This Day In Rock. FOREIGNER
Michael Leslie Jones was born in Portsmouth, England on December 27, 1944. After attending a couple of concerts by Elvis Presley he decided to pursue a career in music.
In 1976 he formed Foreigner with Ian McDonald and recruited vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones co-produced all of the group's albums and co-wrote most of their songs with Gramm.
Tensions developed within the band during the late 1980s and were attributed to a difference in musical taste between Gramm, who favoured a more hard-edged rock, as opposed to Jones' interest in synthesisers. Gramm left the band in 1990 but returned in 1992.
In between his Foreigner commitments, Jones also started a side career as a producer for such albums as Van Halen’s ‘5150’ (1986) and Billy Joel’s ‘Storm Front’ (1989). Mick Jones is the only person to play on every Foreigner album.
Asked by Blabbermouth (http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/foreigner-is-in-talks-with-lou-gramm-about-40th-anniversary-celebration-says-mick-jones/#wRVfX2BvbfG4B537.99) if there is any chance of Gramm returning to Foreigner or some special shows to celebrate the band's fortieth anniversary, Jones said: "Well, it's quite possible. We've actually been talking about it. I'm not at a point where I can say it's definitely gonna happen, but we're all working on trying to make it happen. So it's kind of exciting. And hopefully it'll be feasible and possible to pull it off next year".
He continued: "Lou and I have communicated, and, of course, we got together when were beneficiaries of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame award [in 2013]. And since then, we've kept up sort of a loose communication, as I have actually also with Ian McDonald[rhythm guitar], Al Greenwood [keyboards], Dennis Elliott [drums] and Rick Wills[bass]. So, yeah, as I say, we're in the early stages, but we're trying to put something together to commemorate… It's scary when I say… forty years. [Laughs]".