Author: mchaiken

Review: ‘Drag Race’ was just wow

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Wow, just wow. I’ve been to a handful of drag shows. Typically, though, they have been in smaller clubs with small stages and dim light. Stage production was on dependent on the performers themselves. They…

Legislative round table held

by JAMILA YOUNG STAFF WRITER Members of the local business community gathered for a Legislative Roundtable on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event held at Bristol Hospital was hosted by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. The guest speaker was Keegan…

Labor unions endorse city Democrats

The Greater Bristol Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, announced its endorsement of the following candidates for mayor and city council in Bristol: Ellen Zoppo-Sassu for mayor; Scott Rosado and Greg Hahn for City Council in the First District; David Preleski and Peter…

GOP to hold meeting Oct. 28

The Bristol Republican Town Committee will be holding a regularly scheduled RTC Meeting on Monday, Oct. 28. The meeting will be at the Bristol Board of Education building, 129 Church St. at 7 p.m. For information, visit the Bristol Republican…

Late voter registration set for Nov. 4

All Registrars of Voters’ offices in Connecticut will hold a statewide voter registration session for those who have turned 18, become a US citizen, or moved to Connecticut since Oct. 29 of this year. This registration session is also open to…

Leaf collection dates announced

The City of Bristol has extended its leaf collection dates from Monday, Oct. 28 to Friday, Dec. 13, weather permitting, to assist local residents will Fall leaf cleanup. The expansion also affects residents who subscribe to the “green barrel” yard…

ACE award recipients announced

The New England Carousel Museum’s Board of Directors and the Bristol Center for Arts & Culture has announced the recipients of the 2019 ACE Awards: Jerry Brick, general Manager of Lake Compounce and BBK’s Bob Alim, Bob Beaudreau, and Kevin…

Review: Having fun with Foreigner

By MIKE CHAIKEN

EDITIONS EDITOR

Although the song itself is about a rough and tumble bruiser, there is a line in the Foreigner song, “Head Knocker,” that clearly sums up vintage rockers’ show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, Oct. 3.

“Boy does he love to play,” the song goes.

And it’s clear that Foreigner certainly loves to play.

This was a special evening for the rockers, who emerged in 1977 from the ashes of several other venerable bands to release its eponymous debut.

Not only were the current members of the band that gave us “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and so on and so on take the stage, but several former members also joined in as well.

Original members, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood, as well as long-time bassist Rick Wills joined their old bandmate Mick Jones and the current members to bang out some of the group’s extensive catalog. Among the tidbits the early members played were the aforementioned “I Want to Know What Love Is.” They also played deep tracks such as “Long, Long Way from Home” and Blue Morning, Blue Day.”

(For the record, Foreigner is now Jones, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Pilson, Tom Gimbel, Mike Bluestein, Bruce Watson, and Chris Frazier.)

Unfortunately, longtime lead singer and Jones’ writing partner Lou Gramm was unable to attend the show as originally anticipated. He was struck ill the day before the Connecticut show.

The key for the evening was that everyone on stage looked as if they were having fun playing so many of the classic tracks that dotted the charts through the 1970s and1980s. The audience couldn’t help but be infected by the energy exuded by the band.

Seeing the older members take the stage was the biggest treat for longtime fans. And my ears told me the veterans seemed to be fitting right in with current members even if some years have intervened since they last regularly performed with Jones and Co.

Current lead singer Hansen was a true showman throughout the evening. He knows what is expected of him as the lead singer. He swung the microphone stand. He mugged for the audience. He monkeyed around with the other band members. And his voice fit nicely for songs like “Urgent” and “Hot Blooded,” and “Juke Box Hero.”

Jones also is a wonder, still offering up some stinging guitar licks and commanding the stage.

I also found it cool to hear the group, new members and older members, dust off some of Foreigner’s deep tracks such as “Long Long Way from Home” and “Head Knocker.” Those tracks were useful reminders that the group had talent beyond just hitting the top 10.

Foreigner’s Oct. 3 show was a great opportunity for fans to stir up some old memories and create new ones watching a band who clearly loves to play four decades into their career.

I give Foreigner 4 out of 5 stars.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

Advisory on EEE issued in city

The Mayor’s Office along with The Bristol/Burlington Health District , Bristol Parks Department, and Board of Education recently issued an advisory to citizens about the risks of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. In a press release, the city said EEE is a…

Workforce development program for manufacturing jobs offered

The City of Bristol and Bristol Adult Education in partnership with local manufacturers are launching an workforce development program called “BristolWorks!” It is a free, 10-week program offered by Bristol Adult Education for Bristol residents who are underemployed and in…

Halloween Harvest fest returns

The annual Halloween Harvest Festival returns Oct. 5 and 6, and Oct. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wojtusik Nursery, 750 Terryville Ave. (Route 6). There will be music entertainment, vendors, food, a minion maze,…

Chamber holding job, career fair Oct. 3

by TAYLOR-MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce is hosting the second annual job and career fair on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 42 Century Drive. When first held last year, over 500…

City comptroller receives honors

The City of Bristol’s Comptroller, Diane Waldron was recently recognized by her peers and colleagues at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Government Finance Officers’ Association (CTGFOA), and presented with the Al Young Award. The award was established by Hooker…

Obituaries: John H. Kuskoski Jr.

John H. Kuskoski Jr., 83, of Bradenton, Fla. and Terryville, CT, husband of Jeannette (Beilinski) Kuskoski passed away suddenly Thursday September 26, 2019 at Bristol Hospital.   John was born September 15, 1936 in Bristol, CT.  He was the son…

Women’s empowerment group being launched; first meeting Oct. 2

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR A women’s empowerment group already established with a chapter in neighboring Wolcott is coming to Bristol. The umbrella organization, Women Empowering Women, was founded in Watertown by Doreen Dilger, who has ambitions to take the…