UFO bassist Pete Way has issued the following statement regarding guitarist Michael Schenker's recently-announced decision to leave the band:
"What a surprise! Although when I think about it, I guess it isn't. I have been so involved in my solo things that UFO has gone to the back of my mind. [UFO frontman] Phil [Mogg] had called me the previous week and said he was going to approach Michael about the UFO situation. The fans really deserve better than they get. And I do know like me, Phil is very aware of it.
"We truly want to shake the world with the band and not turn it into a joke with all the rubbish going down. I have to say I am disappointed that things did not work out with Michael but I have to say I look forward to trying to make up for lost time. And doing it in the style and dignity that UFO fans demand. It may take time to get it together but be ready for something special. You can be sure I will work my ass off for you."
Way also commented on his upcoming solo tour of the U.S. with a backing band that will include former UFO guitarist Paul Chapman.
"This was going to be my big announcement. I have waited a long time for this. Just when I was getting excited about touring there is always a shock around the corner. I am very pleased to announce that my pal Paul Chapman will be playing lead guitar on my next set of dates. I am very excited in having the opportunity to get together with Paul and see what he does with my music. It is going to be hot!
"We have discussed adding songs like 'No Place To Run', 'The Wild And The Willing', and also more WAYSTED stuff. Paul and I expect to see you or else.
"We are goin' to rock you!"