Foreigner 8/2/19

Foreigner is the latest of rock’s legendary bands to announce a string of Las Vegas dates. The band will perform at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas over two stands in 2020; the first will feature shows on January 24th, 25th, 29th, and 31st, along with a February 1st run closer. The second stand sees the band taking the stage on April 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, and 25th.

Current frontman Kelly Hansen spoke about the upcoming shows to Billboard, and touched upon why Foreigner still resonates so strongly with its fans, explaining, “I think it has to do with the quality of the songs. If you take a look at Foreigner’s catalog, there are 16 top 30 hits, and (in planning a show like this) the problem becomes what songs do you leave out. Do you do some songs acoustically or do you give them all the classic presentation? These are all discussions that we have in creating a set list, but you’re definitely going to hear all of the big ones for sure.”

Hansen went on to say that the Vegas crowd provides a unique experience for the band: “Normally we’ll go to a specific place (and our audience is local) and we do have fans that travel the world to see us. But (Vegas) is very much a melting pot entertainment crowd.”

2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Foreigner’s 1984 Agent Provocateur album and the band’s sole Number One single, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Founding member Mick Jones shed light on writing rock’s ultimate ’80s power ballad: [“There was sadness in that song. Y’know, there’s some really, kind of, private, personal pieces of my story in there, let’s say. I’ve always enjoyed playing it; there’s something about the chord patterns — there’s a slightly classical feel to it. It is one of my favorites, so. . .  and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ is representative of the period where it started to go a little weird between Lou (Gramm) and I. But, now, when I look back, y’know, I guess that was yesterday.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . that was yesterday)

  • UPDATES: Foreigner tour dates (subject to change):
    August 7 – Jackson, MI – Jackson County Fair
    August 8 – St. Ignace, MI – Kewadin Casino St. Ignace
    August 9 – Bay City, MI – Rock the Hill at Veterans Memorial Park
    August 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens
    August 12 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights
    August 13 – Evansville, IN – Old National Events Plaza
    August 15 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair (with Night Ranger)
    August 16 – Sedalia, MO – Missouri State Fair (with Night Ranger)
    August 17 – Newkirk, OK – 7 Clans First Council Casino
    August 20 – Wellington, OH – Lorain County Fair
    August 21 – Watertown, NY – Jefferson County Fair
    August 23 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
    August 24 – Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
    August 25 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
    August 27 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark
    August 29, 30 – Rama, ON – Casino Rama
    September 1 – Wauseon, OH – Fulton County Fair
    September 3 – Kitchener, ON – Canada, Centre in the Square
    September 4 – Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
    September 7 – Spencer, IA – Clay County Fair
    September 9 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheatre
    September 11 – Spokane, WA – Spokane County Interstate Fair
    September 12 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
    September 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fair
    September 15 – Toppenish, WA – Legends Casino Event Center
    September 18 – Puyallup, WA – Washington State Fair (with Night Ranger)
    September 26 – Roanoke, VA – Budweiser Summer Series at Elmwood Park
    September 27 – Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair (with Loverboy)
    September 29 – West Springfield, MA – Xfinity Arena at The Big E
    October 3 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
    October 4 – Atlantic City, NJ – Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock
    October 12 – Tuolumne, CA – Westside Pavilion at Black Oak Casino (Foreigner with Lou Gramm)
    October 13 – Ridgefield, WA – Ilani Cowlitz Ballroom
    January 16, 17, 18 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center (with The Nashville Symphony)
    January 24, 25, 29, 31- Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
    February 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
    April 17, 18, 22, 24, 25 –  Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre

TL; DR

  • Foreigner will perform at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas over two stands in 2020; the first will feature shows on January 24th, 25th, 29th, and 31st, along with a February 1st run closer.
  • The second stand sees the band taking the stage April 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, and 25th.

SIDE NOTES

  • Following its long-awaited release earlier this year on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video, Foreigner – Live At The Rainbow ’78 has been released CD and digital platforms.
  • Caught live on April 27th, 1978 at London’s Rainbow Theatre, the disc spotlights Foreigner’s classic early lineup featuring Mick JonesLou GrammIan McDonaldAl GreenwoodEd Gagliardi, and Dennis Elliott.
  • Over 40 years after the Foreigner’s historic Rainbow gig, the show has been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for the 2019 releases.
  • The tracklisting for Foreigner Live At The Rainbow ’78 is: “Long, Long Way From Home,” “I Need You,” “Woman Oh Woman,” “Hot Blooded,” “The Damage Is Done,” “Cold As Ice,” “Starrider,” “Double Vision,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Fool For You Anyway,” “At War With The World,” and “Headknocker.”