Interview with Foreigner bassist/ T & N vocalist Jeff Pilson, Ex-Dokken
Jeff Pilson is an American multi-instrumentalist best known for his stint in the band Dokken. He was also a member of Dio for much of the 1990s, before joining again Dokken. Jeff is also an actor, having appeared in the movie Rock Star, 2001. Is currently the bassist for Foreigner. He joined the band in 2004. He produced Foreigner's 2005 CD, "Live in '05," as well as tracks off of their "No End in Sight" CD in 2008. His most recent project is called T & N and it features Jeff, George Lynch and Mick Brown, old members from Dokken.
Name: Jeff Pilson
Birth date: Jan 19
Place of birth: Lake Forest Illinois
Favorite album of all time? Revolver, The Beatles
What is the first CD or LP you ever bought? Meet the Beatles
A bass: Tiesco Del Ray Bass
Favorite musician: John Lennon
Favorite band or group: The Beatles
As you describe yourself ? A dedicated husband, father, musician
Jeff, what are your most recently completed projects and what are you currently working on?
I finished the T&N and Adler CDs last year, I'm just now finishing a new Starship record (with Micky Thomas- it's coming out amazing) and I'm half way through a record with Kill Devil Hill which features Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) and Rex Brown (Pantera).
When you started in music, did you begin on bass?
My first instrument was cello
How did you join Foreigner?
I was i a movie with Jason Bonham in 2001 (called Rockstar). When he started working with Mick Jones in 2004 they called me and the chemistry was immediate.
Besides "Foreigner", you are with Dokken? What other projects do you have?
Well I have T&N with George Lynch and Mick Brown. Our first CD came out last year and we got a fabulous reaction to it. It's a great outlet for my singing and writing. We hope to have our next CD out by next year.
Who were the bands or musicians who had the greatest influence on you?
Beatles, Zeppelin, Yes, AC/DC, Radiohead and Glenn Hughes
Up to this point in your career, what has been your most memorable moment?
Opening for Led Zeppelin at the 02 arena in 2007. It was surreal.
What are your next projects?
Another T&N record, and singer/songwriter Paul Gold. His record will be a great collection of v try Americana-like songs.
To end the interview, a phrase you want to leave ....
Always trust your instincts, passion rules everything in life!!!!!