One song I used to hear so often was "COLD AS ICE". I think I do remember seeing it from Beer commercials. Years later I would hear that talentless wanker Anthony Callea singing "I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS" on Australia Idol. On the 3rd season Daniel Spillane performed "Cold as Ice"
It was 2006 and I remember watching a stupid infomercial on Channel 10 (during Quizmania ad breaks) as it would advertise SOFT ROCK CD complication. One of the songs was "WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU" and this is how i discovered FOREIGNER
Fast forward to 2011 and I was on my way to Europe. After seeing the Scorpions at Hellfest I had plans to see Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger at a concert in Milan.
Well for Fuck Sake Aunt Cec, There are Romas everywhere in Europe GOOD AND BAD. I didn't end up seeing those bands as I went from Monaco to San Marino within the space of 24 hour. You can also be pick pocketed anywhere in any 193 nations on earth.
After my fruit loop Auntie died in 2014, I made a promise that I would see either one of those bands in my own time. Years later I ended up living in London.
In my first month in London I discovered that Foreigner was going to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2018. It really did piss me off that the concert was announced so damn long in advanced. I mean what would happen if I got a ticket in June 2017 and I was no longer living in the UK?
11 months later I was able to find cheap back row tickets by walking into the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday afternoon. I paid £35 and I saved £3 by buying from the box office.
I had back row seat in the Choir section as I was behind the stage. It had been 17 long months since I was last at the Royal Albert Hall. I will forever punch myself for paying £80 to heckle Kylie Minogue shitty X-mas Show and troll all her fans.
I rocked up at the venue after 6.30PM, Got into the hall and paid £25 for the tour shirt. It was so hard to chose between a 4 album cover or a shirt with the UK and US flags.
John Parr came out on stage. Hes the guy who sang ST ELMO'S FIRE . Even though I remember that song from The Simpson's Episode with SIDE SHOW BOB, I never knew the mans public figure life.
Later on in his set, he starts talking about "THE BEST THE MAN CAN GET" as it does sound the same as Gillette. I do remember the jingle to the shaving projects. from the 90's.
Apart from performing his signature song "NAUGHTY NAUGHTY" (not to be confused with the Danger Danger song!). John Parr did a cover of Fleetwood Mac (that I never heard of)
Next up on stage was Joanne Shaw Taylor. She is another lady who would rather be a Rock musician than a dumbshit Popstar. Even though,I had never heard of any of her music, I thought she was FUCKING AMAZING!
Joanne is a year younger than me, but at 16 she was discovered by Dave Stewart! The funny thing is back in 2012 she played guitar with Annie Lennox at the Queens Diamond concert. I clearly remember her wearing Angel Wings while Annie was singing "There Must be an Angel"
Watching Joanne playing that epic solo in place of Stevie Wonders Harmonica part, was brilliant.
On stage tonight she was fantastic and her backing band was awesome.
So the moment we had all be waiting for. Everyone in the crowd had been waiting 11 months, I'd been waiting bloody 7 years for this concert.
As the lights went down, the crowd got on their feet and started cheering. I couldn't stop YELLING "FOREIGNER, FOREIGNER" as it reminded me of the time I was hurling abuse at Kylie Minogue fans.
Drummer Chris Frazer and Keyboardist Michael Bluestien appeared from behind the stage to play the first few notes of their own intro tape.
Over the P.A a man's voice could be heard: "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WOULD YOU PLEASE WELCOME,FOREIGNER!
Thom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Kelly Hansen, and Bruce Watson ran out on stage to kick things off with "DOUBLE VISION"
I was scratching my head, asking myself "WHERE THE HELL IS MICK JONES? Hes the main man I came to see. Its like if Olivia Newton-John ever tours again, I won't see her unless Andy Timmons is on Guitar or SOUL KISS will be performed in full!
"Double Vision" is the title track to Foreigner best seller from 1978! It was around the time the band was a 6 piece and into the whole HARD ROCK/ ARENA ROCK.
Tonight I am stoked to see Mick Jones and 6 other blokes who have taken the reigns of the band since the 00's. In my early days of listening to Foreigner, I could never understand how the band has able to go on without Lou Gramm!
I started banging my head like a JACK HAMMER like I was at the Sydney Opera House in 2012. Even though Foreigner isnt a Metal band. I couldn't help but raise the horns as this band has inspired allot of Metal bands since 1976!
