First Time For Foreigner

In 2012, Foreigner played at Wolf Lake on August 17th and, like Styx, they were incredible! And, like Styx, every single song they played was a very familiar.

Some of those songs include: “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “I’ve Been Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Say You Will,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Urgent,” ”Juke Box Hero,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Double Vision,” “Head Games” and “Blue Morning, Blue Day.”

According to Foreigneronline.com, this super group has had ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen top 30 hits. Foreigner currently consists of; Mick Jones, founder, songwriter, producer and guitarist; Kelly Hansen, lead singer, although not the original, you would not know it; Tom Gimbel, rhythm guitar, keyboard, saxophone and flute; Jeff Pilson, bassist and original Dokken member; and Michael Bluestein, keyboardist and backing vocals; and Brian Tichy on drums.

Tichy played a notable solo. It was long and brilliant. At some point he even did an incredibly impressive juggling-like trick with the drum sticks, throwing them ridiculously high in the air, like nothing I have ever seen before. He showcased his talent very well. It solicited a huge round of applause as the whole crowd was in awe.

I have always loved the song “Feels Like the First Time,” and to hear it live was an unforgettable experience. The title is appropriate because it prompts a feeling that you are hearing rock-and-roll music for the first time.

When I hear it on the radio, and especially when I watch it live, it just makes me feel happy, youthful, and powerful. There is a feeling of elation that almost brings a tear to my eye. I can feel what it does for my mind, body and spirit, and I like it a lot.

I’m not a religious man, but it feels like a religious experience to me, and I believe it is as close as one can get.

The song makes me feel like the first time I breathed, smiled, laughed, loved and cried tears of joy.

The level of talent that these musicians posses is hard to believe, and rarely equaled in music or any other activity a human can do. They are so obviously passionate about their music. Seeing them perform is seeing somebody do something that they absolutely LOVE to do.

It makes you realize the uniqueness of music and why it exists. It serves a great purpose. What just the right song can do for the human spirit is remarkable. It generates an unequaled energy that mimics how good love can be and that makes life worth living.

Here is “Feels Like the First Time”

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Night Ranger, Styx, Foreigner and Cheap Trick

I don’t think I am too old, but maybe the following will officially antiquate me; the classic rock bands made the best music and these young kids today don’t know what they are missing!

Last summer, I entered a contest on 93.1 WXRT (a great rock/blues Chicago radio station that plays other-than top 40), sponsored by Jeremiah Weed alcoholic iced tea (really good product!), just for the heck of it.

Being 37 years old, I am very familiar with songs by Styx, Foreigner, and Cheap Trick. Most of you kids have probably heard their songs about a thousand times each, not knowing who the artist was. They are classics. So i figured “why not, its free, and my wife and I will probably have a good time.”

These were three seperate concerts, each seperated by about three weeks. Night Ranger, a one-and-three-quarters-hit wonder from the 80’s, opened for Styx and we were pleasantly surprised.

It was fun stepping into the “way-back machine” and listening to When You Close Your Eyes, Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, and, of course, Sister Christian.

If you are around my age and go to one of these shows, you soon realize how big these songs were, as I knew EVERY word to these songs. They have embedded themselves into our culture, and it makes you realize that maybe it isn’t so uncool to see these old rockers perform, as creating songs that stay tightly stitched into our memories is no easy task!

I will soon post my review of Styx, who, besides not playing Mr. Roboto, were awesome!

Itinerary

I am not a musician, so don’t take what I write too seriously. I do, however, have a great appreciation of music. I have been to many concerts in my life, however, I will start by reviewing 3 concerts that I saw at wolf Lake last year.

From there I will discuss the disappointing upcoming events schedule, investigate the legendary ghost of Wolf Lake (just in time for Halloween), and other events happening in and around Wolf Lake and the greater Chicagoland area. Mostly music discussion will take place here, I have an appreciation for all genres. Please feel free to contribute!