Contact Us

Ex-Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Slams Band’s ‘Misleading’ Lineup

Lou Gramm
Lou-Gramm.com

Wednesday Night, Fans at Darien Lake were treated to a classic night of Journey, Foreigner and Night Ranger music. As you may have learned, the front-men for at least two of those bands weren’t exactly Steve Perry and Lou Gramm. With a little help from YouTube, Journey discovered current frontman Arnel Pineda, a dead ringer vocal-wise for former lead singer Steve Perry.

Well, it looks as though Foreigner has found a spot-on replacement for original singer Lou Gramm in Kelly Hansen. Many concert-goers even told Jack FM that Foreigner stole the show. But Gramm is a little hot blooded about the Hansen-fronted lineup, which he calls “misleading” and also likens to “false advertising.”

“As I’ve learned talking to people who see those shows,” Gramm says, “is that in many cases the audience, especially if they’re younger, [doesn't] even know it’s not the original lead singer. In Foreigner’s case, as I understand it, the singer was actually trained to deliver pretty much exactly everything as I did it, note for note. If I were in the audience and learned that while I was there, I’d get up and leave.”

Gramm’s once-powerful pipes were featured on such signature Foreigner hits as ‘Cold As Ice,’ ‘Hot Blooded,’ ‘Double Vision,’ ‘Urgent,’ ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ and ‘Say You Will.’ From about 1990 to the early 2000s, Gramm was in and out of the band, and during that time he underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Despite his acrimonious departure from the band around 2003, Gramm, a Rochester native, hasn’t shied away from singing Foreigner hits at his solo concerts including one last summer in Lockport.

“I never get tired of any of them … ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ are always fun,” he says. “Even ‘Hot Blooded,’ which I’ve done thousands of times, I think, is still fun because we find new ways to freshen it up each night.”

So the question is…if you really cared about the integretity of Foreigner, why not just rejoin the band? Why deny a career to the other guys that also were a big part of the music you created. I never understood why they can’t just make amends and make millions. Just ask Sting, David Lee Roth and Phil Collins…maybe the paycheck will make it “Feel Like the First Time” again.

[Ultimate Classic Rock]

More From Jack FM

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://929jackfm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.9 Jack FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 92.9 Jack FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!