Jeff Pilson Reveals Foreigner Is Not Retiring

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In a recent conversation with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, Jeff Pilson, the bassist for Foreigner, provided clarity regarding the band’s ongoing farewell tour, emphasizing that it does not signify the end of their musical journey.

A Farewell Tour, Not Farewell to Music

Pilson addressed the significance of Foreigner’s farewell tour, which kicked off in July 2023 at Atlanta’s Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. He underscored that while this tour signals the winding down of their rigorous touring commitments, it by no means suggests the cessation of Foreigner’s influence in the music landscape. Instead, it marks a pivotal moment in their journey, allowing for a shift in focus towards other creative endeavors while still maintaining an active role within the industry.

“This is year two of the farewell tour, yes. And it doesn’t mean we’re going away. It just means this is the end of the nine-months-on-the-road kind of touring. So that’s why it’s a farewell tour. I mean, we’ll still be there.”

Looking Ahead to Future Projects

Expounding on the band’s trajectory beyond the farewell tour, Pilson delved into the realm of post-tour plans, shedding light on ongoing music projects and the potential for future performances. Despite the winding down of their extensive touring commitments, Foreigner’s creative journey continues unabated, with the band remaining receptive to new musical endeavors and opportunities. Pilson’s remarks underscore the band’s enduring passion for music and their unwavering commitment to engaging with their audience through various artistic ventures, ensuring that their presence in the music industry remains vibrant and dynamic even beyond the confines of traditional tours.

“There’s some unfinished music we’d love to finish up, if possible, and perhaps we’ll do other shows; we’re kind of working on that now. But yes, this is the last time we’re out there for the long tour, which it’s bittersweet. I’m gonna miss it in some ways, but [I’ll] be happy not to have to do the traveling [Laughs].”


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Prioritizing Lifestyle Changes

Pilson elaborated on the band’s decision to reduce touring, citing a desire for a more balanced lifestyle. He acknowledged the sacrifices made in terms of family time and personal pursuits, expressing a longing for more time at home:

“It’s traveling. It’s family. It’s all that stuff combined. We’re not that young, so there is all that. And basically, we wanna have a life; it would be nice to have more of a life. I mean, my daughter is in college now. I’ve missed a lot of stuff with her, and so I wouldn’t mind going home and spending a little more time in my studio ’cause, boy, do I love to record in my studio.”

Farewell Tour Highlights

Foreigner’s farewell tour, spanning from 2023 to 2024, includes performances with Styx and a series of special shows titled ‘Feels Like The Last Time Farewell Tour’ at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.

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