The Englishman, born on 27 December 1944, started his musical career at the beginning of the sixties. At first he was mostly a session musician in France, from 1971 he was back in England, first with Wonderwheel and later with Spooky Tooth. The Leslie West Band went from London to New York City for Jones. Shortly before that he played on albums of Peter Frampton and George Harrison. In 1976 he founded Foreigner with Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, among others. Since the "40th Anniversary Tour" in 2017, these original members and at the same time the current Foreigner line-up around singer Kelly Hansen have been performing together again and again. To be heard on the recently released live work "Double Vision - Then And Now".
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Mick Jones is still having a hard time recording new material with Foreigner. He mourns the gold and platinum years after the release of a Foreigner album, when he became considerably richer. Lou Gramm is more realistic and would record something with Jones just for fun - whether under the name Foreigner or not. But instead there are appearances with the original line-up, a live recording from 1978 and a European tour with orchestra and the current line-up without Gramm & Co.
After a good 40 years of band history, there are still new challenges even for foreigners. After all, even the Anglo-American success rockers are not on stage every day with over 100 people to present the almost inexhaustible pool of Mick-Jones compositions with orchestral force. In addition to this extraordinary experience, the band boss also talks about the anniversary concerts at which he once again met the original singer Lou Gramm. And in May the band is back on tour in Germany.
"I've been living in New York City for over 40 years now," muses Mick Jones (72), "but whenever I'm in London, like now, I feel at home. I've remained a foreigner, even after all these years. For Johnny Hallyday and others I wrote songs for several years and was a session musician in France. Those were exciting years when I made friends with the Beatles and Jimmy Page. I think this time in France had its share in the later Foreigner sound."
Friends of the Beatles - so it's not so surprising that Jones played on George Harrison's solo album "Dark Horse" (1974). "Now that I've said it myself in one sentence, these are really the two cornerstones of our sound: the Beatles and Jimmy Pages Led Zeppelin. Between France, good old Rock'n'Roll, a little bit of mine and Ian McDonalds prog phase with Spooky Tooth and King Crimson and of course a lot of Lou Gramm."
Long, Long Way From Home
In Concert 1974
The star is the music. This was always the credo of Pink Floyds. Nothing should distract from the music and its sound, primarily not the musicians themselves. Nevertheless, the English formation had already had a reputation on their psychedelic days for offering their audience live happenings rather than concerts.
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14 classic live releases of the year 1974
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
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