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.”

Slayer Add Second Leg To Final North American Tour

Slayer have added a second leg to their final North American tour. Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

07/26 Gilford, NH – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
07/27 Bangor, ME – Waterfront Pavilion (‘Impact Festival‘)
07/29 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
07/31 Scranton, PA – Montage Mountain
08/01 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
08/03 Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
08/04 Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
08/06 London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
08/07 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
08/09 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/10 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
08/12 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
08/13 Rogers, AR – Wal-mart AMP
08/15 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
08/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
08/18 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/19 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/21 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
08/23 Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/26 San Jose, CA – SAP Center

Dates for the first leg can be found HERE.

Ozzy Osbourne On His Final World Tour: “I’m Not Retiring”

Ozzy Osbourne just announced the dates for his final world tour earlier today, but that doesn’t mean the singer will be hanging it up for good. In new interview with Rolling Stone, he confirmed that he still plans to play shows, just not full tours for months on end. Osbourne said the following

“I’m not retiring It’s ‘No More Tours’, so I’m just not doing world tours anymore. I’m still going to be doing gigs, but I’m not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I’d like to spend some time at home.”

He also said he wants to “slow it down a little” so he can be there for his family. “I enjoy being a grandfather,” said Osbourne. “I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”

After the trek, he may record a new album, which he says he has “eight or nine good song ideas” for. He also added:

“It’s what I do. It’s my job. And when I say, ‘It’s my job,’ I mean it’s a passion for me. It’s the greatest love affair I ever had, being in a rock band and playing for the people who come to the shows.”


Dates Revealed For Slayer’s Final North American Tour With Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, & Testament

The dates have officially been revealed for Slayer’s final North American tour. As previously reported, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Behemoth will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/10 San Diego, CA – Valley View
05/11 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater
05/13 Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park
05/16 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
05/17 Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Center
05/19 Calgary, AB – Big Four
05/19 Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
05/22 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
05/24 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
05/25 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
05/27 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheater
05/29 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
05/30 Laval, QC – Place Bell
06/01 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
06/02 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
06/04 Reading, PA – Santander Arena
06/06 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
06/07 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
06/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Key Bank Pavilion
06/10 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
06/12 Virginia Beach, VA – Veteran’s United
06/14 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
06/15 Orlando, FL – Orlando Amphitheater
06/17 Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
06/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
06/20 Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater

Slayer To Call It Quits After One “Final World Tour”

It looks like Slayer’s next world tour will be their last. The band revealed the news in the below clip, which features press clippings, posters, and press photos spanning their whole career. upcoming North American tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament and Behemoth is set to be their “final North American tour.”

Ozzy Osbourne On Retirement: “I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Retire Completely”

Ozzy Osbourne previously announced that he will be heading out on a farewell tour next year that will extend into 2020. Despite this, it doesn’t appear that the singer will be hanging it up for good. He recently told US Weekly the following when asked if he would ever fully retire:

“Not until they put me in a pine box. I’ve just announced my final world tour, but I don’t think I’ll ever retire completely. I’ll still do shows here and there, just no full tours.”


Cliff Williams Performs His Last Show With AC/DC

As previously reported, AC/DC’s last show with bassist Cliff Williams took place last night (September 20) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Check out some fan filmed footage of the band performing their closing track “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),” complete with Angus Young saluting Williams as he heads to retirement.

AC/DC’s Cliff Williams Confirms Retirement

Earlier this year, AC/DC’s Cliff Williams revealed that he was planning to retire after the band’s current tour, and now he has officially confirmed his plans. His last show will take place tonight (September 20) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Williams said the following:

“It’s time for me to step out, and that’s all. Not because we’ve lost Mal, Phil or Brian. I mean, everything changes when something happens like that. When Bon died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it’s not that. It’s just… I’m just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do.”

In between tours, we take a few years off, so I know how to do that, I know what I’m gonna do. Again, it’s just my time. I’m happy. I just need to… Family time now, just chill out and not do this.

I mean, I couldn’t have asked for anything more, being with the people I’m with and have been, and being in this situation with this band, playing this music.”

AC/DC’s Cliff Williams Announces His Retirement

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams recently told that he plans to retire after the band’s current tour. His decision comes after the band previously lost three members, including Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia, Phil Rudd, who has had some issues with the law, and Brian Johnson, who stepped down to protect his hearing. Williams said the following:

“It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording. Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”


AC/DC Is Not Retiring!

I’ve been following this AC/DC story for awhile and there seemed to be a back and forth thing going on, but now it is safe to say that all the retirement rumors are just rumors, but the band may be continuing without a key member.

On the official AC/DC Facebook page they posted the following:

“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

Billboard reported yesterday that “insiders” told them that there was no validity to the rumors, and they were right. Apparently, an anonymous tipster started the whole thing after sending an email to Perth radio station 6PR. So the rumors are indeed false.

(image from AC/DC's site)

(image from AC/DC’s site)