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Being able to bring classic rock super group Foreigner to Elizabethtown after four years of trying left city councilman Kenny Lewis “ecstatic” Thursday.
“This is a really big deal to get them,” he said. “They are riding a big wave right now and they are one of the hottest classic rock acts out there right now.”
Foreigner, which has had chart-smashing hits such as “Jukebox Hero,” “As Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time” and “I Want To Know What Love Is” will appear Friday, May 27, at Freeman Lake Park.
“We’re ecstatic to have Foreigner coming here,” Lewis said. “We have tried to get them for four years and for whatever reason, it couldn’t be worked out ... Foreigner is one of the top classic rock groups of all time.”
Foreigner has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. Local group Headstones will open the show.\
Lewis said Foreigner always was mentioned when officials were searching for acts to bring in as part of the Summer Concert Series, but scheduling conflicts have hurt trying to land them in the past.
Lewis said when he saw that Foreigner had a May 28 tour date in Valdosta, Ga., he made contact with group officials and initially was told Foreigner “probably would not” be able to accommodate the date.
“Then they called back and said they probably could make it happen,” Lewis said.
Lewis talked to Foreigner officials Thursday morning and said the group “is committed to be there.”
Foreigner formed in 1976 and Mick Jones, one of the founding members, remains with the band today. The group released an album, “Can’t Slow Down” last year. The group joins Styx and Journey on an overseas tour in June.
Lewis initially tried to land Huey Lewis and the News for the following week as part of the Heartland Festival, but that didn’t work out.
Freeman Lake Park accommodates 5,000 people and Lewis said “It’ll sell out.”
Tickets go on sale at various locations around Hardin County and the area Monday, April 25. Ticket prices begin at $30 and go as high as $50 for VIP, which include up-front seating at the concert, a chair and concert T-shirt.
Last year, The Guess Who and Grand Funk Railroad performed. Foghat and Creedence Clearwater Revisited appeared in 2009.
Foreigner’s appearance comes a week after country music star Mark Chesnutt holds two shows at the Historic State Theatre and a week before the Kentucky Headhunters and Black Oak Arkansas play at Freeman Lake.
Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TICKETS SALES FOR FOREIGNER
Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 25, for the Foreigner/Headstones concert at Pritchard Community Center, Wendy's Restaurants in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, John O's BP stations in Elizabethtown, T.J. Rhoades State Farm Insurance, Rineyville Food Mart and Turnpike Liquor Store in Shepherdsville.
Tickets will cost $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. VIP tickets, which cost $50, will be available only at Pritchard Community Center and will include up front seating, a chair, a concert T-shirt and possibly a "goody bag'' from corporate sponsors.
TICKETS FOR OTHER PERFORMERS
Tickets for country singer Mark Chesnutt's appearances at the Historic State Theater go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday. Back-to-back shows are scheduled at 7 and 9:30 p.m. May 21. General admission seats cost $27.50 and preferred seating in the first four rows will sell for $40. For information, call the theater at (270) 234-8258.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 25, for the Kentucky Headhunters/Black Oak Arkansas concert at Freeman Lake Park at Pritchard Community Center, Wendy's Restaurants in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, John O's BP stations in Elizabethtown, T.J. Rhoades State Farm Insurance, Rineyville Food Mart and Turnpike Liquor Store in Shepherdsville. Tickets will cost $10 in advance, $15 at the gate and $20 for VIP, which are available only at Pritchard Community Center.