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 LiveNation.com.
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 tour...so 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.