More sad news to report as Michael Fonfara, keyboard player and producer for Foreigner and Loud Reed. He died in a Toronto hospital on January 8, 2021, due to complications from his two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. According to a report from Blabbermouth.net, Fonfara, was born in Stevensville, Ontario in 1946, the former Lou Reed keyboardist/bandleader appeared on nine of Reed’s albums between 1974 and 2005, including his highest-charting U.S. album (#10) “Sally Can’t Dance” on RCA, as well as “Rock And Roll Heart”, “Street Hassle”, “The Bells” (which Fonfara executive produced) and “Growing Up In Public” that was co-written and co-produced by Fonfara for Clive Davis’ Arista Records in 1980. More recently he worked with Downchild. 2018 Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award) winners Downchild include some of the most well-respected musicians in Canada, who have performed together for over 25 years — guitarist, harmonica player, leader and co-founder of the band Walsh, lead singer and harmonica player Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey on tenor sax, Mike Fitzpatrick on drums, Kendall on bass, and Fonfara on keyboards. Fonfara is survived by his wife Avril, his daughters Ashley and Ciara and his grandchildren Brooklyn, Camden, Jamie and Jaxon. RIP.
Hard Rock legends Foreigner will headline the USA’s first socially distant music festival at The Frontyard Festival, on March 23 and 24, 2021, at Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, Florida. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Foreigner has sold over 80 million records in their career on the string of hits such as “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading
Two rock legends will team up for a brief run of dates when Whitesnake and Foreigner hit tour the UK together starting next May for six shows. Direct support will come from heavy metallers Europe. Tickets go on Friday, November 8 at 9 a.m.Continue reading
Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan, The team behind Superbad, The Interview, and AMC’sPreacher have scored a hit with “Superbad for Tweens” Good Boys. The movie features the 1980s iconic Classic Rock song “I Wanna Know What Loves Is” by UK group Foreigner. Written y guitar legend Mick Jones, the song was a number one song in the USA and UK as charting in fifteen other countries.
Spirit Of Rock Presents the 2019 Ramblin’ Man Fair just added two more names to its already impressive lineup. Acclaimed rockers Airbourne join the bill, along with young Country renegade Jesse Dayton. This is with a lineup already led by Foreigner, The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, The Wildhearts, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Living Color, Anathema, Riverside, Beth Hart, Richie Kotzen, Orange Goblin, The Obsessed, Crobot and more! Ramblin man takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK on 19th, 20th& 21st July 2019.Continue reading
More bands have been announced for the Blues, Folk and Prog Rock extravaganza that will be the Spirit Of Rock Presents RamblinMan Fair 2019. Anathema, Riverside, and Pain Of Salvation (all joining the “Prog In The Park” day) join already announced headliners Foreigner and Beth Hart. The fest takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK on 19th, 20th & 21st July 2019 and tickets are on sale now. Continue reading
Presented by Spirit of Rock, Ramblin Man Fair 2019 is coming together with another great headliner. Indie Blues/Rock veteran Beth Hart has just been added as the Blue Stage Headliner. For 2019, the festival will move back its traditional end of July slot on the 19th, 20th and 21st July. Beth joins Classic Rock greats Foreigner on the bill. Ramblin Man celebrates the best rock, Folk, blues, and progressive rock bands every year. More bands to be announced soon. Watch a trailer announcement below. Beth Hart will release the stunning Beth Hart – Live At the Royal Albert Hall on Blu-Ray/DVD/2CD/3LP/Digital on 30th November 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Continue reading
Formed in 2006, and including members past and present of Soilwork, Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars, are The Night Flight Orchestra. Despite their heavy origins they are anything but, this Swedish sextet are enamoured with the sounds of the late 70’s and early 80s – so expect big riffs, huge choruses, corny lyrics and artery-clogging amounts of cheese. Continue reading
Classic rock supergroup Black Country Communion have released a new video from their album BCCIV, released last fall via Mascot Records. You can watch the video for ‘The Cove’ below. The band is made up of legendary rock artists such as Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), Drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and bluesman guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa. Continue reading