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    Kansas touring with Foreigner and Europe

    Foreigner has announced a North American tour with Kansas and Europe for the summer of 2020, dubbed the Juke Box Heroes 2020 tour.

    And the standard "We're so excited" statements:

    “We can’t wait to hit the road with our good friends Kansas and Europe and bring all our biggest hits to cities across the country,” Foreigner founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist Mick Jones said in a statement. “We always have such a good time together, and combined we share some of the greatest songs in rock and roll. We are so excited to see our fans from coast to coast, and plan to make this summer our most epic tour yet!”

    Kansas added, “We look forward to touring with Foreigner. It has been nearly 10 years since both bands have done a full tour together. That run was a blast, and we are excited to get started this summer. The bands and the crews get along great, and we’ll all be working tougher to perform an exceptional show for the fans.”


    Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour Dates

    July 9, 2020 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
    July 10, 2020 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
    July 11, 2020 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    *July 13, 2020 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
    July 14, 2020 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
    July 15, 2020 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
    *July 17, 2020 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
    July 18, 2020 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
    July 21, 2020 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
    July 22, 2020 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
    July 24, 2020 – Kansas City, MO @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
    July 25, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
    July 26, 2020 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    July 28, 2020 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
    July 29, 2020 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
    July 31, 2020 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
    August 1, 2020 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
    August 2, 2020 – Pittsburgh, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
    August 4, 2020 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
    August 5, 2020 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
    August 7, 2020 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
    August 8, 2020 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
    August 9, 2020 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    August 21, 2020 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
    August 22, 2020 – Holmdel, NY @ PNC Bank Arts Center
    August 23, 2020 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
    August 25, 2020 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
    August 26, 2020 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
    August 28, 2020 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
    August 29, 2020 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
    August 30, 2020 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
    Sep 1, 2020 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
    *Sep 4, 2020 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
    Sep 5, 2020 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
    Sep 6, 2020 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
    Sep 8, 2020 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
    Sep 9, 2020 – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
    Sep 11, 2020 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
    Sep 12, 2020 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Sep 13, 2020 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater

    *Kansas not performing

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    Kansas needs to tour with somebody. The 1 hour and 15 minute sets with no support are a wee bit disappointing. Not from a performance standpoint mind you. The band absolutely kicks ass. But a band of their caliber should be doing at least 2 hour sets, especially with no support act.

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    No bad Company.

    Foreigner are one of the few excamples where the replacement singer (Kelly Hansen) is better than the original.

    Europe have grown into a very respectable Hard Rock band with their latest two Albums.
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    They're coming to Phoenix at the absolute hottest part of the year...when temps spike above 110.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgtlman View Post
    Kansas needs to tour with somebody. The 1 hour and 15 minute sets with no support are a wee bit disappointing. Not from a performance standpoint mind you. The band absolutely kicks ass. But a band of their caliber should be doing at least 2 hour sets, especially with no support act.
    Apparently you haven't been to a KS show lately. They have been going well past the two hour mark for the last couple years. Now, go see them on this tour and you WILL get 1:15, if that. The latest lineup is taking no prisoners. Check them out. Last time I saw them, in October, they played a 20 minute unplugged set, then an hour of classics and deep cuts. Then all of the Point album. They did a similar thing a few years prior with Leftoverture.

    All this said, this bill makes the usual one with Styx and REO look appealing. :P

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    I actually really like Europe these days and would go just for them. They sound like a great mix of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and UFO. I like Kansas well enough of course and can handle some Foreigner songs so I'm into it.

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    Too bad they couldn't get Journey and Asia on board for the tour. Imagine the headline: Foreigner takes a Journey from Kansas to Europe and Asia...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Apparently you haven't been to a KS show lately. They have been going well past the two hour mark for the last couple years. Now, go see them on this tour and you WILL get 1:15, if that. The latest lineup is taking no prisoners. Check them out. Last time I saw them, in October, they played a 20 minute unplugged set, then an hour of classics and deep cuts. Then all of the Point album. They did a similar thing a few years prior with Leftoverture.

    All this said, this bill makes the usual one with Styx and REO look appealing. :P

    I saw them this past September. 1 hour & 15 or 20 minutes, no opening act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheH View Post
    No bad Company.

