Phil Mogg suffers heart attack. Farewell tour in October 2022 cancelled ahead of schedule
Bad news: a few days ago, frontman Phil Mogg suffered a heart attack. The British singer extraordinaire has already undergone surgery. On Thursday September 1st, 2022 – after having performed several detailed examinations in the past days – the doctors pronounced a strict performance ban for Phil until further notice. This is why the entire ‘Last Orders’ farewell tour, which was supposed to lead across Europe from October 15 to 29, 2022 before ending in Athens, had to be cancelled.
If and when the tour or – at the very least – individual shows can be made up for, is currently completely unclear and will depend on Phil`s recovery, among other things. His rehabilitation therapy will be starting in about six weeks. According to the doctors, it is not yet possible to give any concrete statements about the duration and scope of the treatment.
For the time being, the last UFO show took place on July 16, 2022, at the ‘Lieder Am See’ festival (near Nuremberg). Originally, band members Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums), Neil Carter (keyboard/guitar) and Rob De Luca (bass) were planning on starting rehearsals in a few days for the final concerts in their more than 50-year UFO career.
Public rehearsal and private open-air concert in Hannover in June 2022
Grand tour finale in Athens in October 2022
Following a number of tours around the globe and countless spectacular shows, British rock legend UFO will embark on its final tour featuring a series of exclusive concerts in summer 2022 to bid farewell to its fans in style. At the grand finale of an unprecedented success story, which began in 1969 and has spanned more than five decades, the band has announced a number of real highlights: The first one is scheduled to take place on Monday, 20th June 2022 at the Beatbox in Hannover, where UFO are planning a public rehearsal, with a strictly limited number of only 80 tickets available.
One day later, on Tuesday, 21st June 2022, the band will perform a private open-air concert in front of an audience of 300, presenting the full set-list of the subsequent tour, and coming into exceptionally close contact with their fans. Tickets for both concerts will be available exclusively from Eventim from 1 October 2021.
UFO will then play the very last concert of their long career on 29th October 2022 in Athens, Greece, where the band performed its first show featuring current guitarist Vinnie Moore in February 2004.
Singer and band founder Phil Mogg is anticipating this very special farewell show with mixed feelings, while also very much looking forward to UFO once again meeting their extensive fan base between summer and autumn 2022. Says Mogg: “After so many years with countless highlights, fantastic experiences and lots of beautiful memories – as well as some difficult moments, naturally – it’ll be a worthy finale to say goodbye to your fans in person. I know that there are bound to be some very emotional moments on both sides.”