For The Metal Voice ,Neil Turbin sat down with former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm and spoke about his recent induction into The Metal Hall of Fame, which happened on Jan 26 2023 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.
When asked about his induction “I mean honestly I was a little stunned when I heard about it. I tried to make sense of it but it actually does make sense doesn’t it?”
When asked about being Foreigner ” I was always proud to be in Foreigner you know for the most part,”
When asked about new music “I like playing with bassist Tony Franklin and he have a strong band. We’re working on some new songs right now, so there’s a possibility there might be some new material released before the end of this year.”
Alan Dixon from The Metal Voice spoke to Foreigner and Classic Dokken Bassist Jeff Pilson as he was performing with Foreigner in Montreal Quebec Canada on March 13 2019.
Watch the interview here:
Pilson spoke about the latest The Last in Line album, Foreigner’s current tour, Dio Disciples upcoming studio album and his new project The End Machine with Classic Dokken lineup.
When asked about the new Last in Line album called II that he produced
“I am very proud of that record, it’s an amazing record, I love working with that band. The guys in the band, Vivian Campbell, Phil Soussan and Vinny Appice have been friends for 30 plus years. And of course Andrew Freeman is an amazing singer. It’s great to hear Vivian Campbell shredding again as he did on the first record. The songs on this record are so strong and the band really has their own identity now. ”
When asked about Foreigners current Canadian Tour
“This tour has been amazing, we love Canada, Canada is a very good market for us and we are going to come back to Canada a lot. I have done more shows with Foreigner than Dokken but I have been a member of Dokken for a longer time. Foreigner has always been a positive influence on me from the minute Foreigner came out I was a fan. ”
When asked about his participation in writing for the upcoming Dio Disciples album
“I have written a couple of songs for them, I probably won’t actually be recording the record because I don’t think there is a way to fit it into my busy schedule, I would love it if I could. I know they are interested in a couple of songs I wrote for the band. Also I love working with Craig Goldby the guitarist of the band, he and I have collaborated over the years. Hopefully there will be more work with the Dio Disciples but at this point it is just limited to just writing songs but I am hoping I can do some recording with them. ”
When asked about the new album with his new band The End Machine
“I am really excited about this album, we will also be playing shows with The End Machine. We got Robert Mason in as the vocalist who is incredible. I am really pleased with the songs, the songwriting and musical chemistry. I knew that the chemistry would be there with, George, Mick and I, but it was so great to hear what Robert brought to the album and how he really rounded it off. There are some Dokken and Lynch Mob influences there of course but it stands on it’s own musically. Also George Lynch is the greatest rock guitarist player on the planet, there is no question in my mind. The thing with George if you give him a sound he likes 99% of the time something brilliant is going to come out of him. There is a lot of depth to the record, there is straight ahead stuff and there is moments when we really let ourselves go which was really fun to do and gratifying. ”
Last in Line “II” was released on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. DIO DISCIPLES is made up of former members of DIO, along with a rotating lineup of vocalists, including Owens and Logan and Wendy Dio revealed in an interview this past spring that DIO DISCIPLES’ debut album will be released via BMG. THE END MACHINE’s debut album, will be released on March 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. The End Machine featuring three members of the classic DOKKEN lineup — George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson(bass) and Mick Brown (drums) — along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason
THE END MACHINE will play its first set of shows in April. Brown will be unable to make the dates and will be temporarily replaced by EVANESCENCE’s Will Hunt.
The details are as follows:
April 04 – Whisky A Go Go – Los Angeles, CA
April 05 – Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
April 06 – Encore – Tucson, AZ
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently interviewed current FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) who called in from his hotel room on a headlining tour with Foreigner in North America.
Watch the interview here:
When asked about his legendary answering machine messages
“Actually there was a bootleg a long time ago of my answering machine messages. There was a period, especially in the 90’s when I would just make these epic answering machine messages and I sort of got known for it, so then I felt obligated to continue. One time I did Pilsonian Rhapsody, I actually did, Bohemian Rhapsody done to an answering machine message. I went crazy with all the voices and music. I did the Batman theme, but of course I said PIL-SON instead of Bat-man and again played all the instruments. If you can ever hear the bootleg there are some pretty hysterical stuff.”
When asked which of the three bands Dio Foreigner and Dokken he is most proud of
“It would be Dio because there was a connection about Dio. It was the most heaviest powerful band I had been in and I took what I learn in Dio and brought in back to Dokken later on. I would say Dio but I am really proud of Foreigner. Foreigner is on a headlining tour now and we worked our asses off to get back here of course we have Mick Jones great songs but we had to work our way back”.
