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Interesting interview with Andy, revealing that on the eve of the forthcoming tour at rehearsals tomorrow (Thursday),
the band are going to play "Chains Chains", "Long Gone" and "Mystery Train"
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UFO- the iconic hard rock band from the 1970's is back and they are landing in Bucks County on October 16 at the Sellersville Theater. If you don't already have a ticket don't bother, it's sold out. According to drummer Andrew Parker "We start rehearsing in Wilmington this Thursday".
The phone rings in his office and he is busy printing off itineraries for his band mates. "I remember the restaurant there, it was the best steak I had in a longtime", Parker said. he was referring to the Washington House which is connected to the Sellersville Theater. Local fans that do not have tickets can grab them for Sayerville NJ or NYC shows which is around the same time.
"We have a show up in Massachusetts that is not selling so well but hopefully it will be by the time we get there. It's strange cause we don't go up there very often, you would think it would do better", Parker said. When they rehearse Thursday, they are going to play "Chains Chains" Some of their best material is from the Paul Chapman era . A few tours ago, Parker said "We did "Letting Go" and did not get a good response so we took it off the show". Hopefully, in addition to Chains, they will play "Long Gone" and "Mystery Train" "We always get requests to play those songs" , said Parker". If they put "Letting Go" in the set for Sellersville,it a sold out show. There are folks that are guaranteed to like it.
UFO has toured all over the world and sometimes Andy will update his website http://www.mr-parker-rocks.com/ . One of the more interesting times they had experienced since the last time they were here took place at a biker festival in Malchin Germany, fora biker festival,. The event staff directed their tour bus onto the soft mud which it almost tipped over. It had to be towed out and the band had to get another bus.
"I should get better about keeping my journal, I do carry it around. After the show I am exhausted , I should just jot a few things down". Jason Bonham,one of Andy's favorite drummers actually played with UFO for a bit. Still, Parker has yet to meet him. "I did meet his father though, once in Japan", Parker remembered.
When Andy is not playing live or recording,he is busy fixing up his house. He also keeps up with several rental properties. When he left UFO,he became a licensed contractor and can do the majority of the work himself. "I got a lot done this summer, this summer I've been working on the outside. I put siding on . My father was an electrical contractor so I've been around it my entire life", Parker said. He regularly updates his web site with his progress, as his fans are eager to learn whats new with his house.
Andy got lucky, he lives in Texas and a few years ago a tornado came through his small town and killed several people.Luckily, for Parker, it was confined to the other side of the town. "My wife ran out to take pictures and these things are the size of grape fruits", he said. His house suffered no damage.
UFO are touring in support of their newest release called Seven Deadly. On that record is one of the best songs UFO has ever done. "Burn your House Down". When asked about it, Parker said "It's been in the set before hopefully, we can keep it in this time around" The title of the record is actually a last minute switch. "We were going to call the album Last of the Bone Riders", Which had a biker meaning to it. It also could be taken as a gay porn title. The fans pushed back against the title. "None of us were happy with the title so I am glad Phil ( Mogg) switched it at the last minute" Parker said.
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