Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has confirmed he WILL appear at some dates during the group's 40th anniversary tour this summer, after some initial confusion.
After the tour was announced Monday (January 9) and group founder Mick Jones told outlets -- including us -- that Gramm and fellow founding members Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood would appear at select dates during the tour, Gramm tweeted that "I have not been asked to join any part of the Summer 40th Foreigner Anniversary tour 2017."
Later in the day, however, Gramm tweeted that, "After 24 hours of some crossed wires and miscommunication, I can forming that I and the rest of the original band have been invited to join Foreigner for a song or two at any show during the 40th anniversary year."
Gramm wrote that he, McDonald and Greenwood "will perform at a date yet to be determined," while the 4 album lineup of Gramm, bassist Rick wills and drummer Dennis Elliot will join Foreigner on February 24 in St. Augustine, Fla.
Gramm also revealed that he and Jones -- who were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 -- "are on pretty good terms now" and that he plans to retire from live performance after this year because, "I'm tired of the business. It's time to hang up the mic. The business has changed. The biggest part for me was knowing you were promoting material that's new and fresh. That hasn't been the case for me for 25 years."
Jones apparently doesn't feel the same way; Foreigner has two North American tours and a European run booked for the year, while he's also publishing a memoir and putting together a Foreigner 40th anniversary compilation that will include some new material. Jones tell us that his appetite to play continues:
"I think just the desire to continue for as long as I can, safely...I look at it as an ongoing thing. I'm realistic; I can't do this forever, but we've reached a point where we've fought back and we're doing a headline tour this summer. So it's been 10 years in the making, and it sort of paid off eventually....As long as we get on stage and we give 100 percent every night, I'm proud of the band."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.