orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

November 12, 2013

Rock group Foreigner sets 2014 return to Southeast Texas

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT — One of the most well known music groups in rock history is returning to Southeast Texas for a concert in 2014.

Foreigner will perform on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 inside Ford Arena in Beaumont, according to a press release from SMG, the management company of Ford Park. Tickets are $35-$55 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Ford Park box office, HEB on Dowlen Road in Beaumont, the Beaumont Civic Center and Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets can be charged by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Foreigner, which last performed in Southeast Texas on Dec. 18, 2006 inside the Beaumont Civic Center, is best known for its string of radio rock hits in the 1970’s and 1980’s, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent,” “I Want to Know What Love Is” and others.

Foreigner features original guitarist Mick Jones, along with vocalist, Kelly Hansen; bassist, Jeff Pilson; drummer, Chris Frazier; guitarist, Thom Gimbel; and keyboardist Michael Bluestein. The group has sold approximately 80 million albums around the world and this appeal is one of the reason’s SMG is excited to have the band back in Beaumont.

“We hope Southeast Texans share our excitement as we bring this iconic band

to the Ford Arena stage,” said Linda Waggoner, SMG director of marketing and sales at Ford Park. “When you listen to their song titles, you are amazed at the depth of their song catalogue and how these songs have become part of the fabric of our lives through not only recorded music, but also movies and TV commercials. There may be someone who doesn’t recognize the name Foreigner, but everyone knows the music.”

Foreigner will give one lucky high school choir group from the area a shot on stage as well.

The band, which has partnered with the Grammy Foundation charity to help raise money for high school music programs across the country, invites area high school choirs to take part in a “friendly competition” which will allow the winning choir to sing on stage with the band during its performance of “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The school choir will also receive a $500 grant for its program.

Foreigner has been part of the project for more than five years. Groups interested in participating my call Waggoner at Ford Park at 409-951-5413 for more details.

Visit www.fordpark.com and www.foreigneronline.com for more information about this concert and band.