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POP - August 1975

 

POP - August 1975


Gregory also sent us this translation as well as this excellent scan of the POP double-spread

UFO PERSECUTED BY BAD LUCK

"It really looks as if someone there above has got something against us” – sighs Michael Schenker watching Heaven. "So much of a  bad luck we have had last weeks - its abnormal”. It all started in February. Michael collapsed in the recording studio where they have just finished working on their last album Force It. He was diagnosed serious liver – infection by the doctor and spent 6 weeks in hospital followed by 2 and a half months at his own bed
of his London  flat.
"I could not stand it at the hospital anymore as there were only loud old people there talking dog-races all the time”.
Michaels condition forced the Band to alter all their plans. With this new album they hope to reach a new level of recognition in Europe. All was preapared : TYA  basspalyer produced the album and his friend from TYA Chick Churchill wanted to join the Band on keyboards. But where can you go without the guitarist who wrote almost all recent UFO material
Michael: "The other 3 UFOs Phil,Andy and Pete have proved as genuine friends these days. They have come to see me almost  every day and not for a second considered to abandon me to pursue their own career”.              
In June Michael was finally OK. After few rehearsals they went for a German/French/Swiss Tour. In Dusseldorf they played a Festival as an opening act in front of an audience of 8000 and went down a storm.
However it all happened then:
They could not play in Mullhouse/France because the voltage at the venue was too low.
The Band left the place unharmed but the Tour Bus was battered with stones and bottles by the bewildered crowd. Ironicaly Michaels brother Rudolph Band Scorpions exprienced the same fate just a few weeks ago at
Bad Homburg ( see POP Nr12/75 )
In Nurnberg some collector stole UFOs crate full of cables and wires
In Ludwigshafen  UFOs personal car caught fire – fortunately there was a fire extinguisher in the car so it all luckily ended up with only a broken air cleaner.
In Baden-Baden UFO pulled their live-show so wildly off that Phil Mogg was hit by the bass of its colleague Pete Way. Phil had to go to hospital; where his 5 cm long head wound was sewn.
Anyway Ufo were happy to see each show attended by 1000 Fans at least. There were encores and positive reviews everywhere. The new album Force It sold more in just 2 months than the previous one Phenomenon
in the whole past year.
"Perhaps all this bad luck is a sign of something good coming soon” – thinks Michael. "We have reached the bad luck summit - from now on it can only get better”.

Thanks again Gregory for sending this over to me.

 

 

 

 

 

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