July 2, 2014: Tour buses for the bands Styx and Foreigner caught fire in a parking lot in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Two classic rock bands gave a big thank you to the Philadelphia Fire Department for coming to their aid last week.
The tour buses for Styx and Foreigner caught fire on July 2 in Northern Liberties. The buses were used for crews supporting the bands, in town to play at WMGK's Let Freedom Rock Fest.
Foreigner let fans know everyone was fine.
Thankfully the buses were not occupied, Band and Crew are Safe http://t.co/Kg9BEFxyRE
— Foreigner (@ForeignerMusic) July 2, 2014
The fire started on the Styx bus and spread to the Foreigner bus, WMGK’s promotion director Dan Fein said.
Both buses were empty at the time, and people had already removed most of their belongings from them. No gear was damaged, Fein said.
To thank the Philadelphia Fire Department for their efforts, the bands gave $10,000 to the Philadelphia Fire Department Local #22 Widows Fund. During their show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden last Thursday, the bands donated proceeds from the sale of their joint compilation album "The Soundtrack of Summer" to the local fireman's charity.
The groups were two of the hottest bands back in the '70s and '80s, Styx on the strength of hits like “Show Me the Way” and “Rockin’ the Paradise” and Foreigner with hits “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded."