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Concert preview » “We’re pretty much a family,” Foreigner multi-instrumentalist says of his band and their tourmates, Styx.

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The music, of course, is still intact. I think we’ve gotten a little bit tighter musically as a band. We have this muscular rhythm section. … It’s astonishing; every night I listen to it I’m like, "Man!" The technology has gotten so much better. We have better speakers onstage. In the old days, you had to have monitor speakers blasting your ears. It’s gotten a lot more sophisticated. We have different priorities. Back then, partying and being wild was a priority. Now golf is priority; so is the gym. Back then we were horrible golfers. We could barely hit the ball. We’re interested in staying healthy and happy and being productive.

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Back to the ’80s

Popular ’80s bands Styx and Foreigner will perform. Opening act: former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Special guest performance by Cottonwood High School Choir.

When » Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m.

Where » Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City

Tickets » $29-$60; Smith’s Tix

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Foreigner was there when the tornado hit [in 1999]. We were in this hotel and we watched it. I didn’t realize it was happening, I thought it was a rainstorm. The building started shaking, and being from California, I thought it was an earthquake. I couldn’t remember if I was supposed to get in the tub or under a doorway. The lights went out and we all went downstairs to watch.

It’s actually quite a rockin’ town.

On his favorite instrument

I enjoy them all sort of equally for different reasons. Playing, you’re using a different language, you’re communicating on a different wavelength. It’s hard to describe, it’s other-worldly. But it’s a universal language. It’s just one of those things that when you’re doing it, it feels organic and natural and normal. The fact that everybody understands it, that’s really the high point.

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