Foreigner Celebrate 35th Anniversary With Walmart Release
Foreigner will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary with a new multi-disc package in September that explores the band’s rich history with a few bonus surprises.
‘Feels Like the First Time’ will be available as a Walmart exclusive on Sept. 13, featuring two CDs and a DVD. The audio will also be available on iTunes.
The audio portion features two distinctly different album releases. ‘Juke Box Heroes’ collects new recordings of the band’s most famous hits, while ‘Acoustique: The Classics Unplugged’ strips things down with a setlist that features both the familiar hits and some unexpected choices as well.
A live DVD recorded in March during two shows in Chicago rounds out the package.
Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen told Billboard that the band is particularly stoked about the acoustic disc, which features fan favorite songs like ‘Cold as Ice,’ Waiting For a Girl Like You’ and ‘Feels Like the First Time.’ It also includes a cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘That’s All Right’ and ‘The Flame Still Burns,’ a song written by founding member Mick Jones for the movie ‘Still Crazy.’
The idea to do an album’s worth of acoustic material grew out of the unplugged German radio tour that the band did in 2010.
“We were doing these live acoustic shows that were being broadcast and we got a huge response," explains Hansen. It was kind of shocking and surprising, and also something that was really new for us. We've never really done that, kind of laying yourself out naked, without lights and amps or anything. It was a real different feeling and a challenge, so we came back and decided to experiment."
The band came back to the U.S. and recorded the new acoustic material at the Hit Factory in New York and since then, they’ve also played additional acoustic shows in the U.S. and Canada. Hansen says that the band is considering playing additional shows in that vein to help promote ‘Feels Like the First Time.’
‘Juke Box Heroes’ has a new song called ‘Save Me,’ in addition to the re-recorded hits. Hansen says that after the band completes their summer tour with Journey and Night Ranger and finish promoting the upcoming retrospective package, they’ll begin the planning to record a follow-up album to 2009’s ‘Can’t Slow Down,’ which was the first new studio album from the present Foreigner lineup.