Foreigner and Cheap Trick stopped at the Greek Theatre Aug. 30 for a night full of hits. Foreigner is touring in support of their 40th Anniversary as a band and of their self-titled debut album. Also on this tour is Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, however JBLZE was not on this show since they played the Greek earlier in the summer as a headlining show.
2016 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick took the stage at 7:30 P.M. and for an hour and 20 minutes played a set of classics, covers, rarities, and new material from their latest album “We’re All Alright!,” which was crowdfunded and released 2 months earlier. Cheap Trick opened with “Hello There” to get the night started. Their set included “Long Time Coming,” and “You Got It Going On,” from their new album. The hits they played included “On Top Of The World,” “Heaven Tonight,” “The Flame,” “I Want You To Want Me,” and “Dream Police.” Although Foreigner had no special guests during their set, Cheap Trick brought up Anthrax’s Scott Ian out of the 4th row to come up and play “Surrender,” and “Auf Wiedersehen.” Cheap Trick ended their set with “Goodnight.”
Foreigner hit the stage with bright lights and fog all over the stage with “Double Vision” being the opening song to an amazing set. The hits kept coming with “Head Games,” “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” and “Juke Box Hero.” There was a big surprise on “Jukebox Hero” with frontman Kelly Hansen formerly of 80’s rock band Hurricane rising up on a platform located next to the soundboard then walking through the aisles before rejoining his bandmates onstage. Foreigner also includes Jeff Pilson who was the original bassist of Dokken, and drummer Chris Frazier who in Whitesnake from 2007 to 2010. Although founding member and guitarist Mick Jones is the only original member of the group, the band’s current lineup is fantastic and songs remain timeless. The second longest running member in the group is Thom Gimbel who trades off between guitar, saxophone, flute, and backing vocals throughout the night. Foreigner’s set ended with “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which featured a youth choir, and “Hot Blooded.” This was quite a memorable evening with numerous classics that can be heard on the radio and in television commercials any given day of the week.