Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm expands North American tour

Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced new dates for a summer tour of North America.

The trek starts May 21 in Washington state, with shows scheduled into mid-September and more dates to be added.

The singer will be joined by his touring band, which includes brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards.

Gramm led Foreigner through its launch and most successful commercial era, from 1977’s self-titled debut through to 1987’s “Inside Information.” The singer left Foreigner in 1990 to continue building a solo career; he was replaced for a short time by Johnny Edwards but returned in 1992.

In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with an egg-sized brain tumor. After being given a death sentence by several physicians, he learned of a then-revolutionary laser surgery being done by a doctor in Boston. The singer underwent a life-saving operation to remove the tumor and then faced radiation treatments and several years of rehab before reaching a full recovery.

Gramm left the group for a second time 2003 and was replaced in 2005 by former Hurricane vocalist – and Gramm sound-alike – Kelly Hansen, who has remained in the lineup ever since.

In 2013, Gramm published his memoir, “Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades In Rock 'N' Roll”, which documented his life and career, while he and Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame that same year.

Lou Gramm
2015 North American tour

May 21 - Snoqualmie Casino - Snoqualmie, WA
May 23 - Bakersfield Rockin Country Festival - Bakersfield, CA
Jun 05 - Chastain Amphitheatre w/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Atlanta, GA
Jun 06 - Old Shawnee Days Festival - Shawnee, KS
Jun 20 - Hard Rock Rocksino - Northfield, OH
Jun 27 - Rockin Ribs Festival - Augusta, NJ
Jul 04 - Sun Peaks Concert Series - Sun Peaks Village, BC
Jul 10 - Peacefest - Peace River, AB
Jul 11 - BobStock - Fort Morgan, CO
Jul 16 - La Fete Du Lac Nations - Sherbrooke, QC
Jul 19 - Great S. Bay Music Fest - Patchogue, NY
Jul 27 - Olds Agricultural Grandstand - Olds, AB
Jul 31 - Rockin on the River Series - North Tonawanda, NY
Aug 14 - Wisconsin State Fair - West Allis, WI
Aug 28 - Beacon Theatre - Hopewell, VA
Aug 29 - DeKalb Corn Festival - DeKalb, IL
Sep 02 - Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
Sep 03 - Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
Sep 12 - Clovis Music Festival - Clovis, NM

See also:

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Kid Rock announces US tour with Foreigner
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VIDEO: Foreigner premiere new live version of Juke Box Hero
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