Foreigner to rock Four Winds

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z Foreigner to rock Four WindsEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Classic tunes will take the spotlight when rock group Foreigner hits the stage at Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo.

The band will perform at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight at the casino's Silver Creek Event Center.

Foreigner's lead singer Kelly Hansen said, during the current tour, the band will deliver a great deal of their hits. The group's show is promoting their latest compilation titled "Feels Like the First Time," a 2-CD/DVD set. The set features an acoustic CD of the classics unplugged, a CD titled "Juke Box Heroes," highlighting brand new digital recordings of their greatest hits, and a "Live in Chicago' DVD.

"We're able to concentrate on all these songs (during this tour)," Hansen said, adding audience members are always amazed at the many hits the band has produced.

He said the Foreigner catalog still resonates with people and the popularity of the songs continues to grow. Hansen said the band has long been a hit with Midwest fans, as well as fans around the world.

"Rock and Roll has always been about the regular average person. And the Midwest America work ethic reflects what we do," he said.

English American band Foreigner got its start in the mid 1970s, when the group was established by founder Mick Jones and Ian McDonald along with other musicians, including Lou Gramm. The band currently consists of Jones, Hansen, Tom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson and Michael Bluestein.

Hansen joined the band in 2004, taking over Gramm's vocal duties. While Hansen had experience and success as a working musician in the band Hurricane prior to joining Foreigner, he said he knew the move to join the iconic band would be a monumental one.

"I knew it would be changing my world," he said. Though Hansen said he's never really been a "fan" of any band, he greatly admired the music of Foreigner.

"I respect the band, the songs, songwriting and production. This is a dream gig for someone who sings," he said. Band founder Jones, he said, has always been a "very caring and giving" person and been great to work with.

Hansen noted that Jones and Gramm were recently inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. He said their quality of songwriting is in a stellar class.

"The songs fall into the category of being standard songs that transcend this era."

Foreigner's concert roster is sure to include favorites such as "Cold as Ice," "Feels Like the First Time," "Double Vision," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," and others. At the Four Winds show, The Kalamazoo Male Chorus will join Foreigner on stage to sing the 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is." Foreigner will donate $500 to the Kalamazoo Male Chorus to be used for the group's music program.

Foreigner has been inviting various school and community groups to perform "I Want to Know What Love Is" at their concerts for the last few years. It's a part of the band's ongoing partnership with the Grammy Foundation, which helps to maintain and restore music education in America's public schools and to raise awareness of the importance of music as part of a child's overall education.

Last year, the Northwest Indiana group Books Brushes & Bands for Education Community Choir performed with Foreigner at Hammond's Wolf Lake Pavilion.

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