Irving, TX – The Juke Box Heroes Tour was in full swing Saturday with Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham. With a record-breaking heatwave hitting the DFW metroplex and temperatures soaring near 109 degrees, the rock and roll masses strolled into the Toyota Music Factory like any other Saturday evening.
While concert-goers found their seats, drummer Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Evening worked up the crowd. Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, played an extensive set of Zeppelin songs including “Good Times, Bad Times”, “Whole Lotta Love”, and “Stairway to Heaven”.
After a sensational performance from Jason Bonham, the stage was set for the iconic rock band, Whitesnake. In classic rock form, Whitesnake walks on stage and starts ripping heavy metal chords and heavy beats. During this opening of revelry, ringleader David Coverdale walks out with a British smile that says, “yes, darling, I am here”. With Coverdale’s signature mic stand extension and high yelps, Whitesnake breaks into their classic “Bad Boys” from their self-titled 1987 album Whitesnake.
Today’s Whitesnake consists of guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. Bass player Michael Devin, drummer Tommy Aldredge, Michele Luppi on keyboards, and the original snake himself, David Coverdale. Although Whitesnake has had many changes over the years, this current lineup has been together for the last three plus years. In fact, Whitesnake is set to release a new album titled Flesh & Blood, due out in early 2019.
Whitesnake performed a fabulous 11 song fan favorite set including “Bad Boys”, “Give Me All Your Love”, “Love Ain’t No Stranger”, “Crying In The Rain”, “Is This Love”, “Slide It In”, “Here I Go Again”, and ” Still Of The Night”. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard many, if not all, of these songs at some point. Whitesnake’s performance was an exciting lead up to Foreigner, leaving many wanting more. Hopefully, Whitesnake will be back at it next year with a new album, tour, and a full-featured headlining show.
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Foreigner’s stage setup wholly covered the stage with a white floor and had two aerial spotlight techs hanging from above. The setup was essentially whited out except for the band’s logo. When the lights dimmed and the spotlights shined center stage, you could see founding guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones playing opening chords to “Long, Long Way From Home”.
Wearing dark sunglasses and a vest, Foreigner’s lead singer Kelly Hansen’s appearance is energetic. Hansen sounded incredible crooning out the lyrics to the opening song.
Saxophone player Tom Gimbal plays the solo part of “Long Way From Home”. You immediately realize how awesome it is seeing a saxophone being used in a rock show. For some reason, the saxophone once used by many rock bands has faded yet still captures major audience appreciation.
“Double Vision”, “Head Games”, “Cold As Ice”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Feels Like First Time”, and “Urgent” were all played before slowing down for the classic “StarRider”, from 1977’s self-titled Foreigner. Hardcore Foreigner fans stood and fist pumped to “StarRider” while many took the opportunity to find their seats.
After “StarRider”, the audience was fully charged again with singer Kelly Hansen magically hoisted 30 feet into the air. Halfway between the stage and back of the house, Hansen breaks into “Juke Box Hero”. After descending back to ground level, Hansen sings while squeezing through the audience back to the stage. Of course, no Foreigner show would be complete without the classic power ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Foreigner brought out the Arlington Heights High School choir to sing along and got much support from every fan on hand. Closing out the night was Foreigner’s 1978 hit “Hot Blooded” from their second studio album Double Vision. Massive fireballs plummeted from the back side of the stage every time singer Hansen shouted “hot blooded”. After a fiery ending, the band thanked the audience for all their support over the past 40 years.