Former Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm releases his new album through Frontiers
this month. After battling health issues it is great to have one of rock's
finest vocal talents back in action.
What are you currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans)
We are entering into our busiest time of the year for live shows, and hoping
that our CD will be accepted well enough to take us to some new places.
Could you take us through the new album please e.g. story behind the song,
song writing process...
It's probably way less complicated than it would seem, Richard, Don, and Andy
are always coming up with musical ideas that could possibly develop into good
songs. Unfortunately, our playing schedule doesn't always allow us the time to
work them out as a group. We keep making "rough tapes" of new ideas which I then
get to take home to add melodies and lyrics to. When I'm happy with their
direction, we get back together as a group and complete the songs.
What was it like recording with your two brothers and former Black Sheep band
member Dan Mancuso? Did you consider bringing in other musicians such as members
of your previous solo band line-ups?
We really have an abundance of writers within the group, so we never really felt
the need to bring in outside help. Also, having two very different guitar
players (Don and Richard) has created enough choices for riffs and solos.
How key have your Christian beliefs been in composing your music?
My faith has had a great influence on my life and music, I think that it's
present in all my lyrics.
Foreigner - what were the highlights for you both live and recording wise
with the band? Could there be any chance at all of working with Mick Jones and
the band in the future?
I'm very proud of my accomplishments with Foreigner and feel that albums like
Foreigner Four and Mr. Moonlight are examples of Foreigner at it's best, but
it's also in my past and that's where I'd like it kept.
What have been the most memorable live shows for you and why?
There have been so many that its hard to weigh one against the other, but some
of my early shows, like Cal Jam with such huge crowds still hold a place in my
How do you view the current music scene? Have you seen an upswing in interest
over the past couple of years in metal and hard rock?
I'm glad to see music coming around to a place where songs with a definite "rock
edge" are being accepted again. Although I try to find something to enjoy in any
music, my heart is still into rock.
Is there any chance at all of recording another Shadow King album at all? Why
do you think this album is still held in such high esteem by fans all these
Shadow King was able to create a very original sound and broke some new ground,
but I believe that we said all that we had to say and again, I'm happy to leave
it in my past.
How did you get your first break into the music business? What piece of
advice would you pass onto budding musicians?
I'm not sure that there really was any break, I've always been working and it
steadily grew into a memorable career that will hopefully continue on with The
Lou Gramm Band. I would advise anyone who is looking for instant success to
re-evaluate their goals.
What do you like doing with your spare time outside of music?
I have nine year old twins that occupy most of my free time. I also collect
muscle cars from the 60s that I enjoy driving in the summer months.
Message for your fans...
I'm hoping to satisfy new audiences with The Lou Gramm Band CD, and keep the
support of my long time Foreigner, Shadow King and Lou Gramm solo album fans.
Interview © May
2009 Jason Ritchie.
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