Foreigner’s lead singer Kelly Hansen admits that the band’s days of releasing full-length studio albums might be in the past. Just released is the group’s new live CD/DVD collection, Foreigner With The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The set, which was recorded last May in Lucerne, Switzerland, features 14 tracks on the CD and three more on the DVD.
During a chat with AntiHeroMagazine.com, Hansen — who because Foreigner’s frontman back in 2005 — was asked about new studio tracks, and said, “Y’know, I don’t think that in this day and age, it makes sense to put out full CD’s anymore. When we put out (2009’s) Can’t Slow Down, the day we released it, you could get it for free on the Internet. That’s just reflective of the day and age that we’re in, unfortunately. So we spent a year, a full year of our life and our energy and our time and our money making Can’t Slow Down and then find out that they’re getting it for free on the internet is very disappointing. I think it makes more sense to do one or two songs at a time, maybe do a little mini-campaign around them, something like that, so I think that might be more of our approach in the future.”
Although the frontman gig in Foreigner is the dream job for any singer — Hansen said that he entered with both eyes open before joining an outfit in which he was replacing such a beloved and creative frontman as Lou Gramm: “Well, I understood that there might be people that weren’t going to accept another singer in the band besides Lou, but does that mean you don’t do it? No, it means you have to have a bit of confidence and say ‘y’know I think I can do this and I think I can do these songs with integrity and hopefully people will be on board with that.’ The other choice is that these songs never get played live by Foreigner again and that’s not a great prospect, y’know, so I had to kind of think about it that way.”
Co-founding guitarist and songwriter, Mick Jones told us that he feels as though Foreigner was among the last hard rock bands to dominate radio before the dawn of the ’80s and the birth of MTV: “I think perhaps we were part of a — almost like the end of that era of where songs were still really important.
And I think that’s why we’re attracting a lot of younger kids to the shows now too, y’know. And the kids actually sing along to the songs and know all the lyrics, so that’s pretty refreshing.”
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