I was enjoying a lively night at a local bar with friends recently when "Hot Blooded" shuffled on to the bartender's eclectic playlist. One of our number, who is not from around here, made a face at the transition and hollered, "What is this music?" Without missing a beat, and as-cold-as-ice, the bartender quipped back, "You got a problem with Foreigner, you got a problem with yourself." Such is the love that Rochesterians have for the British-American rock band, which counts among its members Rochester's own Lou(is) Gramm(atico).
The singer and songwriter is currently on a tour of a different sort, promoting his new book, "Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll," which was co-authored with Scott Pitoniak. You can meet the man himself at one of these local book signings, which begin this week.
On Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Gramm and Pitoniak will be present at the Greece Barnes & Noble (330 Greece Ridge Center Drive), followed by a signing on Friday, May 24, 7 p.m., at Pittsford Barnes & Noble (Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Ave.). The authors will be present June 1, 5 p.m., at House of Guitars (645 Titus Ave.). Admission to each of these events is free. On July 26, Gramm is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the Rochester Red Wings game at Frontier Field (1 Morrie Silver Way) at 5:45 p.m. He will also sign books in the concourse, and tickets to the game are required for this event. For more information, visit lougramm.com.