Michael Bluestein, the keyboard player for Foreigner since 2008, has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will be taking an indefinite break from the group while he is treated.
Bluestein had the following message posted on the boards at Foreigner's official website:
On his Tumblr blog, he says that he has adopted a mostly vegetarian diet and will be starting chemo and radiation in about a week.
Meanwhile I have started a blog that I will be updating regularly to keep everyone in the loop. It is located at http://rectifyin.tumblr.com. You can sign up if you’d like, and you will be notified whenever I make a new update. I’m planning on updating it roughly once a week.
Bluestein is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and spent ten years in San Francisco playing mostly jazz music, including making three albums. He moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and toured with Boz Scaggs, Anastacia, Enrique Iglesias and Roger Hodgson before going full time with Foreigner.