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Young and old come together when Frenship high choir performs at Foreigner show

August 26, 2014

By Blake Ursch, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas



Aug. 26--Tyler Libre's parents may have been more excited than him Monday night, as the 16-year-old bass in the Frenship High School choir waited to take the stage with rock legends.

Libre was among several Frenship choir members who prepared to join in with Foreigner singing "I Want to Know What Love Is" at the classic rock band's concert Monday night at the City Bank Auditorium.

"My parents love them. They may have been more excited than me when we found out," Libre said. "It's a huge 80s rock band. How can you not be excited?"

There was a mix of young with old as concert goers began to flood into the auditorium before the show. The choir peddled CD collections of Foreigner's greatest hits to ticketholders as they arrived, while a smoke machine on stage issued vapor over Queen's "Radio Ga Ga."

Kallie Bradford, 17, and Mikaela Sircable, 17, said they started looking into Foreigner after they found out they'd be singing at the show. Sircable said she then found out that she'd heard a lot of their hits before.

"I knew of a lot of their songs," Sircable said.

There were perhaps no bigger classic rock fans at the show than Tommy Aguirre, 49, who pulled off his Foreigner T-shirt to reveal a Pink Floyd shirt underneath. He first saw Foreigner live when he was about 11, he said, in the City Bank Coliseum. Monday marked his third time seeing the band.

"When I see them live, it's memories brought back to when I was child," he said. "Words can't describe it."

Aguirre declined to buy the album Frenship choir members were selling -- he already owned the band's entire discography, including some albums on 8-track tapes.

Aguirre said he was most looking forward to hearing "Double Vision" and "Cold as Ice."

Billie Lu Billett, choir director, said the studends had been practicing "I Want to Know What Love Is" since they first found out they'd be singing with the band two weeks ago.

"They've rehearsed. They know what they have to do. They're going to look great and sound great," she said.

Billett, a Foreigner fan in her own right, said she couldn't believe the news when she found out her choir would be performing with the band.

"I was just thrilled to death," she said.

The performance was part of a partnership between the band and the GRAMMY Foundation. All proceeds from the CD sales went to benefit a GRAMMY initiative to give money to high school music programs.

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