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Foreigner Trying To Add To Its Legacy

Of the Oakland Press

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If he so desired, Mick Jones could allow Foreigner to coast on a 30-plus year history of hits, chronicled on the new compilation “No End in Sight.” But the presence of “Too Late,” Foreigner’s first new song in 11 years, indicates he’s serious about the band’s future.

“Yeah, it’s not just pulling a band together for the sake of touring,” says Jones, 63. “There’s a long-range plan now that we really do have with the lineup. It’s just very exciting and I’m very much into that.

“To tell you in a nutshell, I’ve never been as excited — right back to the very beginning, I’d say.” Chuckling, he adds that “it really does feel like the first time again,” referencing Foreigner’s first hit single in 1976.

Jones could also be concerned that he’s in danger of losing Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, to any future Zep reunions after he played with the group at its December reunion show in London. But he’s confident that Bonham, who he calls “the clincher” of the new Foreigner lineup, can accommodate the needs of both bands.

“If (Led Zep) called, I would understand and we would definitely be able to work something out,” Jones says. “Robert (Plant, Zep’s singer) called me in the first place to ask if it was OK to steal Jason for a few weeks for that show. It was a huge thing for Jason, so of course I said yes.

“But Jason is also a very much committed part of (Foreigner). We’ve known each other for many years, and he’s been a big fan of the band. His enthusiasm is what helped to talk me into putting the band back together. Without that, we might not be here now.”

Foreigner concludes the 2008 Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series at 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 22) on the RiverWalk behind the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 567-3126 or visit www.gmrencen.com.

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