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Scene and Heard: Texas Motor Speedway Media Day

Kelly and NASCAR champion Tony Stewart pose during Media Day at the Texas Motor Speedway, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Foreigner will perform at a Speedway Children’s Charities event at TMS in April. See pix here.  More about the Media Day here.

Kelly Hansen Unites with Jan-Al Cases, Penn Elcom & Music Connection Magazine in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Kelly Hansen has joined Jan-Al Cases, renowned manufacturer of high-quality touring cases, and Music Connection Magazine, the music industry trade monthly, in A Case for The Cure campaign to raise money for breast cancer research.

In the business of manufacturing pro cases, racks and tour supplies for more than two decades, Jan-Al Cases decided to spearhead a campaign to unite music fans, musicians and the industry in building awareness about a disease that impacts millions. Heading off the campaign is the sale of pink production and touring case handles, donated by Penn Elcom CEO Phil Stratford. Penn Elcom is a leading manufacturer of flight case hardware. In addition, Music Connection Magazine will provide pro-bono marketing for the campaign, with the lead-off ad scheduled for the January 2012 issue.  Hansen agreed to appear in the campaign and kick off the Music Connection Magazine series, shooting the first of the ads in November.

“I’m happy to do my part to share an important message and help build awareness about breast cancer,” says Hansen, who also announced that he will support the cause via his limited-edition, handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. Hansen will donate all profits from the sale of his handcrafted SOUND WAVE notched tags through January 2012 to breast cancer research.  “I have a loved one impacted by this disease and it’s time to get behind research focused on prevention and cure of breast cancer,” he says.

A Case for The Cure campaign will be sponsoring events and selling handles and pink cases through Sept 2012. In addition, during the January 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show, the Penn Elcom booth will feature pink handles, t-shirts and other surprises about the Campaign.

On the Scene: NASCAR Sprint Cup Finale

Kelly Hansen was part of pre-race ceremonies on November 20, 2011, at the Homestead-Miami Raceway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 finale. Seen hanging out with Mario Lopez (EXTRA), Pia Toscano (American Idol finalist and NASCAR anthem-er) and actor Christian Slater, Hansen is pictured in photo with Lopez (left), at the event.

 

 

Texas Motor Speedway

The speedway’s “No Limits” marketing campaign and NASCAR racing in general are getting some hot-blooded stokin’… Texas Motor Speedway plans to feature the remix of Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” in its 2012 advertising and during race weekends. Pix on Kelly’s Main Page shows Kelly, NASCAR legend Richard Petty and Mick at a recent NASCAR event.

Sound Wave – New Accessory Trend for Fall Fan Fashion

The first piece of the Kelly Hansen Jewelry Collection, called SOUND WAVE, is a solid sterling silver dog-tag pendant on bead-chain. Hansen plans to donate profits from the sale of the jewelry to a charity he’ll name at the end of this year.

The notched dog tag with polished finish is 2 1/8″ x 1 1/8″ and weighs 11 grams. On one side, raised off the background, is a beautifully-depicted sound wave of Hansen saying the word, love. The Kelly Hansen signature is featured on the flip side of this stylized, sleek jewelry item.

Hansen was inspired to create the SOUND WAVE pendant after receiving a gift from several servicemen last year. According to Hansen, he wants the jewelry to express universal messages and to visualize the beauty of music in the form of wearable, detailed and edgy art: “I chose love as the first sound wave because it’s a simple and powerful word, universal in any language. I’ll be looking for a cause that reflects the importance of love in our world. Let’s spread love around, that’s the message I want to share!”

Rockin’ for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 11

Kelly Hansen and Foreigner are set to perform on the CBS day-time talk show, ‘The Talk,’ with the show airing on CBS nationwide on October 11. The show is particularly meaningful to Hansen because of its focus during Breast Cancer Awareness month. To understand the significance of Breast Cancer Awareness to Hansen, here’s what Hansen wrote on his twitter feed recently: “The beautiful woman in my life, Dyna Shirasaki, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Small & caught early, our hopes are high. Pls send love.”

Hansen’s performance on ‘The Talk’ will include a music set as well as an appearance by Dyna Shiraski. ‘The Talk’ airs weekdays on CBS at 2pm ET, 1pm PT/CT.

Rock Star Bling

Rock superstar Kelly Hansen has unveiled his new Kelly Hansen Collection, a mix of rock star glam and elegant, exceptionally-crafted jewelry. The first piece of the collection, called SOUND WAVE, is a solid sterling silver dog-tag pendant on bead-chain.

