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Singer Lou Gramm will miss 4 Foreigner shows due to illness

October 2, 2019
FILE - This June 13, 2013 file photo shows Lou Gramm at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th annual induction and awards gala in New York. Gramm, the original singer for the classic rock band Foreigner, will miss four upcoming concerts due to illness. He and other original members of the band were set to perform with the current lineup in a show called “Foreigner Double Vision: Then And Now.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - This June 13, 2013 file photo shows Lou Gramm at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th annual induction and awards gala in New York. Gramm, the original singer for the classic rock band Foreigner, will miss four upcoming concerts due to illness. He and other original members of the band were set to perform with the current lineup in a show called “Foreigner Double Vision: Then And Now.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Lou Gramm, the original singer for the classic rock band Foreigner, will miss four upcoming concerts due to illness.

He and other original members of the band were set to perform with the current lineup in a show called “Foreigner Double Vision: Then And Now.”

Other original members will perform as scheduled at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Wednesday, the Hard Rock casino Atlantic City on Friday, the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, California, on Oct. 12, and the Ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Washington, on Oct. 13.

Gramm’s publicist says the 69-year-old was hospitalized in Rochester, New York, last week with a severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue.

In a follow-up doctor visit Wednesday morning, Gramm was deemed unable to perform for the four upcoming shows.

“My doctor insists if I pushed myself to perform, I would be in big trouble,” Gramm said in a statement issued Wednesday. “So, doctor’s orders, I ride the bench. Rock on!”

The band is known for a long string of classic rock hits including “Cold As Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” and “Hot Blooded.”

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