Foreigner heading onstage January at Hard Rock
Classic rockers Foreigner will take fans on a fast-paced, hit-filled retrospective at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, January 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums and sold out concert tours.
From “Cold as Ice” to “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent” to “Jukebox Hero,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You” to the chart topper “I Want To Know What Love Is”, Foreigner’s thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.
Today, over 65 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to the mix to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever.
This tour features original member Mick Jones (guitar), the architect behind Foreigner’s extraordinary catalogue of smash hits. Mick has crafted some of rock music’s most enduring songs and produced 10 multi-platinum albums. Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter, performer and producer and winner of the prestigious Ivor Novello Songwriter award in Britain in 1998, Mick first began playing guitar in his early teens. After starting his own blues/rock band and opening for the Rolling Stones in pubs across South London, Mick’s first big break came in 1964 when he moved to Paris and was hired to play with French singer Sylvie Vartan and later hired to work as musical director for French rock icon, Johnny Hallyday. Jones returned to his native England in the early ‘70s to reform the band Spooky Tooth with Gary Wright. After Spooky Tooth broke up, Mick moved to New York City and, in 1976, formed Foreigner with fellow Brits Ian Mc Donald and Dennis Elliott, and Americans Lou Gramm, Alan Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.
Answering an ad seeking a lead vocalist, Kelly Hansen joined Hurricane in 1985. Hurricane recorded three critically acclaimed albums, racked up five Top 20 MTV videos and landed the top 35 single, “I’m On To You”. After Hurricane disbanded, Hansen worked in a group with Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille, toured as a vocal group arranger and backing vocalist with Liane Foly for her album, Caméléon and composed music for television.
A multi-instrumentalist, Tom Gimbel plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, sax, and flute. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tom began touring with Aerosmith playing keyboards and saxophone. With them, he did two world tours, numerous TV and film appearances including Woodstock 2, Wayne’s World 2, Saturday Night Live and MTV Unplugged.
Though best known for his work as an original member of seminal 80’s rock band Dokken, bassist Jeff Pilson has played with a host of groups including rockers Dio and MSG, and his own bands War and Peace and Lynch/Pilson. Jeff also had a principal role, along with band mate Jason Bonham, in the 2001 Warner Brothers film Rock Star, alongside actors Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
Rounding out the ensemble is pianist Michael Bluestein. Growing up, Bluestein was exposed a wide range of artists including Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Boston, Mozart, The Who, and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. After studying at Berklee College of Music, Michael made his way out to Los Angeles where he has played with Boz Scaggs, Stevie Nicks, Enrique Iglesias, Anastacia, and with the house band on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The band’s most recent release is Can’t Slow Down, a 2009 three-disc set available exclusively at Wal-Mart.
Tickets cost $75, $60 & $45*; all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7pm and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.
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