Famed British-American rock and roll act Foreigner has become one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, with nearly 80 million albums sold around the world in the past three decades. Made up of English musician Mick Jones, fellow Brit Ian McDonald of King Crimson, American vocalist Lou Gramm, as well as Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi, they formed in 1976 with the name coming from the idea that half of the band would be foreigners in any country. Their self-titled debut in 1977 sold four million copies in the US and remained in the top 20 for a year with hits “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and “Long, Long Way from Home.” Their 1978 sophomore effort Double Vision sold over six million copies and contained the title track single as well as “Blue Morning, Blue Day” and “Hot Blooded.” Despite some line-up changes, 1979’s acclaimed Head Games followed, as well as 1981’s 4, the most successful album of their career, selling over seven million copies on the strength of singles “Jukebox Hero,” “Urgent,” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Next up was 1984’s album Agent Provocateur giving the band their only No. 1 hit, the gospel-inspired ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is.” They continue to release albums, notably 1987’s Inside Information and 2009’s Can’t Slow Down, and play concerts around the globe, joining Def Leppard and Styx on tour in 2007, and playing for ticket holders with Journey and Night Ranger across the US during 2011.
Published Feb 11,2014 12:55 PM / Tara Hall
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