Former FOREIGNER singer Lou Gramm has told ABC News Radio that he would like to see the band's original lineup 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 said. "It wouldn't have to be any kind of commitment or anything. Just to honor that anniversary and do something."
Gramm admitted that he hasn't spoken to founding FOREIGNER guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones about a possible reunion, although the two do keep in touch. "I do talk to Mick, periodically," he said. "I haven't heard anything about any kind of reunion show or anything. 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." Lou added that he thinks "if we don't do anything to mark [the anniversary], then we never will."
If the FOREIGNER reunion does occur, it will not include the band's original bassist Ed Gagliardi, who died last year.
Jones and Gramm's June 2013 performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Juke Box Hero" at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time.
Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. "I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y'know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, 'cause they're gonna sing them," he said. "Lou came up with some great titles; I think 'Head Games', I think 'Hot Blooded', too. And he developed into a really good writer."