With over 80 million records sold worldwide, Foreigner is one of the most iconic classic rock bands around. The group’s collection of chart-topping hit songs can be heard hourly on stations across the globe. Started by legendary guitarist Mick Jones in 1976, Foreigner continues to craft new music and bring their patented brand of melodic and memorable anthems to stages near and far. This coming Wednesday, August 24, Foreigner returns to the Western Idaho Fairgrounds for the third time. The concert is free with paid admission to the fair. The band will perform at 7:30 in the Dish Grandstand.
With the release of Foreigner‘s eponymous debut album in 1977, the band began unleashing a series of six back-to-back records that all went multi-platinum. They’ve released 10 multi-platinum records in all, as well as 16 Top 30 hits. Songs such as “Cold as Ice”, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, “Hot Blooded”, “Urgent” and “Jukebox Hero” are but a few of the seminal classics that remain as powerful today as they did when released decades ago.
Earlier this week, Idaho Music Scene spoke with multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, who has been with Foreigner more than 20 years. Gimbel plays guitar, keyboards, saxophone, flute, and whatever else the band might need. Besides co-founder Mick Jones, Tom is the longest tenured member of the line-up which also features; vocalist Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio), keyboardist Michael Bluestein, drummer Chris Frazier, and guitarist Bruce Watson.
Gimbel toured with Aerosmith on their massive Pump and Get a Grip tours in the early 90s, before signing on with Foreigner. During our conversation, Gimbel chats about the band’s new tour and new In Concert: Unplugged album, as well as sharing some of his favorite songs to perform, some of his all-time favorite records, and tales from the Aerosmith days.
Listen to the full interview below and catch Tom and Foreigner this week at the Western Idaho Fair.