Foreigner is a rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then-unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (…Louis Grammatico). Foreigner has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide  (including over 36 million in the United States alone)..
1 Band history .
2 Members .
2.1 Current members .
2.2 Former members .
3 DVDs .
4 Discography .
4.1 Studio albums .
4.2 Live Albums .
4.3 Compilations .
5 Singles .
6 References in popular culture .
7 See also .
8 References .
9 External links .
 Band history .
The band is led by British journeyman rocker Mick Jones (former member of Nero and the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth, and The Leslie West Band) who in early 1976 met with ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald and formed Foreigner with Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi as a sextet. Jones came up with the name from the fact that he, McDonald, and Elliott were British, while Gramm, Greenwood, and Gagliardi were Americans.  .
The band's debut album Foreigner sold more than four million copies in the United States and stayed in the Top 20 for a year with such hits as "Feels Like the First Time", "Cold as Ice", and "Long Long Way From Home". Their second album, Double Vision , topped their previous selling five million records and spawning "Hot Blooded", and title track "Double Vision". Their third album, Head Games , which was referred to by Gramm as their "grainiest" album, was also successful due to the thunderous "Dirty White Boy" and another title track hit "Head Games"..
For 1979's "Head Games," bassist Ed Gagliardi was replaced by Englishman Rick Wills. Following the tour to support the album, keyboardist Al Greenwood and co-founder Ian McDonald were sacked, and the band was stripped down to a quartet. Greenwood soon joined Gagliardi to form S.P.Y.S with John Blanco, Billy Milne, and John DiGaudio..
Foreigner's next album, aptly named 4, was the band's biggest hit containing "Juke Box Hero", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", and "Urgent". Before releasing albums of his own, Thomas Dolby played synthesizers on 4 (he contributed the signature synth sound on "Urgent" and played the atmospheric intro to "Waiting For A Girl Like You").  .
Their next album, Agent Provocateur , was released successfully in late 1984, and gave them their first and only #1 hit in 1985 (in U.S., UK, Australia, Norway, Sweden, etc.), "I Want to Know What Love Is", a gospel-inspired ballad backed by the New Jersey Mass Choir. In 1987 Foreigner released Inside Information ; spawning hits such as "Say You Will" and "I Don't Want To Live Without You". But then, reportedly due to the egos of Gramm and Jones, the band dissolved. In the late 1980s, Jones and Gramm each put out solo efforts and the band went on hiatus..
In 1990, Mick Jones reformed Foreigner with a new lead vocalist, Johnny Edwards. This edition of Foreigner released the album Unusual Heat in 1991. This was at the time their worst selling album and only climbed as high as #117 on the Billboard 200, although "Lowdown and Dirty" was a minor mainstream rock hit, reaching #4 on the chart..
By 1992, however, Lou Gramm rejoined Foreigner (bringing along with his Shadow King bandmate bassist Bruce Turgon) and produced the band's second greatest hits album, The Very Best of...and Beyond , which included three new songs. Three years later Foreigner released what was supposed to be the band's comeback album, Mr. Moonlight . This album fared even worse than Unusual Heat , due to the rising popularity of alternative and grunge rock, although the ballad "Until the End of Time" was a minor hit, hitting #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was to be the last time to date that Foreigner charted on a Billboard singles chart of any kind..
In 2001, the Warner Music Group selected Foreigner and 4 to be among the first group of albums from their catalog to be remastered, enhanced and released in the new DVD Audio format. In 2002, the 25th Anniversary Year brought affirmation of the enduring respect for Foreigner recordings with Rhino Entertainment re-issuing the 1977 - 1981 multi-platinum albums in special enhanced formats. Foreigner , Double Vision , Head Games and 4 received the attention of Rhino's staff with new photos, liner notes and bonus tracks of previously unreleased material. New greatest hits albums were also produced in the U.S. and in Europe. The U.S. version reached #80 on the Billboard 200 Album chart..
In 2003, Gramm again left Foreigner to embark on another solo career and formed the Lou Gramm Band. Jones, the founder and only remaining original member of Foreigner, decided to reform the band once again, and hired Kelly Hansen to replace Gramm as lead vocalist for the group in 2005. Hard rock legends, drummer Jason Bonham and bassist Jeff Pilson also joined the band. Pilson also joined the group as a producer..
Foreigner joined Def Leppard along with Styx on tour in 2007. They also toured extensively in their own right in 2007 - the 30th anniversary of the founding of the band..
Their most recent album, Extended Versions , featured the new line-up playing all their classic hits live in concert in one of the most "studio like, clean sounding" live album recordings produced. They are currently working on a new album which will include a mix of both new songs as well as new takes on their old material..
In September 2007 it was announced that Foreigner would join Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, and Paolo Nutini as openers for the one-night-only Led Zeppelin reunion show in memory of Atlantic Records' Ahmet Ertegun. The show took place on December 10, 2007, in London, England, having been postponed by 2 weeks due to Jimmy Page fracturing a finger..
 Members .
 Current members .
Mick Jones: lead guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals (1976-Present) .
Thom Gimbel: saxophone, guitar, flute, background vocals (1993, 1995-Present) .
Kelly Hansen: lead vocals (formerly of Hurricane) (2005-Present) .
Jason Bonham: drums (formerly of Bonham & son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.) (2004-present) .
Jeff Pilson: bass guitar, background vocals (formerly of Dokken and Dio) (2004-present) .
Paul Mirkovich: keyboards, synthesizers (formerly of Whitesnake) (2007-present) .
 Former members .
Lou Gramm: lead vocals, percussion (1976-90, 1992-2003) .
Dennis Elliott: drums (1976-1991) .
Ian McDonald: rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxes, flutes, background vocals (1976-1980) .
Al Greenwood: keyboards, synthesizers (1976-1980) .
Ed Gagliardi: bass guitar, background vocals (1976-1979) .
Rick Wills: bass guitar, background vocals (1979-1992) .
Mark Rivera: rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxes, flutes, background vocals (1981-1987, 1991-1992) .
Bob Mayo: keyboards, rhythm guitar (1981-1985, 1991) .
Peter Reilich : keyboards, synthesizers (1981-1982) .
Larry Oakes : guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, background vocals (1988 tour) .
Lou Cortelezzi : sax (1988 tour) .
Johnny Edwards: lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1990-1992) .
Larry Aberman: drums (1991-1992) .
Andrew "Raven's Claw" Peters: drums (1992-1993)? .
Bruce Turgon: bass guitar, background vocals (1992-2003) .
Mark Schulman: drums, background vocals (1992-1995, 2000-2002) .
Scott Gilman: guitar, sax, background vocals (1992, 1993-1995) .
Ron Wikso: drums (1995-1998) .
Brian Tichy: drums (1998-2000, 2007--fill in for Jason Bonham while rehearsing/playing with Led Zeppelin) .
Denny Carmassi: drums (2002) .
Chaz West: lead vocals (2004) .
Jeff Jacobs: keyboards (1991-2007) ( Full Answer )