Phil Mogg Says UFO’s Upcoming 50th Anniversary Tour Will Be His Last

Phil Mogg has revealed that UFO’s 2019 50th anniversary tour will be his last. The group will be heading out on one “final tour of the UK and will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with.”

The following message was posted on UFO’s Facebook:

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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UFO To Release “The Salentino Cuts” Covers Album In September

UFO will be releasing a new covers album titled “The Salentino Cuts” on September 29. Check out the cover art and track listing below:

“The Salentino Cuts” Track Listing:

01. “Heartful Of Soul” [The Yardbirds cover]
02. “Break On Through” [The Doors cover]
03. “River Of Deceit” [Mad Season cover]
04. “The Pusher” [Steppenwolf cover]
05. “Paper In Fire” [John Mellencamp cover]
06. “Rock Candy” [Montrose cover]
07. “Mississippi Queen” [Mountain cover]
08. “Ain’t No Sunshine” [Bill Withers cover]
09. “Honey Bee” [Tom Petty cover]
10. “Too Rolling Stoned” [Robin Trower cover]
11. “Just Got Paid” [ZZ Top cover]
12. “Its My Life” [The Animals cover]

UFO & Saxon Announce September/October 2017 U.S. Tour

UFO and Saxon will be joining forces for another North American tour. Jared James Nichols will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/22 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
09/23 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
09/24 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/26 Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of The Living Arts
09/28 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
09/29 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/30 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
10/01 Portland, ME – Aura
10/03 Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
10/04 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater
10/06 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
10/07 Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
10/08 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
10/09 Akron, OH – Tangier CabaretRoom
10/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
10/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/13 Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza
10/14 Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian

UFO & Saxon Announce 2017 U.S. Tour

UFO and Saxon will be joining forces for a U.S. tour. Jared James Nichols will serve as support for all dates.

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Tour Dates:

03/09 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
03/10 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
03/11 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall*
03/14 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
03/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco
03/18 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove
03/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
03/21 – Denver, CO @ Summit Concert Hall
03/24 – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem @ Hard Rock Casino
03/26 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
03/28 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
03/29 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
03/30 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
04/01 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
04/02 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

* Saxon to close