Four of the five surviving original members of Foreigner all shared the stage together in New York last night (20th July).
Back in January, ex-vocalist Lou Gramm announced that he, former multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood will perform “a song or two” with Foreigner at a “date yet to be determined” on the band’s 40th anniversary tour.
He confirmed the news with the following tweet:
Last night, eight shows into Foreigner’s North American tour, the trio of original members made their eagerly-awaited appearance and joined Mick Jones and co. on stage during the encore at the Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh.
To mark their first performance since McDonald and Greenwood were fired in September 1980, they played three songs together; 1977’s ‘Long, Long Way From Home’, 1984’s ubiquitous anthem ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ and set closer, 1978’s ‘Hot Blooded’.
Original drummer Dennis Elliott is the only surviving member who didn’t take part in last night’s special reunion. Bassist Ed Gagliardi died from cancer in May 2014.
Foreigner shared footage of ‘Long, Long Way From Home’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ (with Gramm and Kelly Hansen sharing vocals) on Facebook, which you can watch here:
So this just happened #Foreigner40Posted by Foreigner on Thursday, 20 July 2017
Last night’s set-list was as follows:
Cold as Ice
Waiting for a Girl Like You
Dirty White Boy
Feels Like the First Time
Juke Box Hero
Long, Long Way From Home (with Gramm, McDonald & Greenwood)
I Want to Know What Love Is (with Gramm, McDonald & Greenwood)
Hot Blooded (with Gramm, McDonald & Greenwood)
Don’t forget, Foreigner come to the UK in May 2018 playing a total of four headline shows. Select tickets are available from Planet Rock Tickets now.
See Foreigner at the following shows:
Manchester O2 Apollo – Sat 12th
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium – Sun 13th
Birmingham Symphony Hall – Tue 15th
London Royal Albert Hall – Wed 16th