Mixing rock and roll with unique and quality collectible appeal, the SOUND WAVE pendant is both timeless and trendy. Made of solid sterling silver marked 925, the notched dog tag with polished finish is 2 1/8” x  1 1/8” and weighs 11 grams. On one side, raised off the background, is a beautifully-depicted sound wave of Hansen saying the word, love. The Kelly Hansen signature is featured on the flip side of this stylized, sleek jewelry item.

Hansen was inspired to create the SOUND WAVE pendant after receiving a gift from several servicemen last year. According to Hansen, he wants the jewelry to express universal messages and to visualize the beauty of music in the form of wearable, detailed and edgy art.

“I chose love as the first sound wave because it’s a simple and powerful word, universal in any language,” says Hansen, who plans to donate profits from the sale of the jewelry to a charity he’ll name at the end of this year. “I’ll be looking for a cause that reflects the importance of love in our world. Let’s spread love around, that’s the message I want to share!”

A 20-inch stainless steel chain with lobster clasp accompanies the SOUND WAVE dog-tag pendant, which is presented in a black-velvet pouch. Introductory price for the pendant and chain is $150. A sterling silver bead-chain may be ordered for an additional $75.

Hansen selected Newmans’ Design Mine to collaborate with him to design and produce the first piece in the Kelly Hansen jewelry collection. Ken and Barbara Newman, independent metalsmiths and goldsmiths, are renowned for their designs of one-of-a-kind pieces made of precious metals and designer gems, and for use in their custom-made pieces of specialized techniques including lost wax casting, forging, repoussé and mokume gane. Their work appears in exhibitions throughout the United States including the prestigious Carmel Art and Film Festival, the La Jolla Festival of the Arts and the Tucson Museum of Art fall and winter shows.

Kelly Hansen Does Elvis

In an all-in-one CD/DVD released September 12, Kelly Hansen enhances the extraordinary Foreigner catalog with his massive vocals and steamy renditions of Elvis Presley classics.

Hansen, who puts an incredible, soulful feel into his rendering of ‘That’s All Right,’  takes a moment to explain how high-energy Foreigner decided to experiment with going acoustic as part of the band’s new multi-disc package:

“We started doing acoustic shows in Europe during a promotional tour for “Can’t Slow Down”  and were surprised by the overwhelming response. During rehearsals for acoustic shows we experimented with in the US, we would be hanging out and just jamming on different stuff like the Beatles and the Everly brothers, stuff that influenced us early on. So we said, ‘why don’t we throw some of that in?’ at one point.”

Regarding why Foreigner expanded outside their classics in the acoustic CD, Kelly says: “We decided to add ‘That’s All Right Mama’ to “Acoustique” because Elvis and his guitarist Scotty Moore were such big influences for Mick especially. Really enjoyed it!”

 

Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen to Sing National Anthem at AAA Texas 500

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – October 26, 2010) –  Kelly Hansen, lead vocalist of the classic rock band Foreigner, returns to the Texas Motor Speedway on November 7 to perform the National Anthem for the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the 10-event chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Foreigner previously headlined the Samsung Mobile 500 pre-race show held at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009.

Hansen’s upcoming performance bolsters an impressive NASCAR weekend that also includes a superstar-studded Asphalt Chef culinary competition to be held November 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway’s Lone Star Tower clubhouse. The Asphalt Chef celebrity pairings are: Hansen with Western urban cuisine pioneer and restaurateur Tim Love; Food Network Iron Chef Mario Batali with four-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson, and Food Network host Guy Fieri with 2004 Sprint Cup Series champ Kurt Busch. ABC-TV/ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Dave Burns will offer play-by-play commentary. The Asphalt Chef judging panel includes Texas Rangers starting pitcher Tommy Hunter; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver/owner Michael Waltrip; local chef Dean Fearing, and NBC-Dallas sports director Newy Scruggs.

In addition to his Asphalt Chef culinary combat and his National Anthem rendition during the AAA Texas 500, Hansen and Foreigner band mate Jeff Pilson will perform select Foreigner classics during the Asphalt Chef event. “I get to sing for millions of NASCAR fans, cook with Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson, eat and watch the start of the race from Carl Edwards’ pit — You can’t ask for a better weekend,” says the versatile Hansen.

Tickets to see Hansen and the Asphalt Chef competition on November 6 are $250. The event runs from 6-9:30pm and includes tastings, beverages, and live and silent auctions. For information visitwww.scctexas.org or call 817-215-8421.