Foreigner will be touring extensively next year, but the group is also looking ahead to 2017, when it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its self-titled debut album -- with some surprises, according to founder and group leader Mick Jones.
Jones tells podcaster Mich Lafon that a 2017 reunion with frontman Lou Gramm and other original Foreigner members is "quite possible. We've actually been talking about it. I'm not at a point where I can say it's definitely going to happen, but we're trying to make it happen. It's kind of exciting -- hopefully it'll be possible to pull it off next year."
Gramm left Foreigner for a second time in 2003, but he and Jones reconciled when they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013. The 40th anniversary may also bring multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood and drummer Dennis Elliott back into the fold, with Rick Wills stepping in again on bass for Ed Galiardi, who passed away in 2014.
Jones said, that the Foreigner alumni have "kept up sort of a loose communication. My people and myself are physically putting it together now, trying to find the right venues that would make sense for us."
Jones tells us, meanwhile, that the 40th anniversary will be a focus for Foreigner throughout the coming year:
"I haven't got a blueprint for it yet but it's gonna involve quite a bit of banner presence as far as media's concerned and preparation for what we hope is gonna be a big celebration."
Foreigner next plays Thursday (April 7) in Windsor, Ontario, and has North American shows booked through May with a European run kicking off June 7 in London that will include festivals in Sweden, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.