Original Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Expands North American Tour (A Top Story)

On Thursday Original Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Expands North American Tour was a top story. Here is the recap: (hennemusic) Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced new dates for a summer tour of North America. The trek starts May 21 in Washington state, with shows scheduled into mid-September and more dates to be added.

The singer will be joined by his touring band, which includes brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards.

Gramm led Foreigner through its launch and most successful commercial era, from 1977's self-titled debut through to 1987's "Inside Information." The singer left Foreigner in 1990 to continue building a solo career; he was replaced for a short time by Johnny Edwards but returned in 1992.

In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with an egg-sized brain tumor. After being given a death sentence by several physicians, he learned of a then-revolutionary laser surgery being done by a doctor in Boston. The singer underwent a life-saving operation to remove the tumor and then faced radiation treatments and several years of rehab before reaching a full recovery.

Gramm left the group for a second time 2003 and was replaced in 2005 by former Hurricane vocalist - and Gramm sound-alike - Kelly Hansen, who has remained in the lineup ever since. Check out the dates - here.

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