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Foreigner to return to Lorain County Fair

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    Fans cheered for Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hansen as he took the stage during their concert at the Lorain County Fair on Aug. 19, 2014. Five years later, the rock band will return to the fair in 2019.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE

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WELLINGTON — Prepare to have “Double Vision” — Foreigner is returning to the Lorain County Fair this year, five years after the band’s previous appearance.

Fair board directors are hoping fairgoers will be “Hot Blooded” to see the band play at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

The 174th annual Lorain County Fair is Aug. 19-25. Tickets for Foreigner, which cost $30 to $50, and an as-yet-unannounced country act go on sale online March 15.

Fair board member Brian Twining said Foreigner has been the fair’s “No. 1 choice” to play for the past five years, after a storm blew in during their set at the 2014 Lorain County Fair.

“We’re pretty excited,” he said Friday.

Foreigner’s appearance at the fair five years ago almost spelled disaster.

“When a major storm came in half an hour or 45 minutes into the show, we wanted to cancel it, but the members of Foreigner said ‘Let’s wait it out, let’s wait it out.’ And they got enough electricity to set up the mics and did an acoustic set,” he said. “Then, when they were done, they said, ‘Have us back.’ So for five years, Foreigner was our No. 1 choice.”

Foreigner’s many hits include the classic rock standards “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Head Games,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

First formed in 1976, the band is among the Top 40 Best Selling Music Artists of All Time, according to Business Insider magazine. Its current lineup includes founding member and member of the Songwriting Hall of Fame Mick Jones, vocalist Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, guitarist Bruce Watson, keyboardist Michael Bluestein and drummer Chris Frazier, according to the band’s official website, ForeignerOnline.com.

The country artist performing at the fair this year will be announced Feb. 25 on Facebook Live. Tickets for that act, which will take the stage Aug. 19, also will go on sale March 15.

All Twining would say about that act: “The younger crowd will be pretty excited.”

Other entertainment at the fair this year includes truck pulls Wednesday night, the NTPA Grand National Pull on Friday night, the Combine Derby and Truck Derby on Saturday night and the Demolition Derby at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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