Foreigner Frontman Is Born Again Sober

By McCarton Ackerman 05/16/13

Lou Gramm says a spiritual awakening led him to get clean and become a devout Christian.

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Lou Gramm, the former frontman of British-American rock band Foreigner, says he developed a major drug problem during the height of the band's success. In a memoir released last month, Juke Box Hero, the 63-year-old rocker chronicles his drug addiction and the spiritual awakening that led him to get clean. Now a "devout born again Christian," Gramm has been sober since checking into Hazelden in 1992, the day after the band played a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden. "There was the record company party afterwards. Everybody was in that condition," he tells Fox News, "of course, I wasn't able to sleep. I just started doing a little self assessment and thinking about what I had become and was very upset about it and worried about my children seeing me like this. I finally fell to my knees and asked God to take this plague away from me." Gramm says a few hours later, his attorney helped book him into Halzeden, where he spent "the best thirty days of my life." At five years sober, he was diagnosed with a fatal and inoperable brain tumor, but ended up receiving successful laser surgery to remove it. Gramm released a Christian rock album in 2009 with his Lou Gramm Band and continues to tour around the country with them. Foreigner remains one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums.

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