Foreigner has announced some big plans -- for Canada.
For starters the group will take its 40th anniversary tour into the Great White North for an 11-date run starting October 11 in Calgary; This follows a North American trek with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience that gets underway June 11 in Syracuse.
On top of that, Foreigner has announced a stage musical, "Juke Box Hero," described as "a coming of age saga based on the music of Foreigner" that will debut during 2018 in Alberta.
The script is being written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ("The Tracy Ullman TV Show," "The Commitments," "Across The Universe") and the show will be directed by Broadway veteran Randy Johnson. No firm dates or other stops for the production have been announced yet.
Foreigner has just released a new compilation, Foreigner 40, that includes the new song "Give My Life For Love" and a re-recorded "I Don't Want To Live Without You," and guitarist and founder Mick Jones tells us it means a lot to be celebrating Foreigner's durability:
"Sometimes it feels like 40 minutes...It's been so packed with events over the years and...just I have tried and what we've been able to achieve and what we're still achieving even know...I could never have dreamed this would happen or even...that we would still have some kind of relevance 40 years later. It's, like, unbelievable, really."
Jones will also be publishing a memoir, A Foreigner's Tale, this year.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.