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  • Writer's pictureBill Hernandez

INTERVIEW: JEFF PILSON OF FOREIGNER...

FOREIGNER PLAYING THE COFFE-BUTLER AMPHITHEATER THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 10,

IN KEY WEST FLORIDA.



Jeff Pilson is now celebrating twenty years as the dynamic bass player in the classic rock band Foreigner. Did Pilson think he was going to be reaching this milestane with one of the greatest rock bands in music history? Nope. You



as an original member of seminal 80’s rock band Dokken, Jeff has played bass and sung with a host of groups including rockers Dio and MSG, and his own bands War and Peace and Lynch/Pilson. Jeff also had a principal role in the 2001 Warner Brothers film Rock Star, alongside actors Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.




Jeff sums up his experience with Foreigner: “It all feels so natural because I was a big fan of the band, and the music and style are a part of my blood. Foreigner, to me, was always the perfect combination of strong songs, great singing, intense heavy rock musicianship, with a touch of R&B added in. Plus the band has great chemistry. There’s just no feeling in the world like going out and kicking butt every night. I feel like I’ve finally found my home!”




Foreigner is an English-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones ex-Spooky Tooth and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Jones came up with the band's name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American. Their biggest hit single, "I Want to Know What Love Is", topped the United Kingdom and United States charts among others. They are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US.





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