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FOREIGNER
Biography

“Feels Like The First Time,” Cold As Ice" ,“Urgent", “I Want To Know What Love Is", “Waiting For A Girl Like You", “Hot Blooded", 7 Top 5 hits, 9 Top 10s and 14 Top 20s help to define a career that has seen the sale of more than 70 million albums.  Add to that countless other classics, “Say You Will", “Jukebox Hero” and “Double Vision”, and you have a super group that has left an indelible mark on Rock and Roll history.

Formed in 1976, Foreigner is no stranger to meteoric global success. Since the release of their self-titled debut album, Foreigner has celebrated the success of 7 multi-platinum albums including the 6x platinum “Double Vision” and Foreigner “4” and the 3x platinum “Agent Provocateur” and “Head Games”; a spectacular three decade run that has assured the group a passport to superstardom, a Midas touch that has never failed them.

Foreigner's brand of a thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans. And the band is more powerful and explosive than ever.

“Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” attests Mick Jones, the band’s founder and legendary songwriter/guitarist. “Unwittingly, we've weaved into the fabric of people's lives and this new line-up is working extremely hard to live up to the high bar that was set years ago. This is the most dynamic line-up that we’ve had since the early days,” adds Jones.

Garnering accolades from press and fans alike, Foreigner is led by founder/chief songwriter/guitarist/producer Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, rhythm guitarist Tom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein, and drummer Brian Tichy.

“There are few times as a musician where you have an opportunity to play with a group of people that click so well,” explains lead vocalist Kelly Hansen. “We’re extremely fortunate that this is the case with this line-up“.

From New York City to the farthest reaches of South Africa, Foreigner continues to electrify a global fan base with their explosive live performances.

“We’ve performed hundreds of shows in dozens of countries on four continents,” marvels Hansen. “We play the songs as they should be played, even in places where Foreigner never performed, bringing with it a whole new vitality. It’s inspiring.”

In the winter of ‘07 alone, following their successful U.S. tour with Def Leppard, Foreigner’s travels took them to Scotland, Wales, South Africa, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, England, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria.

One of the band’s highlights came late last year on December 10th at London’s O2 Arena, where Foreigner took part in an incredible event performing with Atlantic Records label mates Led Zeppelin at a tribute concert honoring the late Ahmet Ertegun.

Drawing together over three decades of platinum music making, Foreigner’s audience appeal remains multi-generational. “It’s particularly gratifying to look out at our audiences to see teens and college age kids singing along,” attests Hansen. “But regardless of age, the praise coming from the fans has been unanimously positive. To see them having the fun that they’re having at our shows is what makes doing what we do worthwhile to us.”

Re-ignited interest in the band on a domestic and international level, isn’t just coming in the form of ticket sales. In fact, Foreigner’s release of a live DVD, “Alive & Rockin’” which boosted sales of “The Very Best…And Beyond”, which was certified double platinum.

2008 has also been another banner year for the band, as they released “No End In Sight”. The album includes a brand new track called “Too Late” which has been extremely well received during their live performances, as well as being showcased on CBS TV’s “Early Show” and the top rated European TV Show, “Wetten Dass?”. Also included in the power packed compilation album, is the newly recorded version of “Say You Will,” which highlights the band’s unstoppable vocal talents. Stunning new live versions of “Starrider” and “Juke Box Hero” are also part of this very special collection.


The band’s vision for continuing to write, record and tour carries us into 2010.

 “I had no idea at the beginning what Foreigner would become,” said Jones. Back when we started the band, I was at a crossroads in my life, whether I was going to carry on in music or get a real job. So thirty years later, I think I made the right decision by following my true passion which is making music.”


FACTS
The band is consistently in the Top 20 at Classic Rock Radio. As a result of the depth of the catalogue, the band gets more airplay at this important format than Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and most of their peers.
 
Foreigner “4” spent more weeks on the Billboard chart at number one than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U 2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, and any artist in Atlantic Record's 60 year history

Foreigner have nine top ten hits (that's just one less than The Eagles, as many as Fleetwood Mac, and more than Crosby, Stills and Nash, ZZ Top, Bad Company, The Steve Miller Band, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Journey, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, and a whole lot more).

Their hit single "Waiting For A Girl Like You" was #2 on the singles chart for a total of fourteen weeks. That is a record in the history of Billboard magazine. It helped drive Foreigner to #49 on Billboard's Hot 100 All Time Top Artists Chart. To put that in perspective, The Eagles are #54, Fleetwood Mac are #73, and Aerosmith are #90.

Foreigner's leader and founder Mick Jones wrote or co-wrote every song, and produced or co-produced every album. He produced Billy Joel's Storm Front and Van Halen's 5150, the career best selling albums of both artists, and he has written songs with artists as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton with whom he wrote "Bad Love". Eric received a Grammy for that one!

The Foreigner catalogue has sold more than 70 million albums.



Foreigner have sixteen Top 30 hits. They are:
 
I Want To Know What Love Is (#1)
Waiting For A Girl Like You (#2)
Double Vision (#2)
Hot Blooded (#3)
Urgent (#4)
Feels Like The First Time (#4)
I Don't Want To Live Without You (#5)
Say You Will (#6)
Cold As Ice (#6)
That Was Yesterday (#12)
Dirty White Boy (#12)
Head Games (#14)
Blue Morning, Blue Day (#15)
Long, Long Way From Home (#20)
Juke Box Hero (#26)
Break it Up (#26)