■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
The long-awaited tribute to Foreigner arrived in the valley on Oct. 7. This concert was originally scheduled for last fall, but was canceled to allow one of the band members to visit his critically ill sister in England. Guitarist Patrick McGrath’s sister is doing much better these days and the valley has finally been able to celebrate the music of this “Hot Blooded” band with 4NR, the No. 1 Foreigner tribute band in the country.
4NR performed an amazing show, filled with all of the great classic songs that we all love but few recognize as hits of Foreigner. “Double Vision,” “Urgent,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” are just a few hits from Lou Gramm and Foreigner that were flawlessly performed by Kyle Frost and the 4NR band.
At times the dance floor was so full it looked like a mosh pit, with many fans not even dancing – just standing to watch the band’s high-energy performance. Frost’s singing is just stunning to see and hear – he holds a note so long you forget to breathe just watching him.
Even before intermission, patrons were proclaiming this was the best concert yet…a claim made so many times before with so many great events – it’s hard to imagine they can get any better, but they do, time and time again.
Fortunate Son up next at HHT
Next up on the calendar is a group that has already claimed the “best ever” title. On Saturday Oct. 21, Fortunate Son will return to the HHT, performing their phenomenal tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival. This show sold out in March and if early ticket sales are any indication, they will pack the theatre again this time.
The show features timeless CCR classics and legendary John Fogerty solo hits. There is the swampy blues of “Born On The Bayou” and “Green River,” the country influences of “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and such rock anthems as “Proud Mary,” “Centerfield,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain.” If you are a CCR fan, this event is not to be missed!
Showtime for HHT concerts is 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale, $25 day of show, available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Tickets are also available at Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St. and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.
For a full lineup of shows, visit the theatre website at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or stop by the ticket office Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. or call 951-658-5950. Enroll on the theatre’s website, www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com for a weekly compilation of events.