Attendance for the rock show was nearly, if not, sold out. The place was packed with fans of all ages. What amazes this examiner most is the fact that when founding member Mick Jones is not playing, which was the case for this show (he's really the only original band member left). I ask myself, who's left of anyone that actually played on any Foreigner albums, (except for 2009's "Can't Slow Down"), the answer is, nobody.
And what amazes me even more is that nobody even cares. That really shows the power that all of the Foreigner songs in their catalog have, it really doesn't matter who's playing, just as long as the songs are played.
Current band members for this show include, Thom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute, keyboards, backing vocals), Gimbel's been in the band off and on for 20 years, Jeff Pilson (bass guitar, backing vocals), Pilson, one of the founding members of the rock band, Dokken has been in the band 10 years, Kelly Hansen (lead vocals, percussion), Hansen has been there 9 years, Michael Bluestein (keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals), Bluestein has been with them for 6 years, Bruce Watson (lead guitar), Watson has been filling in for Jones for about 3 years and Chris Frazier (drums) has been there 2 years.
It's not that any of these guys suck or anything, actually they do a great job playing everything as everyone in attendance can attest to. The band tore it up as they do every night with or without Jones.
Jones, who has missed most of the shows in the last couple of years due to illness. The good news is that he will be back very soon, as he told the guys on "That Metal Show" which just happened to air on the day of this show.
The set lasted over 90 minutes and went exactly like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Double Vision", "Head Games", "Cold As Ice", "Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Blue Morning, Blue Day", "Dirty White Boy", "Say You Will" (acoustic, followed by band introductions), "Feels Like The First Time", "Urgent", (keyboard & drum solo), "Juke Box Hero" and three encore songs, "Long, Long Way From Home", "I Want to Know What Love Is" (accompanied by the Carson High School Chamber Choir), (guitar solo) and "Hot Blooded'.
Every year that the band comes to Reno, they invite a local high school choir to join them on stage to sing back-up to "I Want to Know What Love Is". This year the lucky school was The Carson High School Chamber Choir from Carson City. The students also get a signed by the band guitar to raffle off and get to keep most of the proceeds for their music dept. The cost for the raffle ticket was $10.00.
Choral Director, J. Andrew Sonnemaker told this examiner in an on-line interview,
"The Chamber Choir is a select group auditioned from our top curricular choral ensemble: Concert Choir of 64 voices", he went on to say, "Chamber Choir rehearses entirely on their own time outside the school day and is made up of the most driven and accomplished choral musicians on the Carson High School campus".
I can tell you this, they rocked it. Very impressive.
The Carson High School Chamber Choir 2013-14 consists of these fine young students,
Summer Barth, Courtney Baxter, Spencer Bean, Robert Bowman, Sara Breland, Katasha DeGraw, Raleighy Dennis, Isabella Favero, Ivan Gates, Jennifer Huckabay, Michael Irvin, Sadie Janssens, Robin Johnson, Jennifer Kluever, Taylor Koop, Brent Lauderbaugh, Chrislyn Lyons, Dennise Mena, Josiah Mouritsen, Victor Quispe, Dylan Shirey, Tyler Torres, Stanley Unruh and Topher Verhagen.
This examiner has seen Foreigner many many times before, with and without Jones. I even saw the original band in the '80's. They always blow the roof off and this one was no different. The hard-core Foreigner fans were singing the words and dancing to every song. It was a night of great excitement and awesome music that only a great band like Foreigner can pull off.
A great time was had by all.
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