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we again - I have been busy renovating a Victorian terraced home here
in the UK next to the racecourse here in Ascot, Berkshire as well
as juggling work and family. The Misty Green and Blue website has
suffered during this time, so my News Years Resolution is to make
this website much more of a priority.
a year UFO have had and a very successful year it has been. Phil Mogg,
Jason Bonham, Vinnie Moore, Paul Raymond, Pete Way and Barry Sparks
have shown that UFO is as much at home in 2004 as they were in the
70's and 80's - For me 'YOU ARE HERE' is the best UFO album ever and
to place it above Force It, Lights Out, Obsession and Walk On Water
then this is high praise indeed.
note that my e-mail address: email@example.com is now in place to receive all photos and scans - my previous e-mail
is no longer accessable, so apologies if I havn't responded or received
mail. Many thanks to all who have sent in pictures, gig photos and
reviews - they all have been fantastic and without these, this website
would be dull
which have been updated in the past few days are MEMORABILIA:
a permanant link at the top of this web page for quick and easy access.
Ok, Starting where
I left off, here are the PICTURES that Steven Myers sent me back in October of this year.
a fantastic REVIEW from Steven Myers, well written and very entertaining.
great photos at Cleveland from Tom Sullivan
is great, Photos and reviews are now flooding in...
Review from Scott
KINGS photos - October 1st 2004 from Steven
fantastic photos from Jennifer Schmitt at Saturdays gig.
shot and makes us feel as if we were there...
Maynard has sent in his gig review - Thanks Frank
UFO live in the studio with
Eddie this Friday
Hosted UFO & BOC at Starland Ballroom this past Sunday.
UFO actually ended up opening the show, which upset many people
since it was billed as a UFO headline. If you missed the show
because of this, BB Kings in NYC is tonight and Friday and
those are UFO headline dates! As for the show itself, well
what can I say? You all know how much I love this band, and
although I am as sad as anybody that Pete Way was not on board,
the band was great. These are simply amazing songs, and Phil
Mogg looked and sounded great. For somebody doing this as
long as he has, he is still in top form. Vinnie Moore is a
great player and plays the Schenker stuff pretty faithfully,
only at times doing his own thing. This is important since
the original solos are so vital to the song. Great to have
Paul Raymond back and Jason Bonham is a perfect fit on drums.
The set consisted of two songs from the new CD and the rest
pretty much the 70's classics you would expect. Phil told
me they are changing the set every night. I also asked about
Chapman era stuff. He said they have been talking about it,
but he didn't have the CDs to teach the band! Well I'm proud
to say that I corrected that by giving him copies of the great
No Place To Run, Wild Willing & Innocent and Mechanix.
Fingers crossed we will hear some of these great tunes as
well! For the hour and fifteen minutes they were on stage
I was a kid again. I'm actually getting a buzz just writing
Another great UFO show at BB Kings Wed night. Longer set then
in NJ. Friday show should also be great, see you there!
9:15 showtime for UFO!
night into the USA tour and appearing at B.B.Kings in New York
over the seven nights have been fantastic.
to Jay. M. Lloyd and Frank Maynard for the following reviews
Beach Casino photos
on guys, send in your reviews and photos for us to enjoy.
to : Tristan at this e-mail address:
up to the 2004 USA tour,
some more amazing finds - A 1980's Poster, 1978 Japanese Obsession
from the 1977 USA tour at the Superbowl, Chicago when Paul Chapman
in for Michael Schenker after his infamous dissapearing act...
Paul Raymond playing a white Gibson Flying V guitar.
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT tour photos
August 17th 1978
Jim for all photos
and Finally, An 80's poster added
+ Obsession Japanese advert
the earliest UFO poster??
- Unknown Japanese Music Magazine
Andy Parker, Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Mick Bolton
Date added to the USA tour
- Monday September 27th 2004
ever ongoing saga of VISAS, NEWS
from the Official UFO website is that
Way has not been granted a VISA. The tour will however, go ahead with
SPARKS on Bass. Barry has previously played with UFO at
Donnington in 2001 and has also worked with Vinnie.
is familiar with the UFO songs as he was part of MSG for numerous
as well as appearing on two MSG live albums, the 'MSG Story Live'
World Tour' where nine and seven UFO songs were performed.
has just appeared on the new Scorpions album 'Unbreakable',
much part of Dokken and is just stepping in to help UFO for this USA
Barry is a great choice, a lovely person and I would like to take
to welcome him
into the band.
more info on BARRY SPARKS
CLASSIC ROCK magazine
71 - October 2004
on the Fairfield Halls, Croydon UK gig
are positively on fire again..."
a album reviews for Pete Way's 'Acoustic Animal' and
Rudess 'Rhythm Of Time' featuring Vinnie Moore..
that Dio's new album, 'Planet Sweet' gets a good review with ex-UFO
Wright as permanent member on drums.
great issue of a great Rock magazine that comes with a free 14 track
Enquiries - e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE NIGHT
Amphitheatre, Chicago on October 14, 1978
photos taken on the legendary tour -
Interview with Phil back in 1978
|UFO is an English group formed in 1970 by Phil Mogg:, Peter Way, Andy Parker and the guitarist Mick Bolton. The first album, recorded in 1971, was completely ignored in England, but with a strange chance was well accommodated in Germany, in Japan, and in France. In Japan, the resumption of the title of Eddie Cochran "It my Everybody" by the group, was a success striking down in the local charts. UFO thus embarked immediately for a triumphal "Japanese Tour" from which an album live "UFO lands in Tokyo" was released for the use of the Nipponese market. Mick Bolton left the group in 1973. II was necessary to wait 18 months to find a final substitute to him. The rare bird was met in Germany at the time of a round. He was German; guitarist and his name is Michael Schenker. Schenker will become the myth of the group; that whose one speaks but who never gives interview.
Meanwhile, in 1974, the group signs at Chrysalis and releases a new album "Phenomenon", produced by the bass player of Ten Years After, Leo Lyons; 1975 will see the release of "Force it", in 1976 : "No heavy petting" and "Light out" in 77.
In 1 975, the ex Heavy Metal Kid, Danny Peyronel, joined the band, but he is replaced in 1977 by Paul Raymond.
The England continues to be sulky the group, on the other hand, Germany and Japan allways request . Moreover, the albums, published at Chrysalis, contributed to open US market.
When "Obsession is released", the new album, the composition of the group is thus established as follows:
Phil Mogg (vocals), Michael Schenker (guitar), Peter Way (bass), Paul Raymond (keyboards and guitars), Andy Parker (drums).
It is not a small matter to describe a concert of UFO. What can be the emotion felt by the musicians (of rock'n'roll or not) when the audience (5 to 6 000 people) rises before even the 2nd note of the first piece? This foolish honor would multiply by ten the power of any musician accustomed to the 25 people (by counting the barman and the cash clerk) traditional concerts of Saturday evening in a pub. How not to smash himself, like Phil Mogg, when during 2 hours, he channels the reactions of the crowd by a simple word, a sound of guitar, a blow on the drums?
A UFO gig is a great event. For any amateur of good performances of rock'n'roll, it is impossible to be bored one minute (if however the tympanums can follow - "We play loud " says Phil. The minimum we can say, it is that he (sees) hears just!).
Five musicians on scene, in skinny clothing, shirt black for the singer, spangled bass player, a striped guitarist, and the other in hotel suit, black. Invisible drummer, although dominating the stage, perched over its podium. A wall of Marshall amplifiers, the link between UFO and the audience, hides the bottom of the room.
Beginning whirring and smoke-producing, varied playing stage, movements of microphone foot, the musicians hold well the scene, move, occupy space completely. A rock show that does not have anything to envy the great groups, but which does not bring anything really new. Each piece, on scene, is a marathon generally finished as a fish tail on a struck agreement. Some passages softer, swingings of guitar, and song very swing, some light flights of mellotron (or similar) quickly absorbed by the bass sounds and the fast rhythms, will allow to the electrified crowd to moderate her jumps, in cadence. Rock bottom in lasted long version, played at 140 decibels, closes the representation, followed by 2 recalls, more and more extremely. The concert is completed after 2 hours of snarling play , violent, without fault… nor silence.
UFO « Lands in Tokyo »
Phénoménon (Chrysalis 74) Force It (Chrysalis 75) No heavy petting (Chrysalis 76 Light out (Chrysalis 77) Obsession (Chrysalis 7)
OF PH I L MOGG
(LEAD SINGER OF UFO)
H otel M ontca l m, London
R. in S. : The French public does not know UFO very much …
Phil Mogg: It is a little true, but it will change; a European tours including France is scheduled for December. I think that the fact that we did not make tours in France explains partly why we are not very known there. But it is also because in my opinion the French and the majority of the European countries have a musical orientation which tends towards what we call "Middle of the Road" (I think that the French musicians will agree with me! )
R. in S.: Can you tell us your history?
P.M: We did not make special musical studies (we don’t know how to play, but we we have good time ll!… laughs) We always played nearly the same kind of music; we began in not professional bands, occasional. UFO is really our first great professional band (I am a musician for a long time, since approximately 71)
R. in S.: What do you mean with professional?
P.M: Professional means that your wages, your life are governed by the fact of playing.
