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Foreigner to perform with Niladri Kumar in Bangalore

Come February 20, the 1970s rock act, Foreigner, will perform with zitar maestro, Niladri Kumar, as a part of their five-city tour in Bangalore.

Foreigner to perform with Niladri Kumar in BangaloreForeigner to perform with Niladri Kumar in Bangalore

As a part of their five city tour,
Foreigner will be performing in Bangalore on February 20; they will be joined by renowned Indian musician Niladri Kumar, the young Sitar Maestro, in a concept-tour where Rock Stars meet Rock Sitars!  Since its inception, Foreigner have been led by English journeyman rocker Mick Jones (former member of Nero and the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth and The Leslie West Band) who, in early 1976, met with ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald in and formed Foreigner with Lou Gramm (ex-Black Sheep), Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi as a sextet. Jones came up with the name from the fact that he, McDonald, and Elliott were English, while Gramm, Greenwood, and Gagliardi were Americans.

The band's debut album Foreigner was released in March 1977 and sold more than four million copies in the United States, staying in the Top 20 for a year with such hits as 'Feels Like the First Time,' 'Cold as Ice' and 'Long Long Way From Home.' Their second album, Double Vision (released in June 1978), topped their previous, selling five million records and spawned 'Hot Blooded,' the title track 'Double Vision' and 'Blue Morning Blue Day.'

Their third album, Head Games, which was referred to by Gramm as their 'grainiest' album, was also successful due to the thunderous 'Dirty White Boy' and another title track hit 'Head Games.' The current members of the team are Kelly Hansen - lead vocals, Mick Jones - lead guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals, Thom Gimbel - guitar, saxophone, flute, backing vocals, Michael Bluestein - keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, Jeff Pilson - bass, backing vocal and Jason Sutter - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Niladri Kumar, the son and disciple of Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar, is a maverick musician. He started learning the sitar at the tender age of four and did his first public performance at the age of six. Hailed as one of the more serious young exponents of Indian Classical Music, Niladri's flashes of unparalleled brilliance is a result of years of learning and a lineage of five generation of sitar players. This has led to a profound understanding of the artistic aspects and nuances of diverse gharana styles and a mastery of technical skill.
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Foreigner will be performing in Bangalore 20th Feb 2011 at Palace Grounds. Log on to http://in.bookmyshow.com/ for tickets.

Tags: rock band, palace grounds, double vision, foreigner, niladri kumar, mick jones, february 20, sitar maestro, pandit, jeff pilson, lou gramm, rock sitars

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