Feeling Hot Blooded? So is the band Foreigner

April 9th, 2012 at 5:03 am


Foreigner have become the ‘Jukebox Hero’s they talk about in one of their biggest songs.

In that song, a performer wants to rise to the top. And, steadily and surely, that’s what the British/American band responsible for the song has done.

Foreigner, which formed in the mid-70s, cranked out dozens of classic rock hits, with tracks such as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice” and “Urgent” remaining in heavy rotation on radios to this day. The band is the 10th most played classic rock act, a media research firm reports.

They’re a popular touring draw, too, and the group will heaadline the Washington Regional Foundation Gala with a show Tuesday (April 10) at the Walton Arts Center. The group will be performing hits from the new album “Feels Like the First Time,” which finds the current lineup of the band performing original hits in both acoustic and electric settings.

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Tom Gimbel, Foreigner’s rhythm guitarist and saxophone player. Gimbel joined Foreigner — led by original guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones —in 1995 after a stint with fellow classic rockers Aerosmith.

Gimbel told me about the band’s transition to acoustic music and a why he believes the band remains successful.

Read the story we published last week in What’s Up!, available for those who are subscribers to our newspaper or its digital products.

The band performs at 7:30 p.m. The show is sold out.