Foreign singer Kelly Hansen says hitting the road has been a long time coming

“It got to a point where we said it’s about time, it’s time for us to try to come out and see if we can do it,” Hansen said in an interview. “So far, it’s been going really well.”

The group, who perform songs including global hits “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice” and “Hot Blooded,” among many other radio hits, reunited in late February to shake the dust. The members started off with a few small shows to “make sure the gears were well greased,” Hansen said, before embarking on a month-long tour that will run until 2022, when they travel to Canada. Europe.

And just like the members of the group, the spectators have been waiting for more than a year to return to the stands.

“The crowds were awesome,” said Hansen. “I think there’s a real feeling of pleasure and relief, to be able to go out and go to a live show and see a band live, and have a good time.”

The group sets a grueling pace on the “The Greatest Hits of Foreigner” tour, with performances almost every other day.

Hansen, 60, said it gets a little harder every year to keep up a pace that sees the group play more than 100 dates a year. In 2006, they performed 140 shows, which he admits was too much. They tend to run around 110 shows each year, which is always a heavy workload when completed within eight months. Taking care of your health is paramount, he said, as is his voice.

“Well, I try to limit the number of interviews,” Hansen said with a laugh.

But on a more serious note, he tries not to say a single word on holidays, in order to protect his voice. That, eating well and taking care of his body gives him the stamina to stay on the road and be able to deliver a strong performance. This is the priority, he said.

“I want to do it at my highest possible level,” he said. “I really care about doing a good job, so you have to put in the effort to make it happen. “

Foreigner was founded in 1976 by guitarist Mick Jones, along with fellow Britons Ian McDonald and Dennis Elliott. Americans Lou Gramm, Alan Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi rounded out the group, which has undergone several roster changes over the years.

Jones is the only original member who remains in the group, but has had health issues. His touring appearance isn’t guaranteed, and he performs about 50% of their dates live, according to group publicist John Lappen.

Hansen said it was a pleasure to tour with the current formation of Foreigner. Everyone gets along well and “there are no ego issues or issues” hindering performance.

Along with Jones and Hansen, the group is made up of bassist Jeff Pilson (from rock band Dokken), Michael Bluestein on keyboards, Bruce Watson and Luis Maldonado on guitar and Chris Frazier on drums.

Foreigner recorded 16 Top 30 hits, which still air regularly on radio stations nationwide, and the group’s videos have reached over 400 million clicks on YouTube. The group has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

Foreign live

Foreigner will play at 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 9 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Tickets start at $ 36.50 plus fees, although prices can fluctuate, and can be purchased at, the Alerus Center box office, or at, and VIP packages are available at

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Corina C. Butler

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