Foreigner coming to Johnstown

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

There are no “Head Games” being played here: Classic rock band Foreigner really is coming to Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena on March 16.

“The call volume has been tremendous and we’re very excited,” said War Memorial Arena Assistant General Manager Karen Gregorchik. “We’re anticipating a well-attended (show), if not a sellout show.”

Foreigner is perhaps best known for their hits such as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Altogether, Foreigner claimed 16 Top 30 hits throughout their career.

“I think people will enjoy hearing Foreigner’s popular anthems,” Gregorchik said. “These are songs that people grew up with. These are songs that people know and will be singing along to.”

Founded in 1976, the band has 10 multi-platinum albums to its name.

Foreigner consists of founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.

Foreigner’s new lineup came together around 2002, when Hansen joined the band and replaced original singer Lou Gramm. Since that time, Foreigner has released a live greatest hits album, an LP titled “Can’t Slow Down” and a three-disc set titled “Feels Like the First Time.” 

“Juke Box Heroes,” a compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, enjoyed success within the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside another compilation album, “The Soundtrack of Summer.” The latter was released in conjunction with the band’s 2014 U.S. amphitheater tour.

Foreigner’s latest release is titled “The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More.” The high-definition live show was recorded live at Borgata in Atlantic City in October of 2014. A year earlier, in June of 2013, Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Last year, Foreigner toured with Kid Rock. Their tour sold more tickets than any other Live Nation summer amphitheater tour.

Over the years, Foreigner’s music has appeared in major motion pictures, including “Rock of Ages,” “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect.”

Tickets to see Foreigner in Johnstown are on sale and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena box office during regular business hours, which have been extended. The new hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The box office is also open on Saturdays during event days from noon until show time.

“We encourage people to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster if they don’t want to wait in line at the box office,” Gregorchik said.

“We can’t wait to bring Foreigner to Johnstown.”