Foreigner Announces Farewell Tour
Foreigner will be retiring from the road but first the band has announced a farewell tour set for summer 2023. The Live Nation-produced trek kicks off on July 6 in Alpharetta, Georgia, at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, with dates booked through a Sept. 3 show in Holmdel, New Jersey, at PNC Bank Arts Center.
The routing features a mix of amphitheaters, theaters, performing arts centers and arenas with stops including Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheatre; Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center; Toronto’s Budweiser Stage; Austin, Texas’ Moody Center; Denver’s Ball Arena; Mountain View, California’s Shoreline Amphitheater and Uncasville, Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena.
Loverboy will join Foreigner on the first leg of the U.S. tour. An announcement notes that Foreigner will continue its initiative with the Grammy Museum Foundation to invite choirs to open the show with a live a cappella performance of classic rock songs. Contests will be held with radio partners across the country to win donations to their music programs. One winning choir will be selected to join the band for each show, with a grand prize of new musical equipment.
Since the British-American rock band formed in 1976, Foreigner has released 10 multi-platinum albums with album sales exceeding 80 million. The band’s smash hits include the No. 1 “I Want To Know What Love Is,” along with “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy” and “Long, Long Way From Home.”
“Many years ago I wrote a song called ‘Feels Like The First Time’ and today we are launching one last worldwide tour,” Mick Jones said in a statement. “We will be presenting a show that I know will have the same enthusiasm as our very first appearances. The tour will start this summer in America and we hope to get to every place that we have played over the past several years. While I’m sure our fans will have mixed feelings about the end of the road for the band, I know our shows are going to delight audiences everywhere.”
Foreigner has an average gross of $160,026 per show with an average of 3,590 tickets sold per show based on 462 headline reports submitted to Pollstar’s Boxoffice since 1999.
Their most recently submitted report saw the band sell 2,060 tickets and gross $217,670 with a Sept. 25, 2022, show at the Events Center at Harrah’s Resort SoCal in Valley Center, California.
“The time has come,” Kelly Hansen said in a statement. “We have more or less lived our lives on the road for almost 18 years. We have always strived to give you our best and we intend to finish this the same way. Foreigner has a brilliant and increasingly demanding catalogue of songs to sing and I refuse to give them less than they deserve. So, we’re going to finish strong. I want to make it very clear how grateful and appreciative we are to our audiences all over the world who have supported this band. I’m sure there may be occasions where we’ll do some special appearances, but I think the time is coming for us to live off the road. Thank you all so much!”
Tickets for the upcoming dates go on sale starting Nov. 18.
Foreigner Farewell Tour
7/06 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
7/08 – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
7/09 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
7/11 – Ascend Amphitheatre – Nashville, TN
7/14 – Walmart AMP – Rogers, AR
7/18 – Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, MO
7/19 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Ruoff Music Center – Indianapolis, IN
7/22 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
7/25 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
7/28 – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Center, NY
7/29 – The Pavilion at Star Lake – Burgettstown, PA
8/01 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Saratoga Springs, NY
8/02 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY
8/04 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
8/05 – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
8//08 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
8/09 – PNC Music – Charlotte, NC
8/11 – Dos Equis Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/12 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
8/14 – Moody Center – Austin, TX
8/16 – Ball Arena – Denver, CO
8/18 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
8/20 – AK-Chin Pavillion – Phoenix, AZ
8/21 – FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
8/23 – Toyota Amphitheatre – Wheatland, CA
8/24 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
8/30 – Pine Knob Music Theater – Detroit, MI
9/01 – Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
9/02 – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview – Syracuse, NY
9/03 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