On their show at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on February 12, Gimbel said, “We are going to be playing in the round. We have played there a bunch of times and it has been an absolute blast. We always have fun. We are traditional rock, so it’s a perfect match. It’s a really fun place to play, and it feels like coming home to me.”
He added, “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a rock show with traditional rock values. Kelly will be running into the crowd and getting people on their feet and going crazy. He will stop at nothing. It’s really cool. Our drummer does a fantastic drum solo, and Kelly delivers night after night, like you can’t believe it. He is that great of a singer.”
Foreigner has had nine Top 10 hits and they consistently rank in the Top 15 at classic rock radio stations. Foreigner has had ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits on the charts and they have sold over 75 million albums. “It is one of those situations where the music has stood the test of time really well, so it continues to sell. We meet more and more people from all different age brackets and they really appreciate this music,” he said.
Their signature song, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts and the Rock charts. Their hit single, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, for a total of 14 weeks, thus making history in Billboard magazine. “That song ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ was a No. 1 hit song around the world, and it was very heartfelt. I think that’s the song that people associate us with the most,” he said.
On their proudest professional moments, Gimbel said, “We have had so many proud moments. The fact that this band plays all over the world and it’s a global band. People love this music, so that’s really our proudest achievement: When people know every single song from our entire set-list. It is so great to have that familiarity.”
Regarding their plans for the future, Gimbel noted that they hope to embark on yet another summer tour. “We are leaving in a couple of days to go to New Zealand and Australia. We are on the road and everybody is really excited. We hope to see familiar faces and old friends along the way,” he said.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, he said, “It’s about the sincerity and honesty that is woven into the music that stands the test of time. It is hard because the music industry tends to gravitate on what is hot at the moment, and that is always changing. That is why the music business is always cyclical. Try not to put a time-stamp on your sound.”
Gimbel defined the word success for Foreigner as “connecting with audiences.” “That’s what a rock band wants to do, and we enjoy that. It’s a different sensation and the ultimate experience. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be working with Foreigner all these decades,” he said.
For more information on Foreigner, check out their official website.