UFO Put 40th Anniversary Celebrations On Ice
Veteran British rockers UFO have decided not to celebrate their 40th birthday this year – because lead singer Phil Mogg doesn’t want his band to end up like Status Quo.
UFO, who release their brand new studio album, The Visitor, on June 2, formed way back in 1969.
Out of the band’s founder members, two originals remain – Mogg and drummer Andy Parker.
Bassist Pete Way, who was also with UFO when they started out, is taking a sabbatical from the band because he (to quote the new album’s press release) ‘is currently suffering from a liver disease’.
Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, Mogg said it was very much business as usual for UFO – despite the band’s four decades in the business.
Excerpts from the conversation follow:
Classic Rock: Is it a bit frustrating for you that you’ve been unable to celebrate UFO’s 40th anniversary properly? Pete [Way] not being available has put a bit of a dampener on it, hasn’t it?
Mogg: The-20th-what-anniversary, did you say?
Classic Rock: The 40th. UFO’s 40th.
Mogg: Oh, shut up. C’mon, behave. We are not in our 40th anniversary. Status Quo does that. We don’t. No.
Do you know what? I don’t look too deep. This is, like, rock. If you start looking too deep then you get carried away with your own stuff. You disappear up your own arse, basically.
So I don’t really look too deep at it. It’s a rock group, you know? It’s never that important. Some people find it really important for their own self-importance, if you get what I mean.
Classic Rock: So you don’t like it when a rock band sort of becomes an institution?
Mogg: Oh my God, you should hear some people talk. If you mix with other bands, it’s like: “I’m God.”
Oh, shut up. Some of them are so up their fucking arses.
Shut up, just do it. Get up on stage and rock. That’s my theory, anyway. I don’t like bullshit.
For more from Phil Mogg and UFO, see the next edition of Classic Rock (on sale May 27).
* UFO’s British tour kicks off at Brighton Concorde 2 on June 9 and finishes on the 24th at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. UFO also play the annual Bulldog bash at Stratford upon Avon on August 7.
For a full list of dates, go here.