UFO cancels farewell tour after Phil Mogg suffers heart attack
The legendary British Hard Rock band UFO announced that they next farewell tour dates are canceled because the co-founder and vocalist Phil Mogg (74) suffered a heart attack. Besides Mogg, the band’s current line-up also has co-founder and drummer Andy Parker.
UFO talked about Phil Mogg’s current health status in an official statement, saying:
“Dear all, this is to inform you that the October run had been cancelled!
Last week Phil suffered a heart attack. He has had an operation placing stents into two arteries.
Yesterday he wrote:
“I have just got back from my doctors, and obviously asked amongst other things my resuming work, playing, touring, etc. She said most definitely not, unless you want another heart attack. So there it is, I have to go on a rehabilitation program which starts in about six weeks and lasts for six weeks. Three months more or less. I certainly didn’t want to bow out in this fashion, as I am sure you chaps didn’t,” Phil Mogg said.
The band’s statement continued: “At this point in time it is absolutely unclear whether or not the dates will postponed into 2023. Most important now is that Phil recovers fully. Let’s see what the future will bring.Sorry for the bad news, but it is what it is. It was a pleasure working with you all, and if we don’t meet again (for obvious reasons) I wish you all the best.””
Born in Wood Green, London back in 1948, Phil Mogg is the only member of UFO that was part of all their 23 studio albums. The influential group had other famous members over the years like guitarist Michael Schenker and the late co-founder and bassist Pete Way.
Some of their most famous albums are: “Phenomenon” (1974), “Force It” (1975), “Lights Out” (1977), “Obsession” (1978) and “No Place to Run” (1980).