Foreigner’s Mick Jones reveals battle with Parkinson’s Disease

Mick Jones of Foreigner at Cipriani 42nd street New York^ NY - May 13^ 2015:

Mick Jones of Foreigner has revealed his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Jones said in a statement released on Wednesday (Feb. 21): “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.”

Foreigner are currently traveling North America on their farewell tour, but Jones has not performed with them since 2022. Foreigner is currently led by bassist Jeff Pilson, who’s been with the band since 2004, and frontman Kelly Hansen, who joined the following year.

Foreigner also earned their first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, despite being eligible since 2002. Currently, Foreigner holds the second place spot in the Hall’s fan-voted ballot.  This year’s Rock Hall inductees will be announced in late April.

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