Foreigner and Cheap Trick will share the stage with special guest Jason Bonham as part of the Foreigner’s 40th anniversary.
The “Cold As Ice,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Hot Blooded” singers are touring with friends Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham as part of a year-long celebration.
The epic international tour will kick off in July in Syracuse, New York. The U.S. leg of the tour, presented by Live Nation, will include Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham, who will play the music of Led Zeppelin.
The tour includes stops in Boston, Nashville, Raleigh, Chicago, Austin and Los Angeles.
Bonham will appear during most of the band’s U.S. dates through August 23.
The band will pick up more dates in January, with a European tour starting in May. The European tour will kick off in Switzerland.
Foreigner will also be releasing a special 40th anniversary album to celebrate the milestone. The album, entitled 40 – Forty Hits Fromm Forty Years, is a complete collection of the band’s original hits as well as tracks from the new lineup.
Lead guitarist and founding member Mick Jones said in a press release that he never imagined the band would be touring the world and playing music after four decades.
Cheap Trick is a long-time friend of the band dating back to their first tour. Bonham played drums for Foreigner between 2004 and 2008.
British-American rock band Foreigner was founded in 1976 in New York City by English musician Mick Jones, former King Crimson member Ian McDonald and American vocalist Lou Gramm.
The band recorded their debut album, Foreigner, in 1976. One year later, the band released its first album, which sold four million copies in the U.S. and remained in the Top 20 for an entire year. The album spawned the hits “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Long, Long Way from Home.”
Foreigner’s second album Double Vision sold five million copies and included the hits “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Blue Morning, Blue Day.”
Foreigner is one of the best-selling bands in history, with sales topping out at over 80 million worldwide.
Formed in Rockford, Illinois, Cheap Trick has been producing rock music since 1973. The band released their debut album in 1977 and found success in Japan with the release of In Color, their second album.
It wasn’t until 1979 that the band achieved popularity in the United States with their albumCheap Trick at Budokan.
Their top hits include “I Want You to Want Me,” “The Flame,” “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Ghost Town.”
Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, the band has played more than 5,000 shows.