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Foreigner Unveil 40th Anniversary Tour Dates

Foreigner will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its debut album this year with a summer tour joined by Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham -- who played drums for Foreigner from 2004-2008.

The trek kicks off July 11 in Syracuse and will play 37 dates running through September 9. Tickets go on sale Friday (January 13) via

Foreigner founder Mick Jones also tells us that some of Foreigner's original members will be returning to the fold for select shows during the tour:

"Some of the old members of the band, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood, Lou Gramm is coming to do a song or two on the summer I’m looking forward to that, and we'll see how it goes. And I'm sure it'll go down well."


Jones says he's confident the tour itself will be a musical success, too:

"Y'know, I've been friendly with the Cheap Trick, the cheap Tricksters, for many years, in fact right back to our first headline tour in maybe, probably '78, '79, and they're a great band. I have so much respect for them...and I think it’s gonna be a great show, a lot of energy and a real evening of rock...It couldn't actually be a better mix for me. It's almost like a family tour."


Foreigner will also be playing U.S. dates starting Jan. 30, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland. A two-disc, 40-track anniversary compilation with some brand new material is planned, while Jones will be publishing his memoir, A Foreigner's Tale, due out this spring.

The full summer tour itinerary includes:

Tue Jul 11 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Thu Jul 13 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Fri Jul 14 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sat Jul 15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
Mon Jul 17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Tue Jul 18 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu Jul 20 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri Jul 21 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sat Jul 22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue Jul 25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 26 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Fri Jul 28 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Sun Jul 30 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 01 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 02 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 05 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sun Aug 06 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tue Aug 08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Wed Aug 09 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Fri Aug 11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat Aug 12 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
Sun Aug 13 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Tue Aug 15 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Wed Aug 16 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater - St. Louis
Sat Aug 19 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun Aug 20 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
Wed Aug 23 Albuquerque, NM*** Isleta Amphitheater
Thu Aug 24 Phoenix, AZ*** Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sat Aug 26 West Valley City, UT*** USANA Amphitheatre
Tue Aug 29 Chula Vista, CA*** Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 30 Los Angeles, CA*** Greek Theatre
Fri Sep 01 Marysville, CA*** Toyota Amphitheater
Sat Sep 02 Mountain View, CA*** Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mon Sep 04 Morrison, CO*** Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 08 Ridgefield, WA*** Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sat Sep 09 Auburn, WA*** White River Amphitheatre



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.