Foreigner's Mick Jones is a One Direction Fan

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Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan of the band One Direction appear on the "Today" show from Universal Orlando Resort on Monday, November 17, 2014.

"There’s more than meets the eye to them,” the rock legend tells Billboard.

One Direction is still weathering the fallout from the Great Louis/Zayn Feud of 2015, but the best-selling boy band has at least found one more famous admirer. Mick Jones, the leader of legendary rock group Foreigner, told Billboard that he's quite fond of the U.K. group during an appearance at Live Nation's 2015 Summer Spotlight showcase on Tuesday (May 5).



"I'm kind of a fan of One Direction, funnily enough," Jones said. "I think they're very talented. … There's more than meets the eye to them."

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Jones -- best known for powering Foreigner through rock classics like "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Cold As Ice" -- actually met the 1D lads when they were sharing a hotel with him a few years ago. "Yeah, they're cool," added Jones, who will be on the road with Foreigner beginning June 24 in Hartford, Conn.

Jones isn't the first classic rock mainstay to defend the musical stylings of One Direction: the Who's Pete Townshend professed his fandom in 2013, when some were painting 1D's "Best Song Ever" as a "Baba O'Riley" rip-off. "I like the single. I like One Direction," Townshend said in a statement at the time.