By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — His voice is known to millions as the former lead man of the widely popular rock band Foreigner.
Now, years later, Lou Gramm is still taking stages all over the world, performing his classics and new material.
Gramm comes to Derry Dec. 22 and will perform at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy. The show begins at 7 p.m.
For Gramm, 62, leaving the performing life and taking it slow is not on his schedule.
He performs regularly several times a week, but still keeps time set aside for his family.
The Rochester, N.Y., native said when Foreigner was at its high point, the band would tour for months on end.
“When I left Foreigner in 2003, I decided to tour differently,” he said.
He said performance venues now are a huge help setting up the shows and making sure things are right before he and his band arrives.
“And we now fly to shows,” he said. “It’s a huge help.”
During Foreigner’s time topping the charts, Gramm’s unique vocals were heard on hits like “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice,” and “Urgent,” selling millions of copies of albums and singles in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gramm eventually ventured out to produce his own single album, “Ready or Not,” receiving critical acclaim and a top five hit “Midnight Blue.”
Internal conflicts caused Gramm’s final split from the band, leading the singer into different realms of creativity with his talents, including life as a Christian after “being tired of the rock-and-roll life and not feeling very fulfilled.”
Now, having more time for his family, Gramm said staying on the road is great and fulfills his dreams of performing, but coming home is also a dream.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” he said.
Audiences in Derry will hear Gramm on some of his best known songs from his years with Foreigner, along with new material and even some Beatles tunes.
It’s the sounds of a classic voice joined with bandmates, including brother Ben Gramm that keeps Gramm going.
“It’s a good mixture,” Gramm said.
As for Foreigner’s success for so many years, it came down to the commitment and hard work of the group.
“It comes down to the staying power of a group,” he said, “sticking it out and making it a career, instead of just one big album.”
Tickets for Lou Gramm are available through the Stockbridge Theatre box office, by calling 437-5217 or visit stockbridgetheatre.com.