||MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
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.
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
I Want To Know What Love Is
For the gig...
For the extortionate tickets prices of £45.00 for an acoustic gig of only approx 75 minutes of actual music with no support act...
Photos by Steven Fourie