Foreigner founder Mick Jones will be entering the rock star memoir fray this year when his autobiography A Foreigner's Tale is published, most likely in the spring.
Jones tells us that he'll be writing about the entirety of his life -- including stints playing with French singer Johnny Hallyday and in the band Spooky Tooth -- in addition to his Foreigner tales:
"It's a personal history of mine and the evolution of the band and my early years playing in a little band where I lived in England, and an insight into my time in France with Johnny Hallyday and a lot of kind of stories and a bunch of photos...I've seen a couple of things they've done. It's a really beautiful presentation. It's more like a coffee table book."
One thing it's not, Jones adds, is a sleazy tell-all:
"It's not gonna be a sensational, sensationalist book. There might be a few tidbits here and there but nothing about penis size or anything like that."
Jones is also preparing a two-disc Foreigner compilation for release this year to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the group's first album.
Foreigner hits the road January 30 for North American dates, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland before returning for a summer tour with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience that starts July 11 in Syracuse.
Original Foreigner members Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood will appear on select dates, while 4 album alumni Gramm, bassist Rick Wills and drummer Dennis Elliot will join Foreigner on February 24 in St. Augustine, Fla.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.