UFO’s Phil Mogg has revealed that he recently suffered a heart attack. The singer is currently recovering after having two stents implanted in his arteries.
The band commented:
“Dear all, this is to inform you that the October run had been cancelled!
Last week Phil suffered a heart attack. He has had an operation placing stents into two arteries.
At this point in time it is absolutely unclear whether or not the dates will postponed into 2023. Most important now is that Phil recovers fully. Let’s see what the future will bring. Sorry for the bad news, but it is what it is. It was a pleasure working with you all, and if we don’t meet again (for obvious reasons) I wish you all the best.”
“I have just got back from my doctors, and obviously asked amongst other things my resuming work, playing, touring, etc. She said most definitely not, unless you want another heart attack. So there it is, I have to go on a rehabilitation program which starts in about six weeks and lasts for six weeks. Three months more or less. I certainly didn’t want to bow out in this fashion, as I am sure you chaps didn’t.”
UFO have officially announced their final tour. The band’s last-ever show will take place at the Fuzz Club in Athens, Greece on October 29, 2022.
06/20 Hannover, Germany – Beatbox (indoors)
06/21 Hannover, Germany – Beatbox (outdoors)
06/23 Clisson, France – Hellfest
07/01 Barcelona, Spain – Rockfest
07/03 Music, Germany – Backstage
07/05 Memmingen, Germany – Kaminwerk
07/07 Bremen, Germany – Modernes
07/08 Berlin, Germany – Hole 44
07/09 Torgau, Germany – Kulturbastion Open Air
07/11 Tubingen, Germany – Sudhaus
07/12 Bochum, Germany – Zeche
07/13 Cologne, Germany – Kantine
07/15 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
07/16 Enderndorf, Germany – Lieder am See Festival
10/15 Sint-Niklaas, Belgium – De Casino
10/16 Holland, Netherlands – Tilburg 013
10/17 Braunschweig, Germany – Westand
10/18 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik
10/20 Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Akropolis
10/21 Dresden, Germany – Tante Ju
10/22 Erfurt, Germany – HsD
10/24 Augsburg, Germany – Spectrum
10/25 Speyer, Germany – Halle 101
10/26 Nuremberg, Germany – Hirsch
10/28 Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club
10/29 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
Phil Mogg commented:
“After so many years with countless highlights, fantastic experiences and lots of beautiful memories — as well as some difficult moments, naturally — it’ll be a worthy finale to say goodbye to your fans in person. I know that there are bound to be some very emotional moments on both sides.”
UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore has tested positive for COVID-19. He said the following about that:
“I was recording some new songs a couple weeks back and was going to post about it, but started not feeling so well and unfortunately tested positive for covid. Feeling better now but have been really tired. In fact, I have become a world champion at napping….. which is frustrating because I hate napping. Biggest waste of time ever. 🤣 Be careful everyone, and Happy Holidays. I’ll be back soon with music news. ta vm”
Bassist Pete Way has sadly passed away at the age of 69. Way was a founding member of UFO and Waysted and he also previously performed with Ozzy Osbourne and more.
The following statement was issued:
“Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.
He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.
Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motörhead – the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.
Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.”
Ex-UFO guitarist Paul Chapman has sadly passed away at the age of 66. His son issued the following statement:
“It is with a heavy heart writing this, today is my dads 66th birthday. He passed away earlier this afternoon. He was a brilliant, energetic, loving and most carefree person and the First man I ever loved. Everyone he came in contact with loved him. no ADORED him. will keep everyone posted on his celebration of life. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as his family grieves and processes everything at this time. I love you Dad. So much.”
UFO have added a February U.S. leg to their “Last Orders” tour. Here’s the dates:
02/13 Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
02/14 Waukegen, IL – Genese Theater
02/16 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
02/18 New Bedford, MA – The Vault @ Greasy Luck
02/19 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
02/20 Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head Live
02/21 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho
02/23 Atlanta, GA – Variety Theater (with Blue Öyster Cult)
02/25 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
02/26 Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
02/27 – 03/02 – Rock Legends Cruise
During UFO’s set at the Megacruise pre-cruise party event at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA last night (October 12), the band were joined onstage by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. You can see fan-filmed footage of them performing “Doctor Doctor” and “Shoot Shoot” below:
UFO have announced that guitarist/keyboardist Neil Carter will be rejoining the band for the remaining dates on their “Last Orders” tour. He will be taking over for Paul Raymond, who sadly passed away earlier this month.
UFO issued the following statement:
“On April 13th 2019, the UFO family got the tragic news that our bandmate Paul Raymond had died of a heart attack. It had been just a week since we finished the first leg of our “Last Orders Tour” in the UK. While mourning his loss, sadly we also had to face the reality of what to do with the band. We feel moving forward with the tour is the right thing to do. We all know this is what Paul would have wanted us to do. We are therefore very pleased to announce that our friend and former bandmate Neil Carter has agreed to join us again and take over the keyboards/guitar and vocals slot for the remainder of the tour. Neil was already part of the family between 1981 and 1983, playing on the albums “The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent”, “Mechanix” and “Making Contact”. Before he joined UFO he was in Wild Horses, later he continued his career with Gary Moore. Together with Neil, we will bring our 2019 LAST ORDERS TOUR to a close. We want to make sure that all our amazing fans get a fantastic experience out of it one more time.”
UFO keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond has sadly passed away at the age of 73. His death was the result of a heart attack.
Raymond’s life partner Sandra issued the following statement:
“Hi to all the fans and people who knew Paul! This is Sandra, Paul’s life partner speaking: With a desperate and broken heart, fully in tears and pains that feel like they will kill me I have to tell you that my most beautiful and beloved darling Paul Raymond has passed away today. The doctors we’re trying to reanimate him and with success at first but then his system shot down again and there was nothing more they could do for him, he died of a heart attack.
He absolutely enjoyed the last couple of weeks touring with UFO in the UK & Ireland and he was looking forward to the rest of this year’s tour.
This photo was taken last Wednesday when we checked out of our last hotel before coming back to Germany!
I will always love him and I hope he will rest in piece until I’ll see him again on the other side!!!
I love you so much Paul 💔😪 Sandra”
Last year, UFO frontman Phil Mogg revealed that he will be retiring after the band’s 50th anniversary tour. Now, the group have officially announced the dates for their final U.S. tour. Here’s where you can catch them:
10/10 Anaheim, CA – The Grove (with Armored Saint)
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (with Armored Saint)
10/24 Wabash, IN – Honeywell Center
10/25 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
10/26 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
10/27 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
10/30 New York, NY – Sony Hall
10/31 Staten Island, NY – St George Theater (with Blue Öyster Cult)
11/01 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak (with Blue Öyster Cult)
11/02 Uncasville, CT – Wolf’s Den @ Mohegan Sun