Foreigner members record new version of "I Want to Know What Love Is" while in lockdown
May 22, 2020 10:00 AM
By MATT FRIEDLANDER, ABC News
Some Foreigner members have gotten together, albeit virtually, to record a new version of the band's chart-topping 1984 power ballad, "I Want to Know What Love Is," in honor of the song being used in the trailer of the new Netflix film, The Lovebirds.
A video of the performance has premiered exclusively at Billboard.com. The clip features Zoom footage of founding Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones and three other members of the group's current lineup -- singer Kelly Hansen, guitarist Bruce Watson and keyboardist Michael Bluestein -- performing their parts separately while in quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The video also includes clips from the film, a romantic comedy/action flick that stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a bickering couple whose lives take an abrupt turn when they become witnesses to a murder and are framed for the crime.
As the performance clip begins, we see all four musicians on the screen, and Hansen declares, "I want to see what 'the lovebirds' are doing on Netflix," as the four rockers launch into the tune.
The Lovebirds, which originally was slated to open at the canceled South by Southwest Film Festival in March, got its premiere today on Netflix.
As announced earlier this week, Foreigner has canceled its 2020 Juke Box Heroes summer tour with Kansas and Europe because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The band's schedule still includes a run of European shows next month and a series of fall North American headlining concerts.
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