FOREIGNER performed at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania on July 15 as part of its fortieth-anniversary tour. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
The band — Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) — is promoting a new career-spanning compilation titled “40” that features forty hits from forty years. Rhino released “40” on May 26 as a double-CD set that includes forty songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features twenty-three songs was made available on June 2. “40” brings together the best songs from Foreigner’s nine studio albums, including all sixteen of its Top 30 hits: “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and more. The collection features “Too Late” from the group’s 2008 retrospective “No End In Sight” and “The Flame Still Burns”, the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, “Give My Life For Love” and a new version of “I Don’t Want To Live Without You”.
Singer Lou Gramm recently confirmed that he and the other founding members of FOREIGNER will join the group’s current lineup to perform “half a dozen songs” at several concerts on the band’s current tour.
The summer trek will see Jones reuniting with original members Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood at a few as-yet-undisclosed dates.
Gramm and Jones‘s June 2013 performance of “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Juke Box Hero” at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005. Jones is the sole remaining founding member in FOREIGNER‘s current lineup.
FOREIGNER‘s fortieth-anniversary tour — with support from CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE — runs through through September 9 in Auburn, Washington.