Gallery and review: Foreigner, Europe and FM, Civic

A mini festival of classic rock crammed into four hours was possibly the highlight of the year so far at Wolverhamton's Civic Hall last night.

Fans had to arrive early for the prompt 7pm start  - but this was the final night of a tour by a trio of true veterans of the rock stage; FM, Europe and Foreigner. 

Kicking off the evening at the packed Civic, FM's one-hour set fired up the stage with songs including That Girl and Cross Town Train. Frontman Steve Overland's still-pure vocals showed why this band has clocked up 30 years.

Barely had the lights gone up, when Swedish rock act Europe took over. Frontman Joey Tempest was a clear favourite of the females in the audience as he charged and strutted around the stage, mic stand twirling like a baton.

All the hits and a few later album choices were packed into their superb set, with Riches To Rags, Leave No Stone Unturned, Carrie and, of course, The Final Countdown adding to the tour-de-force hour. Tempest had obviously done a little homework too with his references to Wolves' promotion and grey paes. 

By the time headliners Foreigner claimed the stage, the heat was truly on. Frontman Kelly Hansen powered through Double Vision, Head Games, Cold as Ice and Waiting For a Girl Like You before introducing band founder and last-remaining original member, guitarist Mick Jones, to rapturous applause. 

A tear-jerking That Was Yesterday, flawless sax skills from Tom Gimbel in the song Urgent and a 10-minute Juke Box Hero perfectly summed up why Foreigner have stood the test of time with a near 40 year career.

By Debbie Bennett


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