Foreigner Reunite With Orig. Drummer Dennis Elliott

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The band takes a bow. That’s Elliott (in shorts) looking at Jones. (Photo: Vicky D Photography; used with permission)

On July 20, three original members of Foreigner joined the band’s current lineup for an onstage reunion at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. That night, Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood rejoined Mick Jones for three songs including “Long, Long Way From Home,” their #1 smash “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Hot Blooded.” Our recap–including video of the performances–is here.

This past Wednesday, August 2, another original member–drummer Dennis Elliott–reunited with Jones at the band’s August 2 concert at the Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, Fla.

The band’s hit-packed set included “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision” and “Urgent.” The group then returned to the stage for their encore. After performing “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Jones was called to the microphone. “I have a special friend here. He was the original drummer in Foreigner. We thought we’d get back together tonight and jam on a couple of songs for you. Mr. Dennis Elliott!”

Watch Jones’ introduction and Elliott joining in on “Long Long Way From Home” and “Hot Blooded”

On May 26, the group commemorated their big anniversary with a new compilation titled 40 that includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. Order the CD here and the double-vinyl version (that features 23 songs) here.

Related: Our inside story of how Foreigner signed with Atlantic

The current lineup is Jones (lead guitar), Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums).

Foreigner fans are encouraged to sign a new petition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, asking them to induct the band into the Hall of Fame. Click here to do so.

Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham

(Tickets are available here and here)

Aug 05 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug 06 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Aug 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug 11 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 12 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Aug 13 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
Aug 15 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Aug 16 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
Aug 18 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
Aug 19 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 20 – Austin, TX – austin360 Amphitheater
Aug 23 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Aug 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug 26 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Aug 27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Aug 29 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Sep 01 – Marysville, CA – Toyota Amphitheater
Sep 02 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 04 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep 08 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sep 09 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre

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(Photo of Foreigner in Tampa, Fla., August 2, 2017 via Vicky D Photography.)

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  1. Ray
    #1 Ray 7 August, 2017, 07:58

    The Foreigner of today isn’t the Foreigner I loved. With Mick Jones the only original member left, it’s a hollow shell of what this band was.

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