Socorro ISD Choir to Open For Foreigner
Foreigner is bringing their playlist of musical memories to El Paso on April 11, and a local high school choir from the Socorro Independent School District is getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to be its opening act.
The legendary rock band is bringing its "Greatest Hits Tour" to the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Monday.
Those greatest hits include rockers “Feels Like the "First Time," "Hot Blooded," "Juke Box Hero," and "Urgent," the ballad "Waiting for a Girl Like You," and their signature anthem, "I Want to Know What Love Is".
Iconic Band, But Not All Original Members
Now before you hand over your hard-earned money to hear the old school sound, I have to tell you there is only one remaining original member from the group’s classic lineup, and it’s not lead singer Lou Gramm.
The lone rocker standing is lead guitarist Mick Jones, so all those tasty licks from classic songs like Feels Like the First Time, Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero, and Urgent will come from the guy who wrote them; however, Jones has been dealing with health issues and doesn’t play every show.
He may or may not be strapping on the axe on their El Paso stop, and his appearance on any tour date is not guaranteed.
On the upside, current lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (since 2005) has got a great set of pipes on him and does the old songs justice. And it doesn’t hurt that the Foreigner of today have been together longer than the original, classic line-up was, so they’re a pretty tight group with or without Jones.
Socorro High School Choir = Jukebox Heroes
As has become Foreigner’s tour thing over the last decade, a local school choir will perform during the show.
The last three times the band performed in El Paso since Foreigner began the nationwide high school choir promotion in 2012 the Riverside High School Choir accompanied the band on its 1984 number one hit "I Want to Know What Love Is," having previously been chosen in 2017, 2015, and 2013.
But this time the Socorro High School Choir will have the honor. And instead singing along on their signature anthem as the Rangers did in the past, the Socorro High School Choir gets the spotlight all to themselves.
The Bulldogs will open the show with a 10-minute acapella set of whichever songs they choose. In addition to the amazing opportunity, Foreigner will donate $500 to the choir program.
• 8 p.m. Monday, April 11
• Abraham Chavez Theatre
• Tickets $49-$157, plus taxes and fees