of the band Foreigner rocks the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, Va., in 2002.
...Tommy Gimbel will be returning home tonight when he takes the stage at the Morristown Community Theatre as a member of the rock band Foreigner.Gimbel, 45, who's been a in the British band for more than a decade, entered the world at Morristown Memorial Hospital and attended Normandy Park School.
plays rhythm guitar, saxophone and flute for the band that was launched in 1976 by British musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald.Jones is the lone remaining original member, but reconstituted the band with Gimbel, Jason Bonham, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Jacobs and Jeff Pilson.
>"I think it's been a great relationship," Gimbel
said during a phone interview from Los Angeles.
...Gimbel, who attended West Morris Mendham High School for two years, eventually wound up in Boston at Berklee College of Music, where he got a degree in jazz composition.
"I started playing the bars,"he
said of his
start."Back in the day that's how you did it."
name caught on and he
was recommended to fellow musician Jon Butcher.
"At that point it was all word of mouth and a sound man recommended me to Aerosmith," he
said of the famous Boston-based band he
toured with for two years in the early 1990s.For the most part, though, Gimbel has been a member of Foreigner for more than 10 years and said he was a fan of the band when they first hit American airwaves in the 1970s.
"We heard them on the radio," he
said."I was actually very fond of their music."Gimbel pointed to his West Morris music teacher Doug Beavers as a huge influence early in his musical life.
"He was a nice kid, and he seemed to be a few steps ahead of the rest of the class," Beavers said of Gimbel
, who at that time in the mid-1970s was fond of playing the sax and keyboards.
As for the show in Morristown, Gimbel
said it's something for the whole family.
"We have a whole new wave of teenagers, 20-something-year-olds who have discovered the music," he