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(Album Review) “Double Vision: Then And Now” by Foreigner

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Double Vision: Then And Now celebrates the incredible live performance from both incarnations of the classic rock band, Foreigner. Sharing the same stage for the first time in their 40-year history, it’s a truly unforgettable performance uniting their fans, members and, most importantly, the music. Double Vision was the bands platinum selling album in 1978 and it’s not surprising as defining tracks Cold as Ice, Urgent and Jukebox Hero featured on it.

This unique performance was filmed at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA. Their show begins with the iconic Cold as Ice. The catchy piano rhythm is instantly recognisable along with the unforgettable lyrics “you’re as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice our love”. Their performance is interesting as the song is moved down into a lower key from the original. The track still has the same powerful effect and the key change suits the vocals very comfortably. The Flame Still Burns sees their set list take it slower with this emotional track. Foreigner are well known for their energetic rock tracks with catchy choruses and guitar solos but it’s great see them include the slower, more intimate tracks. The reaction from the audience, audible on the performance, shows their great love of this track. It’s not long however before Foreigner get the audience back to rocking out. Their performances of classics Urgent and Jukebox Hero raise the roof. It’s incredible how these classic rock anthems have stood, and continue to stand, the test of time.

Feels Like The First Time receives an audible introduction from the crowd of the live show. It’s one of those ‘feel good’ tracks with instantly identifiable riff and an uplifting chord sequence. The motifs of the era, including guitar licks throughout the second verse, add little touches that really enhance to the sound. The sound quality of the live performance is fantastic. A few minor changes, such as key changes as mentioned earlier with respect of Cold as Ice, have been made but ultimately Foreigner have remained true to their original sound. The iconic guitar tones, keys and synths sounds bring to life the songs despite being originally recorded 40 years ago. Double Visions rocking intro riff is energetic and has a powerful feel of movement which continues throughout the track. It’s a great example of their use of dynamics. The chorus feels like it drops suddenly from the verse as the distorted guitars take a back seat. This seemingly, calmer chorus seamlessly breaks the continuous motion of the chorus without the energy of the overall track being lost entirely. It also gives space for the individual instruments to shine with a variety of melodies, rhythms and sounds occupying the same section of the song.

Foreigner remain as prominent today as they have over the past 40 years. Their music is still greatly loved and played by fans, both old and new. Foreigner’s music continues to feature in films, television and other forms of media showing how timeless it is despite advancements in the music and media industries. Their sound is instantly recognisable and holds a prominent place in classic rock.

Foreigner – Double Vision: Then And Now is available on CD+DVD, Blu-ray+CD, Limited 2LP+Blu-ray and Digital from November 15th, 2019.

Foreigner has some tour dates coming up in 2020:

Thu. 1/16 through Sat. 1/18- Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee (w/Nashville Symphony)

Fri 1/24 and Sat. 1/25- The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mon. 1/27- Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California

Wed. 1/29 through Sat 2/1- The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tue. 2/4- First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Wed. 2/5- Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Fri. 2/7- IP Resort Casino and Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi

Mon. 2/10- Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas

Tue. 2/11- Rudder Auditorium in College Station, Texas

Thu. 2/13- Margaritaville in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fri. 2/14- Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana

Sat. 2/15- Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fri. 2/28- Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico

Tue. 3/3- Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile

Tue. 3/10- Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa

Wed. 3/11- The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fri. 3/13- Treasure Island Casino in Welch, Minnesota

Sun. 3/15- The Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin

Mon. 3/16- Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois

Wed. 3/18- Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa

Thu. 3/19- Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sat. 3/21- Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota

Mon. 3/23- Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

Tue. 3/24- Butte Civic Center in Butte, Montana

Thu. 3/26 and Fri. 3/27- River Cree Casino & Resort in Enoch, Canada

Sat. 3/28 and Sun. 3/29- Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary, Canada

Tue. 4/21- Tucson Music Hall in Tucson, Arizona

On Tour with Whitesnake and Europe

Sun. 5/31- The O2 in London, United Kingdom

Mon. 6/1- Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, United Kingdom

Wed. 6/3- Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Thu. 6/4- The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Sat. 6/6- Utilita Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Mon. 6/8- Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom

Other European Dates:

Wed. 6/10- TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands

Fri. 6/12- A-Park Ledarny Branik in Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic

Sat. 6/13- Freilichtbuhne Killesberg park in Stuttgart, Germany

Sun. 6/14- Freilichtbuhne Peibnitz in Halle, Germany

Tue. 6/16- Spodek in Katowice, Poland

Thu. 6/18- Rock The Ring in Hinwil, Switzerland

Sat. 6/20- Festivalpark Stenehei in Dessel, Belgium

Sun. 6/21- Olympiahalle Munchen in Munich, Germany

Tue. 6/23- Stadtpark Open Air Buhne in Hamburg, Germany

Thu. 6/25- Auditorio Miguel Rios in Madrid, Spain

Sat. 6/27- Rock The Night in Madrid, Spain

For tickets and further information on any of the gigs listed above, click here.

Fans can find FOREIGNER at the following locations:

www.facebook.com/Foreigner

www.foreigneronline.com

www.instagram.com/ForeignerLive

www.twitter.com/ForeignerMusic

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