INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Jeff Pilson is an American musician and producer best known for his long stint in the band Dokken. Jeff joined Dokken in 1983 and during the following years he recorded 6 studio and 3 albums with the band including such classics as TOOTH AND NAIL (1984) and BACK FOR THE ATTACK (1987). The band went through several line-up changes and break-ups. Jeff parted ways with the band for the last time in 2004. He was a member of Dio for part of the 1990s and recorded and toured for the albums STRANGE HIGHWAYS (1994) and ANGRY MACHINES (1996) with the band. In the summer of 2004, Pilson became the bass player for the AOR legends Foreigner. He has been part of every Foreigner recording and tour since, including the 2009 studio album, CAN’T SLOW DOWN. Pilson’s credits also include session work with such names as McAuley Schenker Group, Craig Goldy and Wild Horses. Although he is known primarily for his work as a bassist, Pilson is also known as a producer and he has worked in that capacity on his several own projects like War & Peace, T&N and Lynch/Pilson. He has also produced Foreigner’s latest releases and several other bands including Kill Devil Hill, Benedictum, Adler, and Last in Line. I met a good humoured Jeff in June at Sweden Rock, just prior his show with Foreigner. Here’s what the man told us about current Foreigner happenings, the upcoming Dokken reunion, his producing work, and other interesting subjects.