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Legendary Rockers Foreigner Coming to Salina

KSAL Staff - May 2, 2016 3:52 pm

Legendary rock group Foreigner is coming to Salina. Foreigner is coming to the Stiefel Theatre on Thursday, November 17th.

With ten multi-­platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-­out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.

At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-­layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.

Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”

Foreigner’s 2002 hiatus ended with the arrival of Kelly Hansen who inspired a new chapter in the history of the band. Selected by Mick Jones for his astonishing vocals and vibrant stage presence, Kelly joined Mick to lead the group in a re-­emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and ten multi-­platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-­out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.

In June 2013, Mick Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. A multi-­talented and multi-­dimensional “musician’s musician,” Jones has also written songs such as “Bad Love” with Eric Clapton and “Dreamer” with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150. A Grammy and Golden Globe-­nominated songwriter, Jones is the winner of the prestigious British Ivor Novello Songwriter Award for “The Flame Still Burns”, the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.

In May 2014, Atlantic Records Chairman Craig Kallman presented Mick Jones with RIAA gold and platinum digital awards for six Foreigner songs. These awards signify 500,000 and 1,000,000 downloads of Foreigner hits. That is more individual awards than any other heritage rock band, and an illustration of Foreigner’s resonance in the digital era.

Foreigner’s latest release is entitled ‘The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More,’ a high-­definition live recording from the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ in October 2014, celebrating the band’s most successful album of all time. The set features some of the band’s best-­known hits including ‘I Want To Know What Love Is,’ ‘Feels Like The First Time,’ ‘Cold As Ice’ and ‘Hot Blooded’, along with a selection of best songs from ‘4’, such as ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You,’ ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘Woman In Black’.

Foreigner played to a sold-out audience at the Stiefel in April 2012.They will be back in November.

Foreigner: The Hits Unplugged is coming Thursday, November 17th. Tickets go on sale May 13th at 10AM. Tickets start at $59.

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