Lou Gramm hit all the right notes on Friday, March 25, when he performed at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California. The mostly older audience sold out the intimate Canyon Club known for hosting shows from legendary classic rock acts to witness one of rocks most gifted vocalist perform hits like “Juke Box Hero”, “Cold as Ice”, and “Dirty White Boy” to name a few.
In the 1970s and '80s Foreigner produced hit after hit with songs that would reach classic status, and with Lou Gramm’s distinctive vocals they became one of the best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales peaking 80 million records. The British-American band with Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Gramm at the helm toured the US and abroad for many years.
In the late 1980s Gramm put out two solo albums, Ready or Not and Long Hard Look, and eventually left Foreigner to perform on his own. After a two year feud, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm came together during the L.A. riots when they were holed up in the Sunset Marquis hotel and Lou Gramm ended up rejoining Foreigner but eventually they would split again after differences. In the late-'90s Gramm was diagnosed with a brain tumor but with perseverance he regained his health and stamina to perform again.
Now billed as the “voice of Foreigner” Lou Gramm continues to wow audiences with a fresh band and invigorated spirit. The Canyon Club show opened with a pre-recorded video encapsulating his meteoric rise to fame with Foreigner. After the presentation, Gramm and his band came out with high energy that never let down. With extraordinary Foreigner songs like “Double Vision” to “Blue Morning, Blue Day” Gramm’s voice was in fine form from searing highs to gritty lows, he belted them all, and backed by a band of incredible musicians who not only played well, but worked with each other in a well-knit cohesive unit.
Highlights of the evening included Scott Gillman tearing it up on sax during the song “Urgent” and “I Want To Know What Love Is” when a group of backup singers in robes came on stage for a soulful chorus - the audience was on their feet - and the Canyon Club went to church. Lou Gramm’s performance was solid and engaging and with excellent musicianship from AD Zimmer (bass), Michael Staertow (lead guitar), Rob Mount (drums) and Andy Knoll (keys) the concert was one of the best we’ve seen this year.
You can catch Lou Gramm on tour this year so check out his schedule here.