Celebrating 40 years of music Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary tour rolled into Budweiser Gardens Tuesday night. Now if anyone knows me at all they know I’m a 20 something and logistically that means that I wasn’t even alive when both Prism and Foreigner were in their prime, but I’m no stranger to both artists and let me tell you after a show like this I can fully appreciate why these two bands have had such long successful careers.
Kicking off the show were classic Canadian rockers Prism who wasted no time getting the London crowd rocking with “Spaceship Superstar”. The stage presence of current singer Al Harlow was incredible he had the crowd up on their feet from start to finish. Regardless of the changes in this bands members over the years which is literally inevitable when you have a career this long there was no denying each and every one of these artists on stage love what they do and live for the music.
Now when I was asked to photograph and review this show I immediately said yes because let’s face it who doesn’t love Foreigner. Although I wasn’t alive when the band formed in 1976 that hasn’t stopped their music from making it’s way into generation after generation of music fans. There’s a lot to be said about a band that can not only say they have sold millions of albums over the years but are now celebrating 40 years of music. There was just something so refreshing about this show as a whole. Artists who are still up on stage giving it their all after 40 years, and fans who are still fans after 40 years giving it right back without a cellphone blocking their view.
This show was simply all about the music. Kicking their set off with “Double Vision” and heading right into “Head Games” before blowing the roof off the place with “Cold as Ice” while frontman Kelly Hansen jumped down off the stage and made his way around the crowd giving as many high fives as possible before heading back up on the stage. These gentlemen kept the sprit of rock and roll alive and well all night long with hit after hit not leaving anything out playing “Hot Blooded”, “Juke Box Hero”, and “Feels Like The First Time”. An amazing night of rock if I do say so myself!