Foreigner's 'Juke­box Hero' to open next sum­mer

Penticton Herald - - NEWS -

CAL­GARY — It's been 40 years since Foreigner re­leased its first al­bum and now the songs of the leg­endary rock group are be­ing made into a mu­si­cal.

"Juke­box Hero" will tell the story of the hard-hit town of Blay­don, Pa., that is saved with the emer­gence of a rock group that helps bring in new in­dus­try.

"This is sort of based in the Rust Belt of Amer­ica. A lot of ar­eas were once mighty pro­duc­ers of steel and now are un­der­cut by the march of the fu­ture," Mick Jones, the founder of Foreigner, said at a news con­fer­ence in Cal­gary on Wednesday.

Jones said he ran into singer Diana Ross 20 years ago and she sug­gested to him that the song "Juke­box Hero" should be made into a mu­si­cal. He said it's been on his mind ever since.

"In an era where there have been a lot of juke­box mu­si­cals, I fig­ured I'd like to squeeze ours in there and make it the mu­si­cal of all mu­si­cals as far as our as­pi­ra­tions go."

Jones said about a dozen of the group's songs will be in the mu­si­cal, in­clud­ing "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Wait­ing For A Girl Like You," "Hot Blooded." "Ur­gent" and "Juke­box Hero."

He will have a say in mak­ing sure the mu­si­cians in the show will be able to han­dle the range in some of the songs.

"I will prob­a­bly be part of that de­ci­sion to make sure (they've) got the lungs to carry it off be­cause they are de­mand­ing songs," Jones said.

Foreigner, presently on a tour of Canada, will play at the South Okana­gan Events Cen­tre on Oct. 21.

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