The old saying that “all good things must come to an end” sure does seem to be ringing true for some of the worlds most influential Hard Rock and Metal bands these days. As you read this, “The Hottest Band In The World” KISS is on their “End Of The Road” tour while Elton John, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd have started or are wrapping up their own farewell go-rounds. It was back in May of 2018 that the influential UFO singer Phil Mogg announced his retirement (seen HERE)
The Press Release:
Last year Phil Mogg confirmed that this 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.
While European dates have already been announced the band is now unveiling their initial North American dates for this final run. Confirmed dates are listed below and include two shows in UFO’s adopted hometown of Chicago, two special co-headline shows with fellow classic rock icons Blue Oyster Cult and two shows with Armored Saint supporting. A current list of confirmed dates can be found below. More shows will be added soon.
“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous tours in 2016,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but this year’s gigs (2019) 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 will turn 71 in April 2019 and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.
While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. The covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ (2017) 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.
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 slight 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 to be leaving UFO. And all that remains is to make sure that we have a great tour.”
The Tour Dates:
10/10: Anaheim, CA @ The Grove#
10/11: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues#
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*
11/1: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak*
11/2: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf’s Den @ Mohegan Sun
# With Armored Saint
*With Blue Oyster Cult
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: During my own Metal and Hard Rock early years, I admit that I only knew the classics by UFO but as time went on I learned to appreciate so much more of their music and even caught and reviewed performances and materials here on the website once this thing started to pick up steam. They always kick ass in concert and while I will miss their performances once they stop, I feel that Phil deserves to have his break. I’m going to be planning on being at the Sony Hall in October and while its still a long ways away, I hope to see plenty of my NYC Rock and Metal scene. What do you readers think about this one? Will you be in attendance? Chime in down below in the comments.
Official Website: http://www.ufo-music.info