Credit: Bill BernsteinForeigner has announced dates for a lengthy U.S. summer tour celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary that’ll also feature fellow jukebox heroes Cheap Trick, along with special guests Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience tribute group. The trek gets underway on July 11 in Syracuse, New York, and is mapped out through a September 9 concert in Auburn, Washington.
Bonham — who was Foreigner’s drummer from 2004 to 2008 — and Led Zeppelin Experience will be the tour’s opening act through an August 20 show in Austin, Texas. Tickets for Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour dates go on sale to the public starting Friday, January 13, via LiveNation.com.
Meanwhile, Foreigner lead guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones tells Billboard that fellow surviving original band members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will be making guest appearances on select dates of the trek.
“They’re not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances,” Jones says. “It’s the right time to do this. I’m looking forward to that and we’ll see how it goes, and I’m sure it’ll go down well.” However, founding lead singer Gramm posted a message on his Twitter feed maintaining, “I Have Not been asked to Join Any Part of the SUMMER 40th FOREIGNER ANNIVERSARY Tour 2017.”
You can check out a humorous video promoting the tour at Live Nation’s YouTube channel that features current Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen belting out various hits by the band as he rides an elevator.
In other Foreigner news, to coincide with the tour, the band will release a new compilation titled 40 — Forty Hits from Forty Years that’s packed with classic songs, while also offering a few newer tracks featuring Hansen.
Here are the confirmed dates of Foreigner’s 40th anniversary summer tour; more dates will be announced soon:
7/11 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/13 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/14 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/15 — Hershey, PA, Giant Center
7/17 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/18 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/20 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/21 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/22 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/25 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/28 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
7/30 — Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/1 — West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
8/2 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/5 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/6 — Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
8/8 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/9 — Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/11 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/12 — Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/13 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/15 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
8/16 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
8/19 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/20 — Austin, TX, austin360 Amphitheater
8/23 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater*
8/24 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion*
8/26 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre*
8/29 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
8/30 — Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre*
9/1 — Marysville, CA, Toyota Amphitheater***
9/2 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre*
9/4 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
9/8 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
9/9 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre*
* = Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will not appear.
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