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Foreigner’s Soundtrack of Summer Road Blog – Recap

Photo Credit: Tim Hare

Foreigner spent this summer thrilling audiences across the country on the Soundtrack of Summer tour alongside fellow rock legends Styx and Don Felder. We’ve be getting weekly updates from the road courtesy of Mick Jones‘ assistant Tim Hare. In this seventh and final installment, Hare talks about running into another rock legend on the plane, and what he and Jones have lined up for the future.

Well, it’s been one of the best summers ever. I have traveled all over the U.S., met a bunch of great people and got to work on my tan. As a youngster playing air guitar, my parents always knew I would be involved in music, but we never dreamed it would be something this incredible.

You couldn’t make this stuff up, folks. The day after Foreigner end up entering the UCR Hall of Fame in a gruelingly close battle with the Cars, who is sitting on our plane back to New York? Ric Ocasek. He and Mick go way back, and oddly enough his son is a friend of mine. I knew Derek from my high school days in Boston. It was quite funny having all the passengers freak out over Mick and Ric and being able to text my buddy and say, “I’m hanging out with your Dad.” Tip of the cap to the Cars from both Mick and I. We are both huge fans and we understood why they made the competition so tough!

After the L.A./Santa Barbara shows, Mick and I returned to N.Y.C. to prepare for some exciting projects coming up. I can’t tell you too much about them, but I think everyone who loves Foreigner will be very happy. I have been hard at work setting up Mick’s home recording rig. We’ve also been rehearsing some Foreigner ’4′ songs for the upcoming shows at the Borgata in Atlantic City. This has been a treat for me. Mick will show me riffs, and in a couple of cases, I learned the songs ahead of time and showed Mick a couple of his old riffs!

Summer is waning, which means that it’s time for the English Premier League to start. It feels like a lifetime ago that Mick and I were driving through Scotland listening to games on the radio. For those of you who don’t know, Mick is a big Liverpool supporter and I am a loyal to Everton, their arch-rivals. I started watching Everton when I lived in England way back in 2006. Mick is a longtime fan of Liverpool (also Portsmouth), and is friendly with team manager Brendan Rogers. Even though we are not fond of each other’s teams, watching football (soccer) was something that bonded us closely when we first started working together. He’s been playing more attention to Everton now that I am around. I think he’s secretly starting to support them, even though he’ll never admit it! There is bound to be a lot of trash talk between the two of us when the teams meet this year. We will both be sporting our jerseys all year long. I should make a bet that the loser has to wear the winner’s jersey. What do you think? Come on you Blues!

I want to thank everyone for reading this summer and for voting Foreigner into the UCR HOF. It’s been a real pleasure sharing my stories with everyone. I have to shake my head sometimes that this is my life, but writing it all down is a great way to memorialize what I’ve seen.

What we are listening to this week: ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen. I don’t think I have to explain this one.

Next: Read the Sixth Installment of the Foreigner Road Blog

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