R. in S.: Why UFO?
P.M. : One needed a name short, easy to memorize, a "trademark". And "UFO" was connected to that we seek and sticks perfectly (which is not always the case for the names of groups which often age badly.)
R. in S. : Can you try "to define» the music of UFO?
P.M. : It is in my opinion what we always called of the "Rock' roll", rather near to Heavy rock (with however a certain grace !) (laughts).
R. en S. :
R. in S.: In what your music is it different from that of the other groups (of rock)?
P.M. : Euh? different… I always found that it was different. But it is hard to define in what; it is one of the most difficult questions. I do not know. I think that we belong to the groups that one can qualify "the best", which do the rock'n'roll better than the others. The public feels us original, different, if not, it would not come.
R. in S.: Your last album "Obsession", which soon will be released is a little different from your other productions. From what is this due?
P.M. : It is true; we are in great period of evolution. The presence of Paul Raymond is of importance. The fact that he plays of the keyboards and guitars is there for much. In all way, we try to advance with great steps…
R. in S.: Therefore, it was the general wish of the band to operate musical changes?
P.M. : Yes, we have developed pieces that we would not have interpreted in the preceding disc.
R. in S.: Can you specify your evolution in this album "Obsession"?
P.M. : on my opinion, this album approaches what is called an album live. The sound, the words, the voice are more "present".
R. in S. : Can you explain that there are so many variations in the album (part very violent, very soft passage)?
P.M. : It is exactly similar which if you compare with an individual. There is inside of anybody violence and softness. We have our "heavy" parts and our passages "mélo".
R. in S. : It is an element which we find in all the rock albums; what does the UFO experiment brings ?
P.M.: trap question! The only way of defining in what the group is different and better than another can be the criterion of popularity. We are not yet as famous as certain groups that I will not name, but our last but one album had much success; and the last will still have some more (I hope). I think that we do our work better than others, because we have more success.
R. in S.: Are you in other words , better because you sell very much?
P.M. : I think.
R. in S. : Your point of view is interesting in so far as it represents exactly the opposite of that of some bands which have different musical optics such Henry Cow, who we recently had the occasion to interview.
P.M. : They say that because they do not sell; and they try to be convinced that they are right to be able to continue in their style (which for me is rather "razor"). But their point of view shows narrow-mindedness. There are groups such Aerosmith, which are very good and which sell well.
R. in S. : Are you more or less directing you towards the symphonic rock like Styx, Kansas, Boston…?
P.M: Rather pompous like definition! no, we continue to make rock, even if certain passages of the last disc are enough orchestrated.
R. in S.: Which are, wholesale, the various influences of the band?
P.M..: Especially band s of blues, band s of rock between 1960 and 70. But not any band in particular.
R. in S.: Which are your relations with the production?
P.M.:: We do what we want, record under the terms of the pact which makes that the production produces the discs and sells them, and that the musicians bring the raw material.
R. in S. : Do you have an idea of the cost price of the last disc of UFO "Obsession"?
P.M. : I do not have any idea of it. But it has cost more than the others, owing to the fact that we remained longer in studio. We spent 8 weeks there.
R. in S.: What makes UFO throughout the year? trainings?
P.M. : Not, we repeat the least possible; it is razor! we meet occasionally to play, but they are not really repetitions and we do not pretend that we do an absolutely irreproachable work.
R. in S.: It doesn't prevent you from having more raised technical capabilities ?
P.M. : We do not need really much time to obtain what is necessary for us.
R. in S. : Does UFO play often as a public?
P.M. : We make 9 months of tours per year
R. in S. : Does the concert represent «the real aspect of the music of UFO"?
P.M. : Yes, because it has a more relaxed side, more amusing, that brings much.
R. in S.: Are all the representations of UFO recorded?
P.M. : No, in any case, we never make error! (laughs).
R. in S.: Which are for UFO, the principal differences between a recording live and a studio one?
P.M. : The studio, it is more controlled, confined. On scene the physical side is much important, we get high; we would do it well in studio, but it is not compatible with the "more perfect" side necessary to records.
R. in S.: Are the costumes, the visual side, a significant element for UFO?
P.M. : Yes, that made a whole with the music.
R. in S.: On stage, do you play always about the same thing or do you improvise?
P.M. : As now, we play our new repertory, we play each time about similarly; in any event, the share of improvisation in our music is not very big.
R. in S.: UFO often plays in front of a numerous audience; does it have an outline of the impressions of this audience?
Mr.: Not really, since we do not form a part of it (laughs) of it. But I believe that it works well between us; we release really much power, us and the audience in the same place.
R. in S.: Which are the next steps of UFO?
P.M. : A tour in the USA.
R. in S.: If you had to describe UFO, to somebody who you do not know…
P.M. : Pure excitation ((a)) surely what’s the best in the style!
Interview et traduction Françoise CROUZIER Luc MARIANNI
©2004 Jesus Ruiperez at www.rafabasa.com
really interesting Phil Mogg interview - link can be fount at the SITN
talks about his VISA problems on the eve of the USA tour earlier this
to the European/UK dates, Vinnie and Jason as part of UFO.
of 'You Are Here', 'Classic Rock Magazine', the theory of why
In The Night was and still is one of the greatest LIVE albums and
guitarists of the band.
part for me is the metion of a planned inclusion of Mr. Freeze and
Baby Blue in
The feedback from this interview from fans, clearly show that
from 'No Place To Run', 'The Wild, Willing and The Innocent' and other
do not appear on Strangers would make a great 'Strangers In The Night
UFO website has been updated with photos from Bang Your Head Festival
me to update the Misty Green and Blue Festival Tour page.
Festival Tour Page update
Photos can be found on the THE
OFFICIAL UFO website
more rare seven inch 45 singles
to the DISCOGRAPHY sections.
single 45 release - Only You
Can Rock Me / Rock Bottom
single 45 release - Lonely
Heart / Long Gone - Canadian
the strangest release that I have ever seen.
A rare UFO picture sleeve with Paul Chapman and Michael Schenker - No
that's not it
seven inch Taiwan release with 4 tracks, none of which contain a UFO
song!! How weird is that??
Records are to release
UFO "Flying" - the early years 1970-1973
on the Castle Music label on August 30th 2004.
packaged as a double CD with 22 tracks and a 12 page booklet
with sleeve notes from Dave Ling, making this a fine tribute
to the band and an essential purchase.
those who think UFO's Phenomenon was the first album release,
and anything pre-74 is irrelevant then think again. Five years
prior to this the story of UFO begins and for many, who do
not know the history of the band, this release is a must have.
With quotes from band members and music papers such as Melody
Maker, we are presented with a fascinating insight to the
early part of the bands career. Who knew that Phil Mogg was
once a drummer or one of the band names that was considered
before settling on the name UFO was 'Acid'? Go buy and find
one contains UFO 1 (originally released in 1970 on BEACON
BEAS 12) and FLYING (originally released in 1971 on Beacon
two continues with the last two track from FLYING before LIVE
(released in 1972 on GEMA Nova 6.21454). Finally the CD ends
with the 7" single Galactic Love (a side) and Lovin'
Cup (b side).
DETAILon the Compilation page
I have updated the ALPHABETICAL
on the new Jordan Rudess (Dream Theatre keyboardist)
appears on tracks 'Time Crunch' and 'Ra' and they both sound as if
they are going to be awesome
Muscians to guest: Joe Satriani, Greg Howe and the great Steve Morse
release on August 31st 2004 on Magna Carta
back in time to 2001, I came across this box set of 6 CD's titled
OF DRIVING ROCK
with two UFO tracksappearing
on disc 4
2004 issue of UK's Classic Rock Magazine
Reader's Top 50
In The Night has been voted as the 2nd all-time favourite
by the readers of Classic Rock Magazine
quote from the magazine:
UFO's current blinder of a record served to remind you how good they
used to be and made you dig it out again"
Lizzy - Live & Dangerous
UFO - Strangers in the Night
Purple - Made In Japan
- If You Want Blood...You've Got It
Zeppelin - How The West Was Won
Who - Live at Leeds
Priest - Unleashed in the East
- Space Ritual
- Exit Stage Left
Gallagher - Irish Tour
other 40 listed albums, You gotta go out and buy this issue.
contains the Classic Rock Critics' Top 50 with UFO in at number 6,
Barton review of WAYSTED - Save Your Prayers CD
on Majestic Rock and awarded 4/5 stars.
Reviews and pictures
a review from Sue
Hall at the Astoria in London - Thanks Sue
manage to get a camera into the venue? If so please
ME the photos.
Europe and more photos/reviews from the Bang Your Head Festival.
pic by Eddy
Your Head Photos from Lords Of Metal
Other Bang Your Head Photos from Metal inside.de
© metal-inside.de 2004
Months Bang Your Head Festival Pass
great BANG YOUR HEAD Festival photos
3CD box-sets added
band compilation Box-set - It's number 31 in the 'Compilation charts'
here in the UK.
