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Lou Gramm

Mon
27
Feb

Foreigner 40: Lou Gramm, Mick Jones Reveal Birth Of Unique Partnership

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Dallas, TX - March 8, 2017.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  examines the birth of late ‘70s rock juggernaut Foreigner with its two creative principles Lou Gramm and Mick Jones.  

Foreigner was the brainchild of Englishman and former Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones, a veteran musician in 1977 looking to re-energize his career with a fresh start in America. Jones teamed with fellow Brit Ian McDonald and they auditioned thirty-five singers before discovering Lou Gramm, an unheralded singer then in a band called Black Sheep from Rochester in upstate New York.  After a series of auditions with Gramm, this unlikely pair found common ground in the studio, putting together a remarkable debut album Foreigner of ready-made radio hits including “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold As Ice” and “Long Long Way From Home”.

Foreigner’s first release forty years ago would become the fastest selling album in Atlantic Records history. The skyrocketing success would later manifest as tension in the band and ultimately lead to a lineup change on their fourth effort, but it is the unique relationship between Lou Gramm and Mick Jones which would define Foreigner for a decade.

Speaking to Gramm and Jones, In The Studio producer and host Redbeard gets a clearer picture of the relationship behind Foreigner’s hit machine.

“I felt there was an interesting chemistry...based on Mick’s rock and roll experience and Ian’s eclectic left field background, that there would be some really really interesting songs... That was really appealing to me.”  - Lou Gramm

“We (Mick and Lou) weren’t necessarily people who would hang out together. We sometimes found it, and still do find it, awkward to be together sometimes... I’ve gotten to know Lou over these years and he’s gotten to know me. We have different tastes. We have different things we like to do in our spare time. We occasionally get together socially, but it’s quite rare.”   - Mick Jones  

FOREIGNER @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: "http://www.inthestudio.net/online-on-demand/foreigner-first-mick-jones-l...

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: “http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations”

Direct Link to Foreigner website: “http://www.foreigneronline.com”
Direct Link to Lou Gramm website: “http://www.lou-gramm.com”
Direct Link to InTheStudio website: “http://www.inthestudio.net”

 

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Mon
09
Jan

FOREIGNER Announces 40th Anniversary Tour Details: Billboard Exclusive

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Foreigner plans to make this year's 40th anniversary summer tour "a family affair" according to group founder Mick Jones -- including the other acts on the bill and the return of some prodigal sons.
The group kicks things off June 11 in Syracuse with longtime pals Cheap Trick and former drummer Jason Bonham and his band. And Mick Jones tells Billboard that original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will be appearing on select dates. "They're not on the whole tour, but there will be some appearances," Jones says. "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."
The reunions will certainly be a highlight during a busy anniversary year for Foreigner. The group will be touring extensively; In addition to the summer dates -- 37 dates running through Sept. 9 in Auburn, Wash. (tickets go on sale Jan. 13 via www.LiveNation.com) -- the group is also playing U.S. dates starting Jan. 30, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland. A two-disc, 40-track anniversary compilation with some brand new material is planned, while Jones will be publishing his memoir, A Foreigner's Tale, due out this spring.
"I could never have dreamed this would happen or that we would still have some kind of relevance 40 years later. It's unbelievable, really," says Jones, who formed Foreigner during 1976 in New York, releasing its first album a year later. "I think it's fitting at this point that we do this. I'm very proud of everything we've done and what we've achieved, and of how the new band [lineup] has fought back for me and for the heritage of Foreigner. It's kind of the way I always dreamed that Foreigner would appears, as a very exciting live band and everything that goes along with it. It's really been very inspiring for me."
The compilation album, meanwhile, will precede the tour, adding a new recording of "The Flame Still Burns," a song Jones wrote for the 1998 film Still Crazy (the group has already released a video for the song), along with "a few others in the offing, another [new] song that we're working on right now, and then all the greatest hits and more."
 
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Sat
22
Oct

THE ROCK PACK Feat. Fee Waybill, Gregg Rolie, Lou Gramm, Robin Zander, Steve Augeri & John Payne

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The Rock Pack Feat. Fee Waybill, Gregg Rolie, Lou Gramm, Robin Zander, Steve Augeri & John Payne

Rock legends unite!!! Some of the most iconic performers of our time have come together to form The Rock Pack!

The incredible lineup features:


Fee Waybill lead singer of THE TUBES
Gregg Rollie
original lead singer of SANTANA
Lou Gramm the original voice of FOREIGNER
Robin Zander
lead singer of CHEAP TRICK
Steve Augeri
former lead vocalist of JOURNEY
John Payne
former lead vocalist of ASIA

"I decided to create a unique concert concept that was start to finish full of monster hits by iconic vocalists," explains John Payne, The Rock Pack creator.

Huge screens adorn the stage and the set contains an area where each singer briefly talks about their career before launching into some of their most revered songs. Classics such as I Wanna Know What Love Is (with a gospel choir), I Want You to Want Me, Don't Stop Believing, Heat of the Moment, She's A Beauty, Black Magic Woman and many more will be performed.

Payne continues, "I wanted the Classic Rock fans of Phoenix to enjoy the hit songs of some of our most iconic bands and if you like Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick, Asia, Santana and The Tubes then COMERICA THEATRE on Friday 16th of December is the place to be."

The Rock Pack Concert
at Comerica Theatre Phoenix
Friday the 16th of December 2016

On Friday December 16th The Rock Pack hits town. Prepare for an extraordinary unprecedented concert at Phoenix's beautiful Comerica Theatre. Iconic Singers will perform Iconic Songs in a two hour hit laden Classic Rock extravaganza.

All ages show starts at 8pm with doors at 7pm

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and Comerica Theatre Box Office 1-800-745-3000
Direct link at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=the+rock+pack&q=the+rock+pack

The Rock Pack: www.therockpack.com

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Sat
02
Apr

One On One With Mitch Lafon - MICK JONES

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Legendary guitarist MICK JONES of FOREIGNER joins Mitch on episode 208 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.

MICK JONES new interview - HEAD GAMES reunion coming

LINK TO EPISODE: http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/1on1-mitch-lafon-208-mick-jones-foreigne

In the episode's only interview, FOREIGNER's MICK JONES discusses his recent health issues (heart), as well as the band's upcoming tour dates, their latest album (the acoustic) IN CONCERT - UNPLUGGED, producing VAN HALEN's 5150 album, juvenile diabetes, working again with LOU GRAMM, plans for a 40th anniversary (reunion) tour (reuniting the HEAD GAMES lineup), recording new music, singer KELLY HANSEN and much more.

Quotes from the MICK JONES interview:

His heart issues (time at 5.02): "It really gave me a chance to stop and think about things a bit. First of all, think about how the hell I was going to deal with my life after that."

Kelly Hansen (Time 8.39): "He was an incredible addition to the band. It was absolutely vital that we had somebody who could step into 'those shoes'. He's just gone from better to better to better. Can't describe it really. He's just so dedicated."

Van Halen's 5150 (time 12.55) : "I guess I liked to live dangerously.  I had known Sammy (Hagar) quite well over the years and that was the connection. It was a formidable atmosphere when I got there and I was nervous - I really was."

40th year anniversary and working with LOU GRAMM again (25.02): "It's quite possible. We've actually been talking about it. We're all working on trying to make it happen. It's kind of exciting. Hopefully it'll be feasible and possible to pull it off."

REUNITING the HEAD GAMES line up (time 25.43): "Lou and I have communicated and we've kept up a sort of loose communication as I have actually also with Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott and Rick Wills. We're at the early stages, but we're trying to put something together to commemorate (it's scary when I say it) 40 years."

For more about FOREIGNER visit:
Online: http://www.foreigneronline.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Foreigner
TWITTER: @ForeignerMusic
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6IRouO5mvvfcyxtPDKMYFN

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2015
 
Thu
21
May

LOU GRAMM Announces First 2015 Live Dates

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LOU GRAMM, THE VOICE OF FOREIGNER, TO EMBARK ON
EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER/FALL TOUR IN 2015
 
LEGENDARY LEAD SINGER OF ONE OF ROCK'S GREATEST BANDS
TO PERFORM AN EVENING FULL OF HITS WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AT DELTA CLASSIC CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5      
 
If you listen to classic rock radio on a daily basis, you'd be hard-pressed to go a full day without hearing the distinctive and powerful vocals of Lou Gramm blasting through your speakers. 
As the voice of Foreigner, one of rock's most popular and successful bands, Lou can be heard on every single one of the band's classic hits, which includes sixteen Top 30 songs and nine Top 10's over the years. For those into chart success, that's one less than the Eagles and the same as Fleetwood Mac.
 
