Legendary rock band Foreigner will be performing live at the Golden Nugget Casino Resort in Lake Charles on February 15.

The band has sold millions of albums and has created numerous memorable hits since their debut in the mid-1970s. 

Songs like “Cold as Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Urgent”, and “Jukebox Hero” are popular tracks that still rock hard to this day. While they have a lot of high energy rock songs they are also known for their signature ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” 

The song that was the biggest hit single from their 1984 album “Agent Provocateur,” and has been covered several times by numerous artists including Mariah Carey, Wynona Judd, and Tina Arena. 

Tom Gimbel, who plays rhythm guitar, saxophone, flute as well as keyboards and backing vocals for the band, spoke to the Leesville Daily Leader and Beauregard Daily News about the upcoming show. Gimbel expressed that he and the rest of the band are excited to perform in Lake Charles.

“We are psyched to be performing on a Saturday night at the Golden Nugget. It’s going to be great” 

The band has been touring and performing all around the country and Gimbel expressed that they’ve all been having a great time out on the road. “The road has been awesome,” Gimbel said. “We’ve been having a really great year. I’m always happy when I’m playing rock music.”

Gimbel joined Foreigner in 1992 after a successful stint with Aerosmith. He expressed that he joined Foreigner at a very special time, and has made lifelong memories with the band. 

“It was such a thrill for me to join Foreigner when I did,” Gimbel said. “Mick Jones and Lou Gramm had just reunited and they were putting together an awesome group of performers. Mick Jones cares more about the vibe than anything, and we knew that we were going to have a good time.”

Gimbel mentioned that back then they were really into health and fitness and that provided an interesting juxtaposition with their rock n’ roll lifestyle. 

“Back then we were really health-oriented,” he said. “It was a lot of working out and rocking out, but hey we were still young then.”

Gimbel expressed that he gets a special and unique charge from each of Foreigner’s hit songs during performances. He could not pick a favorite and noted that he could go on for days about what he likes about each one. 

As passionate as Foreigner is about performing, they are equally passionate about advocating for music education in schools. For the past 10 years, Foreigner invites a local choir to their shows and gets the youth up on stage to perform. The band then donates to their music program. 

Gimbel stated that it is something he’s proud to be a part of, and commented on how music gave him a path in life at a young age. 

“We want to advise schools to not get rid of their music programs. Music kept me in school and out of trouble. It gives a lot of people a reason to stay focused on their future,” Gimbel said. “These kids come to the show and take the stage by storm, and we are happy to give them this experience in front of a live crowd.”

Gimbel ended the interview by giving a special message to the fans that have stuck with Foreigner over the years, and continue to come to the shows. 

“We’re really grateful to anyone who has supported us over the years,” he said. “Sometimes I even recognize faces in the crowd. The fans are like family to us, and we are thankful for all of their support.”

For more information on the show log on to www.goldennugget.com