- Track 2 of CD2 - UFO, Only
You Can Rock Me
CAROLINE CALLING - 70'S FLASHBACK
band compilation release
OF UPDATES TODAY
can't cannot believe how much UFO band information and archive material
there is out there.
start with the current NEWS...
a sign that a band is starting to make waves by the amount of re-ssues
and compilation inclusions:
Masters Worldwide have just re-released the Uli
Roth/Legends Of Rock Live At Castle Donington on PAL DVD containing
the four track's that UFO performed in 2001 (see discography section).
ON WATER has been re-issued by Music Club.
compilation album releases in 2004
poster update from POPS
States of America Tour
October - Sauget IL - Pops
Discography additions starting with a rare find...
Beginning is a very rare German LP.
sleeve showing a black and white picture of the original UFO line-up.
comes two rare single releases from the 70's
( GETTIN' READY ) / Too Hot To Handle - Peru 1979
- coloured sleeve
Lady (Chrysalis CM-34W PS) Picture sleeve - JAPAN 1976
White Label Promo
is the original cassette version of "Misdemeanor" released in 1986 on the Chrysalis
Level Cut in Green and Black Vinyl
Vinyl releases added to the Album Section
pin badge from the 70's added to the BADGES section
Japanese 14-track promo sample CD,
3 bonus tracks for Japan
versions of Only You Can Rock Me, Too Hot To Handle and Rock Bottom
that the Japanese bonus tracks on the final release were different
to this promo sample!!!
and finally... I have
moved all of JUNE 2004 LATEST NEWS items to NOT
GUYS NEED BROADBAND or ISDN connections to view this site in comfort,
the DISCOGRAPHY SECTIONS and LIVE band shots.
enjoyment will be well worth the upgrade.
friend Benji has some photos from the
2004 Classic Rock Festival
unless this is the first you have read of it...
Jam singer performs the following UFO songs at the
Benefit; The Showbox, Seattle, WA, USA back in May:
Doctor, Lights Out, Too Hot To Handle, Shoot Shoot, I'm a Loser &
hear them by visiting the website or read
a FANS report
Archive page added
1, Number 2 - 'Only You
Can Rock Me', Metal CD Music Magazine cover CD
YEAR - 1983 and a
down memory lane, into the archives.
1983 Free pull-out poster as included in the
Contact World Tour programme'
in the same year, I have uncovered these Press Ads
1983 Article Section Added
for today and nothing to do with 1983 but this time 1976,
No Heavy Pettin' photo session pic. added
to the Family Tree Page.
©2004 Jeff Wode
PHOTOS - More UK tour photos 1 month ago to the day.
Academy - Gig review from a month back - Glasgow,
Official Website has been update - Go take a LOOK
Picture by Karen Ter Balkt (gast)
Rock Festival Report
PHOTOS from BELGIUM - Schwung 2004 Classic Rock
in thick and fast, thanks for all your e-mails and I know that I'm
a day ahead, for once!!!
can't wait for you to see these images - Tristan
also moved APRIL 2004 and MAY 2004 LATEST NEWS items to NOT
this page load faster - for those without Broadband.
Festival Photos will be added SOON - Enjoy!!!
- A FANS review of
the Schwung 2004 Classic Rock Festival
©2004 Jan De Duytsche
PHOTOS - Schwung 2004 Classic Rock Festival
pictures from BELGIUM - Schwung 2004 Classic
has also sent me some amazing RARE singles for the discography section
a Japanese UFO acetate release
by a Brazil 7" Radio Station Promo
Blood' with 'ANYDAY' on side 2
UPDATED the Alphabetical Song Listing SINGLES
to the ARCHIVES - OBSSESSION Press Pack
UPDATE | MEMORABILIA UPDATES
to Jamie Coles for supplying us with the images/info.
2004 : 7pm to 9pm GMT ( 2- 4pm EST )
show this week includes a not to be missed interview by Paul
Roberts with Pete Way, Paul Raymond & Vinnie Moore of
the one and only UFO.
Friday's regular line up all starts at 5pm GMT ( 12pm Eastern
US ) with Munsey Ricci's TOXIC WALTZ followed by Jon Clayton
at 6pm GMT ( 1pm EST ), Nigel Roberts
7pm GMT ( 2pm EST ) Pete Botterill 9pm GMT ( 4pm EST
) and The SI Stud @ 10pm GMT ( 5pm EST )
All shows repeated Sunday 1 hour earlier than advertised on
has sent us photos from the
by Mark L. Potts and Photo-retouching by Tristan Greatrex
Civic Hall GIG
ARE HERE - Reviews still keep on coming, 4 months after
release - 9/10 FANTASTIC
Rock Festival 2004 report
10 - 12 / Solvesborg, Sweden
UFO Thanks to “Mad Mike” Schenker, a lot of real
life Spinal Tap-stories follow the UFO name. But currently,
the Michael Schenker saga of UFO is definitely over.
Moore is the new choice on guitar, and he has brought to UFO
many of the things Steve Morse brought to Deep Purple ten
years ago, with energetic and fast playing, yet demonstrating
plenty of heart and soul.
new is John Bonham’s excellent drummer son Jason Bonham,
and along with the return of Paul Raymond on guitars and keyboards,
UFO has offered the most interesting line up in years. In
addition, You Are Here is also a great album, maybe their
best in the last 20 years.
it was truly a retrospective UFO the crowd witnessed as they
headlined the Rock Stage on Friday night. “Mother Mary”
and “Let It Roll” started it off, and the hits
just kept on coming.
Many UFO fans have “Strangers In The Night” in
their record collection, and this night saw the return of
many of that album’s classics. “Only You Can Rock
Me,” “This Kids,” “Love To Love,”
“Lights Out,” “Too Hot To Handle,”
“I’m A Loser,” and a tremendous version
of “Rock Bottom” were all highlights. They struggled
a bit with the Sharks number “Fighting Man,” but
the new ones were truly great as well, with the You Are Here
ballad “Baby Blue” as another definite highlight.
my opinion, “Rock Bottom” might have been the
best song performed during the whole festival, at least for
the two days I witnessed the event. After a blistering performance,
Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore, and Jason
Bonham rounded it up with great versions of “Doctor
Doctor” and “Shoot Shoot,” and one of 2004’s
best performances at the SRF was history. (Photo Inge Rand)
many more e-mails raving about the UK tour, I have created a seperate UK TOUR PAGE.
I have added some photos from Batttttty with a link to view the
Civic Hall GIG
a great reception the band received during their UK tour,
in Manchester where the ghosts have now been laid to rest.
the UK tour has finished - I am receiving gig reviews and wonderful
e-mail's praising this
UFO line-up. Vinnie and Jason have really made the difference with
the home nation.
be adding items over the next week so watch THIS SPACE...
OFF TODAY a review of the MANCHESTER and GLASGOW gigs from Mark Birdsall,
great PHOTOS (©2004 as above) from Batttttty
REVIEW from our dear friend Benji prior to the UK tour
for you UFO fans out there in the July issue of UK's Classic Rock
interesting section listing the Top 100 Greatest Frontmen as polled
man Phil Mogg came in at number 22,
the likes of:
Meine (87), Robert Palmer (85), Ian Hunter (79), Steve Marriot (77),
Ian Astbury (69),
(54), Geddy Lee (53), Kurt Cobain (41), Francis Rossi (37), Joe Elloit
Waters (34), Brian Johnson (32), James Hetfield (31), Ian Gillan (30),
Sammy Hager (28),
(27), David Coverdale (26), Janis Joplin (25), Steve Perry (24),
Stanley (23), PHIL MOGG (22), Rob Halford (21), Ronnie
James Dio (20).
Phil is getting his rightful place in the History or Rock and, although
(we would place Phil at Number 1) it is great to see that this
poll from professional Rock Journalists.
in the July Issue is something named:
all the hard and dedticated work, our dear friend BATTTTTTY has
In The Night website recognition:
my friends, it seems an age. I am still waiting for our new home here
in the UK. We have found
in Ascot, Berkshire but have to wait for our sellers to exchange contracts
on their home.
then, I am without a base and worse still without Broadband and its
so so difficult to keep contact
UFO land at the moment. Untill then, Please mail
me information on the current tour,
the various UFO websites and support the band. If you have photos
or large images to send then
these to this location
heard that the Italian Gods Of Metal gig was sabotaged
due to the stormy weather,
this from Alessandro in Italy...
tristan, great site!
finally a good one on the UFO!
well UFO were cancelled at GOds of Metal last saturday,
it happened 20 minutes before joining the stage
suddenly a hell of storm stroke all the area
the roof of the stage were totally ripped!!
we've been joking about the whole thing with Phil Mogg backstage
he told us "Gods doesn't like metal!"
