The Juke Box Heroes Tour was a show I wanted to photograph, but it was one I actually wanted to watch too. The lineup had fantastic written all over it – Foreigner with special guests Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. I have photographed Foreigner twice before, and it’s one of those bands that I think may be better now than they ever have been. Kelly Hansen, pictured above with guitarist Bruce Watson, is just a perfect fit for this band. Spot on vocals backed up by one of the best group of musicians out there. For this show they lived up to everything I expected.
Of course one of the highlights of a Foreigner show is that moment when Mick Jones steps on stage. Rick is more than the legacy he created with Foreigner, he’s a legend. Foreigner was in fact his vision:
“My initial musical vision for Foreigner was to combine Blues and R&B with British Rock and make it sound soulful and authentic.”
For this show they broke out all the hits, with the last two songs as the encore. The setlist was:
Long, Long Way From Home
Cold As Ice
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time
I Want To Know What Love Is
As I mentioned above, this tour also included Whitesnake. I had never seen Whitesnake before and I was excited to see one of my favorite bands from the era, and I was wondering how David Coverdale would sound live. Man. You could have recorded this show and released it as an album. Seriously, I was more than impressed, I was singing along (which by the way may have ruined the show for anyone near me).
I can’t wait to see Whitesnake again, and I need to take my wife. This performance reminded me of what an amazing catalogue of hits Whitesnake has, and with Coverdale’s vocals it is everything I could want. Their set list was:
Gimme All Your Love
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Slow & Easy
Cryin in the Rain
Is This Love
Slide It In
Here I Go Again
Still of the Night
Opening the show was hands down one of my favorite artists today. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. This was my fourth time seeing, and photographing, Jason and the band, and let me just say this up front…. THIS BAND ROCKS. I am a Zep fan to begin with, but this band makes me feel like I am hearing it for the first time. First of all you have Jason on drums….. that right there is enough. Yes, it’s John’s son, but don’t let that color anything. Jason is one of the top drummers today. He is the drummer in The Circle, Sammy Hagar’s band, and when Zep reunited in 2007 it was Jason on drums.
Along with Jason is James Dylan on Vocals. James is a powerhouse vocalist, and can deliver on the legacy that is Led Zeppelin. Just as fascinating is that James is an amazing artist. You can check out his pencil drawings here, and buy one if you want… if you didn’t know they were drawings you’d think they were photos. Just insane talent.
The bottom line is that the Juke Box Heroes Tour was a great show, and I can recommend that you see each and everyone of these bands live when you get the chance.
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