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FOREIGNER’s Kelly Hansen Barker Gang Custom Bagger in new Shriners Hospitals Video

Legendary Rock Band FOREIGNER Donates Hit Song to Shriners Hospitals

FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band, has announced that it is donating proceeds from a new version of its hit song “I Want To Know What Love Is” to Shriners Hospitals for Children®. FOREIGNER recently recorded the song and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients. The new release is available for download on Google Play and iTunes beginning January 1. Fans can visit www.showthemlove.org to download or pre-order the album. Stream the single on Spotify here: HERE

FOREIGNER recently recorded the song and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients. The new release is available for download on Google Play and iTunes beginning January 1. Fans can visit www.showthemlove.org to download or pre-order the album. Stream the single on Spotify here: HERE

The Mick Jones composition “I Want To Know What Love Is” hit the top of the charts all over the world when it was released in 1984 and is FOREIGNER’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band’s best-known songs and is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s greatest songs of all time.
The Mick Jones composition “I Want To Know What Love Is” hit the top of the charts all over the world when it was released in 1984 and is FOREIGNER’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band’s best-known songs and is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s greatest songs of all time.“There is a spiritual undertone to ‘I Want To Know What Love Is,’ and when you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a whole new meaning to the song,” said FOREIGNER founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones.

“It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the value of this gift, but this is truly a monumental donation in our mind,” said John McCabe, executive vice president of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Participating in the music video will be an invaluable experience for our patients. The fact that sales proceeds from the download of this song will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children is a wonderful bonus.”

“FOREIGNER has been involved with Shriners Hospitals for ten years, and we’ve been looking for a way to make a more meaningful impact,” said lead singer Kelly Hansen. “The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we’ve observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is.”

Hansen is a long-time rider. In the new video, he is riding a custom bagger created by Barker Gang Customs from Rockville, Indiana. Crafted from the ground up, a key feature of the bike is the custom detailing showcasing the iconic “FOREIGNER 4” album logo, as this comes on the heels of the bands 40th Anniversary Tour. The bike also features a jukebox image on the tail listing some of the band’s most iconic songs like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Jukebox Hero.”

Here’s what Hansen said about his gearhead connection. “I am a native Californian who really loves driving. When I get the chance!! I also love riding and recently acquired a 1995 Harley softail Nostalgia, but I previously owned a 1976 Harley rigid with an 18” over springer and a suicide clutch. No front brake….very exciting! I also own a 1990 Yamaha FZR 1000 given to me by my friend John Paul Jr.”
Last August, Foreigner played at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as part of the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour. For that performance, a group of high-schooler from Stevens High in Rapid City, SD joined the iconic band members on the Chip’s main stage to sing backup on “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
Inviting local choirs to sing backup was a goal of Foreigner’s leader and founder Mick Jones ever since the band performed the song live in 1984 with the New Jersey Mass Choir. In the last nine years, close to 500 choirs have participated and Foreigner has donated $500 to each program. Said Foreigner representative John Lappen, “Mick loves it, the band loves it, and the kids are rock stars for a week.”
Now, through Foreigner’s association with Shriners Hospitals, another group of kids get to feel like rock stars, too.
 

The single appears on a new album of live recordings, FOREIGNER LIVE IN CONCERT, available on February 15th both digitally and in stores via The Orchard. FOREIGNER is donating proceeds from both the single and the entire album to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Ultimate Classic Rock premiered the new music video for the song which can be viewed HERE.

PHOTO CREDIT: SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN

FOREIGNER FOUNDING MEMBER AND LEAD GUITARIST, MICK JONES, AND LEAD SINGER, KELLY HANSEN