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‘Urgent’ news! A new outdoor summer concert is coming to Boise

Kelly Hansen of Foreigner performs during the ’40th Anniversary Tour’ at Coral Sky Amphitheatre on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP)
Kelly Hansen of Foreigner performs during the ’40th Anniversary Tour’ at Coral Sky Amphitheatre on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Invision/AP) Invision/AP

Idaho is “Cold as Ice” right now, but music fans will be “Hot Blooded” by late summer.

Rock band Foreigner is coming to Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden for a concert on Thursday, Sept. 12. If it “Feels Like the First Time,” however, you haven’t been living in Boise long. The group last visited the Treasure Valley when it packed the Western Idaho Fair grandstand in 2016.

General-admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, for $50 (plus fees) at Ticketmaster or by phone at (208) 426-1766. Doors to the show will open at 5:30 p.m. Foreigner cranks up starting at 7 p.m.

Known for 1970s and 1980s hits such as “Urgent,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and “Juke Box Hero,” Foreigner is one of the biggest-selling bands of all time. Led by British guitarist Mick Jones, 74, Foreigner has survived personnel changes over the years. Most notably, singer Lou Gramm’s position is now filled by young buck Kelly Hansen, 57. But classic-rock fans continue to turn out in droves for favorites such as “Dirty White Boy,” “Head Games,” and “Double Vision.”

Foreigner is the sixth concert announced this summer at the annual Outlaw Field concert series.

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Michael Deeds is a columnist and entertainment writer at the Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life. Deeds invaded the newsroom as an intern in 1991.

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