Foreigner tribute thrills the crowd at HHT

Rock ‘n’ roll fans go nuts over Kyle Frost’s high-energy performance

Photos by Hemet Historic Theatre
Andy Gustafson, left, defies gravity on the bass as Andy Qunta, right, trades his keyboards for a guitar and still sounds great.

■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed

Kyle Frost and his band, 4NR, hit the stage at the Historic Hemet Theatre with their high-energy tribute to Foreigner on Saturday Oct. 20. Kyle is a big fan of Hemet’s old movie house. In fact, it is his favorite venue to play. “The auditorium has great acoustics which makes for great music. But when you add in hundreds of cheering fans, there is just nothing like it,” Kyle explained.
The music of Foreigner is some of the most difficult rock music to perform live in concert, but these guys make it look easy. It is no wonder that the band has earned a place as one of the country’s best tribute bands, appearing on AXTV “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” in Season Five.

Photos by Hemet Historic Theatre
Kyle Frost powers out the lyrics Saturday night as master keyboardist Andy Qunta accompanies him on the keytar.

For Saturday’s show, several songs featured animated graphics on the movie screen behind the band, including flames, ice cubes and a jukebox. As usual, the dance floor quickly filled with fans, rocking to the beat from the first song to the last.
4NR is one of HHT’s most requested bands and once again they delivered with a performance that was both energetic and nostalgic. Afterwards, lead singer Frost, Patrick McGrath, who plays guitar, keyboards, and sings; Andy Gustafson, bass, and vocals; Bob Duda, drums and vocals, and Andy Qunta, keyboards, guitars, and vocals, all posed for photos and autographs on the dance floor and in the lobby.
This event attracted a large number of “newbies” to the theatre, excited to find such a high caliber of entertainment so close to home. With bands like 4NR playing, it’s no wonder Hemet is steadily earning a reputation as the rock ‘n’ roll capital of the Inland Empire.
Meanwhile, tickets for the rest of the Tribute Mania Concert Series are going fast. Tickets for the Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival with Fortunate Son on Nov. 3 are already gone. Less than 100 tickets remain for each event in the rest of the season, which includes Tribute to Neil Diamond with Dean Colley and Hot August Night (Nov. 17), Tribute to Queen featuring Queen Nation (Dec. 8), and Cash, Killer and the King: a tribute to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis (Dec. 15). The schedule for the next season, starting in January 2019, will be announced at the Nov. 3 concert.
Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale / $25 day of show. Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.
Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St. and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.

The crowd goes wild for Kyle Frost’s high energy performance as the band’s logo, 4NR, a clever play on the band’s Foreigner namesake, displays in the background.

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