Singer Lou Gramm has confirmed that he and the other founding members of FOREIGNER will join the group's current lineup "for a song or two" at a concert on the band's upcoming tour.
Although he initially insisted that he hadn't been invited to reunite with FOREIGNER on the trek, he tweeted on Monday (January 9): "After 24 hours of some crossed wires and miscommunication, I can confirm that I and the rest of the original band have been invited to join FOREIGNER for a song or two at any show during this 40th anniversary year. [Drummer] Dennis Elliot and [bassist] Rick Wills will be in St. Augustine, FL on 2/24. [Multi-instrumentalist] Ian McDonald, [keyboardist] Al Greenwood and I will perform on a date yet to be determined."
Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. Kelly Hansen has fronted the group since 2005. Jones is the sole remaining founding member in FOREIGNER's current lineup.
Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. "I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y'know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, 'cause they're gonna sing them," he said. "Lou came up with some great titles; I think 'Head Games', I think 'Hot Blooded', too. And he developed into a really good writer."
FOREIGNER's 40th-anniversary tour — with support from CHEAP TRICK and JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE — kicks off July 11 in Syracuse and runs through through September 9 in Auburn, Washington.
Tickets for the tour go on sale January 13 via Live Nation.