Here are the Top 10's: "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Feels Like The First Time," "I Don't Want To Live Without You," "Say You Will" and "Cold As Ice."
You know them well.

And let's not forget "Head Games," the rock anthem, "Juke Box Hero" and other rockers such as "Dirty White Boy," "That Was Yesterday," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Break It Up" that cracked the Top 30.
By 1980, Foreigner's first eight singles (from their first three albums, Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games) entered the Billboard Top 20 charts, making them the first band to achieve that feat since the Beatles.                     

On Friday, June 5, fans are in for a real rock and roll treat as Lou will performing a vast selection of those Foreigner hits, along with such solo hits as "Midnight Blue" and "Just Between You and Me," with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor: Brent Havens) and his band at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia.         
One hit after another.
      
In 1978, shortly after the release of "Hot Blooded," Circus magazine remarked that Lou had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.
Of course, the rest was rock and roll history as when all might have been said but not yet done, Foreigner would join Led Zeppelin on the Atlantic Records label as one of the most successful artists ever on the imprint.                
In May of 2013, Lou, with the help of writer Scott Pitoniak, released a must-read autobiography titled, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll (Triumph Books).
 
A month later, he would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Lou and his band -- currently comprised of brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards -- have been on the road since the beginning of the year and have already performed a few dozen shows to date.
After the Chastain Park Amphitheater performance in early June, Lou will continue to tour throughout the year (see current itinerary below).
Come out and hear the voice behind the songs that have propelled Foreigner's worldwide album sales to exceed 75 million units, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all-time.     
 
Lou Gramm Official Website and Links:        
www.lougramm.com 
www.lougramm.com/tour 
www.lougramm/discography
 
Lou Gramm Tour 2015*
 
Thursday, May 21 - Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington
Saturday, May 23 - Bakersfield Rockin Country Festival in Bakersfield, California
Friday, June 5 - Chastain Amphitheatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, June 6 - Old Shawnee Days Festival in Shawnee, Kansas
Saturday, June 20 - Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio
Saturday, June 27 - Rockin Ribs Festival in Augusta, New Jersey
Saturday, July 4 - Sun Peaks Concert Series in Sun Peaks Village, British Columbia, Canada
Friday, July 10 - Peacefest in Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, July 11 - BobStock in Fort Morgan, Colorado
Thursday, July 16 - La Fete Du Lac Nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, July 19 - Great S. Bay Music Fest in Patchogue, New York     
Monday, July 27 - Olds Agricultural Grandstand in Olds, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 31 - Rockin on the River Series in North Tonawanda, New York     
Friday, August 14 - Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin
Friday, August 28 - Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia
Saturday, August 29 - DeKalb Corn Festival in DeKalb, Illinois
Wednesday, September 2 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, September 3 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, September 12 - Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico          
 
*Additional dates to be announced. 
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2015
 
Wed
11
Jun

SUPERSTARS OF CLASSIC ROCK HONOR THE MUSIC & LEGACY OF THE DOORS

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Superstars Of Classic Rock Honor The Music & Legacy Of The Doors Feat. Members of Deep Purple, Foreigner, Yes, Rainbow, Mountain, Moody Blues, ELP and Others!

Featuring Todd Rundgren, Ian Gillan, Edgar Winter, Steve Morse, David Johansen, Larry Coryell, Mark Farner, Patirck Moraz, Mick Box, Keith Emerson, Lou Gramm, Leslie West, Thijs Van Leer, Steve Cropper, Rick Wakeman, Roye Albrighton, Nik Turner, Steve Hillage, Zoot Horn Rollo and Others!

