Foreigner Plans Reunion Shows With Original Lineup

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Foreigner’s Double Vision: Then & Now lineup at their 2017 reunion concert

Following a series of successful reunions since 2017, Foreigner have announced four more. The “special celebration events” – Double Vision: Then and Now – are scheduled for the fall and will feature Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills, as well as all current band members.

Founded in 1976, Foreigner burst onto the radio and the album sales chart with their 1977 self-titled first album on Atlantic Records. That debut album produced the classic rock hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The Double Vision album followed, as did a string of hits like “Hot Blooded” and “Blue Morning, Blue Day.”

That momentum helped make the band’s next album, 1981’s 4, #1 on the Billboard chart. The album delivered such smash hits as “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For a Girl Like You.” 1984 delivered the #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” All told, they’ve earned fourteen Top 20 U.S. pop hits.

Related: Our inside story of what led Foreigner to sign with Atlantic

Founder and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones reformed the band after a 2002 hiatus and selected lead singer Kelly Hansen to help write a new chapter in their history. The current lineup is Jones (lead guitar), Hansen (lead vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums).

Watch the band’s first big 2017 reunion

Tickets for Foreigner 2018 dates are available here and here.

Double Vision: Then and Now Dates

Nov 09 – Los Angeles CA – Microsoft Theater
Nov 10 – Rancho Mirage CA – Agua Caliente Casino
Nov 30 – Atlantic City NJ – Hard Rock
Dec 01 – Uncasville CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

Last spring, Foreigner released a live album recorded from concerts that the band performed with a 58-piece orchestra and 60-member choir. Foreigner With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, features 14 of their biggest hits, via earMUSIC.

Orchestral Dates

Oct 12 – Canberra, Australia – Royal Theatre
Oct 14 – Adelaide, Australia – Botanic Park
Oct 16 – Perth, Australia – Riverside Theatre
Oct 18 – Sydney, Australia – Sydney Opera Concert Hall
Oct 25-26 – Sydney, Australia – Rock the Boat
Oct 30 – Melbourne, Australia – Hamer Hall
Nov 01 – Hamilton, New Zealand – Claudelands Arena

August 2018 sees the launch of Juke Box Hero, the Musical in Canada. Based on the book written by the writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments movie, the Tracey Ullman TV series), the show will feature many of the band’s iconic hits.

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