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‘Juke Box Heroes Tour’ To Feature Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening!

‘Juke Box Heroes Tour’ To Feature Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening!

Foreigner is ready to rock audiences around the nation in 2018!

Legendary rockers FOREIGNER, WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING, are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit early with the announcement of their 2018 29-city summer “Juke Box Heroes Tour,” produced by Live Nation. Nothing warms up the chilly holiday season like the promise of a hot summer tour, and concert tickets make the perfect gift.

The legendary artists will cross the U.S. starting Friday, June 15, 2018 in Bangor, ME at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion.  All three bands are led by Englishmen Mick Jones, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham who are part of the fabric of British rock, and will bring a summer of great music across the country. Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary tour was one of last summer’s best selling runs.

Tickets for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 8th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Tickets for Foreigner VIP packages including Meet & Greets with the band will be available at ForeignerVIP.com.

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the “Juke Box Heroes Tour.” As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase  presale tickets beginning Tuesday, December 5th at 10am local time until Thursday, December 7th at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen, David Coverdale and Jason Bonham, for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones.

As Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale says, “We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends, Foreigner and Jason Bonham, on their North American tour.”

Says Jason Bonham, “Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful. Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!”

Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time” listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17). FOREIGNER’s catalog sales were recently celebrated in Business Insider as hitting the Top 40 among the Best Selling Music Artists of All Time ahead of Britney Spears, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, Prince, Queen, and Bon Jovi.

Throughout this tour, FOREIGNER will continue their long-standing partnership with The GRAMMY Museum, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program over the past several years, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students a life-changing experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.

The band recently released a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features 40 tracks tracing their distinguished career. Entitled 40, the album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup, with Kelly Hansen on vocals. All tracks were recorded between 1977 and 2017. The current line-up  is Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, saxophone, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar), and Chris Frazier (drums).

Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, WHITESNAKE has earned multi-Platinum status for numerous albums, including TROUBLELOVEHUNTERREADY AND WILLING and COME AN’ GET IT, as well as the album that introduced the explosive hard rock revamped WHITESNAKE sound with SLIDE IT IN. The band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987’s self-titled multi-Platinum smash hit album, WHITESNAKE.  From these albums came multiple Top 10 hits worldwide, including two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as the unforgettable hammer of “Still Of The Night,” all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish WHITESNAKE as the perennial platinum favorite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2018.  The world-renowned group featuring David Coverdale (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Joel Hoekstra (guitar), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Michele Luppi (keyboards) are currently in the studio recording their tentatively titled new studio album FLESH & BLOOD.

Following his participation in the monumental reunion of Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 arena in 2007, drummer Jason Bonham decided to take the music his father was such a huge part of out on the road. The result became Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Best described as a band that perfectly recreates the music of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening not only celebrates one of music’s most iconic bands but also the life of Bonham’s late father, who died in 1980.

When asked why he decided to start the project, Jason said, “It was medicine to relieve myself from the amount of Led Zeppelin that I had studied and rehearsed prior to the O2 show and then dealing with the realization that it wasn’t going to go anywhere beyond that one concert. It originally began as me just wanting to put together a show, but once I realized I could make it more than just the music it became something more. It gave me the opportunity to give a little nod to what everyone knows about my dad’s wild side but also show his sensitive side as well. For me, he was always dad at home and this was an idea to show a deeper side of that.”

Check out the tour at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks and posted on FOREIGNER‘s official website. Fans can also check out livenation.com for updates on tour dates and news.

Bangor, ME
Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Syracuse, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater
Boston, MA
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wantagh, NY
Northwell Health at Jones Beach
Camden, NJ
Cincinnati, OH
BB&T Pavilion
Riverbend Music Center
Burgettstown, PA
KeyBank Pavilion
Bristow, VA
Jiffy Lube Live
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
PNC Music Pavilion
Nashville, TN
Ascend Amphitheater
Alpharetta, GA
Verizon Amphitheatre
Simpsonville, SC
Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Chicago, IL
Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Noblesville, IN
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Clarkston, MI
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Starlight Theatre
St. Louis, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Irving, TX
Denver, CO
West Valley City, UT
Auburn, WA
Ridgefield, WA
Chula Vista, CA
Irvine, CA
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Pepsi Center
Usana Amphitheater
White River Amphitheatre
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Five Point Amphitheater

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Black Country Communion To Return With ‘BCCIV’ Album, Premiere Video For “Collide”

Black Country Communion To Return With ‘BCCIV’ Album, Premiere Video For “Collide”

Black Country Communion have just premiered the official music video for their first single “Collide” taken from their brand new album “BCCIV”, which is released on Friday 22nd September.

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd, 2017.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

BCC play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4thJanuary 2018. These will be the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.  Planet Rock’s 48-hour ticket pre-sale runs from Wednesday 2nd August until Thursday 3rd August via www.planetrock.com.


  1. Collide (4:07)
  2. Over My Head (4:06)
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
  4. Sway (5:24)
  5. The Cove (7:11)
  6. The Crow (6:00)
  7. Wanderlust (8:18)
  8. Love Remains (4:53)
  9. Awake (4:42)
  10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)


  1. With You I Go

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CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!

CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!


Think of California and you think of brilliant colour and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed and you have the most exciting new band of 2014 — California Breed! At it’s core is the legendary Glenn Hughes. Hughes is an artist who has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Jason Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, they were able to capture a breathtaking range of sounds and melodies, typically unheard of for a three-piece. Even though the band is multi-generational, they clearly have no issues speaking the same musical language had have formed a uncompromising collection of 13 songs that simple dazzle and will surely serve as the next exciting music chapter in their ever-growing musical legacies. Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with the legendary Glenn Hughes to discusses his deep-rooted love of music, the creation of California Breed, the challenges of bringing their debut album to life and more!

I always like to go back to the beginning to give your readers a look at what helped to shape an artist. What are your earliest musical memories?

I grew up in a house that was booming with Frank Sinatra. My Mom and Dad were not musicians but really had great voices and still do. I grew up listening to radio. Funny enough, I grew up in the Elvis period but it didn’t strike a chord with me. Frank Sinatra’s voice, even when I was a very young man, still a boy really, had an incredibly melodic feel to it. That was the first thing to really affect me. I was named after Glenn Miller, the famous trombone player that died in the Second World War when his plane went down. I actually played trombone in the school orchestra. There was no mistaking what I was supposed to be doing!

Was there a particular catalyst that made you pursue your passion as a career?

Of course! When I was eleven years old, I switched the TV on during the black and white period back in 1962 or 1963. There was a kid’s show on at 5 o’clock and I saw The Beatles. They were singing “Twist and Shout.” I said, “I’ll have some of that please!” Six or nine months later, my Mom bought me a new guitar for Christmas. It was very cheap and inexpensive wood with no designer name to it. I learned to play when I was thirteen or fourteen. I figured my way around the guitar and had lessons for about three months and I was on my way! I befriended Ringo Starr and John Lennon, well before he died, and told them my story. How many musicians have told The Beatles that? If you were a kid growing up in the north of England in the 1960s, you had to be a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan, so it was The Beatles that got me started.

Obviously, you have accomplished quite a lot in your career. What is it that has fueled your creative fire through the years?

Everybody knows that I sing and play bass but as I have gotten older and wiser, I have more stories of real life to tell you about. With that said, the ability to be as songwriter is something I truly enjoy. I enjoy picking a guitar up, recording that song and then giving it back to the fans. Songwriting is really the key for me.

California Breed is your latest project. You are coming off the heels of Black Country Communion but what really got this project up and running?

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California Breed

When Black Country Communion broke up in September of 2012, it was kind of a private disbanding. It wasn’t made public until the spring of 2013. Jason [Bonham] and I decided we would continue playing together but not under the umbrella of Black Country Communion Part 2. We wanted to go back to an organic feel of more British Rock based guitar, bass and drums. We wanted to strip away the keyboards. When you have three guys playing, when one of you over play, the other two under play and that is the way it is. That’s the way it is. That really only happens successfully in trios. Jason and I were certain we would play together in a trio but the question was “Who will play guitar?” Everybody is going to think “Why didn’t they go with somebody who is famous?” We could have chosen someone who is famous, one of our friends, but they have their own bands and successful careers and it would be hard for us to tour with those guys. Low and behold, my friend Julian Lennon had a party the night before the Grammys in 2013. He introduced me to Andrew Watt and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history!

Both Jason and Andrew are hugely talented. What do these guys bring to the project?

The one thing I expressed to Jason, even on the last two Black Country Communion albums, was that I really wanted him to push more as a songwriter. We all know he can play drums but what I want people to know is that he has a good voice and he is a really good songwriter. I think he was really happy to complete “Save Me” on Black Country’s “2” album, which is a really great song. On this album, I would write a song and then Andrew would finish it and Jason would finish our songs. What I really wanted with this band was for it to be collaborative. I think all the bands we all like are all collaborative effort. I think when you have three or four guys writing together or finishing each other’s songs, it really means something to the development of the band and to the songs.

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I couldn’t agree with you more. How did the name California Breed come about?

I will tell you, man. From last April until last September, we were really trying to come up with a cool name. At the last minute, I went into my lyric book to look for a line or a word from a song for something to pop out. In the song “Solo,” which is a bonus track for Japan, I wrote the line “A California breed acceleration…,” which means a fast moving person. I thought, “California Breed?” I wanted California to be in the title and Breed means fellowship and brotherhood to me, which we are. Every band I am in, I like to think we are a family. Me being an only child, I have always liked to honor brothers. That is where it came from!

Did you have any goals or expectations in mind for this project as you started out?

Ya know, man, I have to tell you, expectations are resentments under construction. Generally, when humans have expectations… let’s just say someone wants you to have a number one album and it doesn’t even get into the Top Ten, it is a bitter blow to one’s pride. The only thing I know is that we made a great album, we are promoting the album, we are going to tour on the album the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history. I really believe in karma and fate. Listen, man! When people listen to this album, I don’t think they are going to say “Which one of those guys is sixty and which one is twenty?” I don’t think you are going to hear that. I don’t think we set out to make a three generational album. I don’t think you can hear which one of us is twenty, forty or sixty. That is the great thing about the very spontaneous recording of these songs. They were chiseled out and recorded very quickly in a very live environment.

