Hartford Courant from Hartford, Connecticut on October 16, 1981 · 67
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THE HABTfORD COURANT: Friday, Oclctm 16, 1981 D5! ove simrjs Foreigner Streamlines And Likes the Results By COLIN McENROE ' Courant Staff Writer "I think we lost a couple of friends," fleeting. We've been through a lot in Loo Gramm said sadly. "It's a shame the last year. It's important that peo- too. They re both very talented peo- pie see the different sides of foreign pie." er." The two talented ex-friends are Al Greenwood and Ian McDonald, former members of Foreigner. The band, which will play at the Hatford Civic Center with Billy Squier Sunday night, went from a sextet to a foursome this year, when Greenwood and McDonald were shown the door. Gramm and Mick Jones, the guitarist-songwriter who founded Foreigner, saw the personnel shake-up as a way of nudging the band out of a period of complacency. "1 think we were feeling it toward the end of the 'Head Games' tour," Gramm said. "We knew we couldn't be doing the same thing anymore. If we continued as we were, we'd be narrowing our sights." Despite its enormous commercial success, Gramm was never particularly enamored with the 1979 "Head Games" album. "I thought 'Head Games' was a reckless album," he said. "We lost a lot of subtlety." As the tour came to an end and preparations were made for the next album, communication among the members was poor and creative impulses were at an ebb. "We were very close to not being a band at all," Gramm said. "We needed a rethinking for the future of the band. We've seen a lot of bands put themselves in a hole and not be able to dig themselves out. You can really bury yourself through lack of creativity." Gramm said the new stripped-down Foreigner will have "a lot more personality" in concert, with the rhythm section of drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Rick Wills getting more time in the spotlight. Gramm said his monopoly on the crowd's attention is "one that I'm more than willing to give up." "I have my hands full just singing the material, Gramm said. The energetic lead vocalist sings til of the 18 or 19 songs in the band's set. Foreigner has never been the darling of the major critics, many of whom have derided the band as a soulless hit machine. "I read the reviews," Gramm said. "There are some valid criticisms of the band. The ones that bother me are the reviews that sound like the guys haven't listened to the album." . . "4," the 1981 follow-up to "Head Games," has been enjoying somewhat more positive reviews. Critics have saluted the band for unveiling new melodic and rhythmic tendencies and for jettisoning some of its old misanthropic (and misogynistic) lyrical leanings. "We've knocked the chip off our shoulders," Gramm acknowledged. "The music on this album is the product of more looking inward and re- Around the Area When a new band succinctly named Novo Combo started playing New York gigs this year, it attracted unusually star-studded crowds: mem' bers of the Rolling Stones, Hall and Oates, and Carly Simon could be seen moseying into the clubs. The reason? Well, the combo may be novo, but the musicians aren t. Bassist Stephen Dees played with Hall and Oates for two years, and Daryl Hall produced Dees solo album. Guitarist Pete Hewlett has played with Eric Carmen and Carly Simon and has also recorded a solo album. Guitarist Jack Griffith, whose resume is somewhat less impressive, was dis covered while working on the Florida club circuit. Drummer Michael Shrieve was one of the original mem bers of Santana and has since worked Steve Winwood, German synthesizer guru Klaus Schultze, and the Rolling Stones. He can be heard on "Some Girls," "Emotional Rescue," and "Tattoo You." Novo Combo's first album contains its own tribute to epidermal graffiti, simply tit.Cu "Tauoo." The song al most made it onto the soundtrack of the new film "Tattoo," according to Shrieve. "They had already shot the scene by the time the song was ready," Shrieve said. "The tempo was different. They tried slowing the song down, but it just didn t work. Novo Combo will play at Stage West in West Hartford tonight and at the Agora Ballroom in New Haven Sun day. Another new band in the area this week is The Professionals, featuring former Sex Pistols Paul Jones and Steve Cook, performing at Shaboo in Willimantic tonight and at Toad's Place in New Haven on Monday. Dan Fogelberg will pay a rare visit to Connecticut, crooning at the New Haven Coliseum Saturday night. Taj Mahal will be at Toad's Place Sunday night, and Muddy Waters will be there Tuesday. On Thursday, Shaboo will celebrate its 10th anniversary with appearances by Aztec Two-Step, Orleans, and James Montgomery. 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