...he also told me he brought a tan sun cream
considering the sun there was out the morning....
we had this conversation with our feet deep in the mud
and he had open summer shoes.....
anyway add this ticket to the memorabilia section
it was the making contact tour, billy sheehan was on the bass!
cheers Alessandro Italy
Alessandro, its great to hear what actually did happen, the weather
came down and not an aborted sighting as some rumour merchants would
like us to think. Against all odds UFO forge ahead. So some great
NEWS. I am sure that you have already seen on the OFFICIAL WEBSITE
that the United States of America Tour is re-scheduled due to Phil
having his VISA sorted:
States of America Tour
wed 22 Sept 04 Baltimore MD - Thunderdome
thu 23 Sept 04 Glenside PA - Keswick
sat 25 Sept 04 Hampton Beach NH - Hampton Beach Casino
sun 26 Sept 04 Sayerville NJ - Starland Ballroom
tue 28 Sept 04 Pittsburgh PA - The Rex Theater
wed 29 Sept 04 New York NY - B. B. Kings
fri 1 Oct 04 New York NY - B. B. Kings
sat 2 Oct 04 Poughkeepsie NY - The Chance
wed 6 Oct 04 Sauget IL - Pops
fri 8 Oct 04 Detroit MI - Magic Bag
sat 9 Oct 04 Cleveland OH - Odeon
sun 10 Oct 04 Chicago IL - House Of Blues
mon 11 Oct 04 Chicago IL - House Of Blues
me any photos or gig reports please and I will try and get to a computer
to report more.
you all take good care.
added from the 1981 UK Tour
ROCK MAGAZINE - June 2004 Issue
month contains a detailed News Item of the US postponed dates:
as a great gig review from Dave Ling at
Elysee Monmartre, Paris.
go out and buy this great Rock Magazine.
HOME - After 90 straight days of updating this website, its time to
un-plug the computer
home. I will not have access to Broadband BUT will still be updating
as best I can.
on sending me information and updates. Any scans or pictures are always
Here UK Tour - Rock City ADVERT
Here UK Tour - Mean Fiddler (Londons Astoria) ADVERT
MEMORABILIA items added/updated
7" Single additions as well as a couple of updates
- CHS2263 Only You Can Rock Me (mono) / Only
You Can Rock Me (stereo) - (DJ Promo, company
- CHS2287 Doctor Doctor (UK, company sleeve)
FLYER - 7"
- 4 track EP single
with the 4 track various band Thailand EP, (Aerosmith cover) by ROYALSOUND
- TKR 353. We
now have the full 4 track band listing along with track title. An
interesting combination of Aerosmith, The BEE-GEES, Gary Wright and
our own UFO.
- CHS2287 Doctor Doctor (A-label Promo, UK, company
sleeve) - (Addition Side B track listing)
Harry for the information.
web pages: Discography: SINGLES | Alphabetic
Song Listings: SINGLES
this? - 1978 UK Press tour/album
PHENOMENON album review, SOUNDS Music Paper
item, Danny Peyronel joins UFO, MELODY MAKER Music Paper
IT album review, MELODY MAKER Music Paper
IT album review, SOUNDS Music Paper
ROUNDHOUSE gig review, SOUNDS Music Paper
Amazing evidence' article, SOUNDS Music Paper
on from yesterday, I have added a 'Articles/Reviews/Press'
blast from the past and a great memory jogger for those of us who
as ensuring that this UFO website is not only informative and enjoyable
to visit with current NEWS of this great rock band, I am also trying
to create the ultimate UFO band reference site. The DISCOGRAPHY section
is now growing with rare albums and singles with all song listings
cross-referencing. I have had immense help from you fans out there
and its now time to expand. As part of the UFO memorabilia, I intend
over time to add album reviews through the seventees and up to the
current date from such great magazines/papers in the past as SOUNDS,
KERRANG and NME as well as international articles, interviews and
photos etc. etc. So to start the ball rolling, I have created the
UFO t-shirt page which in my mind is a huge part of the UFO Memorabilia.
PAGE from Arrow Rock Festival
Dutch Version (More Information)
very good YOU ARE HERE Review,
Thanks Simon for the translation once again
Hugenottenhalle Neu-Isenburg - TRANSLATED LIVE REVIEW
Are Here Reviews added
ON WATER - Japanese 1st Edition release comes with Guitar
Pick, Logo Sticker and lyric booklet.
OF THOSE NIGHTS - additional details and pictures
have set up a UFO
UFO - A very interesting compilation vinyl album originally issued by
Della Records in 1978.
album comes with an insert and a wonderful choice of 10 tracks
by Han So Ri Records Co., Ltd in 1991 on vinyl
pages: Discography: COMPILATION
Song Listings: ALBUMS
Part 2 - Tour Dates pages updated beginning in just over
a months time:
June 04 - Austria Graz, Orpheum
to Orpheum and support band for the venue: Blind Petition
from You Are Here
landing in the UK - web page with UK dates
not a recent interview - 16th February 2004, its just come to my notice.
An interesting read as ever from Phil.
Rock Ahead YOU ARE HERE Album Review
GUITARIST Magazine - You Are Here Album review added to the REVIEWS page
Here Album review added to the REVIEWS page
Review - SALA DIVINO AQUALUNG (MADRID), 5 MARZO 2004
Rock Magazine, ROADIE CREW, Issue #63
UFO - Italian
report: Alcatraz- Milano
REPORT ©2004 - Pierre Hound, Benve
PHOTO ©2004 Medea Madeleine La Cl
from France to the USA YOU
ARE HERE REVIEWS
MORE amazing rare UFO singles added to the SINGLES
FLYER - 7"
- 4 track EP single
start with the above 4 track various band Thailand EP, (Aerosmith
cover) by ROYALSOUND - TKR 353
Flyer by UFO is on side 1, track 2
- K6853 Alone Again Or / Electric Phase - Australian
'A'-label promo with company sleeve
- CHS2263 Only You Can Rock Me / Ain't No Baby (Canadian,
- CHS2287 Doctor Doctor (A-label Promo, UK, company
1981 - Lonely heart / Long Gone (Australian A-label
promo, company sleeve, distributed by Festival records) K-8215
- Back into my life / The Writer (Australian 'A'
- label promo, company sleeve) K-8723
once again to our dear friend Harry in Athens for sending these in
pages: Discography: SINGLES | Alphabetic
Song Listings: SINGLES
you are all on BROADBAND!!
©2004 Franky Bruyneel
GIG REVIEW at Plato, Holland on the
Moore has posted
his response to the NEWS that UFO have had no choice
but to postpone
their tour of the U.S.
banned from landing in the US.
everyone, Vinnie here. I am extremely sorry to have
to report that the UFO U.S. tour has been postponed. I was just informed
that we have run into an immigrations problem that no one in their
wildest dreams could have ever anticipated.
Before going any further though, let me first assure everyone that
the European dates are definitely still happening and that we WILL
tour America later in the year.
is the official press release and my reaction:
totally sucks man. HELLO.......2 to 12 weeks?? We have a tour people....come
on?? Is this another FBI UFO cover-up? We are not little green men.
We only want to ROCK.
All joking aside, we here in the UFO camp are all seriously stunned.
Management, band members, booking agent, and tour manager have all
been communicating by telephone and there have been many conversations
with very little words spoken and haunting silence. We just don't
know what to say. We were all geared up to leave for the tour this
coming Monday. We are SPEECHLESS! What makes it really bad for us
is that we don't want to disappoint the fans. These shows were selling
really well and everything looked great! The fans have been so supportive
of this band and we just don't want to let anyone down.
Fuck!!!! This is not what this band needed to happen to us right now.
We have a lot of momentum and had planned on keeping things rolling
full speed ahead. Unfortunately, as we all know, UFO has a history
of cancelling tours. It doesn't matter who has been responsible or
why, this negative stigma is unfortunately attached to the band. We
all have been really aware of this and the new line-up has been really
focused on giving our best effort to change this perception. We knew
that if we went out there and toured like crazy we could create a
positive feeling and gain confidence from the booking agents, club
owners, and most importantly - the fans. Now this???? I am trying
to look at the bright side which is that this is only temporary. Unfortunately
though, many people are going to be adversely affected and I hope
that everyone is somewhat understanding and doesn't hold the band
responsible. The last thing we wanted to do was to leave a bad taste
in the mouths of the club owners, promoters, booking agents....etc.
Also, we have hired a crew who put this time aside to be working with
us and now don't have a job. A bus was reserved; a travel agency was
hired to make travel arrangements; both international and domestic
flights were booked; new gear was purchased....on and on and on. The
band and management has lost thousands of dollars but so what. The
most important thing to us is the fans. We don't want anyone to lose
faith in us.
I don't really know what else to say other than 9-1-1 has really changed
things. It is a different world we live in right now. It kinda sucks
that a singer in a rock band has to be looked at as a potential terrorist,
but if this is the way it has to be, then so be it!
I hope that we will see you all later in the year when we eventually
do tour in the US. I am so sorry to all of you who have bought tickets
that this has happened. Please believe in us and know that WE WILL
shaken but not stirred,
me, this is a positive response by Vinnie, taking the positives out
of a difficult situation. It is clear to me that UFO have tried above
all else not to let the fans down by wishing to change their past
history of cancelled tours. This was illustrated by getting Richie
Scarlet in as standby bass player when Pete was having clearance problems.
