Age Ain't Nothing But a Number....

2007-11-26 17:41
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Wait up. "Who the hell is Kelly Hanson? What happened to Lou Gramm?" Well to clear up any confusion for all the jukebox heroes out there, Hanson has taken Gramm’s place. And yes, while he’s bloody good, but no he could never really replace Gramm whose arena-rock chops were pretty flawless. Speaking of which, the Grand West’s swanky new Arena was packed with adoring fans recently. When Mr Hansen took to the stage clad in a red, sleeveless cowboy top complete with studded skinny jeans the crowd went nuts.

Foreigner opened with "Cold as Ice" (which has been covered a million times to date) in which Kelly gyrated his hips like Ricky Martin on acid. At one stage during the song he leaped off stage, ran into the audience and proceeded to crowd surf! Who cares that when he tried to leap back on the stage and almost broke his back. He crowd surfed!
And irrespective of his lack of limberness, his voice was insane. The kind of insane that would put 20-year old rockers to shame: it was crisp and he didn't buckle up on any of the high notes. Pretty impressive. What was not very impressive was while the way Mick Jones kept winking at me, yes you read right, winking. It seems the old guy still thinks he's got some mojo working - which I'm sure he probably does - but let me just make this clear…Mr Jones, not now and not ever ok (well maybe if I was 10 years older)? But you know what, even though I was still pretty freaked out that my “Dad” had just hit on me, when the band started playing "Star Rider" and Jones launched into a stellar, psychedelic guitar solo I decided to let it slide.

As they flew through their set list of hallowed hits such as "Urgent" and "I've Been Waiting For A Girl Like You", the audience "oohhed", "ahhhed" and screamed on queue. I don’t think I've seen that many standing ovations in one concert. As the concert rolled to a close with Hanson belting out "I Want To Know What Love Is" it was clear that everyone had an awesome evening, especially the band who had definitely proved without a doubt that Foreigner is alive and rocking.

-Erica Chidi

Whether you want to admit it or not everyone knows Foreigner's all time monster hit "I Want to Know What Love Is". You've either sung it in the shower or at some drunken evening at a karaoke bar. It's an 80s classic. Classic, that has to be the best way to describe these battleaxes, simply because although Kelly Hansen (lead singer) and Mick Jones (founder and guitarist) are both pushing sixty they still managed to put on a seriously rocking show in SA recently. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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