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Mostly Credited As: Foreigner
Date Of Birth: 1976
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York


Foreigner was originally formed in 1976 by the tandem of Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, who were accompanied by Alan Greenwood, Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, and Ed Gagliardi. The group released their first album in 1977, not even a year after forming. The album eventually went five-times platinum. Its follow-up was no slump, either. Double Vision was released in 1978, and again, the singles on the album fueled it to a solid six months in the top ten list.

1979 was the first of a series of changes for the band. After the release of Head Games, Ed Gagliardi left the band. The band was down to a quartet by 1981, which saw the release of their next album, their fourth album, aptly titled 4.

3 years passed until Foreigner came out with another album. This one, entitled Agent Provocateur, featured the single “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which was their first #1 hit, but in spite of that, the album wasn’t as successful as their previous releases. A nine-month tour followed, and the band subsequently went on a hiatus, with Lou Gramm and Mick Jones focusing on other projects.

Foreigner collected again in 1987 with the release of Inside Information. Their seventh album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 music charts. While Gramm and Foreigner both had success, tension led to Gramm’s departure from Foreigner. With the recruitment of a new singer, Johnny Edwards, Foreigner’s 1991 release of Unusual Heat went largely unnoticed. Realizing the error of their ways, Jones and Gramm teamed up again, and released a compilation album; the 17-song The Very Best… And Beyond. It was the most success that Foreigner had had in many years, along with the release of their live album.

Foreigner tried out Mr. Moonlight in 1995, but this album fared even worse than the dud Unusual Heat due to the fact that grunge was on the rise. The band went on tour through 2002.

Now, Mick Jones is the only remaining original member of the band, after Gramm left the band in 2003 to pursue a solo career. Kelly Hansen was hired as Gramm’s replacement.

  • Mick Jones: guitar, piano, keyboards, backing vocals [1976-]
  • Jeff Jacobs: piano, organ, keyboards, backing vocals [1993-]
  • Thom Gimbel: saxophone, guitar, backing vocals [1995-]
  • Kelly Hansen: lead vocals
  • Jason Bonham: drums
  • Jeff Pilson: bass

Former Members
  • Lou Gramm: vocals, percussion [1976-1990, 1992-2003]
  • Bruce Turgon: bass, backing vocals [1993-2002]
  • Denny Carmassi: drums [2002]
  • Mark Schulman: drums, backing vocals [1993-1995, 2000-2002]
  • Brian Tichy: drums [2000-2002]
  • Ron Wikso: drums [1995-1998]
  • Rick Wills: bass, backing vocals [1979-1992]
  • Johnny Edwards: lead vocals, guitar [1990-1992]
  • Dennis Elliott: drums[1976-1991]
  • Ian McDonald: guitar, keyboards, saxophone, flute, backing vocals [1976-1980]
  • Al Greenwood: keyboards, synthesizers [1976-1980]
  • Ed Gagliardi: bass, backing vocals [1976-1979]
  • Andrew “Ravens Claw” Peters: drums [1992-1993]

  • Foreigner [1977]
  • Double Vision [1978]
  • Head Games [1979]
  • 4 [1981]
  • Records [1982]
  • Agent Provocateur [1984]
  • Inside Information [1987]
  • Unusual Heat [1991]
  • The Very Best Of [1992]
  • The Very Best And Beyond [1992]
  • Classic Hits Live / Best Of Live [1993]
  • JukeBox Hero: Best Of [1994]
  • Mr. Moonlight [1995]
  • I Want To Know What Love Is [1998]
  • The Platinum Collection [1999]
  • Rough Diamonds #1 [1999]
  • Hot Blooded and Other Hits [2000]
  • Anthology: Jukebox Heroes [2000]
  • Complete Greatest Hits [2002]
  • The Definitive [2002]
  • Extended Versions [2006]

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Vanessa Hudgens, Mark Cuban, Foreigner 22x61: (Jan/15/2014) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

This Morning (1988) 
  June 3, 2011 23x189: (Jun/03/2011) As Themselves 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Sam Worthington, animal expert Nigel Marven, Foreigner 01x127: (Dec/18/2009) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Soundstage (2003) (2003) 
  Foreigner 07x03: (Jan/22/2009) As Themselves 

Wetten, dass..? (1981) 
  Nürnberg (2) 29x01: (Oct/04/2008) As Themselves, [Musical Guests]

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Foreigner 05x14: (Apr/28/2002) As Themselves 

Top Of The Pops (UK) (1964) 
  7 January 1982 19x01: (Jan/07/1982) As Themselves (Live Clip) 
Featured Songs

Cold Case Songs:
Love Conquers Al + "Urgent" 
Supernatural Songs:
Dog Dean Afternoon + I Want to Know What Love Is 
Good God, Y'all! + Long, Long Way from Home 
No Exit + Cold As Ice 
Wendigo + Hot Blooded 
Top 2000 Songs:
Top 2000 A GO-GO + Cold As Ice 
The Flash Songs:
Rogue Air + Cold as Ice 
King of the Hill Songs:
The Witches of East Arlen + Double Vision 
The Final Shinsult + Hot Blooded 
True Blood Songs:
Turn! Turn! Turn! + Feels Like the First Time 
October Road Songs:
How To Kiss Hello + Fool For You Anyway 
Bones Songs:
Two Bodies in the Lab + Hot Blooded 
The King of Queens Songs:
Mild Bunch + Hot Blooded 
Franklin & Bash Songs:
Pilot + Hot Blooded 
Revenge Songs:
Infamy + Hot Blooded 
Ed Songs:
Valentine's Day + I Want to Know What Love is 
Quantum Leap Songs:
+ I Want To Know What Love Is 
Miami Vice Songs:
Rites of Passage + I Want To Know What Love Is 
100 Höjdare!!! Songs:
Sveriges skönaste människor - Stockholm + I Want To Know What Love Is 
Modern Family Songs:
ClosetCon '13 + I Want to Know What Love Is 
A Fair to Remember + I Want To Know What Love Is 
Melrose Place (1992) Songs:
Dead Sisters Walking (1) + I Want to Know What Love Is 
The Good Guys (2010) Songs:
The Dim Knight + Jukebox Hero 
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In order to promote its V-Cast service, Verizon Wireless used the Foreigner song "Urgent" in an early 2006 commercial.

In a 2003-2004 Coors Light commercial, Foreigner's song "Double Vision" was used.

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