Foreigner co-founders Mick Jones and Lou Gramm were on hand Thursday night (February 21st) at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre for the opening night of the brief run of the Jukebox Hero musical featuring 22 of the band's classic songs. The show, which wrapped last night (February 24th), is hopefully to be heading to Broadway in the near future -- but so far, no definitive plans have been announced.

Backstage on Thursday night, Mick Jones told us that over 35 years ago, it was none other than the great Diana Ross that first mentioned the idea of a Foreigner-based musical production to him: "I was heading back to New York from Atlanta and they directed me into a little VIP lounge -- and the only other person inside there was Diana Ross. She had been someone I had had a lot of respect for over the years, y'know? Anyway, they put us in this room and we struck up a conversation and out of the blue, she said, 'Y'know, you guys have a great title for a musical production.' Anyway, she was very enthusiastic and it put a seed in the back of my head."

Although Lou Gramm recently announced his retirement from touring, he told us backstage that he's still up for one-off shows or special appearances: "Y'know, I'll still be available for performances or projects or whatever, y'know? I just, kind of, wanted to retire from that portion."

Foreigner performs on Wednesday (February 27th) at Calgary's Grey Eagle Event Centre.

AUDIO: LOU GRAMM ON QUITTING THE ROAD
AUDIO: MICK JONES ON DIANA ROSS INSPIRING FOREIGNER MUSICAL