Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Over the last few years, many legendary bands have announced that certain members or the whole band have decided to call it quits, and today, Phil Mogg from UFO has announced that the time has come for him to retire.
In a new statement posted on their Facebook page, the band has announced that they will be performing a string of dates in the U.K. and a few other select cities as part of their 50th anniversary tour, which will take place next year, but once the tour is complete, Phil will be stepping down as the frontman.
According to Phil, the tour will not be an extensive trek.
He admitted that age played a part in his decision, despite the fact that his voice is still in good form. He just turned 70.
"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."
He has contemplated doing an album of his own at some point, but has stated that he will no longer perform anymore concerts after the tour is complete. He has also said that he has no problem with the band continuing on with a replacement singer, but the same time, UFO will not be releasing anymore music as well.
"I’ve told the guys that this is how it is. 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."
"For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO. 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 drummer Andy Parker.
"Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’. But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour."
At this point, there is no official word whether the band will continue on with a replacement or split up as well. Keep your eyes and ears open for updates. The band's only confirmed live appearance for 2019 so far is Hard Rock Hell in Wales. We all send Phil our best wishes for the future, and thank you for all the great music.