I first remember hearing Double Vision on an episode of ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD! This is an Arena Rock Anthem. Kelly Hansen is really doing JUSTICE to Lou Gramm's work.
"Head Games" from their 3rd album "HEAD GAMES. Everyone start seeing along to the lyrics an so I am in. Yet again its another Head Banging song.
Kelly welcomes us to the show, explain how trilled Foreigner is to be playing this venue. At first I thought he was going to tell us some HORRIBLE news about Mick Jones. But he doesn't!
Kelly thanks us all for making this show SOLD OUT! It's kinda funny I am sitting at the top of the Royal Albert Hall tonight watching this show, because all of the POSTERS advertising the new Foreigner live album was telling me it was sold out.
I was going to buy a ticket off my mate DUKE FANG from Stuka Squadron, but he sold them to his mate. I went online to find tickets were still on sale and I got them for £35
When I was buying ticket yesterday I kinda wish I brought a ticket and took a work college with me! But fuck it, I do things on my own WITH OUT WITHOUT A GIRLFRIEND!
Foreigner launched into the song that I first heard on Beer Commercials "COLD AS ICE". Kelly wanted the party to get started.
We all started singing along to Kelly as we have know this song's lyrics for the past 40 years. The lyrics are really significant to me "YOU WON'T TAKE ADVICE!" I haven't taken any advice from any relative in Middlesbrough. They are all shitting themselves that I live in London and not some shitty town like theirs.
During COLD AS ICE I was out of my seat playing Air Guitar. This is something I wish I did at Kylie, BUT SHE HAS NO FUCKING GUITAR SOLOS!
At the end of the Song Kelly ran into the crowd and started singing. Walking through the aisle with people standing up, before returning to the stage! This is the most outages thing I have seen a LEAD SINGER do!
As Thom Gimbel pressed hard on his Keyboard it began the song "Waiting For A Girl Like You".
If you have kept up with my Instagram posts since 2017, you will know that this song is in my TOP 10 SONGS TO PLAY DURING SEX!
Its funny that in the last 10 years I have seen: Winger, Olivia Newton-John, Queesryche, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Bastardizer, Megadeth. Still yet to see Virgin Steele and Danger Danger, But I've seen Ted Poley Twice!
During the song I turned the flashlight in my phone on and raised it. I was think of those good times visiting a 63 year old lady in Sydney. While she was giving me an awesome handjob this same song came on the radio as I yelled out "OH DAPHANIE" as I banged my head on the pillow as i ejaculated!
The funny history of this song is that Cambridge's own Olivia Newton-John kept this song off the top spot in America! Making Foreigner "Waiting For A Girl Like You" the longest song to stay at #2 on the Billboard hot 100.
I have heard this song more times on the radio than LETS GET PHYSICAL. I will never ever play LETS GET PHYSICAL (or even think about it) during sex! Its not a ROCK song, but Foreigner is ROCK AND ROLL!
I couldn't help but WEEP during this song. It has been 2 long years since I last saw DAPHNE! Yes she may have been a FRIEND WITH BENNEFITS, but she had so much beauty than any MATURE woman I have ever met in England!
Allot of people really did get out their cellphones torch for this number. I have a hard time keeping a LIGHTER flame still! So I use my phone (because I don't smoke!)
At the end of this song, I really started to worry about Mick Jones. I was guessing he was SICK as he has been in the past. I mean there have been times in the past 10 years where Foreigner takes to the stage without him and this angers the critics.
Allot of people would love it if the Foreigner 80's line up would get back together for a proper tour, not just ONE OFF concerts in America.
"That was Yesterday" off 1984 classic album "Agent Provocateur". I have never really given this album a listen. Even though I know all the lyrics to the #1 hit, I just never press play on this album.
When I cut POTATOES up at work, I am mainly listening to the first FOREIGNER album or 4!
"Dirty White Boy". I have near heard this song before, but boy it rock. I kinda feel stoked that I get to see Jeff Pilson on stage tonight as he played on my favourite Dokken albums from the 80's before joining Foreigner in the 00's!
Kelly introduces the band before he brings out MICK JONES. The man we have all came to see. After a bit of a speech the band launches into their first ever hit "FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME"
I am so stoked to see Mick Jones on guitar. At 74 years old, he is a veteran rocker who has survived it all and done it all. Mick has crossed the English channel to France in the 60's before he went across the Atlantic to New York City where he now lives!
