With the strain of Bad Company’s Silver, Blue And Gold fading from the P.A., singer Kelly Hansen led the charge by racing onto the stage as the band knocked out the riff to Double Vision.
The pristine sound of the venue meant that you could almost close your eyes and imagine it was 1978.
Bedecked in a pink jacket, skinny jeans and shades, Hansen looked every inch the rock star as the stabbing piano intro to Cold As Ice warmed the crowds out of their seats.
He even jumped off the stage to charge down the aisle, drawing gasps of excitement from fans as he posed on the back of chairs in the middle of the arena.
Foreigner played a blinder of a set
The pristine sound of the venue meant that you could almost close your eyes and imagine it was 1978
Hit after hit followed as the band fell into a tight groove on power anthem Waiting For A Girl Like You, reminding of their stellar chart-topping career.
A gritty Dirty White Boy paved the way for legendary original band member Mick Jones to join the party on a rousing Feels Like The First Time.
Cheered all the way through, Jones let rip with a turbo-charged take on Urgent.
More vocal heroics from the superb Hansen found the band slotting together on the floorboard rumble of the worldwide smash hit Jukebox Hero.
‘Hot Blooded’ raised the roof and closed a classy set of smash hits
A soupcon of schmaltz occurred when a local class of schoolchildren were brought onstage to encore the chorus on tearjerker I Want To Know What Love Is.
But it was pulsing rock rush adrenaline of Hot Blooded that finally raised the roof and closed a classy set of smash hits and deep cuts.
Major props must also be awarded to opening acts John Parr for an acoustic set of his classics including St. Elmo’s Fire. But, in particular, Joanne Shaw Taylor who is clearly enjoying a growing reputation as an electric blues lady on the cusp of greater things.
She and her crack band heated up the crowd and won over new fans with her sassy voice and exquisite guitar licks.