This tour has not been CANCELLED but POSTPONED and Vinnie has asked
us fans not to lose faith in the band.
My faith in UFO is to ensure that this website continues to grow by
posting LATEST information on a regular basis, both in the form of
historical items and present updates which support not only the best
band over the past 30 years in musical terms but on a personal level
- Phil, Pete, Jason, Paul, Vinnie and Peter Knorn, who are caring
and genuine human beings towards us UFO fans. Hand on heart, I wouldn't
be putting this effort into this website if I though any different.
We support you, look forward to the rest of the European tour and
the re-scheduled U.S. tour.
audio cassettes added to the DISCOGRAPHY section:
Out In Tokyo
Misdemeanor audio cassette is interesting as side 1 contains only
seven tracks from the album and side 2 contains seven tracks from
the Making Contact album. Its a Golden Lion Record under an Indonesian
1: This Time, Meanstreets, The Only Ones, Dream The Dream, Night Run,
One Heart, Wreckless
2: Blinded By A Lie, When It's Time To Rock, A Fool For Love, You
and Me, Name Of Love, Heavens Gate, Blue
Many Thanks go to Patrick Smith for the above information on the six
page with MP3 audio samples
ARE HERE REVIEW
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR FANS IN THE U.S.
a bizarre turn of events and on the 11th hour, UFO's U.S. tour
has been thrown into disarray. Hard on the heels of the hugely
disappointing News of Pete Ways Visa problems and announcement
of his ommission from the tour, another huge blow has hit the
band and all centred once more on VISA issues.
is a statement posted under the NEWS section on the
OFFICIAL UFO website
fans and friends in the United States of America: Warning! The
following message only contains bad news…:
the U.S. Embassy in London refused Phil Mogg, UFO's lead singer,
a Work Permit Visa. As you may know, without a Work Permit Visa,
no non-American is able to work (i.e. performing a commercial
concert) in the United States. This seriously impacts our upcoming
U. S. tour (April 22 through May 16, 2004)
The band members all applied for their Work Permits (as usual)
several weeks before the U. S. tour was to begin. Their Work
Permits were approved and ISSUED on March 9, 2004 by the Bureau
Of Citizenship and Immigration Services, located in the United
States. Due to the new immigration and Work Permit laws, it
is now also necessary for the applicant to attend a personal
interview, in his home country, at the U.S. Embassy. During
Phil's interview, today, in London, England, his name turned
up in the government computer. The comment was that 'at some
time in the past' his finger prints were taken while in the
USA. When, where and why was not disclosed.
It is true, Phil's finger prints were taken in the USA 24 years
ago (!!) in Buffalo, New York. The Immigration Authority did
not think, at that time, his Visa was adequate so this fingerprinting
occurred. His Visa was then reissued, straight away, and everything
was in order.
During the intervening 24 years, Phil has returned to the USA
12 times on Work and Visitors Visas. Unfortunately, the only
thing that matters now is that finger prints were taken. Under
current immigration law, whether impacted by the war or not,
a person having been finger printed promptly ceases the Visa
Finger prints now have to be retaken from Phil. They are sent
to the FBI and, according to the information we have been given,
only when the FBI gives their approval, will it be possible
for Phil to acquire a Work Permit Visa. This procedure, the
Embassy advises, can take from 2 to 12 weeks.
The band is, therefore, forced to postpone its tour until this
matter is resolved.
The new dates are currently being scheduled and announced shortly.
We all respect that the United States must protect itself. We
will, of course, cooperate. We are, however, puzzled and very
perplexed at this unhappy last minute surprise.
We hope, with all our hearts, that you will understand and join
with us in the rescheduling process.
Peter Knorn (UFO management)
Hugenottenhalle Neu-Isenburg - LIVE REVIEW
send in a translation to us English speaking fans?
- Thanks to Simon Meacher, TRANSLATED LIVE REVIEW
a review for YOU
ARE HERE from the same website
ARE HERE review
- 13th April 2004 - UPDATE
Scarlet (MOUNTAIN, ACE FREHLEY BAND, FREHLEY'S COMET, SEBASTIAN BACH &
be playing bass for UFO on their U.S. tour starting on April 22 at
Jaxx in Springfield, West Virginia.
that UFO management have been working 24/7 on trying to sort out Pete
Ways Visa problems but due to the time having run out with less than
9 days till the first gig have asked Richie Scarlet to step in to
fulfill their U.S. commitments. Richie is a good friend of Joe Bouchard
("Blue Oyster Cult") and as we know UFO and BOC are sharing
certain dates on the U.S. tour.
not taken this decision lightly but feel strongly that their past
history of announced and then cancelled tours are well and truly behind
them. The band have not gone through another line-up
change, Pete is very much part of UFO and will step back into his
rightful place for the UK and 2nd leg of the European tours. Richie
has stepped in to help the band, so please welcome him into the fold
and make him feel part of the UFO family as I know you all will.
Civic Hall have a website advertising tickets for the UK
gig on June 20th
received many e-mails from fans in America about additional tour dates
the VH-1 website for July and August 2004, rather than
e-mail you all,
it is easier to let you all know that these are not UFO dates.
The July/August itinerary posted is for a band called UPO.
to remind everyone that any tour dates should be checked against the
If they do not appear on the official site then a mistake has been
photo of Michael and Phil at the STARWOOD IN 1975
has the Original 11" x 4" Black and White photo for sale
on e-bay is a 1980
PROMO ad for No Place To Run
laminated BILLBOARD magazine record industry promotional trade advertisement
great UFO, YOU ARE HERE REVIEW from Greg Baxevanidis at the
OF METAL Magazine from GREECE
Official UFO website has been updated with a message
from the band.
©2004 Frederic Surelle
©2004 Benji for RockHard magazine / France
have the final first leg of the European Tour gig photos from Benji
- Paris - Elysee Montmartre
Frederic - Paris - Elysee Montmartre
©2004 Frederic Surelle
informative, warm and much anticipated Vinnie
Moore interview from Batttttty.
Way Interview in Hannover - Both in German and English translation
Moore has updated his website with some European
visit Vinnie's LATEST
LATEST page is fast expanding with the YOU ARE HERE reviews, so I have created a
dedicated page for the Misty Green & Blue ' You Are Here' REVIEWS.
This REVIEWS page contain all the reviews and band member
interviews that have
appeared on the MG&B website over the past months as well as any
review to launch our new page is the CHAOS
REALM 'You Are Here' review
written by Ray on his fantastic website.
You will this to be a very entertaining and well written piece - enjoy!!!.
HERE REVIEW and a series of web pages dedicated to UFO
Tom's You Are Here CD
review - Great website.
discography has been updated with a scan of the free
with the 7" single "When It's Time To Rock" from 1983
PLace To Run
cassettes added to the DISCOGRAPHY section. Do you have any others?
amazing rare UFO singles added to the SINGLES discography.
start with 3 very rare flexi-discs from Russia:
picture sleeve of Loving Cup
1980 picture sleeve - No Place To Run
1980 picture sleeve - Money Money
Doctor Doctor singles from 1974:
1974 First UK release single - Doctor Doctor / Lipstick Traces
1974 First French release single - Doctor Doctor / Lipstick
High Flyer - 1975 - Another 4 artist e.p. from Thialand
with UFO as track 1 on side 2
Alone Again Or / Electric Phase - 'A'- label demo
Into My Life / You'll Get Love - Canadian 1982
once more to Harry in Athens
'Alcatraz, MILAN' Concert REVIEW
- thanks Andrea
and 3 FAN
can be found
up over the past weeks brings us two gig review links from Germany
photos from Hannover.
have been added to the tour page via the following links:
three varied gig reviews
Alphabetical Song Listing...
due to the positive feedback I have received from everyone regarding
the aphabetical ALBUM song listings,
I have compiled the alphabetical
SINGLE song listing and added this to the DISCOGRAPHY section.
Both the SINGLES and ALBUM song titles cross-reference to each other.
page updates as follows:
April 25 Louisville KY, Expo 5 TICKET
details have been
to the US Tour page - thanks Joe for getting the details
reviews and concert photos added to the tour page:
a REVIEW from Heiko
Salzburg, Austria - PHOTOS
Spanish tour review from MADRID
been added to the DISCOGRAPHY section with every UFO song recording
page is updated... MADRID
some feedback from Switzerland, Austria and more from Germany - mail
UFO singles added to the SINGLES discography.
rare 1970 picture sleeve of Timothy/Boogie from Holland
1977 USA - Try Me/Gettin' Ready
1978 South African single of Only You Can Rock Me/Cherry
1978 Australian single released on Festival Records - Cherry/Doctor
1979 USA single - Doctor Doctor/Lights Out
To Harry in Athens
'Festival Records' releases from 1979
Into My Life/The Writer & Shoot Shoot/Only You
Can Rock Me
To Harry Becker for these
photos added to the Tour page
April Issue of CLASSIC ROCK - Issue 65
indeed - UFO fans are in for a real treat in this months Classic Rock
magazine. Already on the shelves in UK stores, a two page album review
from Geoff Barton and five pages put aside by Dave Ling for a Phil
Mogg interview - FANTASTIC
start with the interview...
