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7th March 2017


Multi-Platinum selling AOR legends Foreigner will be returning to the UK in November for four dates in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

Special guest will be Asia who will be performing shows as a tribute to John Wetton who sadly passed away in January aged 67, following a battle against colon cancer.

John Parr will be opening the shows with an acoustic set.

Foreigner's 40th Anniversary UK Tour will include a date at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London.

26th November: Wolverhampton - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
27th November: London - The Royal Albert Hall
29th November: Glasgow – SEC Armadillo
30th November: Manchester - O2 Apollo

Tickets are on sale now right here.

Foreigner were formed by guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones, along with former King Crimson member Ian McDonald and vocalist Lou Gramm in 1976. Signed to Atlantic Records they released their eponymous debut album, 'Foreigner', a year later which featured the smash hits of 'Cold As Ice' and 'Feels Like The First Time'.

Foreigner enjoyed massive success throughout the late 70s and 80s, going on to sell eighty million records worldwide including the ballad 'I Want To Know What Love Is' which was a Number One hit on both sides of the pond in 1984.

Only Mick Jones remains from the original line-up. Vocalist Kelly Hansen and former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson have both been in Foreigner now for over a decade each and have firmly established themselves in the line-up.

Today, Asia commented about the tour:

"A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end of November, four dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show.

"Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe, with Carl Palmer unable to join due to prior commitments. Dylan Howe will be on drums and Billy Sherwood will be on bass and vocals.

Note that this is an official tribute fully endorsed by John's estate, John's family, Lisa, Dylan, Geoff, Carl, Sam, Steve, Billy, management and all the Asia and official JW team."

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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