Multi-platinum selling rock band Foreigner made a return appearance to the sold-out Hard Rock Rocksino on May 1 to play an evening of classic rock hits.
Lead singer Kelly Hanson worked the crowd all night like the true professional that he is. Whether it was twirling the mic stand, playing an occasional tambourine or pacing the stage from end to end, Hanson knows how to give the audience exactly what it wants. However, the most impressive thing about Hanson was his voice. The Lou Gramm sound-a-like puts his own mark on these signature classic songs.
Although there was not one original member on the stage for this performance; (Mick Jones was missing in action) the musicianship and professionalism of this band is top rate.
Opening the show by playing a hit song from each of the first four albums that the band released; it was almost like hearing their greatest hits album Records played live. “Double Vision,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Head Games” got the party started.
The band then decided to slow the tempo down by playing their Billboard hit “Waiting For a Girl Like You.” This 1981 power ballad flooded this mostly middle-aged audience full of memories of couple skates and homecoming dances from years gone by.
Hanson mentioned that bassist Jeff Pilson wrote an acoustic arrangement for a later Foreigner hit and that is why the band decided to recently release an acoustic album of Foreigner classics. A beautiful flute intro by long time member Thom Gimbel, set the stage for a nice acoustic rendition “Say You Will.” After the song, Hanson stated that everything in this show was live; there was no auto-tune and no pre-recorded music, just like it should be.
Things picked up again as the classic sounds of “Feels Like the First Time” and “Urgent,” which featured an extended sax solo by Gimbel, highlighted the show.
The first set ended with the Foreigner 4 classic “Jukebox Hero.”
The raucous audience brought the band back for a three song encore that included an appearance from the Oriety Show Choir from Solon which helped sing back-up on “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
Finally, the show ended with “Hot Blooded” which completed this trip back in time.