Foreigner’s Mick Jones has revealed he took a year off because of a nervous breakdown.
When the Foreigner founder initially went into hiatus he blamed it on a heart valve problem. The truth was much different he now admits.
A story on Jones recently aired on CBS Sunday Morning where he revealed the true reason for his hiatus. “I’d had a virtual nervous breakdown, brought on by a bad prescribing of medication. It was a very dark time for me. I literally didn’t know where I was anymore. I didn’t know who I was. I mean, honestly I never thought I’d play on stage again.
“I lost the ability to play chords briefly, only for a couple of months. And my brother brought a guitar over for me and said, ‘You play guitar. Play it. You’re a guitarist. Play the guitar, you know.'”
With the help of his family, Jones fought his way back and is now back with the band who have an extensive touring schedule, including a New Year’s Eve show at the Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch, MN, running until early May.
Foreigner will perform in Australia in January for Chugg Entertainment.
January 27, Sydney, Enmore Theatre
January 29, Melbourne, Palais Theatre