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Foreigner Founder Mick Jones Fighting Parkinson’s

In a recent statement, Foreigner founder Mick Jones has confirmed his “several years” long battle Parkinson’s disease.

In the process of completing a massive final tour, the now 79-year-old musician is the last remaining original member of the iconic rock band but has been unable to perform live since 2022, due to the neurodegenerative disorder, the symptoms for which include tremors, stiffness, balance problems and slow mobility.

In 2012, Jones underwent heart surgery and admits that it’s been “a daily struggle” dealing with his symptoms, however, it’s important that he “preserve” his legacy and has vowed to “remain a presence” behind the scenes.

Taking to social media this week, Mick wrote:

“Fans will have become very aware that for some time now, I have not been performing onstage with the band. Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I want everyone to know that I am doing alright. “However, I’ve always liked to be at my best when performing onstage, and sadly, at present, I find that a bit difficult. I am still very much involved in the background with Foreigner and remain a presence. Parkinson’s is a daily struggle; the important thing is to persevere and remind myself of the wonderful career I’ve had in music. I thank all the fans who have supported Foreigner throughout the years and continue to attend our concerts — I want you to know I appreciate your support; it always means so very much to me, but especially so at this point in my life.”

During his final gigs, the legendary musician appeared on stage for a select number of songs, and in his absence, bassist Jeff Pilson has taken Mick’s place, and the group is fronted by Kelly Hansen.

Having sold more than 80,000,000 million records worldwide, Foreigner are one of the world’s bestselling bands of all time. In addition to Jones, the original lineup included Ian McDonald of King Crimson and Lou Gramm from Black Sheep, alongside Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi.

Foreigner’s original members and former backing vocalist and bassist Rick Wills recently received their first-ever nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Stefan Brending (2eight)