Foreigner Vocalist Hansen: ‘I’m Not Mick Jones’ Puppet’
Foreigner vocalist Kelly Hansen has refuted claims that guitarist Mick Jones tells him how to interpret the band’s classic songs such as Cold As Ice and I Want To Know What Love Is.
“I half-read an interview with [original Foreigner vocalist] Lou Gramm where he assumed that Mick must be telling me how to sing the songs,” Hansen, who has been Foreigner’s frontman since 2005, told Classic Rock.
“Well, it can’t be further from the truth. Mick and I are of a like mind about what the songs need. I’m trying to perform them in a sincere way, from the heart. Just to clear the air on that point.”
“As far as Kelly or any other vocalist is concerned, it’s not simply a matter of being able to sing the songs,” said Jones, who founded Foreigner way back in 1976.
“I detected something in Kelly from the beginning, when he came to the audition. I could tell right there and then that he wasn’t just singing the songs, he was making them his own. It wasn’t karaoke; he definitely got into the songs and made them come alive.”
Concerning his relations with Gramm, Jones had this to say:
“Lou went into this strange born-again Christianity thing. I certainly didn’t want to go in that direction.
“I just like to remember the great times we had, and the success we had together. There’s not much more to say. I wish him the best.
“I know it must be a little surprising to him, seeing how well this band’s doing. I’m certainly not going to rub it in his face or anything. He’s stubborn and hardheaded about what he wants to do. I guess you could say the same about me.”
Can’t Slow Down, Foreigner’s first new studio album in 15 years, gets a European release through EarMusic/Edel on March 1.