Photos and Review: Foreigner with Cheap Trick

September 9th, 2017
White River Amphitheatre
Photos By:
John Rudolph

Foreigner tore up White River Amphitheatre with their 40th Anniversary tour.

Wow, 40 year. . . I remember when Foreigner’s first record Foreigner hit the airwaves in 1977, followed closely by Double Vision in 1978. They were the band to follow back in the ’70s and ’80s.

In 2004, remaining original member, Mick Jones found lead singer Kelly Hanson, who has real presence on stage. The remaining members of Foreigner have been around a long time and they have a rich musical history and they are equally impressive.

So how was the show? In a word, incredible!

My first impression of this show was, “this band still puts on one hell of a show.” The sound and the lights were so clean and bright. Foreigner took full advantage of the expansive White River stage and the band members moved from one end to the other.

During “Cold As Ice,” Hanson leaped the barrier into the crowd and walked among the excited crowd. When “Juke Box Hero” started, the stage smoke camouflaged Hanson’s escape. He reappeared on a riser near the soundboard. All eyes were trained on Kelly Hanson for the beginning of “Juke Box Hero” as he sang like a Rock God on his pillar of light

The last song was “Hot Blooded,” which included the fantastic South Kitsap High School’s Chamber Choir. The Choir, along with Foreigner, was the perfect ending to an incredible show.


Molly Sides of Thunderpussy

Cheap Trick

Foreigner Setlist
1. Double Vision
2. Head Games
3. Cold as Ice
4. Waiting for a Girl Like You
5. Blue Morning, Blue Day
6. Dirty White Boy
7. Feels Like the First Time
8. Urgent
9. Starrider
10. Juke Box Hero
1. I Want to Know What Love Is
2. Hot Blooded