Foreigner Founder Mick Jones Previews Forthcoming ‘Double Vision’ Show in Atlantic City; Wishes Lou Gramm a Speedy Recovery
Foreigner’s “Double Vision: Then & Now” show will go on at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this Friday (Oct. 4), but without Lou Gramm.
Gramm is unable to appear due to medical issues, the band announced on Facebook. Gramm was hospitalized at the Unity Hospital at Park Ridge in Rochester, NY last week with a severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue.
“My doctor insists if I pushed myself to perform, I would be in big trouble,” said Gramm in a press release. “So, doctor’s orders, I ride the bench. Rock on!”
In a statement, original founding guitarist Mick Jones adds: “We will all miss Lou at our upcoming shows and we join all his family, friends, and fans in wishing him a speedy recovery.”
Prior to the announcement, Jones called in to 1071 The Boss to talk about the tour dates, upcoming residency in Las Vegas, and the forthcoming – DVD/CD entitled “Double Vision: Then and Now” coming out in November . The DVD–a filmed/recorded live concert featuring the current and original members–celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band s multi-platinum 1978 album, Double Vision. It was filmed at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mount Pleasant, MI.
Foreigner’s show at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City will include original members Al Greenwood, Dennis Elliott, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills take the stage with Jones, Kelly Hansen, Tom Gimbel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Bluestein, Bruce Watson and Chris Frazier.
“I figured we would try to do something a little different to mark the occasion,” he tells Michele Amabile of the first time the band got everyone together to mark the 40th Anniversary of the band. “I was a little worried in the beginning. I didn’t know how it would go, I was a little anxious about that.”
“Lou seemed to be having a really good time,” he said. “There were moments I got the shivers…it was very emotional.”
As for the format, Jones says fans will enjoy the then and now lineups, as is evident on the DVD.
“The band is sounding great,” he said. “To have the two bands competing against each other is a little weird for me…it just seems to be the right thing. I had my misgivings about it a bit, but the way things have turned out is really great.”
Jones also had plenty to say about the band’s upcoming shows with an orchestra, being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, and his thoughts on rock bands (paging Billy Joel) that should be in the halftime show at the Super Bowl!
Tickets are still available for Friday night’s performance at HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com