Rest in Peace Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

It is my sad duty to report the death of former Foreigner guitarist Ian McDonald who sadly passed away, aged 75, after a long battle with cancer. Ian not only played guitar on Foreigner’s more hard rocking first three albums but also contributed on keyboards, drums and vocals. Unfortunately for him, he left the band after the third album, “Head Games,” and therefore, didn’t enjoy the commercial success of “4” and “Agent Provocateur” albums. Tributes have been pouring in for Ian all day from former band mates and musicians who knew him. This is yet another tragic loss to the music world. The only thing I can do in dedication to Ian is to play their first big single, which was a cruising song for my then 16 year old self and the song I consider the hidden gem of all Foreigner songs.

Rest in peace Ian

21 Responses to “Rest in Peace Ian McDonald”

  1. I’m so sad to hear this, Michael! I love Foreigner and MecDonald really knew how to crank out the riffs! My favorite Foreigner songs are “Feels like the First Time,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Hot Blooded” (Now that song is the shit!), ” “Say You Will.” and “Soul Docter.” And I have the CD. “The Very Best…And Beyond” and play it often. The rockers we grew up, sadly, are dying out and I grieve. But their music lives on!

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  2. He was in the original lineup of King Crimson as well.

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  3. Did not know about this – he was great in Foreigner and King Crimson – One of my favorite albums In the court of the Crimson King – thanks for posting

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  4. What another tragic loss to the music world! My dad is a casual fan of Foreigner and though, I don’t have much knowledge on them, I love that song, “Hot Blooded”! Where did I hear it from? ‘American Idol,’ of course! Rest in peace, Ian McDonald!

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  5. Another sad one.

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