Foreigner's first album is turning 40 this year. Doesn't THAT make ya feel old?
The group will be celebrating with a special 40th anniversary summer tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, which plays Aug. 11 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. For details visit palacenet.com or livenation.com.
Group founder Mick Jones said by phone that, "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." Bonham, in fact, played drums for Foreigner between 2004-2008, and Jones said some of Foreigner's original members, including frontman Lou Gramm, will join the group for select dates during the tour.
Foreigner will also be releasing a two-disc 40th anniversary compilation with some new songs, while Jones is publishing a memoir, "A Foreigner's Tale," this spring.
In other concert news:
* U2 has announced North American and European dates for its summer tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of its Grammy Award-winning "The Joshua Tree" album. The group is not playing in Michigan but has nearby dates in Chicago (June 3), Pittsburgh (June 7), Toronto (June 23) and Cleveland (July 1).
* Green Day will head out on a Revolution Radio Summer Tour of North America during August. There are no Michigan dates, however, since the group plays March 27 at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena after a recent show at the Fillmore Detroit.