The Original Foreigner Lineup Is Coming Together for Special Show

Melissa Rodriguez | June 21, 2018
Foreigner Special Reunion Show

The original surviving members of English rock band Foreigner are treating fans to a reunion show this August 4, and you’re invited to experience the nostalgia!

Band leader Mick Jones said Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald, and Rick Wills will all take part in the performance, which will also feature the current members of the lineup. The current rotation consists of Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen, Thom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein and Chris Frazier

The only original Foreigner member who will not be onstage at Sturgis Buffalo Chip's Motorcycle and Music Festival in South Dakota on August 4 will be bassist Ed Gagliardi, who passed in 2004 after an eight-year battle with cancer.

The motorcycle-themed show is dubbed Foreigner's “first-ever ticketed reunion concert” because previous events that included returning members were unofficial surprise guest appearances with little publicity.

“It’s been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years," Jones said in the statement. "It always brings back special memories. But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we’ll be making history together at the Buffalo Chip on Aug. 4 with a Foreigner reunion concert, and we hope they’ll come on down to Sturgis and join us!"

Fans can also expect to see supporting performances by rock heralds Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Queensryche, among others.

Who Is Foreigner?

Foreigner is an English-American rock band that originally formed in 1976 by English musician and ex-Spooky Tooth member, Mick Jones. After the collapse of the Leslie West Band in 1976, Jones found himself stranded in New York City. His manager encouraged him to continue his songwriting and rehearse a band of his own.

Jones got together with New York keyboardist Al Greenwood, saxophonist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott, bassist Ed Gagliardi, and lead singer Lou Gramm. A name, "Trigger", was tentatively agreed to, but it was already taken. Jones came up with the Foreigner moniker from the fact that no matter what country they were in, they would be foreigners: he, McDonald and Elliott were English, while Gramm, Greenwood and Gagliardi were American.

The band released their self-titled debut in 1977 and it became a hit, amassing several hits like “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Long, Long Way from Home.” The album stayed in the Top 20 for a whole year.

Their second album, Double Vision (1978), topped their previous, selling five million records and yielding hits like "Hot Blooded", the title track "Double Vision" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day.”

Album number three, Head Games (1979), was referred to by Gramm as their "grainiest" album, and was also successful because of the thunderous "Dirty White Boy" and another title track hit "Head Games".

Their fifth album, Agent Provocateur, was released in 1984 and produced Foreigner’s first and only number one hit across the globe (in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Norway, Sweden, etc.). "I Want to Know What Love Is", a ballad backed by Jennifer Holliday and the New Jersey Mass Choir, is still the band’s most successful single to date. "That Was Yesterday" was the next single from the album in early 1985 and proved to be another sizable hit.

Their most recent work was 2009’s Can’t Slow Down, the band's first studio release with lead singer Kelly Hansen & bassist Jeff Pilson and the group's first new studio album since 1994's Mr. Moonlight.

Across a total of nine albums and a rotating lineup, Foreigner has become one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.

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Where is Foreigner playing near me?

Nov 9, 2018
8:00 PM
Microsoft Theater
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 10, 2018
8:00 PM
The Show - Agua Caliente Casino
Rancho Mirage, CA
Nov 30, 2018
8:00 PM
Mark G. Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City
Atlantic City, NJ
Dec 1, 2018
7:30 PM
Mohegan Sun Arena - CT
Uncasville, CT
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