Foreigner's Mick Jones says the band's new career retrospective "No End in Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner" is a signal that new material is on the way.
Besides the band's hits as well as some deeper album cuts and live versions, the double-disc set released last week includes one new track, "Too Late."
Jones, a founding member of the group, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that a "fuller" new album will be out next year.
"We haven't had the time because of the tour to concentrate on a whole album but we wanted something out that denotes the fact that the band is alive and taking this seriously."
Foreigner had a run of hit singles and albums from the late 1970s through the '80s with Lou Gramm on vocals. They included "Cold as Ice," "Urgent" and "Waiting for a Girl Like You."
A reconfigured lineup featuring Kelly Hansen at the mike has been touring the past few years and is currently co-headlining shows with Bryan Adams. The bands have a concert Thursday, July 24, near San Antonio, Texas, before ending their combined tour Saturday in Dallas. Foreigner will continue on the road at least through late October.
"I kind of wanted to almost reconstruct the foundation of the band. I wasn't happy with the way the band drifted into obscurity toward the end of the '90s," the 63-year-old Jones said. "So this is a chance to re-establish ourselves and regain some prestige and respect."