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Phil Mogfounding singer of veteran British hard rock band UFOsuffered a heart attack last week, forcing the band to cancel their latest set of farewell tour dates, which were scheduled for October in Europe.
A post on the official UFO website on Friday broke the news and added that Mogg “underwent surgery placing stents in two arteries.”
Mogg, 74, also released a statement which read: ‘I have just returned from my doctors and have obviously asked for my return to work, play, touring etc among other things. She said most definitely no, unless you wanted another heart attack. So there you go, I have to go through a rehab program that starts in about six weeks and lasts six weeks. Three months more or less. I certainly didn’t mean to bow out that way, as I’m sure you didn’t.
The group adds: “At this stage, it is absolutely unclear whether or not the dates will be [be] postponed to 2023. The most important thing now is that Phil fully recovers. Let’s see what the future will bring. Sorry for the bad news, but that’s how it is. It was a pleasure working with all of you, and if we don’t see each other again (for obvious reasons), I wish you all the best.”
UFO kicked off their farewell tour in June. The band’s final shows were scheduled to run from an October 15 gig in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium to an October 29 performance in Athens, Greece.
Mogg co-founded UFO in 1968. The band’s most successful album in the US was 1977 Curfewwhich peaked at 23rd place in the Billboard 200. Their most recent studio album was the 2017 cover collection The Salentino cuts.
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