added musicians assisting in the recording, continued the downward sales spiral and only managed one major hit "Say you will" and as far as me considering that a hit, I'll SAY I DON'T lol. That ends the chapter of Foreigner (THE BAND).

Next up came Unusual Heat (1991) Johnny Edwards having replaced the departed Lou Gramm on vocals, this album was a commercial disaster and was the last to feature the last remaining core era lineup members not named Mick Jones as Dennis Elliott and Rick Wills would leave the band. This album also featured extra musicians in the recording and contained nothing remotely memorable in comparison to the earlier material.

Mr. Moonlight was released in 1994 and featured the return of Lou Gramm with a new lineup of Jeff Jacobs (keyboards), Mark Schulman (drums) and Bruce Turgon (guitar/bass) again utilizing session musicians in the recording augmenting the band. This album went nowhere and failed to bring the band back and sold poorly compared to prior efforts with Gramm on vocals to put it mildly. It was the last Lou Gramm album and the last studio album to be released under the Foreigner name until 2009. Lou continued in the band, which from here on out featured Lou, Mick Jones and a bunch of different band members and they toured on and off until his final departure in 2003.

enter: Foreigner (The Tribute Band) Sorry folks, that's what it is  :-[
2005 saw the Mick Jones Band (also known as the NEW Foreigner) and the release of Extended Versions (which is a good album, I'll admit I have and listen to this one) all the classics revisited by this band. which features Mick of course (the only person in this band that had any involvement in the plethora of hits this band has had) along with Kelly Hanson (vocals), Jeff Jacobs (keyboards), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Thom Gimbel (guitar, sax, flute, keys), and Jason Bonham (drums). Following that came a revolving door of band members and touring lineups and Mick himself has missed several shows due to ill health, which means on any given night you may not even see one Classic Foreigner member. Mick's band released "Can't Slow Down" in 2009 their only studio offering and unless you wanted to hear the disc of re recorded hits that was packaged with it, it's not  something I'd recommend and had no serious sales to speak of nor any substantial hits. At present Mick's tribute band consists of:
Foreigner founding member Mick Jones (guitar)
Kelly Hanson: vocals
Thom Gimbel: guitar, sax, flute, keyboards
Jeff Pilson: bass
Michael Bluestein: Keyboards
Chris Frazier: drums

They are a hell of a tribute band, I've seen them. If you want to hear all the hits played competently all together in one place it's a fun night out filled out with great songs that none of these guys save for Mick had a damn thing to do with, lol, but nonetheless a good time is usually had by all.

Now back to the band Foreigner:

Head Games (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQdnn4QZ8Kk
Cold as Ice (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAESnjvz3lQ
Long, Long Way From Home (1978 video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eedm15ZEaEg
Dirty White Boy (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81-ph0YYLOE
Feels Like The First Time (1978 video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHDy_b33cCQ
Blue morning Blue day (live vid) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtS6u1U75qk
Juke Box Hero (Rock Am Ring live 1985) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPWGOvHBCZU
Starrider (live 1978) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1KRvWL8fvk

THAT my friends is FOREIGNER
         
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2015, 01:46:13 PM »
good interview with Lou Gramm as he is in the midst of making a comeback with a solo band.

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=1130
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2015, 09:57:23 AM »
I wore out Head Games as a young teen.  Awesome record.
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 08:52:18 PM »
This is pretty cool. Gramm, McDonald and Greenwood to perform on some 2017 40th Anniversary dates as special guests. What sucks is that it appears that their appearances will be hit or miss. Something I would definitely want to know before buying a ticket. So I guess you have to buy a ticket and cross your fingers as to whether they are going to be performing at your particular show?

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/foreigner-to-be-joined-by-lou-gramm-and-other-original-members-at-select-40th-anniversary-shows/

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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2017, 11:54:42 PM »
Seems this may turn into a little extra somethin somethin in the near future  8)
 
http://radio.com/2017/08/17/foreigner-reunion/


I harp on Foreigner a little being as Mick is the only old member in the band and has been for years, and because the current lineup hasn't released any new music of any significance, which makes them appear more so a tribute band just milking the nostalgia. So while having Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott, and Rick Wills would be really cool to see. I'm not totally sold that Lou is up for extended touring at this stage, maybe with help from Kelly switching in and out doing shared vocal duties would work. But if this is all we have to go by hmmm  :-\

From the 40th Anniversary Jones Beach show in July
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTvIW9NZo28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fq2u6jt30g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsozPKHAClM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdFiJ2it4HU
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 08:07:25 PM »
Here is a short representation of Foreigner's October 6th and 7th performances at Soaring Eagle Casino in Michigan for the 40th Anniversary with the classic members performing a mini set, these shows were recorded for a future 2018 tv special, live dvd and album release  8)

This article just gives a version of Feels Like The First Time. I'm gonna try and find more.
 http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/watch-foreigner-reunite-with-original-members-at-michigan-concerts/
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 11:29:22 PM »

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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2018, 01:28:38 AM »
I wasn't aware this album even existed. They never released a proper live album back in their heyday but they snuck this live recording out in 1993 and I don't remember this one. Classic Hits Live/ Best of Live features live material recorded in 1977 and 1985.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0n3nHAD1qg
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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2018, 07:04:04 PM »
Another opportunity to catch some of the real Foreigners members playing with the band, at Sturgis this time. Albeit their appearance will be interspersed throughout the regular lineups show and set.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/foreigner-announces-massive-reunion-concert-with-original-members-at-sturgis-buffalo-chip/
 

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Re: Foreigner
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2018, 03:02:49 PM »
Foreigner has announced more classic lineup combined with current lineup reunion shows, I'm considering the Atlantic City show.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/foreigner-announces-four-more-reunion-concerts-featuring-original-members/
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