Rock guitar hero Mick Jones is back after life-saving surgery and today told how he’s celebrating with the announcement of a UK tour feature his band Foreigner, Europe and FM – including a Sheffield date.
He’s also just been inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, by none other than Billy Joel.
The honour is deserved.
Foreigner, one of the biggest rock bands of all time, are internationally renowned for creating some of the most iconic songs in rock music - including world-wide chart-topper I Want To Know What Love Is, plus Cold As Ice and Waiting For A Girl Like You.
The hits go on with Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, Say You Will, Dirty White Boy, Long, Long Way From Home.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Foreigner performing I Want To Know What Love Is
With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 top 30 hits, the band are hailed as one of the most popular acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
At their core, founder and lead guitarist Jones is a maestro whose stylistic songwriting, guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate the band’s influence.
British born, the only remaining original member of Foreigner, he underwent aortoiliac bypass surgery last year but six-months later he made his return to the concert stage at Atlanta’s Chastain Park.
Now he’s back to full health and bursting with energy as he prepares for the UK nine-date tour - including Sheffield City Hall on April 8, 2014 - with bandmates Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass guitar) and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel. I’m thrilled to be coming back home to England and touring with Europe and FM,” he said. We’re looking forward to having a great time.”
Hot on the heels of a Spanish tour with Sheffield’s own Def Leppard and Whitesnake, Europe have made a remarkable comeback with their ninth and most critically acclaimed studio album Bag Of Bones, which was declared the 16th best rock album of 2012 by Classic Rock magazine.
Europe will perform songs from their last four albums, plus their classics including Rock The Night, Superstitious, Carrie, Let The Good Times Rock, Prisoners In Paradise and their global rock anthem, The Final Countdown.
Europe includes the original line-up - Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Levén (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums). The current Bag Of Bones spawned three radio hits in the UK – Not Supposed To Sing The Blues, Firebox and Demon Head.
Founded and formed by lead singer and chief songwriter Joey Tempest and guitar legend John Norum, the band have over the last 10 years re-established themselves into a cutting edge hard rock band well respected in the rock community. Special guests FM will be opening the show.They formed in 1984 and quickly hit the road touring with the likes of Meat Loaf, Tina Turner, Gary Moore, Status Quo, Bon Jovi and Foreigner, on their Slippery When Wet tour. FM released their debut album, Indiscreet, in 1986 to critical acclaim.
For the next 12 years they consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring everywhere they could to promote releases such as 1989’s Tough It Out and 1992’s Aphrodisiac. The band line-up features Steve Overland (vocals, guitar), Merv Goldsworthy (bass), Pete Jupp (drums), Jem Davis (keyboards) and Jim Kirkpatrick (guitar).
Tickets for Sheffield City Hall on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, are £38.50. Buy in person, call the Box Office on 0114 278 9789 or buy online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.
For a chance to meet Foreigner and win tickets for the Sheffield City Hall show see The Star on Saturday, November 16, 2013.