The Foreigner Announced The First Stage of The Farewell Tour For 2023


Adherents of classic rock Foreigner have announced the start of their farewell tour, naming several concerts in North America for 2023.

The tour is scheduled to begin on July 6 at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia. It will take place across the United States in July and August and will end on September 3 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Canadian rockers Loverboy (known as Working For The Weekend) will be supporting the show. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (November 18).

According to Billboard, the North American tour will be just one leg of a long farewell tour that Foreigner intend to conduct before announcing their departure. Other concerts in North America and abroad will be announced, and the band is reportedly planning to tour until the end of 2024.

Currently, Foreigner consists of founding member Mick Jones, as well as bassist Jeff Pilson, vocalist Kelly Hansen, keyboardist Michael Blustein, guitarists Bruce Watson and Luis Maldonado, as well as drummer Chris Fraser. Jones is the only remaining member of the original line-up of the band who stayed in the band, and everyone else joined in 2004 or later.

“Many years ago I wrote a song called “Feels Like The First Time”, and today we are starting the last world tour. We will present a show that I know will generate the same enthusiasm as our very first performances,” Jones said in a statement.

“The tour will start this summer in America, and we hope to visit all the places where we have performed over the past few years. While I’m sure our fans will have mixed feelings about the end of the band’s journey, I know that our concerts will delight audiences everywhere.”

The band Foreigner was formed in New York in 1976 by Jones along with former King Crimson member Ian McDonald, vocalist Lou Gramm and others. Their self-titled album was released the following year, spawning hits such as “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold As Ice”. They enjoyed continued success in the late seventies and early eighties, with hits such as “Hot Blooded”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “I Want To Know What Love Is” and others.

Gramm left the band in 2003, but has appeared with the band from time to time as a special guest in recent years. McDonald, who left the band in 1980, also made several cameo appearances before his death in February.

Foreigner’s 2023 North American farewell tour dates are:

Thursday 6 – Alpharetta GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Saturday 8 – West Palm Beach FL, iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Sunday 9th – Tampa FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday 11 – Nashville TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
Friday 14 – Rogers AR, Walmart AMP
Tuesday 18 – Kansas City MO, Starlight Theatre
Wednesday 19 – St. Louis MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Friday 21 – Indianapolis IN, Ruoff Music Center
Saturday 22 – Tinley Park IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Monday 24 – Cleveland OH, Blossom Music Center
Tuesday 25 – Toronto ON, Budweiser Stage
Friday 28 – Darien Center NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
Saturday 29 – Burgettstown PA, The Pavilion at Star Lake

Tuesday 1 – Saratoga Springs NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wednesday 2 – Wantagh NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach
Friday 4 – Gilford NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Saturday 5 – Mansfield MA, Xfinity Center
Tuesday 8 – Raleigh NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wednesday 9 – Charlotte NC, PNC Music Pavilion
Friday 11 – Dallas TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
Saturday 12 – Houston TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Monday 14 – Austin TX, Moody Center
Wednesday 16 – Denver CO, Ball Arena
Friday 18 – Salt Lake City UT, USANA Amphitheater
Sunday 20 – Phoenix AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
Monday 21 – Irvine CA, FivePoint Amphitheater
Wednesday 23 – Wheatland CA, Toyota Amphitheater
Thursday 24 – Mountain View CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wednesday 30 – Detroit MI, Pine Knob Music Theater

Friday 1 – Uncasville CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday 2 – Syracuse NY, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sunday 3 – Holmdel NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center


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