Rock Magazine. Images © Ross
Angel, Glen A. Baker/Redfurns
with Pages 39 and 40
Ling pulls no punches and quizzes Phil over the 'Manchester debacle',
talks about events leading up to the show, reaction and effect it
had on the band and fans. The control of the band name 'UFO', re-grouping
with a new line-up and past UFO members up for consideration. The
final choosing of the replacements for Drums and Guitars, the relationship
between the new members and feel of the band. Touch on the two previous
albums, 'Covenant' and 'Sharks'. The current European tour and the
overall feeling regarding Michael Schenker.
this is a frank and highly entertaining interview from Dave Ling -
Phil is open with his thoughts, plans for the band are positive and
warm. In fact Phil Mogg seems very very comfortable with UFO both
personally and professionally. I am not going to report on the detail
as to encourage you fans to go out and BUY this issue of Classic Rock.
You will not be disappointed.
a copy of Classic Rock
been reading this magazine since the first issue and I must say it
isn't often that a band is awarded five stars!!!
just quote a few comments from Geoff as I really want you go out and
buy a copy of the magazine. If you have trouble getting hold of a
copy, e-mail me and I'll put you in the right direction.
is a very 21st-century UFO. Although the essence of the band's sound
remains - imperious anthems driven by Mogg's stentorian voice, but
also tempered by liberal doses of melody..."
is a revelation on 'You Are Here', cranking out an array of raw, beefy,
quintessentially British rock riffs that belie his fretwiddling upbringing..."
provides a backdrop of rumbling menace..."
is in top lyrical form throughout..."
is a fantastic review from the best Rock Magazine in the world - Oh
UK dates Announced
June 14th - UK Croydon, Fairfield
June 15th - UK Bristol, Colston Hall
June 16th - UK Manchester, Apollo
June 18th - UK Newcastle, City Hall
June 19th - Glasgow, Carling Academy
June 20th - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
June 22th - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
June 23th - Nottingham, Rock City
June 24th - UK London, Astoria
the OFFICIAL UFO website
for changes or updates
Becker's REVIEW -
Stuttgart, LKA in Germany
highly rated 4.5/5 French REVIEW
- Lyon, Transbordeur
from Bergara, Sala Jam in Spain at Batttttty's site
EXCITING rare UFO singles added to the SINGLES discography.
rare flexi-disc (Galactic Love) from Russia, an Italian picture sleeve
single (Doctor Doctor), a Japanese picture sleeve that I have been
looking for for years now from 1976 (Highway Lady), an early 1974
Australian demo release of 'Doctor Doctor/Too Young to Know' and a
1975 EP from Thaiwan (Doctor Doctor) - all 5 as shown above.
a Canadian 'Cherry/You Don't
Fool Me' single, Canadian 'Young
Blood' single, USA 'Doctor
Doctor' promo single, Australian 'Young
Blood - edited version' single and USA 'Doctor
Doctor/Lipstick Traces' promos.
many thanks again to go to my friend HARRY from Athens for sharing
all these with us except the 1975 'Doctor Doctor' EP from Thaiwan
(5th and last single shown above in brown) which was sent to me by
my other good friend Harry Becker from Germany. We are combing the
globe for these rare releases and doing a great job at that. Thanks.
ARE HERE is
linked to VENUES.
great UFO, YOU ARE HERE REVIEW
from Greg Baxevanidis at the
OF METAL Magazine from GREECE
has sent in a Concert Review
from LYON in France - Thanks Gilles
for the U.S.A. release of YOU ARE HERE,
tour dates have now been CONFIRMED.
©2004 Jesus Ruiperez
at his website
sought after UFO singles added to the SINGLES discography.
to HARRY from Athens for the following scans:
DOCTOR and HIGH
Spain concert review
and pictures added from www.rafabase.com
reviewed in Spanish, UFO fan Francisco from Gran Canaria island summarised:
says: "My evaluation: 10/10. An extraordinary night of
rock. Good sound, great band. I augur good years to them and new successes".
comment in forum: "impressive!", "superb!", "Vinnie
Moore´s touch solos sounds like Vicious Rumours"
sought after UFO singles added to the SINGLES discography.
to HARRY from Athens for the TOO
HOT TO HANDLE scans.
to Ralf Detlefsen for the NIGHT
getting there, so thanks.
Classic Rock Festival 2004 date added in BELGIUM
8th 2004 - Roeselare, Schwung, Belgium
Purple, Status Quo, UFO, Cheap Trick, Rose Tattoo
FAMILY TREE has now added UFO
#30 & UFO
TREE (1980 - 1989) has now been updated. I need your
help with band photos that are missing. If you have taken photos at
gigs or have a old magazine with a photo, please contact me.
also created the pictorial FAMILY
TREE (1990 - 1999) and
TREE (2000 - NOW). Again send me details of missing dates/photos
that this brings back memories.
©2004 Batttttty - March 2004
gigs - LYON and STRASBOURG REVIEWS
friend BATTTTTTY - Thank You.
more NEWS and REVIEWS from the tour - please get reporting and share
it with us UFO fans, THANKS
also added the link from the TOUR
Greece - Rodon Club REVIEW
Rock Ahead Album Review
Oyster Cult have announced some US tour dates with UFO
that this may be one off shows as other BOC dates make no metion of
to check the OFFICIAL
UFO website for confirmation of any dates that may appear
on this website
April 2004 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
1st May 2004 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
2nd May 2004 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
TREE (1980 - 1989) has now been completed and updated
Greek Tour Poster
interview with Phil Mogg
very good German
to Jamie Coles who has found the Italian
Picture sleeve and details of the 1971 Prince Kajuku
EVE of the YOU ARE HERE tour, great reviews keep appearing.
goes to any of the gigs, please send me a review and/or pictures and
I will place them on this web site.
Luck to the band - do what you do best, play great music and have
a great time doing so.
review for 'YOU ARE HERE'
discography has been updated - 92 singles so far!!!!
Bonham Interview on Live 4 Metal
Click on the 'UFO - Phil Mogg' link listed under 'Issue 60'
to our friend Todd Smith, Editor
Star Amazon Review - This album has the feel of 'Walk on
Water'(a true UFO 'classic') - with strong tunes, an excellent sound,
and Phil Mogg in prime form(almost Springsteen-esque lyrics at times).
Stand out cuts? - Mr Freeze, When Daylight Comes to Town and Sympathy.
To sum up, better than the recent Sharks and Covenant albums, and
close to the underated, undiscovered masterpiece that was the Sign
of 4 album.
Rob H from Harrogate, North Yorks England
out of 5 REVIEW from Melodic Rock Heaven
20 - Rock It magazine - UFO
Report prepared by Benji 23 and 24 February 2004 in Birmingham UK
Hard Rock #32 - April 2004
- Phil Mogg (vocals)
- Pete Way (bass)
- Paul Raymond (keyboards)
- Vinnie Moore (guitar)
- Jason Bonham (drums)
Attracted by the excellence of You Are Here, his new album, and to celebrate the return of UFO on European stages (and the arrival in its midst, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Jason Bonham and return Paul Raymond on keyboards), we went exclusively to Birmingham to attend rehearsals of the group before the launch of its long world tour, which should last until the end of the year. Meeting in the privacy of one of the last great English melodic hard rock, which comes through the front door.
TWENTY MINUTES ...
When we left for Birmingham, the instructions of management are clear:
The journalist was invited to attend rehearsal and 20 minutes to string together the interview in the wake. " Program as a bit light but, after all, it's not so bad ... So here I am to 17:00 exactely at the gates of Rich Bitch Studio (it starts well!), A broad set of rehearsal studios located in the southern suburbs of the second largest city in England. An employee places makes me wait a few seconds before you invite me in the room is the setting for UFO for five days already. I go into the studio nice and very well arranged for the group is in the middle of "Love To Love". The scene seems a bit surreal: I am alone (or more precisely with the girlfriends of Phil Mogg and Pete Way - by the way lovely and much younger than their companions!), Sitting in a sofa in front of one of my favorite bands of all time, who plays for me, almost! In situations like this, all the little problems that can sometimes meet a journalist are soon forgotten ... To begin, it is clear that Phil Mogg saves his voice, gently accompanying a group, he gives everything. Vinnie Moore allows some variation on the solo (it will be the same on most pieces of the era Schenker) while remaining respectful of certain melodic lines untouchable. Pete Way, even in a simple studio, struggling not to mention, Paul Raymond ensures brilliantly parts of keyboards and rhythm guitars. As for Jason Bonham, he explodes all over the end of this anthology piece. Phil just then come in and introduce myself to other group members: "You must know Pete Way." "Yes, yes," certainly ... In this context relaxed, all the musicians show of great kindness and complete availability, which changes a little promotional marathons which we are accustomed and which sometimes see a dozen journalists in rank onion shake pogne musicians and conduct interviews with the chain. A pleasure. Phil confirms to me that he almost lost his voice and he does not push, but wanted to stay in the game so others can lock onto his vocal parts. The rehearsal continues with "Rock Bottom", another big standard to the end of which Phil tells me "Hey, did you see, now you take pictures, they begin to give! "With that little grin corner you will see little Phil Mogg laugh out loud, even if distills very regular development of small valves in the humor and held very cynical, very British in fact.
