Foreigner's 'Jukebox Hero' to open next summer
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.