Several original FOREIGNER members joined guitarist Mick Jones and the current lineup of FOREIGNER on stage last night (Friday, October 4) as part of the "Double Vision: Then & Now" concert at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena. Drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Rick Wills and guitarist/saxophonist Ian McDonald played five songs with musicians from FOREIGNER's current incarnation: "Feels Like The First Time", "Blue Morning, Blue Day", "Long, Long Way From Home", "Dirty White Boy" and "I Want To Know What Love Is".
Singer Lou Gramm, who was originally scheduled to appear at the gig, was hospitalized last week at the Unity Hospital at Park Ridge in Rochester, New York with a severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue. He hoped to be ready to appear during the FOREIGNER "Double Vision: Then & Now" tour and some scheduled shows with ASIA. Unfortunately, at his follow-up appointment, his doctor pronounced him unable to perform at these shows.
Gramm stated: "I'm very disappointed about not being able to perform at the FOREIGNER 'Double Vision: Then & Now' shows for all the fans. My doctor insists if I pushed myself to perform, I would be in big trouble. So doctor's orders, I ride the bench. Rock on!"
Jones expressed: "We will all miss Lou at our upcoming shows and we join all his family, friends, and fans in wishing him a speedy recovery."
Last November's "Double Vision: Then And Now" concerts were held in Los Angeles, California; Rancho Mirage, California; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Uncasville, Connecticut.
FOREIGNER's first-ever ticketed reunion concert featuring all original members took place in August 2018 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Gramm and 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 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.