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Foreigner Live Review

Live Reviews Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:36
Foreigner Live Review


Molson Canadian Theatre
Hard Rock Casino, Vancouver, BC
Feb 23rd, 2019


“Standing in the rain, with my head hung low.
Couldn't get a ticket, it was a sold out show.
Heard the roar of the crowd, I could picture the scene.
Put my ear to the wall, then like a distant scream.
I heard one guitar, just blew me away.”

That guitar belonged to one of Foreigner's original founding members, Mick Jones, as he set out across Canada on Foreigner's Cold As Ice tour. This Rock Icon is also a record producer (Van Halen, Bad Company, The Cult, and Billy Joel) and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.

Thanks to Sonja, Amanda, and Nancy at the Hard Rock in Coquitlam I was able to get media access to the second of two sold out shows.  

The Casino is full of epic Rock memorabilia as I made my way towards the Molson Canadian Theatre (previously the legendary Red Robinson Show Theatre). This top quality venue has an open floor area for those wanting to get closer to the band, who provided a tight seven-piece Rockstravaganza on this night!

A giant disco ball hanging from the ceiling added to the nostalgic ambiance of the night, reflecting a hypnotic glow across the entranced audience. It was then the show kicked off with the songs Long, Long Way, Double Vision, Head Games and Cold As Ice. Cold As Ice had Mick Jones switching talent from guitar to keyboards.

Foreigner's singer (since 2005) Kelly Hansen delivered spot on vocals as he roamed into the crowd like a tiger in search of prey in his striped shirt and flowing rockstar scarf. Before launching into Dirty White Boy, he commented on how many beautiful Canadian women were in the audience and how many of them were with sketchy looking dudes.

This tour also marked the 40th Anniversary of the Head Games album and Foreigner even went back 42 years to their first song people ever heard on FM Radio and 8-Track Feels Like the First Time.

The stellar setlist consisted of other established hits like Waiting For A Girl Like You, Blue Morning, I Want To Know, and Urgent with cowbell and blazing saxophone solos by Thom Gimbel. He could have been father of the legendary oiled-up sax man from The Lost Boys.

A spaced-out keyboard solo got the room pulsating and clapping. Then a drum solo for the ages including the ol’ water on the drums trick. It looked wicked and sounded even better. Cue the giant gong that led directly into fan favourite Jukebox Hero. The starry eyed crowd erupted and sang along to every word. I'm looking forward to Jukebox Hero: The Musical. 

For the encore it was time to light up those cell phones for I Want To Know What Love Is as Foreigner was joined on stage by a high school choir from Coquitlam. The band ended the night with a scorching rendition of Hot Blooded.  After their final bows, the band thanked the audience for “Warming our hearts even though it's super cold outside.”

Rock 'n' Roll will never die thanks to places like The Molson Canadian Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino.

Thanks again to Sonja, Amanda, and Nancy! Keep on Rockin'!!!

Check out www.hardrockcasinovancouver.com for upcoming events such as Cheech and Chong on March 15th and The Lalas Burlesque Show on April on April 12th.

-Ira Hunter

Written by  Ira Hunter
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