FOREIGNER: Want to Know Where Mick Is?
Foreigner founder and guitarist Mick Jones made his first public appearance since undergoing heart surgery when he accepted gold and platinum awards for four of the band's singles at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala at Texas Motor Speedway.
The awards were for "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Hot Blooded" and "Juke Box Hero." Jones and the band were also recognized with an award for their generosity toward Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. The award is given for humanitarian efforts that go above and beyond to assist Speedway Children's Charities in their mission to assist children in North Texas. Foreigner raised nearly $30,000 for the charity when they auctioned off four items, including an on-stage serenade by lead singer Kelly Hansen that went for $9,500.
In accepting the awards Jones said, "I hope to be back in the saddle soon, but nothing could keep me away from this event. It is a thrill for us to be part of the NASCAR firmament and a particular honor to have one of my personal heroes, [driver] Tony Stewart, present us with these awards... NASCAR fans are our kind of people."
A special version of Foreigner's "Hot Blooded" is the theme for the entire 2012 racing season at the Texas Motor Speedway.