with a show packed with jukebox classics. The band’s headline set came on the closing night of the three-day event, which took place in Mote Park, Maidstone from 19th - 21st July 2019.
Foreigner concluded their European tour on Sunday night (21st July 2019) at Ramblin' Man Fair festival,
with a show packed with jukebox classics. The band’s headline set came on the closing night of the three-day event, which took place in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent from 19th - 21st July 2019.
Foreigner's show-topping set came on the final day of the festival, which had earlier seen Aussie rockers Airborne running wild with their high-octane antics, after a contrastingly mellow early evening set from former Black Crowes man Chris Robinson.
Before that, funk rockers Living Colour played a blinding set, celebrating 30 years of debut 'Vivid', on what had been a day of hot sun, cold beer, and sensationally good music in the suburban southern England setting.
With the New York City band's set highlights including a turbo-charged ‘Type’, not even singer Corey Glover’s good-humored, baffled bemusement (“I’ve got nothing to say to you people”) at the nearby Civil War re-enactment could dampen the atmosphere in the park.
However, it was Foreigner's headlining appearance that rightly crowned the day, and the festival, with “song-writer’s Hall of Fame inductee” Mick Jones and crew digging deep into their catalogue for a mix of jukebox hits from their four decades in music.
Kicking off with an exhilarating 'Double Vision', before going into the stomp of ‘Head Games’, and a piercing ‘Cold as Ice’, the platinum-selling act wasted no time in rolling out some of their most well-known material.
Greeting the crowd, singer Kelly Hansen - who has now spent more than a decade with the band, said; “Hello Ramblers! We are so very happy to be here tonight on this beautiful night. What a perfect night to rock and roll". The front man then asked; "Are you mutha fuckers ready for this? Let's get this party started!”
With band leader Mick Jones joining the rest of the band after the first few numbers, the seven-piece continued apace, playing the songs that helped them sell 80 million albums, including a driving ‘Feels Like the First Time’, and a rocking ‘Dirty White Boy’.
Stepping up to the mic, Jones quipped; “[it’s] fantastic to be back in England for me. Nice cup of tea... great”.
Encoring with an emotive ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ before raising the heat once more with a closing ‘Hot Blooded’, Hansen signed off saying; “This is the last show of our European run. It's great to have you all here. We all know that you guys are all appreciative of music and that means a lot to us”.
Foreigner's set followed The Darkness's high-energy Friday evening headline slot, and Black Stone Cherry, who returned to close Saturday night following their appearance in 2016. Other highlights of the weekend included Ugly Kid Joe, who ignited the crowd on Saturday, and a re-launched Grand Slam (also on Saturday), whose short Rising Stage set saw them perform with conviction tracks from their forthcoming album, as well as classics 'Nineteen', 'Dedication' and 'Military Man'.
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