Rock and roll legends Foreigner spent a hot night in town
“I don’t need no instructions to know how to rock.”
Rock and roll legends Foreigner spent a hot night in Charlotte with a packed amphitheater, and they brought their friends in Cheap Trick along, as well as the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience to make sure everyone in attendance had a blast.
The Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience is the project of Jason Bonham, the son of former Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.
To my knowledge this is the closest thing you’ll get to seeing Led Zeppelin play a show, with Bonham on the drums and vocalist James Dylan sounding eerily similar to Robert Plant as they tear through covers of some of Zeppelin’s biggest hits.
The crowd ate it up and sang along to every song. If you’re a Zeppelin fan but haven’t ever had the chance to see them play this might be your best bet, so it’d be worth checking out when the tour comes through your town.
Now, I’m not going to lie, I have a real appreciation for Foreigner and I genuinely enjoy the band, but it was Cheap Trick that caught my attention. As a band, they wrote some of the catchiest rock and roll that I remember hearing while growing up. Rick Nielsen is also one of my favorite guitarists of all time… the guy is just cool!
Out on tour in support of their eighteenth studio album, We’re All Alright!, the band played a solid mix of their classics, as well as the new material from the record.
They opened the show with “Hello There” and “Big Eyes” from their second album, In Color. From there, they played a steady mix from their extensive catalog. There was even a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” with bassist Tom Petersson on vocals.
The band closed their set out with a string of classics that everyone knows including, “The Flame,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and my personal favorite, “Surrender.” Cheap Trick is a bucket list band, and I’m happy to have been able to cross them off the list… hopefully I can cross them off the list a few more times down the road.
I’ve never seen Foreigner, or any live footage of them performing. I don’t know why, but I expected a somewhat boring performance. Their music is great, but I just always pictured a really mundane live show from them. I couldn’t have been more wrong in that assumption. From the moment the curtain dropped the lead vocalist, Kelly Hansen, moved at full speed, running from one side of the stage to the other while singing all of the songs that made the band an icon of rock music.
With this being the 40th Anniversary tour they obviously played all of their hits, opening the show with a high-energy performance of “Double Vision” then moving right into “Head Games.” During the third song, “Cold as Ice,” Hansen left the stage and went directly out into the audience, singing to his fans that were all singing every word right back to him.
They closed their set with my favorite from them, “Juke Box Hero”, but shortly returned to the stage to perform an encore. They were joined by the East Rowan Honors Chorus while they performed “I Want to Know What Love Is.” They finally said goodnight to the packed venue with their classic, “Hot Blooded.” It’s truly a tour that you need to see if you’re a fan of either band, because this show ranks up there as one of the best I’ve ever seen. They’re still on the road celebrating four decades of rock and roll, so you’ve got time to catch them in your city. Check the dates below to see when they’ll be near you!
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