Lou Gramm, accomplished musician, song writer and lead singer of the iconic band Foreigner, will launch his autobiography, “Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ’N’ Roll,” at Monroe Community College on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets to "An Evening with Lou Gramm” are $40 per person; available at "http://www.monroecctickets.com". A portion of the proceeds will support student scholarships through the Monroe Community College Foundation.
In addition to receiving a signed copy of the book, audience members will hear Gramm share anecdotes about his career, perform acoustically, and answer questions from the audience. The book was co-written with best-selling author and award-winning columnist Scott Pitoniak and published by Triumph Books.
Gramm is a 1971 graduate of MCC and a charter member of the college’s alumni hall of fame.
“I have many fond memories of my time as a student at MCC and felt my alma mater would be the perfect place to officially launch my book,’’ said Gramm, a Rochester native who attended Gates Chili High School. “There was some pressure to launch the book in a major market, but I insisted that it be done in my hometown. Rochester and MCC have always been tremendously supportive of me. I can’t think of a better place to do this than in the city I still call home.”
Gramm is one of rock ’n’ roll’s most distinctive and popular voices. As lead vocalist and co-songwriter for Foreigner and his own band, Gramm helped churn out seven multi-platinum albums and sell more than 70 million records. He contributed to 20 Top 40 singles, including “Cold As Ice,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Urgent,” “Midnight Blue” and “Juke Box Hero.” Rolling Stone magazine called him “the Pavarotti of the power-rock ballad.” Nils Lofgren, the lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, says “Lou Gramm is one of the great vocalists of our time.”
Gramm will be inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in New York City and the Rochester Music Hall of Fame this spring.
The event will be held in the college’s theatre (Building 4), 1000 East Henrietta Rd., Rochester. Free parking will be available in lots E and F.
Karen Shaw and Mark Pastorella