"Doctor, Doctor," the biggest hit of the gang, this ends the first part of rehearsal where, at the request of Jason, the UFO repeatedly perform the final to reach perfection. During the short break of fifteen minutes, Phil tells me that rehearsals start getting chiantes because We start to make mistakes that we do not make it three days ago. 11 is already time that we went on tour! ". Pete Way is leading: of course, after a few little words to use, we begin to engage in conversation about football, the passion of the second great bassist, an inveterate supporter of Aston Villa (whose flag adorns his bass!), Which the day before, Drawn with ... Birmingham City (the now former club Christophe Dugarry), 2 everywhere. Jason eats Rock Hard numbers with interviews and "Birth of a Legend" devoted to his new band, and welcomes the successful classification of You Are Here in our soundcheck, two months ago!
- "But what are the hard rock bands of the most massive in France? "-" Hmm, just as elsewhere, Iron Maiden, Metallica and, of course, AC / DC. " And here he begins telling stories moult touring with AC / DC and Metallica, with shouting and sweeping gestures! Jason is definitely the more outgoing of all, talkative, enthusiastic and never short on jokes more or less fine! Paul Raymond is just the opposite, studious and reserved, but extremely polite and courteous, what class. As for Vinnie Moore, he also seems to have found his feet with his new partners, and associates itself with the evil conversations of each other.
The quintet back on the small stage to resume its repetition, with a range of new titles, as well as the latest pieces of the Schenker era. Thus, "Midnight Train," from Covenant, and not played live (yet would it take to finish the tour that Michael!), Is full of energy, like "When Da ylight Goes To Town", the first title You Are Here, which Jason, helmet screwed on his bald head, provides the chorus ["I did it in the studio because nobody was there to sing, but now they ask me to do on stage, and I have no choice! "). "The Wild One," more subtle, gives vent to the dexterity of Vinnie Moore, while "Fighting Man" taken from the stillborn Sharks, is to consider more fit inside. "Call Me" (good mid-tempo), "Jello Man" (bass rhythm of Pete and Jason on the chorus) and the sublime "Baby Blue" finish this session, which only confirms what we already thought: Vinnie Moore is really the case and can shamelessly take over a Michael Schenker capable, as we all know, the better, the same genius, and the worst. With Vinnie, at least, no worries on that side: the American, looking quite healthy and sober, do not risk falling into the schizophrenic's "Mad Axeman". And casually, it's already 7:00 p.m. ... It's amazing how quickly the past twenty minutes! Especially since we still did not do the interview ... "You leave again when? Tomorrow in the middle of the afternoon at 13:00 Come, we will be there, being discussed and you stay with us until you leave! "Put like that ... Jason proposes to drop me off at my hotel across the street: I sit in his red Jaguar sports coupe roaring! Discreet. In the few minutes away, I ex applies that it was he who had the idea to come here ter repeated, "because I live 20 minutes from the studio, and since I stopped drinking, two years ago, I try not to get away too long time my wife and my two children, I have not seen grow to resist temptation. "Fingers crossed that the son does not end up like the father ... Vinnie Moore is normally sleep in a room in the house of Jason, Phil and Paul took to a hotel near the studio, for Pete, he rented a small house nearby. Curtain up tomorrow morning.
February 24: Short Walk in the south of downtown off the industrial city. You extol the virtues of tourism in Birmingham would be difficult: the little that yours truly was able to see this city does not really want to spend a month's vacation. Especially in a typically British rain ... The pride of Birmingham's Bullring is a huge tangle of streets lined with dozens of shops of all kinds, which is attached a market of food and trinkets. Funny, but not frank ment exciting. Chance of the trip, I come across a vinyl record store properly amazing: tons of skeuds piled for years by an owner who greets you as you proposed sant immediately (that is to say, even before you do it have purchased anything!) "coffee or tea? ". 1:00 p.m. back in the studio where I get together with Phil Mogg and his mini-car, which clashes with the car of Jason
THE FRIEND VINNIE
Before attending a quarter of an hour of rehearsal before I left (where "Mother Mary" makes me feel great), we attablons a long time with Phil and Vinnie at the bar of Rich Bitch (ha, ha!) and the conversation begins on the frustration of not being toured in the wake of Sharks: "From the moment you leave a record, the evidence is going on tour to promote its products, it's just the usual course of a real band, go on the road after a new album vel. But hey, you know that the last four rounds n have never been completed! Since Walk On Water, it was the rule. This week from blait dangerous on the road again with Michael, because we did not know where we put feet to that level, and perhaps was it finally wiser not to engage in a tour. .. "Phil admits. The name UFO has since been some legal changes: "When we recorded Walk On Water, Michael said:" ok, we'll put on paper that we (note: a priori, Phil, Michael and Pete Way) are not able to play as the UFO without one of us is part of it. "It seemed rather fair, with a view where we were supposed to do something and not sit idly by until one of us decides to move after it became clear that these tours have never been brought to an end, to varying degrees, we could not see this agreement as valid in the sense that we could not move forward because of what he had done. It seemed logical that it does not make a problem that continue without him. "This aspect of" technical "set, had to find the ideal replacement, and the first name mentioned was that highly of John Norum ... "I actually talked to John on the phone after Michael left the band, a little bit to see what he was doing ... But we never passed the second stage, which is to write songs together to see if it would stick us. As it turned out fairly quickly that he would reshape Europe. He also said the offer made to them by Sony seemed "fantastic." We therefore did not respond. "Viciously, I asked Phil if he knew the work of Vinnie before considering that he joined the band. "Hmm, he whispered, embarrassed, that's why I thought we should have done the interview separately! In all honesty, I knew the name of Vinnie, including Mike Varney had told me several times, but I had never listened to what he had done solo. In fact, initially, we selected a dozen CDs of different guitarists, but the level was quite low. We started by looking in England, I would have liked to find an Englishman who suits us. But after weeks of research, no one stood out. At that time, Peter Knorn, our manager, who knows that Vinnie told us: "Hey, guys, listen to this! ". "Actually, I was not aware of anything at the start" ensures Vinnie. "Jerry Carillo, my guitar tech nician and my tour manager on the last tour, had already worked with UFO. He had heard they were looking for a guitarist, and he contacted Peter, UFO's manager, telling him that I could do the trick. Jerry Frank called my manager, who sent my CDs to Peter, and that's how these recordings have landed in the hands of UFO. I also knew Peter, because I had opened for Michael Schenker on my last solo tour. " As luck would have it sometimes. "So I listened ca" is often just Phil, "and immediately, I liked his sound. In fact, what I listened first when I was looking for a guitarist for UFO was the sound of the guitar, and his was hell. There was melody, a side that was flashy fly, a priori ingredients perfect for us. After a few minutes of listening, I instantly thought it would do the trick. I then had hands all hard solos from Vinnie, and I looked to see if there was an opportunity to sing on the instrumental tracks. This was the case. "Baby Blue", on the last album, is also a title taken from an album of Vinnie, who has reworked the lyrics by adding to it. The case was also reproduced for another song (Editor's note: this is "Slipping Away", whose guitar parts "flamenco" is taken from the title "Never Been To Barcelona," the album The Maze) . So, I immediately realized that it could work We made contact and he promptly sent me some new ideas. "A UFO came within almost natural for a musician who cites Obsession and Lights Out from his two favorite records. However, joining a group after so many years solo ... "I've always been connected by the idea of joining a real band, but the circumstances have never facilitated or allowed this state of affairs. There was always something wrong. It's something that I have al ways wanted to do. And as Phil stated, many of my instrumental pieces could have been saved with parts of songs. I never took art compound in a jam that goes in all directions like an excuse to send a few solos, my titles were very structured. When I sent my CD to Phil, I thought, "Hm, I'm sure he will not like." I was very cynical about it, I always said "they will not cling to this stuff. "Then I got a call where they told me they thought it was great! "Really?! I can not believe it! ". In fact, I love both sides equally, and to be a solo artist of the instrumental can experiment with many things, but being part of a real team is a great adventure. Different, always different but equally exciting. The other aspect I really enjoyed joining UFO is that they immediately asked me to join the group at 100% and contribute to the writing of the album as much as he could. It would have been a contract like "ok, you just record our songs and to tour with us playing it right titles Schenker," it would not have interested at this stage of my career. Maybe I would have accepted as a youngster, but not today. "The integration of the return of Jason and Paul have spent so much simpler, as well as Phil explained to me:" Jason was playing with Spike, the Quireboys singer who was touring solo, including Dave Collwell Bad Company on guitar, makes an excellent group. I went to see them one night, and I suggested to Jason joined us shortly after this tour. The first thing he asked was: "Does Pete Way is still in the band?! "(Laughs) After two days of reflection, he was there. As for Paul, I told him about the arrival of Vinnie, then that of Jason, and he very quickly ment said, "yeah, ok, I am." I think this has much to do with the fact that Michael is no longer part of the group. What he had done during the Japanese tour Walk On Water in Japan was quite upset Paul (Editor's note: one of countless pétages of lead guitarist who had seen him leave the band in the middle of the Japanese tour, the April 24, 1998). It's great to have this visa ge familiar with us. "
