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Phil Mogg in 2007
|Birth name||Phillip John Mogg|
15 April 1948|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion, harmonica|
|Associated acts||UFO, Mogg/Way, $ign of 4|
Formed in 1968, 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. 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. 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. 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.
Phil Mogg was a junior boxing champion in the North London area before turning professional in music.
- UFO 1 (1970) Uncharted
- Flying (1971) Uncharted
- Live (1972) Uncharted
- Phenomenon (1974) Uncharted
- Force It (1975) Chart Position 71 (US)
- No Heavy Petting (1976) Chart Position 167 (US)
- Lights Out (1977) Chart Position 51 (UK), 23 (US)
- Obsession (1978) Chart Position 26 (UK), 41 (US)
- No Place to Run (1980) Chart Position 11 (UK), 51 (US)
- The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent (1981) Chart Position 19 (UK), 77 (US)
- Mechanix (1982) Chart Position 8 (UK), 82 (US)
- Making Contact (1983) Chart Position 32 (UK), 153 (US)
- Misdemeanor (1985) Chart Position 74 (UK), 106 (US)
- Ain't Misbehavin' (EP) (1988) Uncharted
- High Stakes & Dangerous Men (1992) Uncharted
- Walk On Water (1995) Uncharted
- Covenant (2000) Uncharted
- Sharks (2002) Uncharted
- You Are Here (2004) Uncharted
- The Monkey Puzzle (2006)
- The Visitor (2009)
- Seven Deadly (2012)
- A Conspiracy of Stars (2015)
- The Salentino Cuts (2017)
- 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)
- On With The Action (1998)
- Live In Texas (2000)
- Regenerator - Live 1982 (2001)
- Space Metal (1976)
- Anthology (1986)
- The Essential UFO (1992)
- Best Of UFO: Gold Collection (1996)
- X-Factor: Out There & Back (1997)
- Flying : The Early Years 1970-1973 (2004)
- An Introduction To UFO CD (2006)
- The Best Of The Rest (1988)
$ign of 4
- Dancing With St. Peter (2002)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Phil Mogg.|
- Daniels, Neil (2013) High Stakes & Dangerous Men - The UFO Story, Soundcheck Books, ISBN 978-0957144262, p. 2
- Buckley, Peter (1999) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1858284576, p. 1115
- "UFO's PHIL MOGG To Step Down After 50th-Anniversary Tour: 'This Is The Right Time For Me To Quit'". Blabbermouth.net. May 28, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "Artist Chart History - UFO". Billboard charts. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "UFO Discography". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "Phil Mogg: I Am Leaving UFO". Ultimate-Guitar.com. May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
- Larkin, Colin (2011) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Omnibus Press, p. 2260