Los Angeles, CA - A star-studded syndicate of rock virtuosos have gathered together to pay tribute to one of the best loved and most influential bands of all-time, The Doors, on a new CD release titled Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To The Doors to be released by Purple Pyramid Records on June 24th! Produced by the extraordinarily talented Billy Sherwood, the album features brand new interpretations of classic Doors cuts that defined an entire generation, songs such as 'Light My Fire,' 'Riders On The Storm,' 'Break On Through (To The Other Side),' 'Love Her Madly,' 'L.A. Woman,' 'People Are Strange,' and lots more!

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear some of The Doors' peers and prodigies tackle these seminal songs. Not one but TWO members of the quintessential prog rock band Yes, keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman and lead guitarist Steve Howe, joined Deep Purple's Ian Gillan on the signature song, 'Light My Fire,' which as Wakeman explains, 'has always been one of those iconic tracks that keyboard players listen to because of the fact that there are so few tracks with keyboard/organ solos on them compared to our six-stringed buddies. It's also a solo area that is totally open to interpretation so whatever you do is not comparable to the original, so it was an absolute joy to do.' Howe likewise enthuses, 'I was delighted to play on this album as The Doors were a band I heard a lot as everywhere I went in the late '60s their music was playing, at friend's, in restaurants, gigs & bars throughout London. I'm sure I saw them play at Middle Earth, a then hip club. Then, when the reissue more recently came out, I got totally back into their music, especially 'Light My Fire.''

Another keyboard legend, Geoff Downes, likewise extolled the genius of Doors' organist Ray Manzarek saying, 'It was a real privilege to be asked to participate in this project. Ray Manzarek was one of the pioneers of keyboard playing in rock music, and had a major influence on me and many others. His style was totally unique, and an integral element into what made The Doors sound the way they did.'

Meanwhile, renegade guitarist Steve Morse, of Dixie Dregs fame, recollects that The Doors were 'a soundtrack, literally, for some of the most memorable times, good and bad, that I experienced as a young teen. Like many of my favorites, they were adventurous, improvising, unafraid of what the media might say, and all with a sort of lyrical freedom that still stands up today.' The Cars' lead axeman Elliot Easton proclaims, 'I had a wonderful time reinterpreting 'Spanish Caravan,'' a song Easton found both 'challenging and very rewarding!' And jazz fusion Larry Coryell concludes, 'The Doors were the unofficial representatives to the world for LA, not 'Los Angeles,' but 'LA.' Their sound - raunchy, cluttered, sassy, leering, kind of mean, and always horny was the sound of LA/Los Angeles itself. How many times circa '65-66 did my first wife Julie and I drive through LA on the freeway listening to, say, 'Love Me Two Times,' and think that The Doors were the sound of LA just as clearly as Thelonious Monk was the sound of NYC.'

That sound continues to reverberate outward through both space and time, touching each new generation around the globe and keeping The Doors' flame burning brighter than ever! Producer Billy Sherwood sums it up when he declares, 'The Doors' music will live on forever, and it's my hope that we've paid tribute to the band in the highest way possible.'

1. L.A. Woman - Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash) & Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues)
2. Love Me Two Times - Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Thijs van Leer (Focus) & Larry Coryell
3. Roadhouse Blues - Leslie West (Mountain), Brian Auger & Rod Piazza
4. Love Her Madly - Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) & Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
5. Riders On The Storm - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Tony Kaye (Yes) & Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The M.G.'s)
6. The Crystal Ship - Edgar Winter & Chris Spedding
7. Intro (People Are Strange) - Keith Emerson, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter & Joel Druckman (John Fahey)
8. People Are Strange - David Johansen (NY Dolls) & Billy Sherwood (Yes)
9. Touch Me - Robert Gordon, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Steve Morse & Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
10. The Soft Parade - Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Christopher North (Ambrosia) & Steve Hillage (Gong)
11. Hello, I Love You - Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) & Roye Albrighton (Nektar)
12. Spanish Caravan - Eric Martin (Mr. Big) & Elliot Easton (The Cars)
13. Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) - Todd Rundgren & Geoff Downes (Yes / Asia) & Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart)
14. Break On Through (To The Other Side) - Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) & Chick Churchill (Ten Years After)
15. Light My Fire - Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Rick Wakeman (Yes) & Steve Howe (Yes)
16. The End - Pat Travers & Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)

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