    Foreigner are one of the few excamples where the replacement singer (Kelly Hansen) is better than the original.

    Europe have grown into a very respectable Hard Rock band with their latest two Albums.

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    I wish I found this exciting, but something inside me finds this sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgtlman View Post
    I saw them this past September. 1 hour & 15 or 20 minutes, no opening act.
    They did do a greatest hits sort of tour this summer I forgot about. Sorry that's all you got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    They did do a greatest hits sort of tour this summer I forgot about. Sorry that's all you got.
    I saw them summer before last and got the same thing. All winter they had been touring "Leftoverture" and the new album, doing a 2.5 hours show. When I saw them it was the same old hour and 20 minutes. They did not even have an opening act and the show was over really early. The show itself was decent, but I was expecting more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucyjackstl View Post
    I wish I found this exciting, but something inside me finds this sad.
    It's sad if you think they're pathetically over staying their welcome and should hang it up already. It's not sad if it's okay that they have places to go and people to entertain, get paid, sell some swag to people who have never purchased any Kansas gear (who otherwise never thought they would) and look out into larger and more diverse audience and have some fun.

    They'll be in my neck of the woods in July. If only White River had RV camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I saw them summer before last and got the same thing. All winter they had been touring "Leftoverture" and the new album, doing a 2.5 hours show. When I saw them it was the same old hour and 20 minutes. They did not even have an opening act and the show was over really early. The show itself was decent, but I was expecting more.
    We thought the band was absolutely on fire. Their set kicked ass but c'mon, 1 hour & 20 with no opener was lame as frack. Phil Ehart even took a page out of the Neil Peart playbook & bailed as soon as the last note was played. Didn't even come to the front of the stage with the rest of the band. I mean it's basically HIS band for crissakes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgtlman View Post
    I saw them this past September. 1 hour & 15 or 20 minutes, no opening act.
    Yup, I saw them in 2018 and that's all they did. It was incredibly lame with the same old same old set list. I understand they do a much longer show with Leftoverture, but it makes no sense really. Never again, I was underwhelmed by an over-rated cover band. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Yup, I saw them in 2018 and that's all they did. It was incredibly lame with the same old same old set list. I understand they do a much longer show with Leftoverture, but it makes no sense really. Never again, I was underwhelmed by an over-rated cover band. Sorry.
    I get how one could feel that way. I myself have never seen Kansas live and I'll bet that there'll be some people on this tour who haven't as well and some more who haven't seen them in eons. So no, this isn't a gig where they're going to be doing a deep dive into the catalog. It's going to be another greatest hits show. I hope no one goes on YouTube and searches Kansas and finds one of those ragged Steve Walsh shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    It's sad if you think they're pathetically over staying their welcome and should hang it up already. It's not sad if it's okay that they have places to go and people to entertain, get paid, sell some swag to people who have never purchased any Kansas gear (who otherwise never thought they would) and look out into larger and more diverse audience and have some fun.
    It makes me sad because it points to all the problems with the modern music scene. People would rather go to an Eddie Money concert when he clearly couldn't sing (and yes, even had his own tv show) than actually investigate and find new music. (I know with his passing this a terrible example, but I couldn't believe the televised concert and how horrible his voice was and yet he filled the joint).

    There was a time when discovering the "next" thing was part of the fun. Live music was the highlight of peoples entertainment. Now people will pay several hundred dollars to sit and watch the same things (or a poor rendition of) that has been done thousands of times.

    There has not been a modern progressive band pass through St. Louis in years. When Neil Morse passed through he played the same tiny stage that local artists regularly get headline gigs at. At the same time, a Kansas tribute band is playing at the larger venue just down the road.

