Watch: Lou Gramm Sings With Foreigner at Reunion

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Lou Gramm (in foreground) reunites with Mick Jones at Foreigner’s June 20, 2017 concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Photo: Jerry Neubauer; used with permission)

Back on January 8, Foreigner co-founder Mick Jones announced that former members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood would appear on select dates of the band’s mammoth 40th Anniversary world tour.

“They’re not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances,” Jones told Billboard. “It’s the right time to do this. I’m looking forward to that and we’ll see how it goes, and I’m sure it’ll go down well.”

Fans immediately clamored for that onstage reunion of one of the most successful classic rock acts to emerge from the late ’70s. On Thursday night (July 20), they finally got their wish as the trio joined the existing band members for three songs at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY.

As the existing members of Foreigner returned to the stage for their encore, Jones said: “Three guys who I love dearly… are gonna jam with us tonight. They include our original keyboard and everything player… wonderful musician, Ian McDonald, and on keyboards Al Greenwood… and, a very special appearance by my dear friend always will be lifelong… Mr. Lou Gramm,” as the three walked onstage to thunderous applause.

A moment later, the combined band, with Gramm singing lead, launched into “Long, Long Way From Home,” from the band’s 1977 self-titled debut. They continued with their #1 smash “I Want to Know What Love Is” with lead vocals shared by Foreigner’s current lead vocalist Kelly Hansen and Gramm, accompanied by the Rhythm of the Night choir from nearby Uniondale, NY.

Watch the reunion

See the combined group finish up with “Hot Blooded”

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).

Pictured backstage before the July 20, 2017 performance (L-R): McDonald, Pilson, Hansen, Gramm, Jones, Greenwood and Frazier

Foreigner earned nine Top 10 singles during their career including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent” and “Waiting For a Girl Like You.”

Rumor has it that original drummer Dennis Elliott will be stopping by for a song or two at the band’s August 2 concert in Tampa. Original bassist Ed Gagliardi died in 2014.

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.

Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham

(Tickets are available here and here)

Jul 21 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
Jul 22 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 25 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 28 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Jul 29 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Jul 30 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug 01 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Aug 02 – Tampa, FL – Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug 03 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
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

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.

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