Friday, September 30, 2016

Saw Foreigner, sort of

As I've already mentioned, we went to the county fair last weekend. We didn't see as much fair stuff as I would have liked, because we were there to see Foreigner. Foreigner was huge in the late '70s/early '80s. Mrs. Wolves really likes them. So we went. It was good.

I'm not going to give a full concert review -- I used to do that for a living, back when I was in newspapers -- but I will say that the show was everything you would expect from a top-name band, even if that band's best days were long ago. I was disappointed that Mick Jones, the founding member of the band and the only original member still part of the line-up, was not there due to health issues. In that respect, we saw the world's greatest Foreigner cover band. None of the musicians on stage were part of the original band.

However, they all have been part of the band for more than 10 years, when Mick Jones decided to revive the band and start touring again, and they are an excellent group. The guy Jones recruited to replace lead singer Lou Gramm -- who has health problems of his own, which is why he quit the band for good in 2002 or so -- does an excellent job as lead singer, and sounds almost exactly like Gramm. In fact, if you closed your eyes, you had no reason to think it wasn't the original Foreigner top to bottom. And no one there gave a damn. They enjoyed the show thoroughly.

They played pretty much all the hits, from the opening Double Vision through Feels Like the First Time and Urgent to the closing Jukebox Hero and the encores, Sad Sad Monday, I Want to Know What Love Is and Hot Blooded. It was a good show, and I'm glad we went.

This was the opener:

And this was the closer:

From the first to the last, it was a great show.

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