The original members of Foreigner reunited on Friday and Saturday (October 6th & 7th) at Pleasant, Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort to film and record a 40th anniversary CD and DVD. Billboard reported the opening set on Friday featured the current lineup of the band led by co-founder Mick Jones, including legendary frontman Lou Gramm who joined the musicians for an acoustic take on 1977's "Fool For You Anyway" before current keyboardist Michael Bluestein launched into a portion of 1978's "Tramontane" -- which he dedicated to late Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood. From there, Gramm led the band through the iconic 1981 classic "Juke Box Hero."
Despite Gramm and other assorted members of Foreigner popping up at a few other gigs over the course of last summer's tour, Friday night was the first to feature Gramm, Jones, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliot, and longtime bassist Rick Wills, who replaced the late-Ed Gagliardi, and is also known for his work with Peter Frampton, the Small Faces, Harry Nilsson, Roxy Music, Bad Company, and many others. The classic lineup of Foreigner ran through "Feels Like The First Time" "Double Vision," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Dirty White Boy" before they were joined by the current band for encore renditions of "I Want To Know What Love Is" and a show-closing "Hot Blooded." Although none have been announced, more Foreigner partial reunion gigs are expected to happen in the future.