Foreigner Announce ‘Hits Unplugged and Live’ Charity Album for 2016
Foreigner are going the acoustic route for their next release, a special benefit concert recording titled The Hits Unplugged and Live.
The band made the announcement on its official site, telling fans and followers that it will be heading to the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Mich., on Aug. 24, where they'll record an acoustic best-of set preceded by "a strolling dinner that will feature select menu items curated by Foreigner frontman and celebrated foodie Kelly Hansen prior to the performance." The Hits Unplugged and Live is scheduled to be released on CD in early 2016.
It's all happening to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, one of frontman Mick Jones' preferred charity organizations. "We are so pleased to be collaborating with JDRF for such a meaningful program," says Jones in a press release. "Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to our heart, as our longtime tour manager’s daughter was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 when she was 4 years old. There is tremendous anticipation around our first ever live acoustic album, and we’re glad we could donate our performance fees and royalties to benefit such an important cause."
Foreigner previously unplugged for 2011's Acoustique project, which was bundled with the triple-disc Feels Like the First Time collection and presented the band's biggest hits in an acoustic setting. The band has spent this summer on the road with Kid Rock, but those dates didn't prevent singer Kelly Hansen from taping an episode of the Food Network's Chopped series, during which he competed against a group of rocker chefs that also included Lita Ford.
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