Foreigner

Arena Rock

History of Foreigner

Foreigner was formed by Mick Jones after his former band, the Leslie West Band, broke up. After many auditions and trials with musicians, the final band was made of Mick Jones, Thom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Kelly Hanson, Michael Bluestein, Chris Frazier, and Bruce Watson. They decided to be named Foreigner because at least half of the band would be out of their home country wherever they toured because half were from America and the other half from the UK. The band released their debut album in 1977 called Foreigner and it earned a gold album while peaking in the top 20 albums in America. Foreigner recorded eight additional studio albums afterwards and has toured since then.

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Fame

Foreigner was propelled to fame after the release of their first album, Foreigner. It was their first work available to the public and sold over four million copies in the United States alone. By the next year Foreigner was selling out large stadiums to play in during tours.

Top Songs

  • "Cold As Ice"
  • "Double Vision"
  • "Head Games"
  • "Blue Morning, Blue Day"
  • "Jukebox Hero"
  • "Urgent"
  • "I Want to Know What Love Is"

Top Albums

  1. Foreigner (1977)
  2. Double Vision (1978)
  3. Head Games (1979)
  4. 4 (1981)

Characteristics of Arena Rock

Arena rock developed in the 1970's and was designed to appeal to a large audience. The songs usually were written with simple lyrics so they could be sung along to in concerts. Vocalists also had cleaner voices than those of hard rock for the same reason. Arena Rock bands would play in and fill the stadiums and have many visual effects including fireworks and special lighting.
Double Vision - Foreigner

SHMRG of Double Vision

S-Main Vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums, backup vocals, synthesizer, saxophone

H- electric guitar, bass, drums, backup vocals, synthesizer

M- Main Vocals

R- moderate, in 4

G- moderate- loud- moderate

Hill

intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, bridge, outro