Phil Mogg

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Phil Mogg
2007-10-23 UFO, Kantine, Köln, Phil Mogg, IMG 6888.jpg
Phil Mogg in 2007
Background information
Birth name Phillip John Mogg
Born (1948-04-15) 15 April 1948 (age 70)
London, England
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, harmonica
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts UFO, Mogg/Way, $ign of 4
Website Official website

Phillip John Mogg (born 15 April 1948, Wood Green, London)[1] is the lead singer for the English rock band UFO, which he formed with longtime friends Pete Way and Andy Parker.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Formed in 1968,[3] UFO first gained notice as a space rock group with a series of recordings on Beacon/Decca Records. After guitarist Michael Schenker joined in 1973, they signed to Chrysalis Records, and changed their musical style from space rock to hard rock and heavy metal, but found only modest commercial success.[4][5] However, UFO are often cited as one of the key influences on the hard rock and heavy metal scenes of the 1980s and 1990s, including bands such as Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, Overkill, Anthrax, Alice in Chains, Tesla and Dio.[6] Mogg wrote the majority of UFO's lyrics, with the music being written by Way, Schenker, and later, Paul Raymond, although Schenker left the band in 1978 to launch his solo band. Mogg is the only member of UFO to appear on all of the band's albums and remains their only permanent member.

In 1997, during UFO's hiatus, Mogg and Way, under the moniker Mogg/Way, released a couple of albums- Edge of the World and Chocolate Box.[2] He was in another side project, $ign of 4.

In late 2003, having regained the rights to the UFO name from Schenker, Mogg spoke with Pete Way and Paul Raymond, and ended up having a reunion tour which later brought the band back for good, with newly hired American guitarist Vinnie Moore. UFO have since released six more albums, the latest being the 2017 covers album The Salentino Cuts.

In May 2018, the 70-year-old Mogg announced that he will retire from UFO in 2019, after the conclusion of their 50th anniversary tour, which also ties in with the 40th anniversary release of the band's classic live album Strangers in the Night.[3][6]

Personal life[edit]

He is the uncle of Nigel Mogg, bassist with The Quireboys.[7]

Phil Mogg was a junior boxing champion in the North London area before turning professional in music.





  • Live In Concert (1974)
  • Strangers In The Night (1979) Chart Position 42 (US), 8 (UK)
  • Lights Out In Tokyo (1992)
  • Live In Japan (1992)
  • T.N.T. (1993)
  • Heaven's Gate (1995)
  • Showtime (2005)



$ign of 4[edit]

  • Dancing With St. Peter (2002)


  1. ^ Daniels, Neil (2013) High Stakes & Dangerous Men - The UFO Story, Soundcheck Books, ISBN 978-0957144262, p. 2
  2. ^ a b Buckley, Peter (1999) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1858284576, p. 1115
  3. ^ a b "UFO's PHIL MOGG To Step Down After 50th-Anniversary Tour: 'This Is The Right Time For Me To Quit'". May 28, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History - UFO". Billboard charts. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  5. ^ "UFO Discography". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Phil Mogg: I Am Leaving UFO". May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Omnibus Press, p. 2260