Foreigner heats up Four Winds stage

2013-07-09T00:00:00Z Foreigner heats up Four Winds stageEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

Being in the audience at the Silver Creek Event Center at New Buffalo Mich.'s Four Winds Casino July 5 was akin to listening to a classic rock radio station specializing in '70s favorites.

On any given day, classic stations turn out more than a handful of Foreigner hits. Fans at Four Winds had the opportunity to dance and sing to those Foreigner classics live as the band delivered a highly charged concert of hit after hit.

Foreigner took the stage at Four Winds at 9 p.m. Eastern for the 90-minute show. There were no lulls in the concert as the band members performed a dynamic set. The performers, touring in support of their latest CD/DVD set "Feels Like the First Time," handed audience members engaging versions of their hits from "Cold as Ice" to "Hot Blooded."

Lead singer Kelly Hansen proved a real entertainment firecracker as he dashed across the stage and often interacted with fans. For the first half of the show, fans were heard asking one another where Foreigner founder Mick Jones was. Jones was absent for nearly 40 minutes of the show before later being introduced by Hansen. He happily "surprised " the audience as they welcomed him to the stage with cheers and applause.

Jones' proved he's still a fiery guitarist and his talents shone on Foreigner's catalog. Hansen mentioned Jones and former lead vocalist Lou Gramm were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame recently for their rich song collection. During the concert, the set list featured "Double Vision," "Head Games," "Feels Like the First Time," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," an extended rendition of "Juke Box Hero," and others.

One of the traditions in every Foreigner concert in the last few years is their performance with a local chorus of the poignant "I Want to Know What Love Is." At Four Winds, the band performed the song with The Kalamazoo Male Chorus.


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