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FOREIGNER'S LOU GRAMM EYING RETIREMENT FROM THE ROAD

5/15/2013

Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is eying a retirement from the road. Although Gramm is enjoying a higher profile these days due to his new memoir -- Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N' Roll -- and upcoming induction with Mick Jones into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he explained that touring isn't his primary concern anymore, telling VH1, "I have some other interests. I enjoy being in the studio, I still enjoy writing. I may put my efforts into writing songs for other people or into production. I guess those are the outlets for old rock singers when they go out to pasture, y'know?"

 

Although Lou Gramm loved Foreigner's mega-platinum ballads like "Waiting For A Girl Like You" -- and more specifically, "I Want To Know What Love Is" -- he believes that as the '80s progressed, the success of the band's softer side made for an uneven picture getting across to radio: "I love the song, but I didn't like what actually what it was doing to our rock reputation -- undermining it, y'know? And then after that came, (sings) 'I Don't Wanna Live Without You' -- and that was nails in the coffin, I think."

FAST FACTS

  • On June 13th, 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.
  • 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.
  • Lou Gramm will next perform on June 29th in Gates, New York at Town Hall.

CHECK IT OUT: Foreigner's 1979 video for Head Games:

Lou Gramm On 'I Want To Know What Love Is'

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