Lou Gramm Confirms Reunion
With Ex-Foreigner Bandmate Mick Jones
Lou Gramm has confirmed a long-hoped-for reunion with former bandmate Mick Jones, though the songs are tabbed for solo projects rather than a future studio effort by Foreigner.
“Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music,” he tells Rochester, N.Y.’s 95.1 the Brew. “I’m excited about it and very much looking forward to it. I’m actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he’s gonna be releasing, and he’s gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year.”
Gramm left Foreigner in 2003, with his last album with the band dating back to in 1994. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005, but Gramm and Jones, who co-founded Foreigner in 1976, reunited last summer for performances of the hits ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ during induction ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Reunion talk has been heating up ever since.
More recently, Jones said the two were considering a return to some leftover material from the ’80s that had been left unfinished. Gramm says they ended up focusing on demos that were of a newer vintage.
“It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003,” Gramm says. “So those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early ’00s, and they’re really good.”
Jones, the only remaining original member of the group, is currently leading Foreigner on tour with Styx and Don Felder. The ‘Soundtrack of Summer‘ shows continue through July 27.
By Nick DeRiso