Kiss 98.5 radio contest creates unique opportunity for Feb. 21 performance
High school choirs from throughout Western New York can earn the chance to perform one of the most wildly popular rock ballads in history onstage with the band that made the song famous.
Staring Monday, Feb. 2, radio station WKSE-FM "Kiss" 98.5, in conjunction with Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Foreigner, will run a contest in which one local high school choir will be selected to sing the timeless hit "I Want to Know What Love Is" with Foreigner during the band's Feb. 21 performance at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
To enter, choirs must submit an audio clip of group members singing any portion of the song via the radio station's website, www.kiss985.com, where complete contest rules can be found. A winning choir will be selected the following week.
Only high school choirs are eligible and the winning one will have no more than 25 members participate in the Feb. 21 performance. Foreigner will donate $500 to the winning school's choir program.
"Imagine the memory one of our local high school choirs will have to share," said Doni Taube, senior vice president of marketing for Seneca Gaming Corp. "We are thrilled to have Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino be the spot for such an indelible moment in the lives of these young Western New Yorkers."
"Kiss 98.5 has always given our listeners the most exciting concert experiences. To have the opportunity to share the stage with one of the greatest rock bands ever is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," added Kiss morning show host Janet Snyder.
Released in late 1984, "I Want to Know What Love Is" went on to reach No. 1 on the charts in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Canada, Norway and Sweden. It remains the biggest of Foreigner's many hit songs. In 2004, the ballad was included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
"As far as I'm concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity. Anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music is our goal in this partnership," Foreigner guitarist and founding member Mick Jones said.
In addition to the performance by the local choir, sales of a special CD/DVD the night of the performance will go to support The Grammy Foundation, which supports public high school music programs and provides numerous programs and opportunities to students and educators across the country.
One of the best-selling bands of all time, Foreigner brings its classic songs to the Seneca Niagara Events Center stage for an 8 p.m. performance. In addition to "I Want to Know What Love Is," the band's remarkable number of instantly recognizable Top 40 hits includes "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Dirty White Boy," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Urgent" and "Say You Will."
Tickets for all Seneca Resorts & Casinos shows are available at select Seneca Resort & Casino retail outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.
More information about the venue is available by calling 1-877-8-SENECA (1-877-873-6322) or visiting www.SenecaCasinos.com.