UFO TOUR 2019 WILL CONTINUE - Neil Carter joins the band for the late Paul Raymond
On April 13th 2019, the UFO family got the tragic news that our bandmate Paul Raymond had died of a heart attack. It had been just a week since we finished the first leg of our “Last Orders Tour” in the UK. While mourning his loss, sadly we also had to face the reality of what to do with the band. We feel moving forward with the tour is the right thing to do. We all know this is what Paul would have wanted us to do.
We are therefore very pleased to announce that our friend and former bandmate Neil Carter has agreed to join us again and take over the keyboards/guitar and vocals slot for the remainder of the tour. Neil was already part of the family between 1981 and 1983, playing on the albums “The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent”, “Mechanix” and “Making Contact”. Before he joined UFO he was in Wild Horses, later he continued his career with Gary Moore.
Together with Neil, we will bring our 2019 LAST ORDERS TOUR to a close. We want to make sure that all our amazing fans get a fantastic experience out of it one more time.
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LAST ORDERS - 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
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07 - Germany - Hannover - MusikZentrum
08 - Sweden - Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
10 - Germany - Hamburg - Fabrik
11 - Holland - Zoetermeer - Boerderij
14 - Spain - Malaga - Rock The Coast Festival
16 - Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7
17 - Germany - Stuttgart - LKA
18 - Germany - Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark
20 - Germany - Köln - Die Kantine
21 - Germany - Blieskastel - Paradeplatz
22 - Belgium - Dessel - Graspop
JULY - GERMANY
26 - Germany - Burg Herzberg - Festival
27 - Germany - Nuremberg - Pyraser Classic Rock Night
28 - Germany - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex
30 - Germany - Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano - SOLD OUT
31 - Germany - Wacken - Open Air
AUGUST - GERMANY
02 - Germany - Neuruppin - Kulturhaus
03 - Germany - Leipzig - Parkbühne
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER - USA
Oct. 09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall - SOLD OUT
Oct. 10 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Oct. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Oct. 12 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
Oct. 14 - San Diego CA - House Of Blues
Oct. 15 - Phoeniz AZ - Pressroom
Oct. 17 - San Antonio TX - Aztec Theater
Oct. 18 - Stafford TX - RCC
Oct. 21 - Le Sauget IL - Pops
Oct. 22 - Cincinnati OH - Bogart's
Oct. 24 - Wabash, IN - Honeywell Center
Oct. 25 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
Oct. 26 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater - SOLD OUT
Oct. 27 - Chesterfield, MI - Diesel
Oct. 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Jergel's
Oct. 30 - New York, NY - Sony Hall
Oct. 31 - Staten Island, NY - St George Theater
Nov. 01 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
Nov. 02 - Uncasville, CT - Wolf's Den - Mohegan Sun
Feb 27 to Mar 2 - Rock Legends Cruise
20th April 2019 - a statement from Andy Parker
If you were one of the many people who saw the band on their recent U.K. tour, then like me, I’m sure that you were totally shocked and stunned at the news of Paul’s untimely death. I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I will never again share a stage with him.
I have known Paul for a good many years and it would be fair to say that over that time we have had our differences. But even if we didn’t see eye to eye, we still remained good friends. He was always one to make his opinions known and could be very stubborn at times, but that was only because he was so passionate about his craft. Even in recent years, while suffering from the ailments that come to us all with age, he never let them compromise his performance.
Invariably the last one down for the bus or cab to the gig, he would always look the rock star when he finally showed. I often joked with my other band mates “If I had all the time I have spent waiting for Paul, I could add ten years on my life.” Truth is, knowing what I know now, I would gladly have given them back to him.
I will miss his acid wit and his wicked sense of humour, which we shared on many occasions, his love of Hancock, the Goons, and Jazz, but most of all I think I will miss his professionalism and dedication to his art, and knowing that every night when he stepped out on that stage he gave one hundred and ten percent. Rest in peace my friend, you have earned it.