‘Juke Box Heroes’ Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening will be at Blossom this summer

Oh, the weather has been frightful — eh, it’s at worst frightful-ish this week — so aren’t thoughts of outdoor summer concerts just delightful?

Concert promoter Live Nation hopes you think so — and that you’ll consider stuffing the stocking of someone with a fondness for nostalgic rock with tickets for a big show at Blossom Music Center that’s more than half a year a way.

On July 10, the picturesque Cuyahoga Falls music venue will host classic-rock staple Foreigner, who are going on the road with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. They’re calling it the “Juke Box Heroes Tour” after — and we’re strictly guessing here — the Foreigner song “Juke Box Heroes.” It all sounds rather “Urgent,” doesn’t it? (Eh? Eh? Meh. You don’t know funny.)

Bruce Watson,Jeff Pilson
Bruce Watson, left, and Jeff Pilson of the band Foreigner perform in concert during their “40th Anniversary Tour” in Camden, N.J. The band will be at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls in the summer. (Associated Press file)

“I’m excited to join forces with my fellow U.K. countrymen David Coverdale and Jason Bonham for what’s sure to be a rockin’ summer tour in the States,” says guitarist Mick Jones, who continues to lead the band without one-time lead singer Lou Gramm, in a Live Nation news release.

“We are truly excited and looking forward to playing in 2018 with our friends Foreigner and Jason Bonham on their North American tour,” adds David Coverdale, in another bold statement from the release.

Here we go again with Whitesnake, best known for “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” … and some other track from their 1987 self-titled album.

Bonham is, of course, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. In recent years, Bonham has stood in for his father on a few Zeppelin reunion performances and toured with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.

“Being part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour last summer was wonderful,” Bonham says in the release. “Opening a show like that was very special to me, so when Mick asked if I’d do it again in 2018, I said yes without hesitation. I’m excited that Whitesnake will be filling out the middle slot this time, as I’ve known David since I was 14 years old. It’s going to be a WHOLE LOTTA FUN!”

(OK? See what he did there?)

Find ticket information here, and remember, it won’t be “Cold as Ice” for all that long, and then you’ll be ready for some “Hot Blooded” rock before you know it.

(Oh, come on! Nothing? Really? There’s simply no pleasing you people.)

Stream of the week: I’ve started to read through music journalists’ year-end pieces about their favorite album of the year. One particular list from Vulture led me to British R&B singer-songwriter Sampha and his effort from early 2017, “Process.” It’s a magnificently heartfelt and textured work. Early standouts are the passionate “Blood on Me” and the oh-so-compelling “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano,” in which he sings “No one knows me like the piano in my mother’s home.”


Mark Meszoros decades ago listened to the “Whitesnake” cassette countless times. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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