Everyone was excited when Urgent came on. Its when Thom Gimbel started puffing on his saxophone. To watch Thom Gimbel on sax stand next to Mick Jones was one of the most powerful things I have seen on stage.
You don't need some shitty homoerotic backup dancers on stage when you have a band with instruments.
I was singing along to URGENT while everyone starts yelling out URGENT, URGENT, URGENT! It was a great song off 4 and may I say 4 is a better rock album that Physical. You can't call yourself ROCK AND ROLL if you keep hiring Steve Lukather to play guitar.
I was having the time of my life as this concert really was starting to outside the HEART concert I went to in 2010. If i had seen Foreigner back in 2011, I really don't think I would have enjoyed myself as much as I have now!
Michael Bluestein did a bit of a Keyboard solo before Chris joined in on drums!
When the band launched into "JUKEBOX HERO", my life in 2012 flashed before my eyes. I first heard thing song while watching the shitty, but good musical movie "Rock of Ages". The whole song is about a man missing out on a SOLD OUT show, so he heard the music from outside the hall that inspired him to buy a guitar.
JukeBox Hero is one of the most stronger angry songs off "4"! Its a song that got everyone standing up, stamping their feet and throwing their fist in the air. I was so damn memorised to see MICK JONES on guitar. I use to have a guitar when I was 22, but I never took it seriously and I never had the money to spend on it.
The band went off stage for a breather, before everyone in the Royal Albert Hall screamed their heads off for more ROCK MUSIC!
"Long, Long Way From Home" When you think of this song, allot of people in the crowd are a Long, Long Way From Home. Mick is away from New York City as the rest of the guys in the band are from America!
This song (even though being under 3 minutes) really makes the hairs stand up! On record it has a killer bass rift.
I may be born in Sydney Australia, BUT I AM NOT A FUCKING FOREIGNER (in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).I have been a British Citizen since the day I was born as its been the same way to all those babies born outside of Britain to British Mothers/Fathers.
As Chris started doing a bit of a drum Solo, Kelly made a bit of a talk on stage. HE wanted us all to put our arm around the person next to them and sing along to this song.
"I Want To Know What Love Is" was the song everyone was dying to hear, mobile phone torches turned on as the Royal Albert Hall was lit up. Kelly wanted those lighters and phones up in the air.
This song to me is a BREAK UP song and well it can also be seen as a LOVE SONG. I do remember hearing this song one time when I was with DAPHNE back in 2016. It was kinda hard this song was on the radio as I left Australia back then.
Its been so fucking long since I last had a GIRLFRIEND. I may have slept with over 30 women since 2013, but it does suck that I have no better half in my life. My Cambridge cousin has taught me that you don't really need to have a BETTER HALF. The Stupid Bible teaches us to marry and multiple, but as a Anglican, that doesn't count me!
I am sitting next to a really hot lady, she starts waiving her phone and singing the song. As I am tears thinking about PAST FLARES from Sydney I sing along to the chorus.
At the end of the song a local school choir came up on stage to sing the chorus with the rest us
500+ lights in the Royal Albert Hall made it a Kodak moment. My Camera battery was dead, but it had the guts to take one last photo.
To finish off the night Foreigner ended with one of their best known songs "HOT BLOODED" its a song I really love listening to. Mick Jones lead the way in this song as everyone in Foreigner was out the front of the stage really kicking arse (except for the Drummer and Keyboardist).
As the band took one last bow. I ran down to the bottom of the stage to take a few last minutes pics for Instagram.
Boy was I stoked that I got to see Foreigner in my (2nd) home town of London. Although I do wish this concert was held in a venue that has GENERAL ADMISSION standing, but I couldn't care less.
Paying £35 to see Foreigner was allot more exciting than blowing £80 on Kylie Minogue.
As I left the concert hall to go back home, I just couldn't stop singing Foreigner songs. Since that Dream Theater concert of 2008, I have destroyed my Radio. I stopped giving a shit about MAINSTREAM music after that concerts. 10 years later I still want to set a radio on fire.
When I get pissed off with wankers in this world listening to retards music that has been coming out since the dawn of time. I turn to YouTube to excite me with music from a decade where I didn't exist.
I will continue to see DINOSAURS of Arena Rock, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Album Oriented Rock. I will continue to see Metal bands, I will pay £7 to see local bands that are inspired by Punk, 80's music and Rock Music.
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