Foreigner’s Mick Jones will reunite with the band’s original frontman Lou Gramm for the first time since 2003. The occasion: Their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13, 2013.
Jones, the only original member still with Foreigner, co-founded the band with Gramm and Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) in 1976. Foreigner would go on to sell nearly 80 million records, beginning with its self-titled album and the hits “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice.”
1978′s Double Vision produced hits in “Hot Blooded,” “Blue Morning, Blue Day” and the title track, while Head Games spawned “Dirty White Boy” and another hit title track in 1979. Foreigner’s biggest album followed with 1981′s 4, the first without McDonald, powered by the chart successes of “Urgent,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero.”
By 1984, the group had collected its first No. 1 hit single with Jones’ “I Want to Know What Love Is,” off Agent Provocateur, but solo albums for Gramm and Jones followed into the late 1980s and, by 1990, Gramm had officially departed.
Gramm returned in 1992, only to leave again in 2003 — but only after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor. Jones has continued Foreigner without Gramm, while suffering his own health issues.
Now, Jones tells Matt Wardlaw of Ultimate Classic Rock, a long-hoped-for reunion is finally in the works.
He also confirmed that they will perform two classic Foreigner songs this summer, both selected by Gramm — “Juke Box Hero” (a No. 26 hit in 1981) as well as “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
“I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved in those early years and throughout the time that we were together,” Gramm tells Wardlaw. “I think it’s the first time that we’ve been recognized for our work and our writing, which was really the foundation of what we did together, as much as the performing.”