Original Foreigner frontman and lead singer Lou Gramm will publish his autobiography, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N' Roll, on May 1st. The book, which is co-written by Scott Pitoniak, deals with Gramm's platinum selling songwriting collaboration with Foreigner co-founding guitarist Mick Jones and the pair's difficult relationship throughout the decades. Gramm also talks about his battle with substance abuse and a brain tumor.
In June, Lou Gramm and Mick Jones will reunite for their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, marking the first time the pair has performed together in a decade when Gramm left Foreigner for a second time. Gramm, who still performs and is a born again Christian, was replaced by current lead singer Kelly Hansen in 2005.
- Lou Gramm told us that he and Foreigner were always offended by the "corporate rock" tag the band got upon hitting the scene in the late-'70s: "I don't even know how that story got started. That a corporation picked the members of the band? That's the farthest thing from the truth. We had auditions just like every other band -- and people who quit and people who decided to stand. But a corporate band? I don't think the music was corporate. How could you call 'Dirty White Boy' corporate?"
- Gramm told us that without him, there's no Foreigner, no matter what Mick Jones calls it: "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."
- Lou Gramm tour dates (subject to change):
April 28 - Rochester, NY - Eastman Theater
June 29 - Gates, NY - Town Hall
DID YOU KNOW???
- Signature Foreigner songs written by Mick Jones and Lou Gramm include: "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Head Games," "Dirty White Boy," "Juke Box Hero," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," and "Feels Like The First Time," and "Urgent," among others.
CHECK IT OUT: Foreigner in 1985 performing "Juke Box Hero" live in Japan:
Lou Gramm On Foreigner Being Dubbed A Corporate Band
Lou Gramm Says It's Not Foreigner Without Him Singing
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