Former UFO guitarist Paul Chapman dead at 66

Posted by on June 10, 2020

via Blabbermouth


Former UFO, Lone Star, and Waysted guitarist, Paul “Tonka” Chapman passed away yesterday (9th), which was also his 66th birthday. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. The news was confirmed by his son, who wrote on Paul’s Facebook page with the following statement:


“It is with a heavy heart writing this, today is my dads 66th birthday. He passed away earlier this afternoon. He was a brilliant, energetic, loving and most carefree person and the First man I ever loved. Everyone he came in contact with loved him. no ADORED him. will keep everyone posted on his celebration of life. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers as his family grieves and processes everything at this time. I love you Dad. So much.”


Chapman’s music career started when he joined the band Universe, and by 1971, he briefly joined Skid Row. By 1974, the guitarist joined UFO and left in early 1975 and later formed Lone Star, which he was part of until 1978. Chapman rejoined UFO in 1978 as a full-time member and worked on albums No Place To Run (1980), The Wild, The Willing and the Innocent (1981), Mechanix (1982), and Making Contact (1983).  Following his 1983 departure with UFO, Chapman teamed up with ex-UFO bassist Pete Way and joined the group Waysted.


UFO and members of the rock and metal community have reacted to Chapman’s death:

“We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Tonka Chapman, who died yesterday, on his 66th birthday.

Paul’s son broke the tragic news on Paul’s Facebook page yesterday evening.

R.I.P. Tonka”



We send our thoughts to Chapman’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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