Mick Jones | Kelly Hansen | Jeff Pilson | Tom Gimbel
Michael Bluestein | Bruce Watson | Chris Frazier
On April 27, 2018, earMUSIC will release FOREIGNER WITH THE 21ST CENTURY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS, a live recording of Foreigner’s first-ever orchestral shows last summer in Lucerne, Switzerland. Conducted by Ernst van Tiel, and in participation with Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, these concerts were recorded and videotaped for the new CD/DVD release and a PBS television special to air later this year. The band will perform an orchestral concert series in the U.S. in the spring and, later in the year, in Australia and New Zealand, including an appearance at the iconic Sydney Opera House.
FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist, Mick Jones says, “I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later. I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer’s orchestral arrangements have shown us a new dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy.”
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. Foreigner’s catalog sales were celebrated in Business Insider magazine as hitting the Top 40 among the 'Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time'. While the Beatles were justifiably #1, Foreigner came in ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard.
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including " Juke Box Hero " , " Hot Blooded " , " Waiting For A Girl Like You " , " Urgen t" , "Double Vision", " Head Games " , " Say You Will " , " Dirty White Boy " , and the worldwide #1 hit, " I Want To Know What Love Is " , Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.
Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the timeless hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” At the core of Foreigner is the founder and Songwriter ' s Hall of Fame member Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence and guide the band to new horizons. He reformed the band after a 2002 hiatus and selected lead singer Kelly Hansen to help write an inspired new chapter in the history of Foreigner. As a frontman and lead vocalist, Hansen is among the most - respected, consummate professionals in rock n' roll. Mick also brought in bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and Chris Frazier on drums. An unprecedented new level of energy helped lead the group to a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long - time Foreigner fans and younger generations.
This summer, Foreigner will headline a major Live Nation-produced U.S. tour with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening as support.