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It just might “Feel Like the First Time” when the Rio Rancho Events Center plays host to a live concert Aug. 1.
That’s when the band Foreigner hits the stage on its “Great Hits of Foreigner Tour.” It could be a long concert: The group had 16 top-30 hits.
It’s also the first non-drive-thru live entertainment event in Rio Rancho since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Tickets are on sale.
Like most bands that got their start in the ‘70s, band members have come and gone; the lone constant is former Leslie West Band guitarist Mick Jones, who founded Foreigner in 1976.
But Foreigner fans can bet they’ll still be able to hear their favorites, like “Cold as Ice,” “Urgent,” “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Jukebox Hero” and, referenced in the lead, “Feels Like the First Time.”
For the band, 2020 had kicked off with a three-day run, pairing Foreigner with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; another highlight was a sold-out January-February residence at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev.
But the pandemic forced the band to postpone close to 100 shows around the world, which included a sold-out show with Whitesnake at the London 02 Arena.
The group’s upcoming tour includes gigs at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The tour kicks off May 19 in Orlando, Fla., eventually visiting Grand Junction, Colo., the night before the band hits the City of Vision, and continuing three nights later in Lubbock.
Ticket prices start at $64 and progress as one gets closer to the stage to $686. Of course, one can spend more, getting a VIP ticket. You can place your order at rioranchoeventscenter.com.
The last live show at the Events Center was an appearance by the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters in early March 2020.

Gary Herron | Observer staff writer