After years of estrangement and two single-night appearances together, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm have buried the hatchet and will reunite the original Foreigner band.
The reunion will be for two nights, October 6 and 7, at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Joining the two principals will be Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott and Ian McDonald, who were all in the original band, and bassist Rick Wills who took over for Ed Gagliardi in 1979.
The two shows will be filmed for later release.
Jones told Billboard “One thing for sure is all the musicians are getting on very well together and it’s just refreshing and we’re really enjoying it. Lou is good, and he’s kept his voice. Al and Ian are playing the same as they did 40 years ago, basically, and it’s a hoot. It’s great adrenaline and very enjoyable. I think there’s no bad apple anywhere in the whole thing, so I can’t see any big problems.”
It is also possible that the current lineup of Foreigner with Jones, Thom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Kelly Hanson, Michael Bluestein, Bruce Watson and Chris Frazier will be joining the original band for a couple of songs.
There is also talk of the reunion continuing in the future with both bands on the stage; however, it most likely would not end up being a full tour as Gramm has said he is retiring from regular performing after this year.
Foreigner scored five top ten albums between 1977 and 1984 along with nine top ten singles including “Feels Like the First Time”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Waiting For a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”.