It's not often that two different lineups of the same band tour together, but Foreigner is doing just that with the "Double Vision:Then and Now" tour. Four U.S. cities have been announced so far for the tour, which kicks off in Los Angeles on Nov. 9, followed by Rancho Mirage, California, on Nov. 10; Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Nov. 30; and Uncasville, Connecticut, on Dec. 1. Foreigner first made the tour announcement on stage on Aug. 4, when the two lineups—one formed in the 20th century and one formed in the 21st century—reunited for a show in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Aug. 10, except for the Rancho Mirage show, which will have tickets on sale to the general public on Aug. 11. Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available Aug. 8 or Aug. 9, depending on the concert.
The tour, which celebrates the 40th anniversary or Foreigner's Double Vision album, features all current band members, including Foreigner co-founder Mick Jones, plus Foreigner's five other band members who were responsible for Foreigner's 1979 album Head Games: lead singer Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, guitarist Ian McDonald and bassist Rick Wills.
Bass player Ed Gagliardi, was who in Foreigner for the band's first two albums—Foreigner and Double Vision—died in 2014. Gagliardi left Foreigner in 1979, and he was replaced by Wills, whose first stint in Foreigner was from 1979 to 1991. Jones, Gramm, Elliott, Greenwood and McDonald are all original members of Foreigner. Greenwood and McDonald were let go from the band in 1980, Elliott stayed in Foreigner until 1991, and Gramm has been in Foreigner off and on over the years, first leaving in 1990, and then rejoining from 1992 to 2003.
Jones began assembling a new lineup of Foreigner in 2004, with lead singer Kelly Hansen joining in 2005, and the band continues to go through lineup changes over the years. The current Foreigner lineup consists of Jones, Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, guitarist Thomas Gimbel, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Watson, keyboardist Michael Bluestein and drummer Chris Frazier, the newest member who joined in 2012.
It's been a busy year for Foreigner, which has been on a world tour for most of 2018. In June, PBS premiered the special "Foreigner Live at the Symphony," featuring highlights from concerts that the band filmed in Switzerland in May 2017. In July 2018, the current lineup released orchestral versions of Foreigner's greatest hits in the chart-topping classical album The Hits Orchestral with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. On Aug. 10, "Juke Box Hero, The Musical" opens in Calgary, Canada. The musical's book was written by "The Commitments" screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and will feature several of Foreigner's hits.
Here are the announced dates for the Foreigner tour that reunites the two lineups: