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Mar032016

Lou Gramm Says "It Would Be Terrific" If Original Foreigner Lineup Reunited to Mark 40th Anniversary

Paul Zimmerman/WireImageLou Gramm hasn't performed with Foreigner since leaving the group in 2003, but the powerhouse vocalist says he'd like to see the band's original members reunite next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the group's self-titled debut album.

"I think it would be terrific," he tells ABC Radio. "It wouldn't have to be any kind of commitment or anything. Just to honor that anniversary and do something."

Gramm admits, however, that the decision to do some kind of reunion event isn't necessarily his to make, suggesting that it really is up to founding Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones, who leads the band's current incarnation and is the only original member left in the group.

"I do talk to Mick, periodically. I haven't heard anything about any kind of reunion show or anything," Lou reports, adding, "Maybe he'll celebrate that 40th anniversary with his own band in his own way. And if so, I'll certainly honor it with my [solo] band too."

Gramm also points out that a full reunion of the original Foreigner lineup can't happen since founding bassist Ed Gagliardi "is no longer with us, and that's a shame." Gagliardi died of cancer in May 2014 at the age of 62. Regardless, Lou tells ABC Radio he that thinks "if we don't do anything to mark [the anniversary], then we never will."

Foreigner's other founding members are multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood and drummer Dennis Elliott. McDonald and Greenwood played with the group until 1980, while Elliott left the band in 1992. Gramm and Jones did reunite for a one-off performance in June 2013, when they were inducted jointly into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, Gramm has begun adding new dates to his 2016 solo itinerary. He recently joined Phil Collins on the bill of the Little Dreams Foundation's second annual gala concert, which takes place March 11 in Miami Beach, Florida. The fundraiser benefits the charity that Collins founded with his ex-wife Orianne. According to his recently relaunched website, the singer has about a dozen or so U.S. shows spread throughout the year.

Interestingly, Gramm reveals to ABC Radio that his site was updated with help from Ruth McCartney, Paul McCartney's stepsister, who runs the McCartney Multimedia company.

"She is extremely talented and has an incredible staff," says Lou, "and we're excited about the possibilities of how much that could help us to leave a positive lasting impression with our audience."

Check out Gramm's site at LouGramm.com.

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