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Foreigner’s Mick Jones Reveals Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis


Foreigner co-founder and guitarist Mick Jones revealed that he is battling Parkinson’s disease, shedding some light on the unspecified health issues that have often kept him off the stage for the past several years.

In a statement (shared via Billboard), Jones said, “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.” 

Jones, the sole remaining original member of Foreigner, hasn’t been able to play regularly with Foreigner since around 2022. When he has appeared, it’s frequently been near the end of concerts to perform a couple of songs. His absences have grown a bit more pointed, however, since Foreigner launched its lengthy farewell tour last year (the trek resumes in March with dates scheduled through early June).

In his statement, Jones added: “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.”

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson (who’s been with the band since 2004) echoed this sentiment in an interview with Billboard, saying Jones makes “the final decision” on issues related to the band. But, he acknowledged it’s still “difficult” for the musician: “This is his lifetime achievement. It’s difficult, but I know he endorses the decision.” 

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Jones wrapped up his own statement by saying, “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.”

Along with preparing to wrap up their farewell tour, Foreigner were also just nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time. A campaign to boost the band’s chances of induction quickly followed, with support coming in from Mark Ronson, Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Slash, Josh Homme, and Chad Smith. Ronson — who’s leading the campaign — did acknowledge he’s a bit biased, but that shouldn’t detract from anything: “Yes, Mick is my stepdad, and I love him more than anything. But I’m also a MEGA fan.” 



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