News has come in regarding UFO frontman Phil Mogg who has announced at the age of 70 that ‘this is the right time’ to bow out. But does this mean the end for the band? 2019 is the bands 50th Anniversary tour and it seems likely the band will cease after one more push next year.
In an official statement Phil says “This decision has been a long time coming. I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours. 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.”2018 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues.
“There will be a final tour of the U.K. and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the U.K. 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.”
Phil is the only ever present member of the band during their 22 studio album releases over 50 years. “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.”
The band’s current lineup – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob Le Luca will be performing at HRH AOR in North Wales during March 2019, their first confirmed UK date announced so far for that year. For tickets CLICK HERE.