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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Foreigner

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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Foreigner

PROFILE: Foreigner is a British – American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock bands in the world and continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.

CURRENT MEMBERS:

  • Mick Jones – Lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, vocals
  • Thom Gimbel – Rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute, keyboards, vocals
  • Jeff Pilson – Bass guitar, vocals
  • Kelly Hansen – Lead vocals, percussion
  • Michael Bluestein – Keyboards, vocals
  • Chris Frazier – Drums, percussion
  • Bruce Watson – Lead guitar

FORMER MEMBERS:

  • Dennis Elliot – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Lou Gramm – Lead vocals, percussion
  • Al Greenwood – Keyboards, synthesizer
  • Ian McDonald – Rythm guitar, keyboards, saxaphone, flute, backing vocals
  • Ed Galiardi – Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Rick Wills – Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jack Allen Smith – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Johnny Edwards – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Jeff Jacobs – Keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Mark Schulman – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Bruce Turgon – Bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Scott Gilman – Rhythm guitar, saxophone, backing vocals
  • Ron Wikso – Drums, percussion,
  • Brian Tichy – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Denny Carmassi – Drums, percussion
  • Jason Bonham – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Chas West – Lead vocals, guitar
  • Paul Mirkovich – Keyboards, synthesizer
  • Bryan Head – Drums, percussion
  • Jason Sutter – Drums, percussion

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Foreigner have 9 Top Hits (Only one less than the Eagles, as many as Fleetwood Mac, and more than Journey)
  • Youtube Views of Foreigner’s hits have passed the 250 million mark. One version of “I Want To Know What Love Is” has been viewed over 65 million times.
  • The band originally called themselves Trigger, but did not have a lot of success with the name. Mich Jones came up with the name Foreigner because of the diverse backgrounds of all of the members. At even given time, there were at least three members who were foreigners.
  • Foreigner’s first album, Foreigner, sold more than four million copies in the United States alone. The album was also in the Top 20 for an entire year.
  • Mick Jones was a producer as well and was able to act as producer for well-known albums like Billy Joel’s Storm Front and Van Halen’s 5150.

 

DISCOGRAPHY:

  • Foreigner (1977)
  • Double Vision (1978)
  • Head Games (1979)
  • 4 (1981)
  • Agent Provocateur (1984)
  • Inside Information (1987)
  • Unusual Heat (1991)
  • Mr. Moonlight (1994)
  • Can’t Slow Down (2009)

LIST OF SINGLES:

  • “Feels Like the First Time”
  • “Starrider”
  • “Cold as Ice”
  • “Long, Long Way from Home”
  • “Hot Blooded”
  • “Double Vision”
  • “Blue Morning, Blue Day”
  • “Love Has Taken Its Toll”
  • “Dirty White Boy”
  • “Head Games”
  • “Love on the Telephone”
  • “Women”
  • “I’ll Get Even With You”
  • “Urgent”
  • “Juke Box Hero”
  • “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
  • “Night Life”
  • “Break It Up”
  • “Luanne”
  • “I Want to Know What Love Is”
  • “That Was Yesterday”
  • “Tooth and Nail”
  • “Reaction to Action”
  • “Growing Up the Hard Way”
  • “Down on Love”
  • “Say You Will”
  • “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
  • “Heart Turns to Stone”
  • “Can’t Wait”
  • “Lowdown and Dirty”
  • “I’ll Fight for You”
  • With Heaven on Our Side”
  • “Soul Doctor”
  • “White Lie”
  • “Until the End of Time”
  • “Rain”
  • “Under the Gun”
  • “Too Late”
  • “When It Comes to Love”
  • “Can’t Slow Down”
  • “In Pieces”

SOURCES:

http://ppcorn.com/us/2016/01/02/foreigner-15-things-1/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreigner_(band)
http://www.foreigneronline.com/

 

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