Lou Gramm Lands at Proctors on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]
Gramm was a working-class Rochester shouter pushing his way into the national scene with local favorites Black Sheep when, in 1975, an icy Christmas Eve Thruway skid took out the group’s equipment truck and its career. Luckily, Gramm had — figuratively — run into British rockers Spooky Tooth on the road a year prior. At that chance meeting, Gramm slipped guitarist Mick Jones a copy of his band’s eponymous debut album, and Jones, on landing home, liked what he heard.
When the Brit returned stateside, looking for players to fill out his ambitious new project’s line-up, he called on Gramm as frontman, and Foreigner was born. The band’s initial eight singles cracked the Billboard Top 20, making Foreigner the first group since the Beatles to achieve such a chart-topping feat.