PICS: Foreigner, Whitesnake at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

"Juke Box Heroes," indeed: Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening rocked Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre recently.

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The band originally formed in NYC in 1976. and are currently celebrating their 41st anniversary!
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A little backstory: Foreigner officially got its start when U.K. guitarist Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined forces with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
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Interesting fact: There are no original members of the band in Foreigner anymore (as far as we can tell). Last year's tour featured founding guitarist Mick Jones but he has been notably absent since then.
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The group's lineup has changed frequently over the years. Currently, the band consists of Kelly Hansen (vocals, pictured), Thom Gimbel (multi-instrumentalist), Jeff Pilson (bass), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Chris Frazier (drums) and Bruce Watson (guitar).
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Since 1976, they've sold more than 80 million records worldwide -- making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. (Pilson pictured)
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In 2005, Hansen (pictured) came onboard as the group's lead vocalist, after sending the band an audition tape. Previously, he had sung in the rock group Hurricane.
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This year, the band held a contest asking local choirs across the country to submit videos to perform with them onstage during their 1984 hit "I Want to Know What Love Is." North County's Carlsbad High School won the San Diego popular vote!
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After a rehearsal on the high school campus during the afternoon, the 20-student choir was invited to sing with the band at the show!
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Prior to the performance, one of the choir's members, Jamie Polmar, told NBC San Diego: "It's going to be intimidating because we don't get to perform for such a big crowd. But it will also be fun because it's what some of us really want to do when we're older."
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We were there and we can attest that they did an outstanding job! Way to make San Diego proud! The band also donated $500 to the choir for its chorus program. Awesome!
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Foreigner's July 31 set included the following songs (according to setlist.fm): "Long, Long Way From Home," "Double Vision," "Head Games," "Cold As Ice," "Waiting for a Girl Like You"...
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Followed by "Dirty White Boy," "Feels Like the Very First Time," "Urgent," "Starrider," "Juke Box Hero," "I Want to Know What Love Is" (which they performed with the Carlsbad High School choir) and "Hot Blooded."
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As we mentioned earlier, Whitesnake was also onboard for the July 31 show.
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The hard-rock band got its start in 1978 in the U.K. by vocalist David Coverdale (pictured, middle), after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.
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Aside from Coverdale, the band's current lineup consists of drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarist Reb Beach (pictured right), bassist Michael Devin, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (pictured left), and keyboardist Michele Luppi. Fun fact: Whitesnake has had nearly 40 members since its inception!
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In the '80s, the group released a string of top 10 albums in the U.K., including 1980's "Ready an' Willing," 1981's "Come an' Get It," 1982's "Saints & Sinners" and 1984's "Slide It In." (Hoekstra pictured)
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"Slide It In" was their first to chart in the U.S. and it certified two-times platinum by the RIAA.
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However, the band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful record worldwide and contained two huge hits: "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love."
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Those two songs reached No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. The album would go to be certified eight-times platinum in the U.S. alone.
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In 2005, they were named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.
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Whitesnake's July 31 set included the following: "Bad Boys," "Give Me All Your Love," "Slow an' Easy," "Crying in the Rain," "Is This Love," "Slide It In," "Here I Go Again" and "Still of the Night."
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Coverdale's still got those rockin' pipes!
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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening opened up the show. The set is a tribute show, in which the band performs songs by Led Zeppelin backed with archival footage of Jason's father (John Bonham) and family, and stories from his life.
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After John Bonham's death in 1980, Jason's played drums for Zeppelin on a few different occasions.
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In 1995, he represented his father when Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with his sister Zoe by his side.
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He's worked with several other big name acts like Paul Rodgers, UFO, Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Ted Nugent, Heart, Sammy Hagar, and more.
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Fun fact: He used to drum for Foreigner as well! What a great show all around, come back soon guys!
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