When asked if Foreigner will be writing a new studio album
“I don’t see us do a whole record of new material like we did in 2009 that was a tough situation for us because we are on the road so much that it was really tough for us to come up with a whole record of new material, it was a lot of work and a lot of stress. I don’t really see that happening again. What I do see happening is what we had done on the last couple of years is that we will put out a new song here and there maybe include it in some package. I see us going recording of new songs but not full albums.”
When asked if Foreigner is still Foreigner without Mick Jones can the band exist without Mick
“It’s a fair question but I will ask anybody who asks that have you seen the band live. When Mick is not there, it’s still very much Foreigner. It’s sanctioned by Mick. I understand how people feel about original members but with Foreigner it’s really about the songs. Lou Gramm was one of the greatest rock voices ever and it’s not taking away from Lou it’s actually flattering Lou that his performances were so universal that we can carry on and do those songs even when he is not there, so we can also do those songs when Mick is not there. The only way it could exist without him being there is if he passed away because he will always be connected to Foreigner. Even if Mick Passed away the legacy of the music is so strong to me yes Foreigner could exit but I don’t anticipate it existing without Mick in some way or form.”
When asked if there are any unreleased Dio Songs?
“As far as me having it no, as far as being unreleased material yes there is. There is actually a fair amount of unheard material. There is talks and they are in the works of someday the music seeing the light of day. In order for it to be releasable there would have to be things done to it . Yes there is Ronnie on songs that people have not heard does exists.
However I do remember playing Ronnie a riff and us starting to work on a song and I believe the riff is going to surface on the upcoming Dio Disciples record.”
When asked if there will be a new studio album and a US tour by the classic Dokken lineup
“The reunited Dokken gets offers all the time and we talk about most of them, we are all on speaking terms and we get along fine. It’s down to opportunity. I think all of us have somewhere in us where we would like to do perhaps one final studio record together. So I see that as a distinct possibility somewhere down the line but as a whole US tour the problem is kind of obvious it’s our scheduling. Maybe someday some limited shows, its not impossible and I think a recording is possible but it’s kind of first things first. The last time we talked about a recording Don was starting to work on his Dokken album, fair enough, there is no hurry. Maybe some day but nothing in the books right now.”
When asked who much truth there was to the bickering and hatred of Don Dokken and George Lynch
“It was a drastically over hyped version that something that is essentially true. The two of them get along pretty good now but there was a time in the early days they didn’t get along great. What really blew it all up is when we were doing publicity for the Tooth and Nail record we had a publicist who wanted to come up with a publicity angle that would really help sell the band. So what they centered in after talking with everybody was wow Don and George don’t like each other and that just exploded and it became the media hook that got stuck with the band and then it became a self fulfilling prophecy and then it became our worst enemy. Did George like the fact that the band was called Dokken, of course he didn’t like that he just wanted to have a regular band name. ”
When asked when he joined the band was he an equal partner in Dokken
“It was equal right from the beginning and that was the brain child of our managers Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch and they new about the personalities of the band and the name so right from the start it was an equal split except for Breaking the Chains album cause I wasn’t on it but they gave me a little piece of it. Don and George also encouraged me to write and to be a participant right from the beginning. ”
When asked how the whole band fell apart after Back for the Attack Album
“It was our personalities exaggerated by drugs.”
When asked about him producing the new Last in Line album and a timeline on it’s completion
“Right now they are talking about January 2019 as a release date, the record is not completely done recorded.”
When asked about his memories of the late Vinnie Paul from Pantera
“I didn’t know him well, actually Pantera opened for Dokken on our very first tour, Pantera they were really sweet to us, they were just starting out. My memory of Vinnie was that he always brought fun with him, he was a very nice man. There were some strip club trips in the 90’s , he was always up for a good time. I hope he rests in peace.”
When asked about his new band/ project and new album project with George Lynch, Robert Mason (Warrant) and Mick Brown
“That record is actually done although it’s going to come out until April 2019 it is phenomenal, it’s a very inspired piece of work. We have a new band name but we are not announcing it yet. George is playing his ass off on it. The music is very natural to what we are there is a bit of Dokken in there, there is a bit of Lynch Mob in there, it’s kind of that direction although it gets a little deeper, we got pretty musical and deep on this record. We are trying our best to do a couple of live shows at some point. The whole record is recorded and done it’s being mixed right now to be released April 2019.”
I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero.FOREIGNER‘s timeless anthems continue to rock the charts with ten multi-platinum albums, sixteen Top 30 hits and album sales now exceeding 75 million copies. For the first time ever, FOREIGNER will present all their hits with a 58 -piece orchestra and a 60-piece choir with FOREIGNER with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus available on April 27th, 2018 via earMUSIC.
