Al recently covered the Foreigner tour at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Zachs Bay, NY. Check out his bad ass photography HERE
When you book a show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater which is nested in Zachs Bay, NY the weather plays just as big of a part as the bands – cloudy, windy & unseasonably cool. The crowd piled in knowing the music would get their memories flowing keeping them warm. The Jukebox Hero Tour could’ve been dubbed The British Invasion for the three lead Englishmen.
Opening the night was Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience which would have been John Bonham’s 70th birthday three weeks prior. Jason did his father’s legacy proud. To borrow a line from Jason’s movie debut, Rock Star…”It is amazing to hear the music played to perfection.” Putting together this great line up and hearing Immigrant Song, Good Times, Bad Times, Whole Lotta Love and of course Rock-n-Roll plus Stairway to Heaven – this was the perfect band to open this night of classic rock.
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
As the changeover began for the next band, the wind started to howl. The evening got a bit cooler and darker but then the Whitesnake banner appeared, the ladies in the audience began to howl. The theater was warming up as they danced in anticipation of the one and only, David Coverdale and the boys of Whitesnake. Opening with Bad Boys and continuing with an array of hits which ended with Still of the Night. David Coverdale, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Tommy Aldrige and Michele Luppi sounded tight and were as much fun to watch tonight as they were in 1987.
With the stage cleared, except for the drums and keys set back separated by a ramp, Mick Jones appeared out of the darkness onto the stage cranking the guitar riff to Long, Long Way From Home. The crowd went wild! Kelly Hansen, the quintessential front man took control but never over shadowed Mick. The hits flowed through the night - Double Vision, Cold As Ice, Dirty White Boy, Jukebox Hero and more until a quick break leading to their encore which featured a local high school choir joining the band for I want To Know What Love is. Closing with Hot Blooded. No different than last year’s show at the beach, this packed house has proven just how mighty the Long Island love is for Foreigner. Foreigner is one of the few classic acts still around that could pack the place year after year.