WE ARE HERE
A dream line-up, it is fine. It is also necessary that it works ... Germany, October 2003: "My feeling was probably different from those of others. "Phil admits. "I was a little apprehensive because you never know com ment that will happen humanely, even though musically it sticks. But after a few days, I quickly realized that it would be no prob lem, it was sensitive tis very quickly at home. "You Are Here pe development environments varied, but who nevertheless ins crivent quite in the style of UFO. And despite the fact that Michael, an essential com ponent of the group in its heyday, was German, UFO has al ways had this very English musical style, very classy. A point which would have embarrassed Vinnie, American cain, we remind you ... "I thought about all that Schenker was very European, very melodic, inspired by classical music. What I am too. I also think that's why it stuck with the rest of the group. I was a fan of UFO, I knew what it was, and I think Michael and I have common influences very similar Laires. So I feel that my integration was the totally natural way. As a solo musician, I'm pretty versatile, but I knew that by joining UFO, I should highlight my side mistletoe tariste rock. Fortunately for me, I think the main point about UFO Phil's voice, making the total group clearly identifiable on the first listen. Like Michael's guitar at the time, avoid ously. I never imagined not adapt myself to the group. I brought my ideas, going well above texts, some ideas were not working, so we left them behind. We collions stuff on the wall and we see what remained stuck and what fell! "The only slight disappointment was listening to this has lbum upscale, discreet keyboards well ... It was not intentional on our part, c onfie Vinnie, and I too would preferred more keyboards, I think this is the result of the commission work by Tommy Newton (Editor's note: allem and producer group, which it seems that Jason and Paul have only partially appreciated the work). in fact, I feel that they just disappeared in the mix, I do not really understand. "
The tour, finally! I wonder about the final setlist ... Were we, in addition to new titles and classics unavoidable, be entitled to some surprises, including one or two songs of the period Paul Chapman, as many of us would enjoy? Phil admits that "we discussed yesterday with Pete about the possibility to" Long Gone "... You're not the first person to make the point. I think we've always done this because Strangers In The Night is still our biggest seller, and we can not decently to overlook many of the pieces of this live. But I heard this same comment from other people in recent months and we talked yesterday about the albums you mentioned (No Place To Run and The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent) ... It is in our heads. "First dates in Greece, Winnie, for your baptism by fire before an audience boiling?! "I've never gone," he said, surprised ... "Ah, ah, your baptism of fire! "Laughs Phil. "You'll end up in flames, he's right! This will not really be a walk in the park ... "Vinnie is limping along, but gets over it, saying proudly:" I'm ready! "The guy does not lie, as we would see a few days later in Spain
copyright Benji and the excellent French UFO website
Review from Metal Eagle
the addition of Vinnie Moore and Jason Bonham ´You Are Here´
turns out as the strongest UFO release since ´Walk On Water´"
PLAY ON METAL
At least every 10th song on the ME radio is from one of this week’s
power played albums.
These albums that are currently on power play:
Vintersorg – The Focusing Blur
UFO – You Are Here
TNT – My Religion
Anthenora – The Last Command
Exodus – Tempo of the Damned
Metalium – As One
Easy Rider - ...
of updates to the album Discography
section with rare vinyl picture discs and sleeves
that The Cutting
Edge have given 'You Are Here' the RECORD OF THE MONTH
is a GERMAN
WEEK ON THE CLASSIC
February 21st - New Music Listening Party For UFO - YOU ARE HERE
week, we'll be holding a new music listening party with one of the
biggest classic metal bands of all time - U.F.O. Their new album is
called YOU ARE HERE, and we think you'll like it. Right now we're
working out the details, but don't be surprised if someone from UFO
checks in during the show as well!"
album review from The
fantastic album review from RevelationZ
new NEWS items today, FANTASTIC
the OFFICIAL UFO website
has now been updated with a 'Cool Control Panel' for those of you
with Hi-Bandwith (DSL - ADSL - CABLE - Broadband) to co-incide with
the European release of 'You Are Here'. For those with the standard
28k/56k Modem, the original site remains unchanged. Select the show
and sit back...
U.S. dates and UK tour
visit the Official website (Tour Section) nearer the time for Confirmation
tour dates are currently being booked. So far, the word is that leg
1 of the US tour will begin on April 23rd in Baltimore. New York will
follow with plans to end in Cleveland on May 15th. UFO will then move
onto the Festivals in Europe and the UK tour starts around June 14th.
It is unclear as to when the second U.S. leg starts. The dates are
only a guide at this time, so expect some changes.
RECORD COLLECTOR Magazine will have a feature on shred guitarists.
UFO guitarist, Vinnie Moore will be one of many featured.
with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci and a major discography
on Yngwie Malmsteen.
In addition there will be smaller discographies on nine other artists
featured (Satch, Vai, Chris Impelliteri, David Chastain, Steve Morse,
Johnson, Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine and Paul Gilbert).
Copies can be ordered via janice.mayne
or janice on 00 44 0870 732 8080.
Tim for the info.
once again to Ralf Detlefsen from Copenhagen, Denmark
promising for UFO in Denmark.
The largest Newspaper (B.T.) in Denmark give the new album almost
a Top Rating - 5 out of 6.
To Summarise for all the English speaking fans:
> A hardrock masterpiece. It looks like a new great period for
> The best album since "The Wild, Willing and Innocent".
> At same level with "Lights Out" and "Obsession".
> Great guitarplaying from Vinnie Moore.
> I can't remember when Phil Mogg has been singing so great.
> There are a lot of outstandings tracks on the album.
Danish fans, click here
is the day for us in Europe...
ELECTRIC BASEMENT Word Premier with their POWER
HOUR NET RADIO SHOW
with Jason Bonham and track selection - Excellent - Go and listen.
favourite tracks - 'Baby Blue' & 'The Spark that is Us'
February - REVIEW - see 4th Feb entry below
to Ralf Detlefsen from Copenhagen, Denmark
that it wasn't a German Review but a NORWEGIAN REVIEW. Sorry about
a great return of good old UFO in a modified line-up, consisting of
Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Jason Bonham (drums).
That means that Michael Schenker finally has got marching orders.
Schenker has created a lot of trouble for the band on the recent tours
he also needed to take time out for rehabilitation. So now
they start afresh and have made a great album. Their latest albums
haven´t been bad, but they have been lacking some
enthusiasm and sparkle which is clearly present on the new album.
There are many good tracks to emphasize such as "Daylights Goes
"Black Cold Coffe", "The Spark That Is Us" and
think that all tracks are of a very high standard. I
highly recommend this album to
both new and old fans. Hopefully UFO will get a renaissance with this
If so, it is now they have the chance to show their rights for a further
career. The music on the album has qualities that only comes
with several years of experience. Especially I like the way Jason
plays the drums. And also Vinnie Moore, who is known
as a influential instrumentalist, contributes with a great guitar
sound on the
album. The bottom line is that it has surprised me how
fine this album really is.
again Ralf for taking the time to translate
asking, so here are the YOU ARE HERE album release
- 16th February 2004
- 25th February 2004
- 16th March 2004
THE OFFICIAL UFO website
of 'You are here' - anyone translate? I know it scored 5/6
of 'You are here' will be coming in and as positive as this one -
TOP RATING - A
Goes To Town
that EVERYONE really can't wait for the official YOU ARE HERE release
date of February 16th 2004* (European release date), judging by the
numerous e-mails that I am receiving. The main question still is 'How
does Vinnie fit in with UFO on the new album?" Well here are
two excellent examples of just how above all else, Vinnie has kept
the highest standards of melodic guitar playing set by Michael. Both
these Outo Clips of 'Mr. Freeze' and 'Daylight Goes To Town' will
make all you UFO fans hairs stand on end and go out to pre-order from
your local music stores - click on the CD's above to
hear for yourselves. In my review below, I can't really say
enough, of just how great I feel this album is. Looking back to my
comments regarding Vinnie last November,
I am proud to have judged it all just as I had thought. The good feeling
just got better.
15 days to go... Enjoy
February 2004 - Japanese Release Date
2004 - USA Release Date
how a review should be written...
years ago... 1974, The Marquee
discography section has been updated after much research
if you have any releases that you know of then drop me an e-mail
currently compiling a UFO pictorial family tree
page can be found HERE.
has any rare photos, please e-mail me them
way to start 2004 - Check out VH1 on Thursday 1st January 2004
Greatest Artists of Hard Rock
Episode: (#001) 100-81
Network: (VH1) Video Hits One
Date: Thursday - January 01, 2004
Time: 01:00 am - 02:00 am ET
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