By Jim Johnson

Last year’s induction of Foreigner‘s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm into the Songwriters Hall of Fame has certainly healed old wounds — the two plan to get together in September to start writing songs.

Gramm says, “I’m excited about it and very much looking forward to it. I’m actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he’s gonna be releasing, and he’s gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year.” There are also some songs that they were writing 10 years ago that they might re-visit. Gramm says, “It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003, so those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early 2000s, and they’re really good. I have the demos.”

Mick Jones adds that he looks back at last year’s induction as “a great start for Lou and I to start to be able to communicate a bit again.” But current vocalist Kelly Hansen need not be looking over his shoulder. Jones says, “If Lou and I do something, it’ll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly.”

Jones, Hansen and Foreigner are on the Soundtrack of Summer tour with Styx and Don Felder with a stop at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater on Thursday night. Gramm and his band are in Napa, California on Friday.


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