The songs have been classic rock staples for decades.

Foreigner’s music has attracted generations of fans. Even casual listeners can sing along to the words of “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded” and “Feels Like the First Time.”

The band comes to Indianapolis on Sunday as part of its 40th anniversary tour. Joined by Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Foreigner will unveil a mix of all-time favorites and newer material for the crowd at Klipsch Music Center.

Joining the band on their No. 1 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” will be members of the Greenwood Community High School choir, who will help provide backing melodies for the song.

In advance of Sunday’s show, Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson shared what it has been like celebrating 40 years on this tour.

What has the tour been like so far this summer?

It’s been great. It’s Foreigner’s 40th anniversary tour, and who better to have an anniversary tour than with another band celebrating 40 years: Cheap Trick. We toured with them in 1978, so it’s very full circle here.

What has it been like having high school choirs join you on stage like Greenwood’s will be doing Sunday?

It’s fabulous. These kids are so excited, and they do such an amazing job. It’s impressive to watch. With school funding being so imperiled these days, a lot of times the first thing to go is the music program. This helps us call attention to the fact that school funding does need help, especially music programs and the arts.

What is it like touring with a group of talented musicians in Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience?

It makes all the difference in the world. This is a great show start to finish. I love hearing the music, so I never get sick of the music. And that’s due to the fact that these bands are so good.

What does it mean to you to be part of this 40th anniversary tour?

For me, it’s pretty incredible. I was a Foreigner fan before I was in the band. I love the band and I loved the music. It’s an honor to be part of that legacy. It’s a special tour to be involved with. Foreigner shows are so interactive — the crowds sing along, these songs mean so much to people.

If you go

Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville

Tickets: Start at $21.50

Information: foreigneronline.com

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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at rtrares@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2727.