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Foreigner

Alive & Rockin DVD

Review by Gary Hill

It’s good to know that Foreigner is still alive and well. Of the original lineup, though, only guitarist Mick Jones is still holding the torch of Foreigner rock and roll alive. That said, this group is a living breathing entity and brings a vitality and power to the classic music. Jones is joined by Jason Bonham (drums), Jeff Jacobs (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (guitars, saxophone, flute) and Jeff Pilson (bass). Together they walk us through ten classic Foreigner tracks. I find it interesting that “Starrider” is included amongst that number. It’s always been one of my favorite songs from the band, but never seemed to be that “hit single” oriented. I was happy with the set, except for the length of the show. Still, they included some cool bonuses, particularly interview segments. While fans of Lou Gramm are probably avoiding this group like the plague, they are doing themselves a disservice. Foreigner is alive and well and the flag of rock and roll is still flying high at their shows. This may not be a perfect DVD (the length of the performance being the biggest issue), but it’s darned good.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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