Lou Gramm Questions Mick Jones’ Ability To Perform With Foreigner

Legendary rock band Foreigner, known for their timeless hits such as ‘Feels Like the First Time’ and ‘Cold as Ice,’ is embarking on a farewell tour that has drawn attention to the band’s lineup and future. In a recent interview with Grant’s Rock Warehaus’s Mark Goodman, original vocalist Lou Gramm raised concerns over Mick Jones, the band’s founder, and guitarist, and his ability to perform with Foreigner due to his health issues.

Foreigner has seen several changes in their lineup throughout the years, with Gramm leaving the band for good in 2002 and other original members passing away. The remaining members have continued to tour and perform, but with Jones’ health issues, Gramm questions the legitimacy of the current lineup. In the past few years, Jones has only been able to perform a limited number of songs during each concert, and in some cases, not at all.

As fans eagerly anticipate Foreigner’s farewell tour, the question of whether Jones can perform consistently remains to be answered. Gramm’s concerns not only highlight the challenges faced by aging rock legends but also bring into focus the importance of maintaining the essence of the band that fans know and love.

Lou Gramm’s words about Mick Jones’ ability to perform with the band read:

“I think it’s a good thing. At this point of the Foreigner career, epic career, I think it’s run its course. And it’s been good years for all involved, especially the band that was Foreigner’s inception. There were changes in personnel after that while I was still in, and that was a damn good band too. And Mick’s [Jones, founder, and guitarist] choice to keep it going after there were no original members other than himself, that’s his option. I can’t quite get…

I know his health; he’s had his ups and downs. And I don’t understand how they can be touring with no original members and still calling themselves Foreigner and going on for years like that. I guess it’s not my business, and maybe it is a business decision for them, but it just doesn’t feel right to me.”

He added:

“Honestly, for years [Mick has] been showing up for half the show, or he’d come in the last four or five songs of the set. And apparently, lately, he’s come in for the last song and the encore, and that was it. And then I know there have been many shows lately where he’s not there at all.”

As Foreigner’s farewell tour approaches, fans are left to ponder Gramm’s concerns and the impact of these changes on the band’s legacy. While the tour will undoubtedly be a bittersweet send-off for the legendary rock group, it also serves as a reminder of the transformative power of music and the lasting impact of their iconic sound.