BIG Music News: Foreigner, Don Henley

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FOREIGNER:  Big reunion this week

Original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood reunited with Mick Jones tonight (Thursday) as the band's 40th anniversary tour made a stop at the Jones Beach Theater in the New York City suburb of Wantagh on Long Island, New York.

Jones promised a surprise for this Friday night's show in Canandaigua [prn: Canon-day-gua], New York, a suburb of Gramm's hometown of Rochester, New York, but tonight's show was a sort of homecoming as the band was based out of New York when it started in the late '70s. And, it was obviously a warm-up for Lou's true homecoming on Friday.

Jones brought out all three, and, saving the best for last, he said, "A very special appearance by my dear friend, always will be, life long, Mr. Lou Gramm."  

Lou took the stage to a chorus of "Louuuuu..." for the encore of "Long, Long Way From Home," a duet with current singer Kelly Hansen on "I Want to Know What Love Is" aided by a choir, and "Hot Blooded."

This was Gramm's first performance with the band since leaving in the late '90s, and first with Jones since their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.

DON HENLEY:  Busy month for the rock 'n roll legend

Don Henley has been really busy this month.  

He reunited with the Eagles last weekend in Los Angeles at Classic West. On Monday he did a benefit with his solo band at that show acted as a warm-up for what he's doing Saturday -- his 70th birthday -- performing with his band and some special guests at at the American Airlines Center in his hometown of Dallas.  

Don recently talked about his 70th birthday bash:  "I don't usually like to acknowledge birthdays or celebrate them in particular, but I thought, well, you know, instead of just sitting home and being depressed and think about how much time has gone by, why not go out and play some music for people. Because [that way] my mind really won't be on myself that much. It'll be on the performance and the music and the band and the fans and all that sort of thing. So that way I won't have to have a party at my house. I can just do it there in the arena and I won't have to decorate or hire caterers or any of that stuff. It'll all be taken are of. You know, it's a nice work day."

Joining Henley will be Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Stevie Nicks, Patty Smyth and possibly others. And then following this show, Henley heads to New York City for another performance with the Eagles at Classic East on Saturday, July 29th.

ELTON JOHN:  Coming to the big screen

Elton John is no stranger to Hollywood, having appeared in a handful of films, including The Who's Tommy.

On September 22nd, he'll be back on the big screen playing a fictionalized version of himself in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the 2014 action spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The film stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges. Here's a look at the movie trailer:

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