TORONTO, Canada – The search for the original “Juke Box Hero” is on! The iconic band Foreigner is looking for the die-hard fan who inspired the song in honor of the upcoming musical “Juke Box Hero” which premieres at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in February.
Lou Gramm and Mick Jones were the writers of the song, which Jones says, came about from an experience they had in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We’d gone to the arena for a sound check, 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,” said Jones. “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 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.”
Interest in finding this fan was sparked by Canadian DJ Stu Jeffries as he reminisced about the 40th anniversary of the iconic song.
The fan, who will need to share key facts to confirm himself as the “Juke Box Hero,”will win a trip to join Mick Jones at the Toronto Premiere of “Jukebox Hero: The Musical” which debuts at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in February.
If you are the “Juke Box Hero,” or think you know who it is, share tips and your personal story here.