Foreigner officially announces original lineup reunion

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FOREIGNER:  Reunion of original lineup is official

Foreigner has announced what former member Ian McDonald recently said would happen -- a reunion show of the original line-up on August 4th at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota.

McDonald, Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood and Rick Wills will join Mick Jones and the current members of the band as they did for a few shows on last year's 40th anniversary tour.

Jones says, “It’s been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories. But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we’ll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a Foreigner reunion concert, and we hope they’ll come on down to Sturgis and join us!"

Elliott says Jones invited him and Greenwood to join them on stage this Friday night at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York. Elliott tells us he and Al are "talking about whether we're going to be able to do that."

Ian McDonald says recent Foreigner reunions have gone well:

"When we did do a couple of shows, everything was very cordial and everyone was on their best behavior, you know? in that sense, we got along fine. It was a fun thing to do, actually. I'm not in constant contact with Mick, but whenever we do these shows, it works out pretty well."

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Paul McCartney says the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is "in place." It just has a "couple of essays [to approve]. It’s all lined up and it’s really good."

Like last year's 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, he says the White Album will contain some demos. "It sounds like you’re in the room... You get things stripped right back to just John’s voice and a guitar. You just think, how good was John?! Amazing. We were just doing it; it was amazing. We were having a good time."

The Beatles will be out in the fall. It was originally released on November 22nd, 1968.

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It's not a stretch to say that The Beatles have had more books written about them than any other act, so what's one more?

Fab 4 Mania by writer and cartoonist Carol Tyler is out now. It's a facsimile of the diary she kept in 1965 when she was 13. In addition to her thoughts, it has some of her drawings from then after seeing them in concert in August 1965 in Chicago, where she lived.

Hunter Davies, who authored The Beatles: The Authorised Biography in 1968, wrote the introduction.

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