Lou Gramm planning retirement “sooner than you think”
Lou Gramm has stepped further back from talk of a reunion with Foreigner – by saying he’s planning to retire in the very near future.
He and ex-colleague Mick Jones made contact again after nearly a decade of not talking after it was announced they’d be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame next month.
That led to Gramm picking up the phone to discuss the pair performing together at the ceremony – and then led to the singer talking about the chance of appearing once again with Jones and his old band.
Last month he said: “His management and my management are tossing around the idea of a farewell tour. I would really like to do that. It would be really great to do that instead of leaving it with such a bitter and unfinished ending.”
Just days later he issued a statement saying: “Despite recent media reports that a reunion is being planned, at present time, there are no dialogues about any dates.”
Now Gramm tells VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner via Blabbermouth: “You know, I don’t take any of that talk seriously. I’ve heard there was a mention, but honestly, I can’t see that happening.
“”I would have to see how it goes down, what it entails, how long it would be. There’s a number of things that would make a difference to me, and I’m sure Mick feels the same way. I mean, after all those years you just can’t jump into the deep water, you know.”
In the same interview Gramm – who underwent surgery for a brain tumour in 1997 – says he frequently thinks about retiring. Asked if he’s set a date he replies: “Maybe sooner than you think.
“I have some other interests. I enjoy being in the studio, I still enjoy writing. I may put my efforts into writing songs for other people or into production. I guess those are the outlets for old rock singers when they go out to pasture, you know.”
Gramm and Jones had a notoriously difficult relationship, despite a very successful songwriting partnership. The singer quit in 2003 citing years of harsh treatment from the guitarist. Foreigner are now fronted by Kelly Hansen and Jones is the only remaining founding member.