Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

He kept it a secret. Foreigner’s Mick Jones revealed the shocking diagnosis

The 79-year-old musician has not performed with his band since 2022. Now he has revealed why giving concerts is extremely problematic for him.

“My fans are well aware that I haven’t performed with the band on stage for some time. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I want to let you know that I feel fine. However, I always liked to give my all when I performed on stage, but unfortunately it is to too difficult for me. I am still involved with Foreigner in the background and I will still be present,” he commented.

“Parkinson’s is a daily fight. It’s important to persevere and remember your wonderful musical career,” he added.

“Thank you to everyone for your support over the years and to those who still go to concerts. I want to tell you that I appreciate your support. He has always meant a lot to me, and now, at this difficult moment in my life, it is especially important,” he commented.

Foreigner is a pop-rock group, popular mainly in the 1980s, which has sold over 80 million records worldwide. The first five albums from 1977-84 achieved multi-platinum status, reaching at least number five in America.

A band founded by a guitarist Mick Jones (ex-Spooky Tooth), multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) and vocalist Lou Gramm in 1976, he made his debut with a publishing house a year later “Foreigner”.

Foreigner’s biggest hits include: “Juke Box Hero”, “Cold As Ice”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Feels Like The First Time” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”.

Lou Gramm was in the band from 1977 to 2005. He replaced him in the squad Kelly Hansen. The last member of the original Foreigner lineup is Mick Jones, who continued his career under this banner despite poor health. This didn’t really please the previous frontman.

“Mick’s choice to continue after there were no original members except him is his option. I don’t really understand it… I know his health, he’s had his ups and downs. And I don’t understand how they can tour without the original members. members and still call themselves Foreigner for all these years. I think it’s none of my business and maybe it’s a business decision for them, but it just doesn’t feel right to me,” Gramm said.