Foreigner Returning To Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre July 18

Foreigner performing in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

–By Sean Derrick

 

Classic rock staple Foreigner will return to Saint Louis on July 18 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, this time with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience along as guests and billed as the “Juke Box Heros Tour”.

Coming off a hugely successful 40th Anniversary Tour last year the band has released  a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features 40 tracks tracing their distinguished career. Entitled 40, the album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup, with Kelly Hansen on vocals. All tracks were recorded between 1977 and 2017. The current line-up is Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar), and Chris Frazier (drums).

Foreigner performing in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

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,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17). FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were recently celebrated in Business Insider as hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, and Bon Jovi.
“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones.

Foreigner performing in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

As Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale says, “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour.”

Says Jason Bonham, “Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!”

Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE has earned multi-Platinum status for numerous albums, including TROUBLE, LOVEHUNTER, READY AND WILLING and COME AN’ GET IT, as well as the album that introduced the explosive hard rock revamped WHITESNAKE sound with SLIDE IT IN. The band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987’s self-titled multi-Platinum smash hit album, WHITESNAKE.  From these albums came multiple Top 10 hits worldwide, including two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night,” all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2018.  The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album FLESH & BLOOD.

Foreigner performing in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

Following his participation in the monumental reunion of Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena in 2007, drummer Jason Bonham decided to take the music his father was such a huge part of out on the road. The result became Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Best described as a band that perfectly recreates the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening not only celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands but also the life of Bonham’s late father, who died in 1980.

When asked why he decided to start the project, Jason said, “It was medicine to relieve myself from the amount of Led Zeppelin that I had studied and rehearsed prior to the O2 show and then dealing with the realization that it wasn’t going to go anywhere beyond that one concert. It originally began as me just wanting to put together a show, but once I realized I could make it

Foreigner performing in Saint Louis. Photo by Sean Derrick/Thyrd Eye Photography.

more than just the music it became something more. It gave me the opportunity to give a little nod to what everyone knows about my dad’s wild side but also show his sensitive side as well. For me, he was always dad at home and this was an idea to show a deeper side of that.”

Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on FOREIGNER‘s official website. Fans can also check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.

Tickets for the St. Louis show are on sale and can be purchased at www.LiveNation.com, 1-800-745-3000, or at the  Club Fitness Box Office at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

“JUKE BOX HEROES TOUR” SUMMER 2018:

DATE CITY VENUE

6/15/2018 Bangor, ME   Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/16/2018 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/19/2018 Syracuse, NY  Lakeview Amphitheater
6/20/2018 Boston, MA   Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
6/22/2018 Wantagh, NY   Northwell Health at Jones Beach
6/23/2018  Camden, NJ    BB&T Pavilion
6/26/2018 Cincinnati, OH   Riverbend Music Center
6/27/2018 Burgettstown, PA  KeyBank Pavilion
6/29/2018 Bristow, VA   Jiffy Lube Live
6/30/2018 Holmdel, NJ   PNC Bank Arts Center
7/3/2018 Raleigh, NC   Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/4/2018 Charlotte, NC  PNC Music Pavilion
7/6/2018 Nashville, TN   Ascend Amphitheater
7/7/2018 Alpharetta, GA  Verizon Amphitheatre
7/8/2018 Simpsonville, SC  Heritage Park Amphitheatre
7/10/2018 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
7/11/2018 Chicago, IL   Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/13/2018 Noblesville, IN  Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/15/2018 Clarkston, MI   DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/17/2018 Kansas City, MO  Starlight Theatre

7/18/2018 St. Louis, MO  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

7/20/2018 The Woodlands, TX  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/21/2018  Irving, TX    The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/24/2018  Denver, CO    Pepsi Center
7/25/2018 West Valley City, UT  Usana Amphitheater
7/27/2018 Auburn, WA   White River Amphitheatre
7/28/2018  Ridgefield, WA  Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
7/31/2018 Chula Vista, CA   Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
8/1/2018 Irvine, CA   Five Point Amphitheater

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