British/American rock band Foreigner is on a 4-city India tour for the first time, performing in Mumbai (February 13th), Hyderabad (February 14th), Kolkata (February 17th) and Bengaluru (February 20th). They will be joined by renowned Indian musician Niladri Kumar, the young sitar maestro, in a concept-tour where rock stars meet rock sitars.
Every show will open with a 40 minutes set by Niladri Kumar, a renowned Indian musician specializing in the electric sitar (zitar). Foreigner will take stage next, performing a set of their most popular songs. At the end of Foreigner's set, Niladri Kumar will join them on stage for an encore, fusing the musical styles of both the artists and creating a uniquely unforgettable experience.
Foreigner was a rock band formed in 1976 in the New York City. They enjoyed a string of chart-topping albums from the 1970s to the 1990s. The band is comprised of Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Mick Jones (lead guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals), Thom Gimbel (guitar, saxophone, flute, backing vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, backing vocals), and Jason Sutter (drums, percussion, backing vocals).
The band's debut album Foreigner was released in March 1977, and sold more than 4 million copies in the United States, staying in the top 20 albums for a year with such hits as "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Long Long Way From Home."
Their 2nd album, Double Vision (released in June 1978) sold 5 million records.
The Foreigner's 3rd album, Head Games, which was referred to by Gramm as their "grainiest" album, was also successful due to the thunderous "Dirty White Boy" and another title track hit, "Head Games".
The next album from Foreigner was Records in 1982. The compilation included the single, "Cold As Ice", and many other songs that the band felt summed up their career to that point.
Agent Provocateur was Foreigner's 6th album. The album was a number 1 album in the UK and number 4 in the US. The single found its way onto the Mainstream Rock, Billboard Hot 100 and U K Singles charts where it was number one on each one.
The final Foreigner album of the 1980s was Inside Information.
Niladri is the son and disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles. He has performed all over the world in prestigious music concerts and festivals. He has been accorded the titles of Sur Ratna and Surmani, and awarded the Jadubhatta Puraskar and the Sanskriti Award.
Niladri Kumar will be supported by a small band comprising of Gino Banks (drums), Sheldon D'Silva (bass), Aggi Fernandez (keyboards) and Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla).
Entry tickets are priced at Rs. 2,200 and Rs. 1,200 per head. Please contact 040 2352-0172 / 2352-1884 for further details.