We don’t get to go to many rock concerts these days – and when we do it’s always because someone else organised it. On Sunday night we went to The Roundhouse to see Mick Jones with his re-formed band, Foreigner rock the night. Of course they played the heavy rock songs such as ‘Jukebox Hero’ and ‘Hot Blooded’.
And it wouldn’t have been Foreigner if they’d passed on the iconic ballads like ‘I Want to Know What Love is’ and ‘Waiting for a Girl like You’ – both written for Mick’s ex-wife Ann, but there were some wondrous new tracks too. ‘Can’t Slow Down’ and ‘Fool For You Anyway’ just go to show that true talent doesn’t die, it just gets a bit more mature.
The outing organiser on this occasion was the inspiration herself, Ann Dexter Jones. So suitably festooned with Access All Areas stickers and plastic bangles we found the balcony VIP area and great seats.
My daughter, Tabitha, was as usual running late. She texted to say she was inside the building so I rushed to a public area to grab her before anyone realised that she was one pass short of all areas. Silly me, she’d charmed the guy at the box office who had given her the whole nine yards and even found her an iTunes necklace. Tabitha gracefully bequeathed this to Ann on arrival.
At one point as I was rocking my head from side to side to catch the gyrating rockers in their skin tight trousers, I mused that it would have been good if they could move a rather large pillar 20 foot in front of me, but realised that it was, in fact, holding up the roof.
Foreigner play real foot tapping or rather stomping tunes and I feel confident that my feet somehow have rhythm – not so my hands – ask me to clap and they take on a pace all of their own. Later Kelly Hanson, Foreigner’s lead singer told me not to worry. My lack of timing is “because I wasn’t born black……”