Foreigner founder and guitarist Mick Jones commented on the death last Wednesday of the group’s original guitarist and keyboardist Ian McDonald.
Mick said, "When I had the idea of forming Foreigner, Ian McDonald was among the first I turned to. He was and always will be a giant on the English progressive rock scene. He was a musician of great substance and versatility. It was a real thrill to work with him then and again at more recent Foreigner concerts. He will be sadly missed."
Original Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood said, "He was like a brother to me. A true musical genius, Ian's musicianship was an integral part of launching both King Crimson and Foreigner into legendary status. His contribution to Foreigner's success was immense. Ian was a dear friend, a kind and wonderful man, and I will miss him terribly."
McDonald, who was 75, died from cancer. Ian McDonald was part of the Foreigner lineup from 1976 to 1980, and also took part in reunions in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He’ll be missed.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]