AT HARD ROCK LIVE! 

The Rock Pack, featuring John Payne, former lead singer of ASIA and founder of The Rock Pack; Lou Gramm, original lead singer of Foreigner; Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey; and Bobby Kimball, original lead singer of Toto performs at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Lou Gramm took time out from his busy schedual to do a quick interview with Bill Hernandez, editor at Here is the interview in it's entirety.


 Q:  Looking back, when did you know that you wanted to make music for a living?

 A: I think it was when I was around 13 or 14 that I knew I wanted to do this for a living. That's about the time I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan.

 Q: Back then, who were the bands and/or artists that inspired you musically?

A: Early on, there was Buddy Holly, for sure. Then there were the Beatles, the Animals, The Kinks. They were all very inspirational. I think it took all of that for them to bolster up my decision to make music a career.

 Q: Before starting out as a vocalist, you started out as a drummer, correct? Do you still dabble in the drums a little bit?

A: Periodically, yes.

Q:As a drummer, are you self taught?

A: No, I played concert drums before I got my first set of drums. I actually was in the All-State band and I auditioned for the Eastman School of Music. I was into the form and correctness, it was something I was very proud of.

 Q: Your voice is also your instrument. What do you do, if anything, to maintain your vocals while on tour?

A: I'm a non-drinker and a non-smoker, and I think that has helped my voice quite a bit. I also drink a lot of water, which is good. I also warm-up, specifically before each show and try to talk very little after a show.

 Do you have any new projects coming out?

 A: I am honestly not sure what the future holds. Sorry I have to be a little vague about this question but I just honestly don't know when we will have new material available.

Q: With the recent attack in Manchester involving the Ariana Grande concert, and as an artist that plays venues, what are you thoughts about these kind of incidences and what do you think if anything, can be done to prevent this from happening in the future?

 A: I don't know if they can be prevented from happening but, I think there's got to be a more defined, concentrated effort to make sure things like this don't happen again. Even if it is ridiculous, there should be 3 to 4 times as much security in place, and they should all be carrying loaded weapons and be ready for anything.

 Q: Tell us about the band that is touring with you.

A: They are mostly guys from my hometown, Rochester New York. We just started working with Jeff Jacobs, who toured with Foreigner back in the early 90's. He has joined the group. At the same time in the early 90s, we had a sax player who doubled on rhythm guitar and keyboards and sang. His name is Scottt Gilman, and he is with us.

Q: We are looking forward to seeing you at Hard Rock Live on June 30th. in Hollywood Florida for the Rock Pack concert featuring yourself, Steve Augeri, John Payne, and Bobby Campbell. How does this idea for the Rock Pack come to fruition?

A: It wasn't my idea, I've done a number of these before in Europe. I've been waiting for someone to do this kind of thing here in the States. Actually it was John Payne who called me up and invited me to come out for this. I was very happy to do that.

Q: What is next for you in the future?

A: I know that we have a pretty busy schedule for the summer. I'm just looking forward to doing that, and a few dates with Mick Jones and Foreigner. I just want to get through it in a nice healthy way.

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy touring schedule to speak with us. We are looking forward to seeing you again. If we can come back before or after the show and say hi, that would be great!

A: That would be great, see you then.

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