Foreigner is an English-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex–Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex–King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
Their biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, topped the United Kingdom and United States charts among others. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US.
In the late 1980s, Jones and Gramm each put out solo efforts on Atlantic. Gramm released Ready or Not in January 1987. Lou rejoined Foreigner in the studio for at the end of 1987. Gramm decided to leave the group in May 1990.
Meanwhile, Jones brought in a new lead singer, Johnny Edwards. In July 1991 the new lineup of Foreigner played some European dates then made its official US debut.
Gramm ended up rejoining Foreigner and co-produced the band’s second greatest hits album, The Very Best … and Beyond (September 1992), which included three new songs.
In 1997 Gramm underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. By 1998, the band was back on the road.
In late October/early November, then December, of 2002, was the last time that Lou Gramm and Mick Jones would play together until June 2013. Gramm would leave the group in early 2003.
Jones, the founder and only remaining original member of Foreigner, would eventually find former Hurricane singer Kelly Hansen. He came aboard in March 2005.