Foreigner Member Tommy Gimbel Announces Retirement
When Foreigner finally hits the road this summer, it will be without Morristown, NJ native Tommy Gimbel.
Gimbel–a member of the band for 30 years and previous touring support for multiple Aerosmith tours–announced his retirement from the group on Twitter this week.
Gimbel is a multi-instrumentalist, augmenting the band with taking on keyboards, piano, vocals, bass, guitar, saxophone, flute, percussion, and drums. During his time with Aerosmith from 1889 to 1995, he appeared with he appeared in a “Wayne’s World” sketch on Saturday Night Live, and in the movie Wayne’s World 2, where they performed two songs. He joined Foreigner in 1992.
“Today I’d like to share with everyone that after almost 30 years with Foreigner, I’ve decided it’s time for me to finally stop touring, and try to settle myself down,” he said.
“I’m deeply, eternally grateful to Mick, Lou and Kelly, and the entire, incredible Foreigner family, years past and present. My sincerest thanks to everyone involved, especially our fans, for rocking with us throughout the years! I will miss you,” he continued.
He concluded: “But, I hope to see ya out there someday, somewhere. Perhaps at a fundraising golf tournament, or at a Foreigner concert, where hopefully I will occasionally rock out with the band like old times. Deepest, heartfelt gratitude and love, Tom Gimbel.”