Mark Madden

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Tomorrow, at Holmdel, N.J., I’ll be seeing Whitesnake for the second time in four nights. This blog has covered the exploits of Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

But don’t forget the headliner, Foreigner.

Foreigner were one of the nation’s biggest bands between 1977-85. How they’re not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me. The current lineup has just one original, guitarist/founder Mick Jones, but is nonetheless a juggernaut thanks to energetic singer Kelly Hansen, an aural duplicate of Lou Gramm, and venerable rockers like bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken).

Jones will assemble Gramm and Foreigner’s other surviving originals to perform with the current band Aug. 4 at Sturgis, South Dakota.

The last trick in Jones' bag might be a series of shows with Gramm and the rest of the glory days lineup.

Jones has always done well squeezing every last nickel out of Foreigner's brand. Heck, the current Foreigner sometimes performs without Jones. At that point, it’s a tribute band. But Jones still gets his cut.

I'll be seeing Foreigner for the fourth time inside of 11 months. They are brilliant every time.

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