Foreigner is currently in search for the fan who had inspired their classic song, "Juke Box Hero" from their 1981 album, "4".
The song was written by the band's guitarist, Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm after inviting a young fan backstage when they were on tour.
“That stemmed from an experience that we had, I think it was in Cincinnati,” Jones told SongFacts, 10 years ago. “We'd gone to the arena for a soundcheck, and it was pouring down rain, and there were a bunch of fans waiting at the door. ... When we came back for the show later on, all that was left was one lonely fan, a young guy waiting out there in the rain, soaked to the skin. I thought, ‘Well, he's waiting like five hours here, maybe we'll take him in and give him a glimpse of what happens backstage at a show.’
And this kid was just mesmerized with everything. I saw this look in his eyes, and I thought, ‘He’s seeing this for the first time, he's having this experience.’
“And this kid was just mesmerized with everything. I saw this look in his eyes, and I thought, ‘He’s seeing this for the first time, he's having this experience.’ … I just imagined what was going through his mind. And I'd been toying with this title, 'Juke Box Hero.’ I thought it was almost a satire on what we did and how it was perceived from an audience level and public. That's how it originated.”
In conjunction with Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero" musical, the band has launched a fan search to find the young kid who was invited backstage all those years ago. The website states that "Foreigner's Jukebox Hero went above and beyond, standing in the rain for hours to see his favourite band. How far have you gone to prove your dedication to your favorite band? Have you met your musical hero? Been inspired by a musical experience? Share your story and you could join Foreigner at the world premiere of Jukebox Hero: The Musical!" The musical premieres at the Ed Mirvish Theater in Toronto this 20th Feb.