Rock band Foreigner partners with Manhattan High Choir for McCain performance
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
MANHATTAN -- Foreigner, the band responsible for some of rock music's most recognizable hits, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 in McCain Auditorium. The event is part of Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.
Foreigner has recorded 10 multiplatinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits throughout its career. The band's tours and album sales have generated more than $75 million. Some of the group's most famous songs include "Juke Box Hero," "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and the worldwide No. 1 hit, "I Want to Know What Love Is."
Behind the stylistic songwriting and trademark guitar hooks of the band's founder, lead guitarist Mick Jones, Foreigner has continued to rock the charts for nearly 40 years. Lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel each add individual talents that have helped Foreigner remain a popular band.
Foreigner is also active in charity work along with its musical success. The band has a longstanding partnership with the Grammy Foundation to support its mission of maintaining and restoring music education in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music in education. As part of this work, at the band's performance at Kansas State University, Foreigner will host members of the Manhattan High School Choir, who will sing "I Want to Know What Love Is" with the band.
"Anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music is our goal in this partnership," Jones said.
The band also will donate $500 dollars to the choir, and choir members will sell a CD/DVD set of Foreigner's greatest hits for $20 before and after the concert. Proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Grammy Foundation. Foreigner has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through its charity work with organizations like the Red Cross, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and VH1's Save the Music campaign.
Tickets for the Foreigner performance at McCain are $32.50-$125, plus applicable taxes and fees, and can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, by phone at 785-532-6428 or online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain.