October 15, 2010 06:30 ET
1.5 Million Voice Their Choice for Foreigner in the Lopez Tonight Best Musical Performance Competition
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2010) - A stunning appearance by Foreigner on the hit late-night cable television talk show Lopez Tonight rocked fans worldwide and earned the number two spot in a battle for best musical performance hosted by comedian George Lopez. Foreigner's performance of the band's classic anthems "Feels Like the First Time" and "Hot Blooded" served viewers a dominant dose of classic rock, and fans responded with a tidal wave of 1.5 million votes. Foreigner outpaced other musical powerhouses including Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Mariah Carey and Peter Frampton, and was edged out only by the Backstreet Boys in the Lopez Tonight competition.
"We are overwhelmed and very grateful for the hard work and monumental effort fans put into the Lopez Tonight voting," says Foreigner's Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen in response to the worldwide fan support during the August Lopez Tonight battle. "The success our fans managed to achieve is just awesome, and it means a lot to us to have them as part of the Foreigner family."
Footage of Foreigner's Lopez Tonight performance can be viewed here: http://www.lopeztonight.com/blogs/and_the_best_musical_performance.php#2_
Classic rock icon Foreigner (http://www.foreigneronline.com/) continues to pack stadiums worldwide. Next steps include a stint as the featured musical act for NBC's highly-anticipated ice skating event, Improv-Ice, hosted by Brian Boitano and Kristi Yamaguchi. In this nationally-televised special, airing Sunday, November 21 on NBC, a star-studded cast of Olympic medalists will choreograph one-of-a-kind skating routines set to 11 Foreigner songs, bringing reality television to the ice. The band also is lighting up the afterburners for their charity work, with performances and special activities to benefit a number of outstanding non-profits and social causes.
With a distinctive sound unparalleled in rock music, Foreigner is one of the most successful musical acts of all time, having sold more than 70 million albums worldwide. The legendary British-American rock band is led by founding lead guitarist and song writer Mick Jones, and features lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein on keyboards, and drummer Jason Sutter. The band's ninth album, "Can't Slow Down," debuted at #29 on the Billboard 200 on its September 2009 release and reappeared in the chart almost a year later following Foreigner's NASCAR Sprint Cup Labor Day appearance.