Filmed last October 2010 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Hitman Returns, the follow-up concert to the hugely popular 2008 Hitman: David Foster & Friends, is an all-star celebration featuring even more chart-topping stars and music from the 15-time Grammy Award-winners extensive career catalog.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center concert followed showman Fosters 10-city Foster + Friends tour which sold out across the country. We had such a phenomenal time last go round, I knew that I wanted to come back with a stronger, bigger and even more theatrical show that would be totally unforgettable. I think we succeeded in assembling some of the greatest voices out there for one night, stated Foster. I was thrilled to be hosting and accompanying my friends on this very special night, he concluded.
Fosters high profile friends on this occasion include All-4-One, Martina McBride, Charice, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind & Fire, Americas Got Talent sensation Jackie Evancho, Lara Fabian, Ne-Yo, Michael Bolton, pedal steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins, Seal, Ruben Studdard, and Donna Summer, performing songs either written, produced or connected to Foster over the course of his prolific musical career.
The evening offers a succession of showstopping solos, from both veteran performers and newcomers, the latter category represented in spectacular fashion by 10-year-old phenomenon Jackie Evanchos renditions of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Pie Jesu and Puccinis O Mio Babbino Caro, and Glee star Charices soulful All By Myself.
But the concert is also thrilling for its striking duets: Bolton and Seals bluesy mash-up of When a Man Loves a Woman and Its a Man World; Natalie Cole and Ruben Studdards nostalgic When I Fall in Love; Lara Fabian and Boltons fervent The Prayer; and Donna Summer and Seals powerhouse medley of Unbreak My Heart, Crazy, and On the Radio.
Foster who has been nominated for an unprecedented 45 Grammy awards, won two Emmys and was an Oscar nominee has discovered and nurtured the careers of megastars such as Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. He has well as created chart-topping hits for legends Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire & Chaka Khan.
Song Rundown (as of press time)
David Foster Winter Games
Kenny Loggins Heart To Heart
Chaka Khan Through the Fire
All-4-One I Swear
Natalie Cole / Ruben Studdard When I Fall In Love
Jackie Evancho Pie Jesu
Jackie Evancho O Mio Babbino Caro
Martina McBride Weve Got Tonight
Michael Bolton / Seal Medley When A Man Loves A Woman / Its A Mans World
Chaka Khan Im Every Woman
Earth Wind & Fire Medley In The Stone / September / After The Love Has Gone
Lara Fabian Caruso
Ne-Yo Miss Independent
Charice All By Myself
Ne-Yo, Charice, Robert Randolph Earth Song
Lara Fabian / Michael Bolton The Prayer
Donna Summer / Seal Medley Unbreak My Heart / Crazy / On The Radio
Donna Summer Last Dance
David Foster: Hit Man Returns CD:
1. Earth, Wind & Fire - In The Stone/September
2. Martina McBride - We've Got Tonight
3. Michael Bolton/Seal - When A Man Loves A Woman/It's A Man's Man's Man's World
4. Charice - All By Myself
5. Natalie Cole/Ruben Studdard - When I Fall In Love
6. Jackie Evancho - Pie Jesu
7. Lara Fabian - Caruso
8. Donna Summer/Seal - Unbreak My Heart/Crazy/On The Radio
9. Ruben Studdard - Home
10. Kenny Loggins - Forever
11. Chaka Khan Through The Fire