When you read try and read every word a person has written.
First off he's not an original member, not even close.
Secondly what does he mean by a few years ago. Lets say he meant 5. Could have been 10,1 2 maybe he'll clarify that.
So he's been a member of Foreigner part 2 or 3 for say 13 yrs. Longstanding member of Foreigner part whatever but not of Foreigner.
I never said (unless you were directing it at someone else) that Tom Gimbel was an original member.
I merely posted that Tom's tenure to present with Foreigner as both a touring member and studio recording member combined (because he does have performance credits with Foreigner releases), is 18 years.
I don't claim to know the legal aspects of what determines "employment" by Foreigner - but I am going to assume he gets his paychecks from Foreigner's business entity that handles that.
I agree that you cannot label anyone who wasn't a part of the original recording of Foreigner's self titled album as a member of the original Foreigner (or founding member if you prefer). But to state that Tom, et al and the other current members are not members of Foreigner is to say that Rick Wills, for example, is not a member of Foreigner. Or Steve Perry is not a member of Journey. Or Brian Johnson is not a member of AC/DC.
Semantics in the end, really. Its such a tired argument that crops up over and over in music in general. I guess in the end, if fans choose to support who they choose, then why bust each others balls over their choices. I don't begrudge anyone their choices, but I find it depressing the personal attacks that fans have to do to each other on the forums to try to bolster their arguments. If people get such a kick out of riling each other up, well, in my humble opinion, that's just sad. Making one feel better by putting another person down only reflects on the person doing so.