Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham – 2018 Concert Season Review Part 3

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Mick Jones of Foreigner performing at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor Maine

Foreigner: The Juke Box Hero Tour, with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, June 15, 2018
Originally published on Maine Music News

I’m sure it goes without saying, this was one of my favorite shows of the 2018 season.  It was my first time seeing both Jason Bonham and Whitesnake.  After suffering through Imagine Dragons, this show really put a smile on my face.  Too bad, it only lasted for one show.  Up next – Paramore, Foster the People and Soccer Mommy.  – Chris

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion took a step back in time with a Friday night of legendary rock and roll. Foreigner’s Juke Box Hero Tour, with guests Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, gave fans the setlist they remember with classic rock songs that, unlike the rest of us, never seem to get old.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening opened the show. Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, has built a band able to celebrate the sound and vibe of his inheritance. Starting with “Immigrant Song” and wrapping up with the requisite “Stairway to Heaven,” the set list cut deeper than the “fourth album” and was well met by fans. Vocalist James Dylan carried the spirit of Robert Plant well while guitarist Tony Catania gave the show a drop dead Jimmy Page feel. Bonham reminded us that 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Zeppelin.

If you’ve ever wondered why 80s music has such a diehard following, the next act explained the fascination. Whitesnake, led by the unstoppable David Coverdale and flanked by a crew of musicians who have rocked the stage with some of rock and roll’s biggest names, embodies everything good about the 80s: hair, showmanship, swagger, signature guitar riffs, and off the chart vocals. Jumping in to “Bad Boys” and following up with another ten sing along numbers, Coverdale and the boys charmed the crowd and sounded great. Okay, so Coverdale nailed the 80% of his vocals and struggled a bit towards the end, but otherwise gave a stellar performance. And the band? They were an over the top ode to the 80s – Tommy Aldridge on drums, Reb Beach on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, and Joel Hoekstra on guitar – and were a thrill ride from start to finish.

Speaking of thrill ride, Foreigner gave a nonstop, high energy rock show. Mick Jones, guitarist and founding member of the band, led the performance through a set list of hits including “Double Vision,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Not always able to perform due to illness, Jones was greeted with warmth by the other band members. Speaking of the band members, it is difficult to write about this band without being repetitive – there are only so many ways to say this is a great show full of talented, energetic performers. Kelly Hansen, Jeff Pilson, Tom Gimble, and the rest of the team are stellar, enthusiastic, and put their hearts into the music. Fans show up to hear the songs they remember and love, and this band gives them their money’s worth with an evening of all they could ask for: hit after hit, hook after hook, riff after riff. As always, Foreigner is rock solid, fun, and a wild ride.

Christopher Joles

Christopher Joles

Christopher Joles was a teen when he discovered photography, about the same time he discovered rock and roll. It only makes sense that his dream was to combine the two mediums and photograph rock stars.As luck would have it, he has been able to take that knowledge to the foot of the stage. Owner of Maine Music News, a website covering concerts across Maine and the Boston area through photographs and reviews, Joles has now photographed many a rock star with many more on the bucket list.Joles has recently retired from over 30 years in the IT field due to issues related to chronic lyme disease. Re-opening Joles Photography Joles Photography seemed like the obvious choice.

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Christopher Joles was a teen when he discovered photography, about the same time he discovered rock and roll. It only makes sense that his dream was to combine the two mediums and photograph rock stars.As luck would have it, he has been able to take that knowledge to the foot of the stage. Owner of Maine Music News, a website covering concerts across Maine and the Boston area through photographs and reviews, Joles has now photographed many a rock star with many more on the bucket list.Joles has recently retired from over 30 years in the IT field due to issues related to chronic lyme disease. Re-opening Joles Photography Joles Photography seemed like the obvious choice.

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