UFO Announce February U.S. Leg Of “Last Orders” Tour

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

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Joins UFO Onstage In Hollywood, CA

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:

[via Blabbermouth]

UFO Rejoined By Guitarist/Keyboardist Neil Carter

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 Dead At 73

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”

UFO Announce Final U.S. Tour

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

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.”

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]