Guitarist Michael Schenker has ruled out any possibility of joining UFO on their farewell tour.
As announced by frontman Phil Mogg – the band’s only consistent member throughout the years – the group will call it a day after embarking on their 50th-anniversary tour in 2019.
Michael told Classic Rock Magazine:
“Bands like UFO and the Scorpions are trying to fool the audience, and I’m not a part of that world. It’s becoming a trend to make a big deal about playing last shows, and those bands do it because they can’t get anywhere in a normal way.
“I returned the UFO name to Phil Mogg in 2003 – it was a precious gift that I gave him for free and he didn’t even thank me. Why should I show up with UFO again?
“For me, UFO only exists with the original five members, plus producer Ron Nevison. Phil calls his current band UFO, but it isn’t UFO. If he shows me no respect or appreciation, why would I do that for him?”