King Crimson and Foreigner rocker Ian McDonald dies at 75


Ian McDonald, co-founder of pioneering progressive rock band King Crimson and rock stadium hitmaker Foreigner, has died

LONDON — Ian McDonald, co-founder of pioneering progressive rock band King Crimson and stadium rock hitmaker Foreigner, has died. He was 75 years old.

A representative said McDonald died at his New York home on Wednesday. His son Max McDonald said his father had cancer.

“He was incredibly brave and never lost his kindness or his sense of humor, even when the going was tough,” Max McDonald said in a statement. a wonderful father. He will live forever thanks to his beautiful music and the love of his fans.

Born in London in 1946, McDonald formed King Crimson in 1968 with other musicians including Greg Lake and Robert Fripp. He played several instruments, including saxophone, flute and vibraphone, on the band’s 1969 debut album, “In the Court of the Crimson King”.

The album is now considered a landmark in bringing classic influences, epic length and legendary reach to rock ‘n’ roll.

His influence lives on: Kanye West sampled “21st Century Schizoid Man” on his 2010 single “Power.”

McDonald left King Crimson after this debut album, although he later joined briefly before Fripp broke up the band in 1974.

In 1976 McDonald formed Foreigner with British guitarist Mick Jones and American singer Lou Gramm. He played on three albums, all of which made the US Top 10, and produced hits such as “Cold as Ice” and “Feels Like the First Time” before Jones fired him in 1980.

McDonald was also a prolific session musician, playing on classics such as T Rex’s “Get It On”.

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett said he had admired McDonald’s “ever since I was a teenager, when I was totally bowled over by the King Crimson show at the Marquee in London”.

“Ian was both a fabulous songwriter and an incredible multi-instrumentalist,” Hackett said. “I have always been full of admiration for his solo work, as well as all that he has done with Crimson and Foreigner, among others.”

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