Did you approach the songwriting in a different way for this album?

California Breed

California Breed

No. With Black Country, I did write a lot of it because Joe [Bonamassa] didn’t’ particularly want to write. I live in Los Angeles, Andrew is in New York and Jason lives in Florida. We all got together at my place or Jason’s place. I would write one of the songs like “Sweet Tea” or “Breathe” and then I would have Andrew finish it for me, He would do the same with me and Jason would finish both of ours. Like I said, I just really wanted to be collaborative. The bands I really love are very collaborative like Led Zeppelin or The Beatles. Even though Lennon and McCartney did write a lot of their songs, The Beatles were very collaborative in the arrangements and that is what you can hear with California Breed. I think that is the difference between our band and Black Country Communion. Also, Doug Kope being the producer on this, he brought a lot of his own vibe to this. Very early on with him, I think it was the night before, we were having dinner at the hotel and I said “Have you any fear doing this?” He said, “I have no fear?” I said, “Then drive the car, man!” Human beings; we are driven by fear. We are driven by a hundred forms of fear. There is actually no fear at all. There is no judgment day on our planet. We don’t know when we are going to die, when we going to have a car crash or whatever. Fear is “Fuck everything and run!” Isn’t it? There is false evidence that fear is real. There is no fear with this project and it is a very fearless album. I talk about fear a lot because fear gets in the way of a lot of things. Listen man, on stage, I am kind of a klutz. I man fall down or something but that is just the way. However, when I am in front of that microphone or have the bass or acoustic guitar on me in studio or on stage, I have to be fearless. Fear can stop a lot of things, man. It really can! People ask me about when I was on drugs. Yeah, it numbed me and I would numb myself because I was in fear. I really admire people who can be fearless in every art form, whether it is music, sport, architectural or whatever else they do in their life. You can see it, man! I think the older and wiser I become, the more I understand about the great out there, the universe and how this is done. I really have no fear and I am full of faith!

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How has that affected your evolution as an artist through the years?

I have no resentments. People might say “Why do you say you have no expectations? Surely you expect this album to sell a million copies?” Nope. If I have an expectation, it is resentment under construction. I just think when people have these great expectations and something doesn’t go according to their plan, life goes to hell in a hand basket. I have made a wonderful album with some wonderful guys. We are going to release it, go on the road, play it everywhere and promote this great band. My life and my career have been in moments of stages, stages and moments. Every year I have grown to understand how to live appropriately, how to talk to people and how to be a friend. Ya know, I think love is the answer, man! I am a bit of an old hippie and I love the concept of love!

There is nothing wrong with that! It has certainly taken you a long way!

It certainly has! I sing about the human condition. I don’t really sing about things I don’t know. I sing about what I have lived through. If you know anything about me or have read my book (Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography – From Deep Purple To Black Country Communion), you know I have been pistol whipped, I’ve been shot at, I have been stabbed, I have had a heart attack and I have been run over by a car but I am still here, man! A lot and I mean A LOT of my friends didn’t make it! I am one of the guys who did. I don’t think you will speak to a more grateful man this year than I!

What do you feel the future holds for you and California Breed? Is this more than a one-off?

I never like to plan too far ahead but I never like to do things in ones! I think if you look back at my career you will notice I do things in twos and threes. For me, I would like to keep this project together because it is extremely good and spontaneous. I really love working with these two gentlemen and we have a great management and a great promotional, so there is no reason why we can’t go one and shake things up!

As you mentioned, you have lived a very interesting and full life. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to young people looking to you for inspiration?

Walk through the fear because fear is not real. Enjoy life. Live life, as every day comes, like it is the last day on Earth because love is the answer!

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CALIFORNIA BREED: To Make U.S. Performance Debut May 28th At The Whisky A Go Go

CALIFORNIA BREED: To Make U.S. Performance Debut May 28th At The Whisky A Go Go


Music fans take note! Something awesome is coming your way! The powerful new rock trio CALIFORNIA BREED which features legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM (Led Zeppelin) and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT will have their first-ever U.S. performance in Los Angeles on WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 at the Whisky A Go Go.

Their self-titled debut album, due out May 20 on Frontiers Records was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. The album features 23-year-old guitarist ANDREW WATT, who was originally introduced to GLENN HUGHES by Julian Lennon at a party in Los Angeles in 2013.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the hard-hitting trio’s first single “Sweet Tea” is a Top 10 hit on theClassic Rock chart. The video for the explosive track premiered on USA TODAYhttp://tinyurl.com/mmp7mxq. Recently, the group debuted an animated lyric video for the new song “Midnight Oil” on Classic Rock. The video was created by Nev Todorovi? who spearheads the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts. Check out the clip below!

Watch “making of the album” clips airing on GUITARWORLD.com, here: http://tinyurl.com/mh5uycb and expect CALIFORNIA BREED to announce a U.K., European and U.S. tour soon.

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