OCTOBER 22nd 2017

Review/Photos By: Char Tupper










The night has arrived, it’s time for us here in Abbotsford, BC to help celebrate Foreigner’s 40th anniversary, and opening for them is Canadian rock band, Honeymoon Suite.  These bands have made an impact in the rock industry, especially Foreigner, but for myself, the “heavy metal fanatic” that I am, I will say it was quite the show to be able to review.

Honeymoon Suite was first to set the mood and get these fans up and moving. Forming back in 1981 out of Niagara Falls, with numerous line-up changes, excluding Johnnie Dee, the only original member, but don’t let that fool you. Honeymoon Suite had a solid set, from beginning to end, including crowd interaction, Johnnie Dee even brought out the mic for a diehard fan front and centre to finish some of the lyrics. It was cool to see, since arena shows are hard to get that “club” feel with your fans.  The sound and precision of their set was well executed. Musically, Honeymoon Suite didn’t quite grab me like past rock bands have when I review this genre of music, that being said, the crowd loved them, and they had a great performance all around.

Now, for the one and only, Foreigner. Currently on tour, like I mentioned, celebrating 40 years of rock, and we were all starting to get “Hot Blooded” waiting for 8:00pm to strike the clock. The British-American rockers, originally forming in NYC back in 1976, these guys have also had some line-up changes over the years.  That didn’t stop these guys from becoming one of the bestselling bands in the world, with over 80 million records sold.  They are best-selling for a good reason, because to say the least, they put on one hell of a show. From start to finish, their energy, charisma, the whole show was precise, but also loads of fun. Now remember when I said I am a “heavy metal fanatic”, well, I surprisingly knew every single song they performed on their set, from “Juke Box Hero”, to “Cold as Ice”, even “Head Games” and “Double Vision”. The set list consisted of a variety of their classic hits, which was great to see fans of all ages tonight, singing the words with the band, and having a great time. The sound was crisp, and Kelly Hansen’s vocals were pitch perfect, didn’t miss a single note, even had time for funny comments in-between. For their encore presentation, Foreigner had the Richmond Choir join them in performing the song, “I Want to Know What Love is”, and having the choir sing behind him added an extra element to their performance, no one over shadowed each other, it was perfect harmony.

This sold out night of rock fun at the Abbotsford Centre was a great event to be a part of, from photographing their sets, to being a fan in the crowd. Both bands put on a great performance, giving 110% from beginning to end. If you get a chance to catch these acts in your neck of the woods, don’t miss your opportunity, because you never know what tomorrow brings.