Foreigner has rolled out its initial 2014 North American dates. The band, led by co-founding guitarist Mick Jones and fronted by lead singer Kelly Hansen, kick off the band's 2014 tour dates on February 7th in Midland, Texas at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. The band has dates on the books through March 1st at Reno, Nevada's Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Mick Jones spoke to Gibson.com and was asked if he ever felt underappreciated as a lead guitarist by the general public, and explained, "It was never really my personality to be a 'guitar hero.' I was always more interested in being part of a band, leading a band, than any personal fame as a musician. A lot of people I’ve worked with have said they think I’m 'overlooked' as a guitar player but that’s not my concern. I think I have a good appreciation within the guitar business, but I never really wanted to project myself so much."
We asked Mick Jones if there's a tried and true moment when he knows he's on the path to writing a future rock standard: "I had that feeling, definitely, with 'I Want To Know What Love Is.' I also had it with 'Waiting For A Girl Like You,' y'know, those songs come along. 'Hot Blooded' was a natural. There's a number of them that I felt -- y'know, you can never know really, but I can only judge by the goose-bump factor. If I am moved myself -- and I'm a very hard, tough judge -- then I know that there's a good chance that it did something special, and then most of the time that have been. They just had somehow the ability to reach a lot of people."
Foreigner North American tour dates (subject to change):
November 29 - Lincoln, RI - Twin River Events Center
February 7 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
February 9 - Beaumont, TX - Ford Park
February 14 - Moncton, NB - The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
February 15 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
February 16 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Theatre
February 18 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
February 20 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre
February 21 - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre
February 22 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
February 28 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
March 1 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
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