Foreigner and friends make tour stop at Tampa Amphitheatre

Foreigner and friends make tour stop at Tampa Amphitheatre

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Foreigner celebrates their 40th anniversary with a performance Aug. 2 at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

TAMPA – Foreigner – the band behind such classic and iconic songs as “I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.” – is turning 40 this year and they’re bringing some of their best friends along for a year-long celebration.

Foreigner – along with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick and special guest Jason Bonham, who will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin – will perform Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $38. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.l­ivena­tion.­com.

The band launched its mammoth worldwide tour in Syracuse, New York on July 11.

“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” said founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones in a press release promoting the tour. “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. This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can’t imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll.”

This tour will feature a companion album, a new career-spanning compilation titled “40” that features 40 hits from 40 years. Rhino Entertainment released “40” in May as a double-CD set that includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features 23 songs also was released in June.

“40” brings together the best songs from Foreigner’s nine studio albums, including all 16 of their Top 30 hits, including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and more. The collection features “Too Late” from the group’s 2008 retrospective “No End In Sight” and “The Flame Still Burns,” the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, “Give My Life For Love” and a new version of “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.”

In 2011, Foreigner released a three-disc set entitled “Feels Like the First Time.”

That compilation featured three CDs: One contains acoustic versions of the bands hits, another contains newly recorded studio versions of the material and the third features a live set recorded in Chicago. “Feels Like the First Time” was released by Razor & Tie Records. The set debuted in the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 43, selling over 10,000 units.

According to John Lappen, who does advance tour press for Foreigner, the Howard Blake School of the Arts choir will be performing with Foreigner on the band’s classic hit “I Want To Know What Love Is” at the Tampa concert.

Foreigner will donate $500.00 to the choir for appearing with the band and the choir will sell Foreigner CDs at the concert to raise monies for Foreigner’s charity partner, The Grammy Foundation. Both Foreigner and The Grammy Foundation are intent upon helping to keep music education available to students as part of the core curriculum in high schools throughout North America. The entire proceeds of the choir’s CD sales from this show are contributed to this initiative.

Also performing will be Cheap Trick.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. They have performed over 5,000 shows spanning four decades and have sold 20 million records worldwide. Cheap Trick formed in 1974 and while they have evolved throughout the years, the band continues to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. In 2016, Cheap Trick released its 17th studio collection, “Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello.” They followed up with “We’re All Alright!,” a new studio release, in June.

Rounding out the tour will be Jason Bonham.

“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent three years as their drummer and had a great time,” said Bonham. “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience show will hit home run after home run with these timeless classics done to perfection. JBLZE started seven years ago as a way to show my appreciation not only to my dad and the music of Led Zeppelin, but also to the fans themselves. With the amazing Cheap Trick along with the one and only Foreigner this is show not to be missed.”

Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, Foreigner has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 30 years into the game.

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