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Foreigner’s Jones and Gramm end feud

Foreigner mainman Mick Jones and ex-singer Lou Gramm will share a stage in June for the first time in a decade – putting a long and bitter feud behind them.

They’re reuniting for their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame – and Gramm says it was easy to finally pick up the phone and call his former colleague as they’re being recognised for the creation of world-class tracks including Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded and Juke Box Hero.

The vocalist tells Artisan News: “I’ve talked with Mick for the first time in over ten years. He seems to be doing well; his health has improved quite a bit.

“It wasn’t so difficult, considering we were both being honoured as a songwriting team. I called him and congratulated him, then he congratulated me.

“We both knew they were expecting us to perform a couple of songs and we got right down to talking about it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Gramm left Foreigner in 2003, citing Jones’ inability to keep away from alcohol as the main reason. He later said he’d felt like a sideman during much of his time with the band, and in 2009 he told Smashing Interviews that Jones had deliberately elbowed him out of writing credits for hit track I Want To Know What Love Is. He separately suggested Jones had sabotaged the release of his 1991 Shadow King album by applying pressure to their mutual record label.

In 2011 he said the lineup of Foreigner featuring his replacement Kelly Hansen was “false advertising,” adding: “He’s put a new band together, and is calling it Foreigner. And that’s all well and good, but unless I’m singing, it’s not.”

For his part, Jones felt he had good reason for continuing under the name. He said: “Through the 90s Lou and I were really not seeing eye-to-eye. I always felt Lou was far more interested in doing a solo career. So I’d been fighting a long time. I just wanted to resuscitate the band and see if I could really present the band I felt Foreigner deserved to be.”

’s Johttp://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/foreigner-mick-jones-and-lou-gramm-end-feud/nes and Gramm end feud

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Foreigner Reunites With Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood And Ian McDonald For First Time Since 1980

July 21, 2017


Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner reunited for a three-song encore during the band's concert last night (Thursday, July 20) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York. Singer Lou Gramm, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined Mick Jones to perform "Long, Long Way From Home", "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Hot Blooded". This marked the first time Jones, Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald had all shared a stage together since 1980.


Said Mick Jones: "It was great to have Lou, Al and Ian join us on stage last night, and certainly brought back some special memories. All the original guys are out there playing live shows and working studio projects. A performance by the entire original band for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction next year would be a great way to cap off our fortieth-anniversary celebrations."


Video footage of last night's concert can be seen below.


During an appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Gramm stated about the prospect of playing with his former bandmates again: "Mick and I have talked about it at length. I think there's a number of the original bandmembers that still play their instruments, and I think that if I make an appearance, it will be with the rest of the band, the original band. And we'll do half a dozen songs and then maybe do some things with his band."


Although Gramm said that he would be open to doing "a song or two" with only the current Foreigner lineup, he added that he "would feel a lot better with the original members around me. I just would think it's appropriate, given what we're celebrating."


Gramm, who learned two decades ago that he had what he called an "egg-sized tumor with tentacle-like appendages" in his frontal lobe, said that his health was "very good" at the moment "considering what I went through back in 1997." He explained; "I take care of myself explicitly. I've let go of all the alcohol and the drugs and that kind of life. And the life I'm leading now is probably what I should have been doing for all those years too. But I'm doing it now. And all my numbers are good, thank God. And after something like that, you can live a good, healthy life, but you have to really be serious about maintenance."


Gramm's tumor turned out to be benign and he recovered, but it took years to retrain himself as a singer. He told "Trunk Nation" that adhering to a healthier regimen has helped him keep his voice in shape while out on the road. "Huge! Big time!' he said. "I drink a lot of water and try not to drink sugar-loaded things or things that will create phlegm, like milk and stuff. There's just certain things that you can do to help yourself. I warm up extensively before a show -- my voice, that is -- singing scales and little pieces of our songs and such. I get a short massage to loosen up shoulders that are tight and shoulder blades and neck muscles that I'll have to really depend on to hit the high notes. It's just a number of things that I do for myself that are good, instead of like the old days, when I was young, I'd do anything I could that was bad for me [laughs], as long as it felt good."


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 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.


Foreigner's 40th-anniversary tour -- with support from Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience -- kicked off July 11 in Syracuse and runs through September 9 in Auburn, Washington.





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