With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner’s musical arsenal and exhilarating performances continue to propel sold-out tours and impressive album sales. The band behind enduring rock anthems like “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent” and “Say You Will” — not to mention 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. Rounding out the lineup is lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.
Unleashed upon the world in 1977, 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 propel Foreigner’s next album, 4, into a #1 run on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the iconic #1 global hit “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
The frenetic ride of Foreigner’s original incarnation came to a close in 2002, but with much support and encouragement, Jones rallied a newly-charged powerhouse lineup, the core of which remains unchanged more than ten years later. Mick Jones, with the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, led the group to a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to both long-time Foreigner fans as well as younger generations of devotees.
With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner released Can’t Slow Down in 2009, which entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30 and had great radio success with two Top 20 singles. To follow was the release of the band’s 3-disc set, Feels Like The First Time, which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, plus studio re-recordings by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional stage energy.
In 2012, Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on the Rock of Ages soundtrack, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Hollywood quickly took note, and several more tracks were featured in hit films Magic Mike and Pitch Perfect, sending Foreigner downloads up 400%.
In February 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 like “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 won the prestigious Ivor Novello Songwriter Award for “The Flame Still Burns,” the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.
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