Paul Zimmerman/WireImageEx-Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm hasn’t released a solo album since 2009’s Lou Gramm Band, but the singer reports that he’s making progress putting together a new record.

“Over the last couple years we have been recording [tracks] and tweaking them and listening and changing the [arrangements],” he tells ABC Radio. “You know, we’re in that process. And I think we’ve got about eight songs.”

Gramm says that while it’s become common for artists to release individual tracks digitally, he’d prefer to issue a full-length collection of tunes, preferably with the backing of a record company.

“As old fashioned as I am, I’d actually like to have a label and some publicity and a little push from the label,” the 65-year-old singer maintains, “and a tour to promote the album the way people have done in the recent past.”

Meanwhile, Gramm is preparing to play his first show of 2016, a February 12 gig in Biloxi, Mississippi. He also has a series of four concerts in the Los Angeles area lined up for late March, and he reveals that some special guests may join him at those performances.

“I’m gonna call some of my old Atlantic Records cohorts and drag them out,” Lou tells ABC Radio. “That should be fun. And I have a lot of friends that live in California too, so I’m looking forward to the shows.”

As Gramm explains, fans coming out to his concerts will get to hear “the big Foreigner hits,” of course, as well as “things from my solo albums and maybe sometimes an old Beatles song we throw in there.”

Gramm, who’s been performing as a solo artist since exiting Foreigner in 2003, says he’s planning to make some changes to his show this year, including adding a new member to his backing band and extending his set from 75 minutes to 90 minutes.

“To make those great Ian MacDonald and Junior Walker parts come to life live, we’ve been auditioning…a multi-instrumentalist,” he reveals. “[We’re] looking for that someone to play the parts in ‘Urgent,’ in ‘Double Vision,’ in ‘Long, Long Way from Home,’ and someone who can put down the sax and pick up a rhythm guitar or also play keyboard. And it really helps if they had a decent voice to sing background too…I think we’ve found somebody that’s pretty good.”

As for the decision to lengthen his concerts, he explains, “Between my solo hits and the Foreigner hits and…a couple of our favorite old songs…we have to leave some good things out. And adding another 15 minutes we can now be indulgent enough to put some more of those great songs in.”

Gramm only has a handful of confirmed shows on his schedule, but he notes that plenty more will be added soon, including possibly some in international dates. Here are all of Gramm’s 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:

2/12 — Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Biloxi
3/18 — Pasadena, CA, The Rose
3/19 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
3/25 — Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon
3/26 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House Concert Hall
4/9 — Pensacola, FL, Vinyl Music Hall
11/11 — Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

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