This past Tuesday was the start of the Saskatoon Ex. You may call it the fair, but we call it the Ex (short for exhibition) in Saskatoon. The Ex always has concerts at the grandstands. Over the years there have been some great ones pass through which I've missed. But this year three great bands are coming through. Well, ones that I would see. On Tuesday, the legendary rock band Foreigner was the first band this week. They did not disappoint.
Considering their age, they still got their chops. They moved around the stage like they are in their 30s. They had these little raised up platforms and the lead singer tripped and fell over one of them. He even joked about it later in the show. After he tripped he kept going which is the professional thing to do. The lead singer also ran through the crowd while a solo was being played during one of the songs. That was pretty awesome that he did that.
Speaking of solos, their were a lot of bad ass solos. Guitar, saxophone, keyboard, and drum solos. The drum solo blew my mind. He even played the drums with his hands. That was crazy good. I've seen, not live, a number of drum solos, but this one ranks up there. That's how good it was. It's always good to show your chops on an instrument that isn't always a focal point like a guitar. The keyboard/synthesizer solo was good too.
The songs choices were their classics obviously. But there was one or two I didn't recognize. But the rest I did. "Jukebox Hero, "Hot Blooded," "Dirty White Boy," "Head Games," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Urgent," "Double Vision," "Feels Like the First Time," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," and a few others were played. Classic, classic songs. During "I Wanna Know What Love Is," they had the Tommy Douglas Collegiate senior choir perform with them which was cool. Also before they got into the song, the lead singer said to put your arm around the person beside you. I was just standing there and he looked at me and said "you have chops, but you have to put your arm around someone." I thought him talking directly to me was awesome. Also during "I Wanna Know What Love Is," there was a couple making out in the crowd behind me. This lady behind me broke it up, but they want back to it. Mick Jones, the leader singer, made a comment about that.
Overall, the concert was so bad ass. They were just so good. If you ever have the chance to see, I recommend you do. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it!
Oh and yes, Mick Jones wailed!