    Do I still love Kansas. Yes. Is any of this their fault. No. It's why I want to be excited. But the bands that interest me the most will never get the press that legacy bands that have made 2 albums in 25 years gets. So yes, it makes me sad. Foreigner, Journey, Styx, and others are such a bad replication of their former self that it amazes me people still pay to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucyjackstl View Post
    Foreigner, Journey, Styx, and others are such a bad replication of their former self that it amazes me people still pay to see them.
    Styx? I only saw them once in 1996, but I've read they still have a great show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    Styx? I only saw them once in 1996, but I've read they still have a great show.
    Exactly. 24 years ago. Listen to their latest (2017) The Mission and tell me that it does anything for you. The shows will rehash the same jukebox music that everyone has heard for 40 years. Again, it is not Styx's fault. People want to see comfortable and memorable. So one more time they will play Blue Collar Man. But for every ticket that goes to the repetition, it is one less chance for Riverside, or RPWL, or Aerostation to find a new audience. And that is why it makes me sad.

    Again, if you have never seen Kansas, or want to experience the new singer, that's great. It just makes me sad that of all the CDs I have bought over the last 5 years there is almost zero chance to experience that music because those bands do not draw enough to justify a tour.

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    What does seeing this tour have to do with seeing Magma or Riverside etc?

    I see the groups I want to see when they're in the vicinity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Yup, I saw them in 2018 and that's all they did. It was incredibly lame with the same old same old set list. I understand they do a much longer show with Leftoverture, but it makes no sense really. Never again, I was underwhelmed by an over-rated cover band. Sorry.
    Both the Leftovrture and Point Of Know Return shows have been 2.5 hour affairs. I know several people who saw them and just raved about them. Unfortunately when both of those tours hit my hometown in the last few years I was out of town, so did not see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3LockBox View Post
    I get how one could feel that way. I myself have never seen Kansas live and I'll bet that there'll be some people on this tour who haven't as well and some more who haven't seen them in eons. So no, this isn't a gig where they're going to be doing a deep dive into the catalog. It's going to be another greatest hits show. I hope no one goes on YouTube and searches Kansas and finds one of those ragged Steve Walsh shows.
    I have seen Kansas somewhere around 20 times, so I have a lot to compare the new version of the band to. Set length has always been an issue with this band unfortunately. Of all the times I have seen them, but longest show I ever saw was 1 hour and 40 minutes. Just about every other show, even back in their prime was exactly 90 minutes and sometimes a bit less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucyjackstl View Post

    Do I still love Kansas. Yes. Is any of this their fault. No. It's why I want to be excited. But the bands that interest me the most will never get the press that legacy bands that have made 2 albums in 25 years gets. So yes, it makes me sad. Foreigner, Journey, Styx, and others are such a bad replication of their former self that it amazes me people still pay to see them.
    As others have mentioned I would not include Styx in that group. Their most recent album "The Mission" ranks right up there with the best they have ever done in my opinion and live they still can totally kick ass. The current version of the band has been together something like 20 years now, and they are a well oiled machine. Journey has also done some very good later day albums and Arnel Penida was an incredible find as a lead vocalist and front man. They still put on a great live show, and Arnel is all over the stage. Foreigner only contains one original member, although current vocalist Kelly Hanson is an amazing singer and has a much better voice than Lou Graham does these days.

    That being said, I am not really interested in the Foreigner / Kansas pairing myself. The closest the tour is coming is 2 hours away. If it came to my home town or something I might consider it. Journey is coming 45 minutes away this summer, but probably going to skip that one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saucyjackstl View Post
    There was a time when discovering the "next" thing was part of the fun. Live music was the highlight of peoples entertainment. Now people will pay several hundred dollars to sit and watch the same things (or a poor rendition of) that has been done thousands of times.
    trust me, I feel ya. Most people attending these revival concerts don't even realize (or in many cases care) that the act they're listening has only one main member from the original lineup. Hell, in the case of Foreigner, the replacements have toured as Foreigner longer than the originals. People like my wife loves to go to concerts where they're familiar with acts. I'd love it if my wife wanted to hear Steven Wilson live. I'd love it if she wanted to hear him period. Myself, I'd love it if the progressive or alternative acts I wanted to see weren't two hours away and scheduled on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

    The Jukebox Heroes Tour is playing on a Saturday. Funny thing is, two years ago, when Foreigner toured with Whitesnake and Jason Bohnam, it was called the Jukebox Heroes Tour. David Coverplant was awesome.

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    Is it just me, or is "Jukebox Hero" the epitome of clichιd cheesiness?

    God, I hate that song.
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