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February 24, 2019
With Guest The Pink Floyd Experience
FOREIGNER, the band behind “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero,” and so many others of rock’s most enduring anthems, announces the Winter 2019 Cold As Ice tour. Foreigner’s 18-city tour launches in Vancouver on February 22nd and rocks across Canada.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner more than forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I had so many great times with Foreigner in Canada and I’m thrilled that now Canada will see the premiere of our brand new musical, Juke Box Hero, and that we’ll bring our music across the country with the Cold As Ice tour.”
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game. FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith and most of their Classic Rock peers. Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/1.
Tickets starting at $59.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets on sale Friday, October 26, 2018, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.
With Guest Barney Bentall and Marty O'Reilly
Friday, March 22, 2019
With his 19th album, Miles to Go (out Sept. 21, on Stony Plain Records in the USA and True North Records ROW), Colin James is getting back to the blues. And he’s also getting back to the road, announcing a 24-date, 23-city Canadian tour. See below for the complete schedule.
Miles to Go, Colin James’ ambitious sequel to the critically acclaimed Blue Highways, continues James’ story with a collection of carefully curated songs handpicked from some of the greatest blues artists.
In the months leading up to the recording, as James was reflecting on songs for the album he decided to reacquaint himself with a beautiful red Gibson ES-335. It was just like the guitar he played as a teenager but regretfully had to sell for rent money.
While James reconnected with this guitar, Miles to Go seemed to just flow onto the studio floor.
This album blends songs old and new, some of them completely reimagined and some almost perfect homages. But all are unified by a theme of undying love for the blues and the highest respect for the creators that led the way.
Known as one of Canada’s best blues musicians, it wasn’t until 2016’s Blue Highways that James found himself on a blues chart: the album spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart. It also landed him one of his biggest hits: “Riding in the Moonlight”. A Willie Dixon song that James once covered when busking in the streets and subways of Toronto and Montreal that landed on a Spotify playlist garnering millions of streams.
When James set out to make Blue Highways, an album of blues covers recorded with his touring band, he always intended it to be the first of two installments. Now we have Miles to Go, in which James records nine new covers of his favourite artists (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Little Willie John, Robert Johnson, etc.) and adds two originals, “I Will Remain” and “40 Light Years.” “Blues has always been a pass-it-forward kind of thing,” says James. “It’s also surprisingly hard to write. You have to be careful how modern you get in your phrasing. Certain writers can write a song that sounds like it was done 40 years ago, but it’s deceptively hard.”
To be a blues musician is to always have a dialogue with the past. As with much blues music, it’s the performances on the original versions rather than the actual song that drew James to them. That said, what could he possibly bring to them in 2018? “You bring what you can,” he says. “If I feel like I’ve brought enough, then I put it out. I knocked a bunch of songs off this record when I realized that I can’t bring anything to them that isn’t there already. All my life I’ve tried to bring vitality to older songs. Hopefully my dedication to it is what floats it over the mark. That’s a subjective thing; some people will always prefer the original. However, there’s always a group of people coming up to see me after a show who might say, “Oh, I never would have heard ‘One More Mile’ by James Cotton—nothing in my life would have pointed me there.”
So much of Colin James’s career has pointed him to this moment: joyfully tangled up in the blues, which, as he notes, “is the only genre where you can maintain a young profile at the age of 53.”
Colin James “Miles To Go 2019 Tour”
- March 17 - Victoria, BC - Royal Theatre
- March 18 - Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre
- March 19 - Nanaimo, BC - Port Theatre
- March 21 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
- March 22 - Kamloops, BC - Sandman Centre
- March 23 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
- March 25 - Kelowna, BC - Community Theatre
- March 27 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee
- March 28 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee
- March 29 - Regina, SK - Casino Regina
- March 30 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre
- April 2 - Thunder Bay, ON - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
- April 4 - North Bay, ON - Capital Theatre
- April 5 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Concert Hall
- April 6 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
- April 8 - London, ON - RBC Theatre
- April 9 - Peterborough, ON - Showplace Theatre
- April 10 - Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre
- April 12 - Quebec City, QC - Palais Montcalm
- April 14 - Fredericton, NB - The Playhouse
- April 15 - Saint John, NB - Imperial Theatre
- April 16 - Moncton, NB - Capitol Theatre
- April 18 - Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation COA
- April 19 - Halifax, NS - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Tickets starting at $49.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets on sale Friday, September 28, 2018, at 10:00 am, available at ticketmaster.ca, 1-855-985-5000, or all Ticketmaster outlets.
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