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Taking a night off from their electric duties, Foreigner treated fans to an acoustic evening of a selection of some of their classics unplugged.

Unlike the current tour that mainly features their greatest hits, this special evening featured a set list that appealed to the most hardened fans of the globally selling band.

Sat on stools in a semi-circle with acoustics in hand, the Empire listened intently as stories are shared mainly by both songwriter Mick Jones and singer for the past decade Kelly Hansen who is a perfect replacement for Lou Gramm.

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Ballads 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' and 'Fool For You Anyway' work best in this form but it's highly refreshing to hear to not so popular choices of a re-worked 'Say You Will' and 'When It Comes To Love', the only Hansen era track performed on this entire tour.


A cover of Elvis Presley's 'That All Right' took Jones back to his influential roots plus a rare outing for the Jones penned 'Flame Still Burns' from the 'Still Crazy' film was warmly greeted before a short Q&A with Kylie Olsson the Team Rock radio presenter who certainly has a better set of legs than the rest of her fellow DJ's.

From the Q&A session fans learnt that the band find it harder deciding what to leave out of the set rather than what to put in, but for Kelly Hansen, "To sing these songs is a dream come true."


British born Mick Jones says that he misses "Hot cross buns" the most since living in America. When asked what their favourite Foreigner songs are were met with different answers with Mick Jones replying "They're all my babies so I like them all, but it has to be 'Feels Like The First Time' because that was the one that started it all", whilst Tom Gimbel said: "It's got to be 'Urgent' because it means I get to play this little baby," holding up his saxophone to the crowd to great applause.


The band then reminisced about the time they were on the supporting cast to the legendary Led Zeppelin in their reformation gig at the O2 Arena. Once over it was straight into that song that started it all.

An encore of 'Girl On The Moon' gave the song it's live premiere with 'I Want To Know What Love Is' complete with a choir rounded off a splendid evening.


Double Vision
Long, Long Way From Home
Say You Will
Waiting For A Girl Like You
When It Comes To Love
Fool For You Anyway
Dirty White Boy
That's All Right

Flame Still Burns
Feels Like The First Time
Juke Box Hero

Girl On The Moon
Hot Blooded
I Want To Know What Love Is






For the gig...

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For the extortionate tickets prices of £45.00 for an acoustic gig of only approx 75 minutes of actual music with no support act...

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Photos by Steven Fourie




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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