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Interview:
Foreigner Stars Fresh Chapter With New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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It doesn’t exactly feel like the first time, but Mick Jones says the upcoming release of Foreigner’s first new album in 15 years gives the long-lived rock band something of a new lease on life.

“This whole thing in the last four years of rebuilding the band has been a process that I was determined to bring to this point where we could actually release a new album,” says Jones, 64, the former Spooky Tooth and Leslie West Band member who founded Foreigner in 1976. He went on to shepherd the band to worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums and hits such as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Urgent” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

Jones says the current edition of Foreigner — with singer Kelly Hansen and former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson — has taken its time making a new album simply because “we have not really had time to sit down and concentrate on it. Finally, this year, we decided to go for it. So to me, it’s the coming together of all the stuff that we’ve gathered over the last few years.

“It’s the end of one stage, and now we can present the new band, as it were.”

“Can’t Slow Down,” which will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores starting Sept. 29, will not only include the 13-track new album but also a second disc featuring remixed versions of 10 of Foreigner’s biggest hits and a live DVD. It’s a lot for a little ($12), but Jones says he wanted to “give the people a little extra treat ... after waiting so long for something new from us.”

“I think we’ll be able to reach a lot of our fans and ... heighten our profile a lot and bring some real visibility back to the band,” Jones explains. “We have a great body of work that we’ve been playing for the past four years. Now, I’m happy we can add some more to it.”



Foreigner, Loverboy and A Flock of Seagulls perform at Doug Fest 2009 at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 12) at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights. Tickets are $32 and $55 pavilion, $13 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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