Podcast: Foreigner's Mick Jones is our latest Juke Box Hero
Last time I saw Mick Jones in person, it was March 1982 at Orlando's Tangerine Bowl (now cleverly called the Citrus Bowl). Foreigner was headlining the Rock n Roll Super Bowl along with a couple smaller acts who had just put out debut solo albums. (Two guys named Bryan Adams and Ozzy Osbourne.)
I was just 14 years old and already life had dealt a crushing blow: Ozzy's guitarist Randy Rhoads died the day before the concert in a plane mishap on the road in Florida. I sat on the field and stewed, angry about the accident, pissed about missing Ozzy, grumbling about his last-second replacement (Pat Travers) and largely disengaged by the time Mick and Foreigner took the stage.
Talk about tragedy, because Foreigner was in support of their biggest album of their career -- 4. I should have been on my feet and enjoying every moment of the show.
Fast forward 28 years to this week. I have Mick Jones on the phone and it was time to make amends. After our short talk -- including a discussion of that very day -- I hope all is forgiven, Mick.
And when Mick and the gang hit the stage at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 15, I'll be front, center and focused.