The '70s unleashed the rock anthems of Foreigner that can still be heard today. Songs like "Hotblooded"
and "Cold as Ice" propelled Foreigner straight to the top of rock charts where the group claimed platinum status over and
over again. With seasoned rocker Mick Jones behind the wheel, the success of Foreigner's brand of arena rock was a testament
to the fact that audiences were hungry for a solid middle ground between the jagged nature of punk and the flighty sounds
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Foreigner took shape in 1976, rooted in lead guitarist Mick Jones'
need "to combine blues and R&B with British rock and make it sound soulful and authentic." By the time he established
Foreigner, Jones was already in tune with the music business. During the mid-'70s, he gigged with bands like the Spooky Tooth
and The Leslie West Band. Discouraged by the dissolution of The Leslie West Band and dedicated to making a name for himself
in the industry, Jones began to seek out members for a new group.
The first to join was Ian McDonald, an ex-King Crimson
guitarist. The prolific musician was shortly followed by the additions of Dennis Elliott (drummer), Al Greenwood (keyboard
player) and Ed Gagliardi (bass) to the fold. The only thing missing was someone to lead them on vocals. After 50 auditions,
Jones discovered New York native, Louis Grammatico, who was known as Lou Gramm. The cast was complete.
The band settled
on Foreigner as the name because its assembly of talent came from both sides of the Atlantic. With their new identity in tact,
the band set out to cut an album and score a record deal. Although their initial attempts failed due to the overwhelming number
of rock groups already in existence, Atlantic Records finally took notice and recognized the band's potential.
debut eponymous album arrived in March 1977, and it instantly topped the charts. And, it sold more than five million copies,
rising far above Jones' expectations.
Foreigner went against the grain and sold singles along with albums. Songwriters
Gramm and Jones were even given Grammy nods for Best New Artist. Tunes like "Long, Long Way from Home" and "Cold as Ice" garnered
a strong cult following, who helped launch the band into immediate fame.
Understanding that he needed to leverage on
this success, Jones and the band went back into the studio to work on their next album. In a move that was considered bold
by many, Foreigner recruited Keith Olsen, producer for the Grateful Dead, to take the place of John Sinclair and Gary Lyons.
change worked for them. Double Vision (1978) was greeted with extreme praise, and the album became a tremendous hit for the
group. It sold more than seven million copies in the U.S. Tracks like "Hot Blooded" and the title single saturated the airwaves,
scoring high on the U.S. charts. The album settled into the Top 10 for six months.
Their third album, Head Games (1979),
proved to be another massive hit for the band, generating Top 10 singles like "Dirty White Boy."
In 1980, Jones made
another bold move and got rid of McDonald and Greenwood. The group was left as a quartet. Their next album the aptly named
4 dropped in 1981.
Jones proved to have a method to his madness, and he recruited Mutt Lange as producer and filled
the band vacancies with guest artists, including Junior Walker, whose saxophone solo is one of the most memorable on Foreigner's
The advent of the MTV generation came along with its own set of challenges, demanding that Foreigner
keep up with the times. They responded with Agent Provocateur in 1984. Backed by the New Jersey Mass Choir, "I Wanna Know
What Love Is" became a huge hit.
Their next album, Inside Information, arrived in 1987. Two years later, citing creative
differences with Jones, frontman Gramm exited the band.
Jones replaced Gramm with Johnny Edwards. The change didn't
go over well with fans, and the 1991 album, Unusual Heat, didn't fare well on the music scene.
Elliott was the next
member to leave Foreigner. Foreigner struggled for years to try to find a replacement drummer.
In 1992, Gramm came back
to Foreigner. The reunion was just long enough for Foreigner to come out with a greatest hits album and Mr. Moonlight (1995).
1995 album flailed near the bottom of the charts. And as the future of the group lay in uncertainty, Gramm struggled with
health issues. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the medication he was taking affected his voice.
In 1999, Gramm
was healthy enough to take a summer tour with Foreigner that shared the bill with Journey. However, the feud between Gramm
and Jones re-ignited and the two went their separate ways in 2002.
Jones, now the last man standing from the original
lineup, failed to create a new Foreigner. In 2004, the band made an appearance for a one-off show, which featured Jason Bonham,
the son of John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin. This was Foreigner's last show for three years.
In 2007, Jones revived
the group, joining Def Leppard and Styx on an American tour. Bonham became the group's drummer and Kelly Hansen, ex-Hurricane
singer, took the lead on vocals. The endeavor proved to be successful, and Foreigner hit the road again later on that year,
celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Greatest Hits tour.
The discography of Foreigner
is comprised of nine studio albums, 13 compilation albums, two live albums and nearly 40 singles.
the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Award Ceremony, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm were officially inducted into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame in June 2013. The pair, who have had a history of creative disputes, performed together joined by Thom Gimbel
and the house band.
Foreigner Concert Experience
There's nothing like seeing your favorite band take the
stage and perform their time-tested hits and latest tunes. When you come out to a Foreigner concert, you will see why they
have become legendary in the music world. Their energy on stage is second to none and they can rock out as well as performers
half their age. They are classic rockers who deliver an extraordinary show every time they take the stage.
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