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Musical biographies of current and former members of Foreigner, including personal data, pictures, album contributions, collaborations and much more. Only the biographies of Rick Wills and Dennis Elliott are available.

Ever since Lou Gramm and Bruce Turgon left the band in 2002, the status of Foreigner has remained unkown because no official announcement from Mick Jones or the management of the band has been published.

Mick Jones Mick Jones: guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals (1976-?). Original band member. Background: Nero And The Gladiators in early '60s, Johnny Hallyday in late '60s, Spooky Tooth in early '70s, The Leslie West Band in mid '70s, and own solo project in late '80s, among others participations as performer, composer / writter and producer.

Jeff Jacobs Jeff Jacobs: piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals (1993-?). He joined the band as tour keyboardist in '92, and became an official member in '93. Background: studio / tour musician and Billy Joel's band in late '80s and early '90s, Mick Jones solo project in late '80s, and Two Fires in early '00s, among other acts as performer and producer.

Thom Gimbel Thom Gimbel: saxophone, guitar, background vocals (1995-?). He joined the band as tour multi-instrumentalist in '95, he is not an official member but his skills are needed on stage. Background: John Butcher's band in early '80s, Aerosmith in late '80s and early '90s, and Miguel Mateos' band in early '90s, among some other participations as performer.

Lou Gramm Lou Gramm: lead vocals, percussion, background vocals (1976-90; 92-02). Original band member. Background: Poor Heart in early '70s, Black Sheep in mid '70s, Bryan Adams solo project in early '80s, own solo project in late '80s, Shadow King in early '90s, and new own solo project since 2002, among some other participations as performer.

Bruce Turgon Bruce Turgon: bass guitar, background vocals (1993-02). He joined the band as tour bass player in '92, became an official member in '93, and left along Lou Gramm in 2002. Background: Black Sheep in mid '70s, Phoenix in late '70s, Lou Gramm solo project in late '80s, Shadow King in early '90s, and Lou Gramm solo project since 2002, among others.

Denny Carmassi Denny Carmassi: drums (2002). He joined the band as tour drummer after Schulman's unavailability in '02. Background: Montrose in mid '70s, Sammy Hagar solo project in late '70s and late '90s, Gamma in early '80s, Heart from mid '80s to mid '90s, Cinderella in '88, and Coverdale / Page in '93, among many other participations as performer.

Mark Schulman Mark Schulman: drums, background vocals (1993-95; 00-02). He joined the band as studio drummer in '92, became an official member in '93, left in '95, and rejoined as tour drummer after Tichy's unavailability in '00. Background: Simple Minds in mid '90s, and Clock since late '90s, among other participations as tour drummer, composer and producer.

Brian Tichy Brian Tichy: drums (1998-00). He joined the band as tour drummer as replacement of Wikso in '98. Background: studio / tour drummer during '90s with Vinnie Moore, Pride And Glory, Slash's Snakepit and Nickelbag, Ball in late '90s and early '00s, tour drummer in early '00s with Ozzy Ozbourne, Glenn Hughes, Gilby Clarke, Billy Idol and others.

Ron Wikso Ron Wikso: drums (1995-98). He joined the band as tour drummer after Schulman's departure in '95, and was unexpectedly replaced in '98. Background: Black Sheep in early '70s, tour drummer during '80s and '90s with Cher, David Lee Roth and Santana, The Storm in late 90's, and Gregg Rolie solo project in '00s, among some acts as producer.

Rick Wills Rick Wills: bass guitar, background vocals (1979-92). He joined the band as replacement of Gagliardi in '79, and stayed with it until Jones started reforming the band in '92. Background: Cochise and Peter Frampton's Humble Pie during '70s, Mick Jones solo project in late '80s, and Bad Company in late '90s, among other acts as performer.

Johnny Edwards Johnny Edwards: lead vocals, guitar (1990-92). He joined the band as replacement of Gramm in '90, and stayed until Jones started reforming it in '92. Background: Ronnie Montrose solo project in mid '80s, Northrup and King Cobra in late '80s, Wild Horses in '90, Royal Jelly in mid '90s, currently working with Jeff Northrup on a future release.

Dennis Elliott Dennis Elliott: drums (1976-91). Original band member, left in '91. Background: The Chevelles in late '60s, Ferris Wheel's band in late '60s and early '70s, If in early 70's, Ian Hunter's band in mid '70s and late '90s, and Mick Jones solo project in late '80s, among some other participations as performer. Professional wood sculptor since early '90s.

Ian McDonald Ian McDonald: guitar, keyboards, saxes, flutes, b. vocals (1976-80). Original band member, he was forced to leave in '80. Background: King Crimson in late '60s, McDonald And Giles in early '70s, own solo project in late '90s, and 21st Century Schizoid Band since '02, among many other participations as multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Al Greenwood Al Greenwood: keyboards, synthesizers (1976-80). Original band member, he was forced to leave in '80. Background: Spys in early '80s, Joe Lynn Turner in mid '80s, and Garbo Talks in late '90s.

 

Ed Gagliardi Ed Gagliardi: bass guitar, background vocals (1976-79). Original band member, he was forced to leave in '79. Background: Spys in early '80s.

Document credits and pictures sources
This document was written by Phoenix, additional information was provided by Samantha Wheeler, Ted Tichy and Mark Wilson. Pictures of Mick Jones and Rick Wills from the "Inside Information" CD booklet; picture of Lou Gramm from the "Long Hard Look" CD booklet; picture of Bruce Turgon from the Home page for Sherry Bastion Qualls; picture of Jeff Jacobs from the "Mr. Moonlight" CD booklet; picture of Thom Gimbel from the Voice Crystal Website; picture of Denny Carmassi courtesy of Jonny Monger from Jonny's Home On The Web: Heart; picture of Mark Schulman from the Sabian Splash Page; picture of Brian Tichy from Brian Tichy's Website; picture of Ron Wikso from The STORM World Wide Web Page; pictures of Dennis Elliott and Johnny Edwards from the "Unusual Heat" CD booklet; pictures of Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood from the "Head Games" CD booklet; picture of Ed Gagliardi from the "The Very Best And Beyond" CD booklet.

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