Grunge Drove Kelly Hansen To Foreigner

(Rock News Desk) Foreigner singer Kelly Hansen asked Mick Jones for the job of replacing Lou Gramm in Foreigner even though he knew it would be a difficult role to play.

The vocalist felt a leap of faith was the only thing which could rescue his career from the doldrums after his first big band, Hurricane, were wiped out by the grunge explosion of the early 1990s.

"Grunge music came along and obliterated the metal scene, which was where we were coming from. I had to take a back seat and not do very much singing for the next several years," Hansen tells Mercury News. "I was working a lot harder for a lot less return in the mid 90s, as I think a lot of people were. You start to say to yourself, 'Wait a minute, earlier in my career, everything used to just come to me. I never had to actually pursue things.' more on this story

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