In May 2017, the band performed two sold-out shows in Lucerne, Switzerland, together with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Ernst van Tiel. FOREIGNER with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus represents this year-long collaboration between FOREIGNER founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones and GRAMMY nominated composing/arranging team, Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer, exploring the deep symphonic potential of these classic and iconic songs. Dave Eggar, Juilliard protégé and cellist/pianist/composer, and Chuck Palmer, producer/writer/percussionist, have toured, performed and recorded with artists such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Patti Smith, Coldplay and many more.
Mick Jones: “I could never have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner 40 years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later. Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer’s orchestral arrangements have shown us a new symphonic dimension of our music, which I hope our fans will enjoy.”
1. OVERTURE / 2. BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY / 3. COLD AS ICE / 4. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU / 5. SAY YOU WILL / 6. WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE / 7. THAT WAS YESTERDAY / 8. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME / 9. STARRIDER / 10. DOUBLE VISION / 11. FOOL FOR YOU ANYWAY / 12. URGENT / 13. JUKE BOX HERO / 14. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
1. OVERTURE / 2. BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY / 3. COLD AS ICE / 4. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU / 5. HEAD GAMES / 6. WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE / 7. SAY YOU WILL / 8. THE FLAME STILL BURNS / 9. THAT WAS YESTERDAY / 10. JUKE BOX HERO / 11. STARRIDER / 12. DOUBLE VISION / 13. FOOL FOR YOU ANYWAY / 14. HOT BLOODED / 15. URGENT / 16. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME / 17. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
1. OVERTURE / 2. BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY / 3. COLD AS ICE / 4. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU
1. DOUBLE VISION / 2. WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE / 3. SAY YOU WILL / 4. THAT WAS YESTERDAY
1. URGENT / 2. JUKE BOX HERO
1. STARRIDER / 2. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME / 3. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
FOREIGNER are: Mick Jones (guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)
US/Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS released their highly-acclaimed third album “Heavy Fire” (#6 UK, #11 Germany, #60 Ireland, …) on February 3rd via Nuclear Blast. To present these new tracks on European stages, the band will be joining forces with legendary FOREIGNER on select dates this May / June. All dates can be found below!
“We are honored and delighted to be sharing a stage with our friends in Foreigner, they are one of the all time great bands with a fantastic catalog of timeless songs. And it’s extra special as Germany is a country very dear to BSR as we have fantastic fans there ourselves”, commented the band.
BLACK STAR RIDERS live:
24.05. D Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
25.05. D Frankfurt – Jahrhunderthalle
28.05. D Berlin – Tempodrom
29.05. D Dresden – Junge Garde
30.05. D Leipzig – Parkbühne
02.06. D Rostock – HanseMesse
03.06. D Hamburg – Mehr! Theater
More BSR dates:
w/ BACKYARD BABIES, GUN
10.03. UK Newcastle – o2 Academy
11.03. UK Leeds – o2 Academy
12.03. UK Manchester – o2 Ritz
14.03. UK Nottingham – Rock City
15.03. UK Norwich – UEA
16.03. UK Bristol – o2 Academy
17.03. UK London – o2 Kentish Town Forum
18.03. UK Birmingham – o2 Institute
19.03. UK Bournemouth – o2 Academy
07.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
16.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
17.06. A Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock
22. – 24.06. DK Copenhagen – Copenhell
29.07. UK Kent – Ramblin’ Man Fair
Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, FOREIGNER will rock across Europe for a massive summer 2016 Tour. A formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, the band will belt out full electric performances of their biggest anthems at some of Europe’s greatest venues starting at the London Palladium on Tuesday 7th June, followed by dates at Belgium’s Graspop, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen, Tel Aviv’s Caesarea Amphitheatre, and more.
FOREIGNER’S very special guest at the London Palladium will be John Parr, whose music career spans over 30 years, with over ten million album sales and movie soundtracks including the hit singles ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’, ‘Restless Heart’ and ‘Naughty Naughty’. Parr has worked with some of the biggest stars in the business, including Meatloaf, Heart, The Beach Boys, and Tina Turner.
Tickets for the London Palladium concert can be booked online here.
Fans will see why it Feels Like The First Time when the band performs rock’s greatest hits including the unforgettable anthems ‘Juke Box Hero’, ‘Cold As Ice’, ‘Urgent’, and ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with album sales, now exceeding 75 million. The band continues to rock the charts after more than thirty years.
FOREIGNER’S popularity continues to soar, having taken over the US media in 2015 with recent music usage in shows like ‘Orange Is the New Black’, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and the films Pitch Perfect, and Magic Mike. FOREIGNER are sure to generate the same excitement this summer as they bring their enduring brand of rock and popularity across the sea. “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” says lead guitarist and founder Mick Jones. “Unwittingly, we’re weaved into the fabric of people’s lives.”