Foreigner reunion gigs captured for CD/DVD release

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The original members of Foreigner reunited on Friday and Saturday (October 6th & 7th) at Pleasant, Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort to film and record a 40th anniversary CD and DVD.

Billboard reported the opening set on Friday featured the current lineup of the band led by co-founder Mick Jones, including legendary frontman Lou Gramm who joined the musicians for an acoustic take on 1977's "Fool For You Anyway" before current keyboardist Michael Bluestein launched into a portion of 1978's "Tramontane" -- which he dedicated to late Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood. From there, Gramm led the band through the iconic 1981 classic "Juke Box Hero."

Despite Gramm and other assorted members of Foreigner popping up at a few other gigs over the course of last summer's tour, Friday night was the first to feature Gramm, Jones, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliot, and longtime bassist Rick Wills, who replaced the late-Ed Gagliardi, and is also known for his work with Peter Frampton, the Small Faces, Harry Nilsson, Roxy Music, Bad Company, and many others. The classic lineup of Foreigner ran through "Feels Like The First Time" "Double Vision," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Dirty White Boy" before they were joined by the current band for encore renditions of  "I Want To Know What Love Is" and a show-closing "Hot Blooded." Although none have been announced, more Foreigner partial reunion gigs are expected to happen in the future.

Lou Gramm told us the chance to be part of Foreigner once again after all the band members have been through meant the world to him: "The lifespan of most bands when Foreigner started was half-a-dozen years, or maybe a little more, and, y'know, there weren't that many reunion tours or things like that going on. Not to say we're the first people who have done that, but I'd say that this is a real enjoyable and satisfying experience to not only look back and remember but to actually stand onstage and do it again after all these years is -- and be able to do it again -- is also very enjoyable, y'know?”

Updated: Foreigner tour dates (subject to change):
October 11 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 12 - Edmonton, AB - Northlands Coliseum (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 13 - Red Deer, AB - Enmax Centrium (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 15 - Lethbridge, AB - Enmax Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 16 - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 17 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 19 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 20 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 21 - Penticton, BC - South Okangan Events Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 22 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
October 27 - Puerto Aventuras, Mexico - Rock Getaway
November 11 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino     
November 13 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre
November 14 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens (Foreigner & Honeymoon Suite)
November 17 - Biloxi, MS - IP Casino Resort and Spa     
November 18 - Robinsonville, MS - Horseshoe Casino's Bluesville  
March 6 - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Center for the Arts     
March 7 - Morgantown, WV - Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre
March 8 - Greensburg, PA - The Palace Theatre     
April 26 - Maya, Mexico - Rock Getaway     
April 28 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater