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Breaking the Band: Foreigner (S4EP16 REELZ Sunday June 19, 2022)

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Foreigner: Formed in New York in 1976 by musical powerhouse Mick Jones, Foreigner would become one of the most successful groups of all time as Lou Gramm’s incredible vocals and the band’s unique talents would rack up more than 80 million album sales. By the mid Eighties, Foreigner’s blend of hard rock and atmospheric ballads were a stadium filling success all over the world but behind the scenes, their move towards synth led soft rock, most famously the #1 global hit “I want to know what love is,” had started to create fault lines between musical architect Mick and frontman Lou.

As resentment grew, the once tight knit songwriting partnership started to fall apart; and when Lou embarked on a successful solo career, their dispute came to a head. In May 1990, Lou leaves acrimoniously fracturing the musical heart of the band. It seemed like they would never get back together but music, especially Foreigner’s, is a powerful force …

Airdate: Sunday June 19, 2022 at 20:00 on REELZ

Season 4 Episode 16

Sold out tours, chart-topping hits, and runaway world domination can all mean nothing when you’re in a band on the brink of collapse. Tempers flare, arguments erupt and the sweet sound of musical success comes to an abrupt end. Breaking the Band shows the battling egos, power struggles and inter-band rivalries that split up The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen and Sonny and Cher.

From crippling drug addictions to scandalous affairs Breaking the Band uncovers the incredible true stories by recreating the key moments the cameras missed in addition to using rare band interviews and off-stage footage to piece together each dramatic tale.