After 45 years, Foreigner is planning to tour…for the very last time.
In an interview with Billboard, 77 year-old Mick Jones said “Foreigner is a completely revitalized band with a whole new energy that has won the hearts of our fans all over the world, and I want to go out while the band is still at the top of its game. I had the idea that was to become Foreigner back in 1974, and I was 30 years old at the time. By the end of our farewell tour, over 50 years will have passed, and that’s a long time to be on the road.”
Since 1976, Foreigner has released 9 studio albums and sold more than 50 million records worldwide. It’s also had 9 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent” & the #1 “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Leader and founder of FOREIGNER, Mick Jones said, “Many years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Feels Like The First Time’ and today we are launching one last worldwide tour. We will be presenting a show that I know will have the same enthusiasm as our very first appearances. The tour will start this summer in America and we hope to get to every place that we have played over the last several years. While I’m sure our fans will have mixed feelings about the end of the road for the band, I know our shows are going to delight audiences everywhere.”
Says FOREIGNER lead singer Kelly Hansen, “The time has come. We have more or less lived our lives on the road for almost eighteen years. We have always strived to give you our best and we intend to finish this the same way. Foreigner has a brilliant and increasingly demanding catalogue of songs to sing and I refuse to give them less than they deserve. So, we’re going to finish strong. I want to make it very clear how grateful and appreciative we are to our audiences all over the world who have supported this band. I’m sure there may be occasions when we’ll do some special appearances, but I think the time is coming for us to live off the road. Thank you all so much!”
The tour will kick off July 6 in Alpharetta, Ga., with the final of 32 dates right here in New Jersey at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Sept. 3rd. Loverboy will be opening. Tickets on sale at LiveNation.com and for more info, visit ForeignerOnline.com
FOREIGNER will continue its long-term initiative with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation to invite choirs to open the show with a live a cappella ‘Pitch Perfect’ performance of Classic Rock songs. FOREIGNER will join radio partners across the country to create a contest for local choirs to win donations to their music programs. One winning choir will be selected at each show, and that choir will receive a grand prize of new musical equipment.
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