Foreigner brings historic farewell tour to Canada, with special guests Headpins in May 2024
Renowned for their iconic hits like “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Urgent,” Foreigner, is embarking on its historic Farewell Tour of Canada and will captivate fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) in Penticton on Saturday, May 4, 2024, presented by K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock.
With more Top 10 hits than Journey, as many as Fleetwood Mac, and ten multi-platinum albums, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. Streams of Foreigner’s hits are approaching 15 million per week.
Foreigner will continue its long-term initiative with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation to support music education in Canadian schools. The band will join radio partners to create a contest for local high school choirs to win the opportunity to perform a song live on stage with Foreigner, together with a donation to their music program.
Leader and founder of Foreigner, Mick Jones said, “Many years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Feels Like The First Time’ and now we are performing one last worldwide tour. We will be presenting a show that I know will have the same enthusiasm as our very first appearances. While I’m sure our fans will have mixed feelings about the end of the road for the band, I know our shows are going to delight audiences everywhere.”
Says Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hansen, “The time has come. We have more or less lived our lives on the road for almost eighteen years. We have always strived to give you our best and we intend to finish this the same way. Foreigner has a brilliant and increasingly demanding catalogue of songs to sing and I refuse to give them less than they deserve. So, we’re going to finish strong. I want to make it very clear how grateful and appreciative we are to our audiences all over the world who have supported this band. I’m sure there may be occasions when we’ll do some special appearances, but I think the time is coming for us to live off the road. Thank you all so much!”
“We are very excited to announce a Western Canadian Tour with Foreigner scheduled for May 2024. We are greatly looking forward to sharing the stage and performing all our hits,” says Headpins.
Mick Jones continues to elevate Foreigner’s influence and guide the band to new horizons with his stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents while lead singer Kelly Hansen, one of rock’s greatest showmen, takes Foreigner into the digital age inspiring a whole new generation of fans. Bassist Jeff Pilson; Michael Bluestein on keyboards; guitarist Bruce Watson; Chris Frazier on drums and guitarist Luis Maldonado provide an unprecedented level of energy that has resulted in the re-emergence of the astounding music that speaks to Foreigner‘s enduring popularity.
The Headpins, a Canadian rock band originally formed in 1983, have been a dynamic force in the music scene with their fusion of hard rock and blues. Founder and guitarist Brian ‘Too Loud’ MacLeod has been a constant presence, steering the band through various phases. Over the years, the lineup has seen changes, with Darby Mills serving as the original lead vocalist until the late ’80s. Notably, in recent times, Rosa Laricchiuta has taken up the mantle as the band’s lead singer, injecting fresh energy into the Headpins’ sound. Laricchiuta, known for her powerful vocals and stage presence, has seamlessly integrated into the group, contributing to their continued musical evolution.
Tickets for Foreigner’s “Farewell Canada” tour at the SOEC in Penticton will go on sale this Friday, November 17, 2023 at 10:00AM PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC.