Phil Mogg

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Phil Mogg
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Phil Mogg in 2007
Background information
Birth namePhillip John Mogg
Born (1948-04-15) 15 April 1948 (age 70)
Wood Green, London, England
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active1968–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]

Wood Green district in north London, England, located in the London Borough of Haringey

Wood Green is a suburban district of North London, England, in the London Borough of Haringey. The London Plan identifies it as one of the metropolitan centres in Greater London.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

UFO (band) English heavy metal band

UFO are an English rock band that was formed in London in 1968. They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band's current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond, and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two hiatuses. The band are also notable for featuring former Scorpions guitarist and MSG founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and again, occasionally, between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him. In May 2018, Mogg announced that he will retire from UFO after one last tour as a member of the band in 2019.


Musical career

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.

Space rock is a rock music genre characterized by loose and lengthy song structures centred on instrumental textures that typically produce a hypnotic, otherworldly sound. It may feature distorted and reverberation-laden guitars, minimal drumming, languid vocals, synthesizers and lyrical themes of outer space and science fiction.

Decca Records US/British record label

Decca Records is a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis, along with American Decca's first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil. In 1937, anticipating Nazi aggression leading to World War II, Lewis sold American Decca and the link between the UK and U.S. Decca labels was broken for several decades. The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group, which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in Paris, France. The US Decca label was the foundation company that evolved into UMG.

Michael Schenker German musician

Michael Schenker is a German rock guitarist who has played in UFO and led the Michael Schenker Group. He was an early member of Scorpions the band co-founded by his elder brother Rudolf Schenker. In the mid-1970s Michael joined UFO, playing lead guitar. He left the band in 1978 to found the Michael Schenker Group. He has rejoined UFO three times, producing an album each time. Schenker continues to perform and record. He has been called "a legendary figure in the history of metal guitar."

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] In 2002, he was in a side project, $ign of 4, featuring Cosmosquad members Shane Gaalaas on drums and Jeff Kollman on guitar, respectively. [7] Kollman had earlier been the guitarist and co-writer on Mogg/Way's Chocolate Box.

Shane Gaalaas is a Canadian-born drummer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best known for his long running affiliation with Japanese pop/rock superstars B'z, whom he joined in 2002, and his extensive work with guitar virtuosos Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, and Jeff Kollman.

Jeffrey "Jeff" Kollman is an American guitar player from Toledo, Ohio, best known for his work with Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes, UFO offshoot Mogg/Way, progressive rock trio, Cosmosquad, and his 90's progressive metal band, Edwin Dare.

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 .

Pete Way English musician

Peter Frederick Way is an English bass player. He is best known as the bassist in UFO with whom he played for 31 years. Way is also known as a founding member of Waysted and Fastway. He has also notably played with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne.

Paul Raymond (musician) English keyboardist/guitarist

Paul Martin Raymond is an English keyboardist/guitarist.

Vinnie Moore American guitarist and member of the band UFO

Vincent "Vinnie" Moore is an American guitarist and a member of the British hard rock band UFO. Moore is one of the most influential and important guitarists to emerge from the virtuoso boom in the mid to late eighties.

UFO announced their "Last Orders: 50th Anniversary" farewell tour in 2019, which will see the band tour Europe from March to August, and then the U.S. from October to November. Mogg is retiring after the tour's conclusion.

Personal life

Phil Mogg was a junior boxing champion in North London before his music career. He has been married to Emma Mogg, a former page three girl since 2006 and currently resides in Brighton, England. He is the uncle of Nigel Mogg, former bassist of The Quireboys. [8]

Brighton Town on south coast of England

Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England that is part of the City of Brighton and Hove, located 47 miles (76 km) south of London.

The Quireboys English hard rock band

The Quireboys are an English hard rock band formed in 1984 in London, with strong ties to Newcastle. When the band formed they were originally known as The Queerboys and later as the London Quireboys in the United States and Canada, settling at last with their current name.




<i>UFO 2: Flying</i> 1971 studio album by UFO

UFO 2: Flying is the second album by UFO released in 1971 on the Beacon label; it was issued on CD in 1999 on Repertoire Records.

<i>Live</i> (UFO album) 1971 live album by UFO

Live is a live album by the band UFO. It was the group's first live recording and was initially released exclusively in Japan in 1971 entitled U.F.O Landed Japan. The album was later released abroad in 1972 onward with different titles, such as UFO Live in Japan and UFO Lands in Tokyo.

<i>Phenomenon</i> (UFO album) 1974 studio album by UFO

Phenomenon is the third studio album by the British rock band UFO, released in May 1974.


  • 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

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