Original Foreigner frontman and lead singer Lou Gramm will publish his autobiography, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock N' Roll, on May 1st. The book, which is co-written by Scott Pitoniak, deals with Gramm's platinum selling songwriting collaboration with Foreigner co-founding guitarist Mick Jones and the pair's difficult relationship throughout the decades. Gramm also talks about his battle with substance abuse and a brain tumor.
In June, Lou Gramm and Mick Jones will reunite for their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, marking the first time the pair has performed together in a decade when Gramm left Foreigner for a second time. Gramm, who still performs and is a born again Christian, was replaced by current lead singer Kelly Hansen in 2005.
Lou Gramm told us that he and Foreigner were always offended by the "corporate rock" tag the band got upon hitting the scene in the late-'70s: "I don't even know how that story got started. That a corporation picked the members of the band? That's the farthest thing from the truth. We had auditions just like every other band -- and people who quit and people who decided to stand. But a corporate band? I don't think the music was corporate. How could you call 'Dirty White Boy' corporate?"
Gramm told us that without him, there's no Foreigner, no matter what Mick Jones calls it: "He's put a new band together, and is calling it Foreigner. And that's all well and good, but unless I'm singing, it's not."
Lou Gramm tour dates (subject to change):
April 28 - Rochester, NY - Eastman Theater
June 29 - Gates, NY - Town Hall
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