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A great year for UFO, just scroll down this page to remind yourselves of the past year

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December 2007

4th May 2008 Venue Confirmed:

4th May - San Francisco - CA - USA - The Independent

Please see the OFFICIAL UFO WEBSITE

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This year ends with a US tour announcement for 2008 as well the SPV Press Release

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SPV - Press ReleaseUFO - Showtime Concert Film Out Now On State-Of-The-Art HD-DVD
UFO "Showtime" concert film out now on state-of-the-art HD-DVD
Top-quality bonus material *
Release dates - Germany: February 22nd 2008
Europe: February 25th 2008
USA: April 8th 2008

With the recording of their live DVD, Showtime, at the Pumpwerk in
Wilhelmshaven on 13 May 2005, the British band UFO repeated music history,
so to speak. For the second time since 1979, when the group brought out
their legendary live album, Strangers In The Night, the band members left
no doubt that their shows count among the best in the whole rock circus.
Then as now, press and fans were unanimously impressed, and the band
established a reputation that remains unchallenged to this day: UFO are
unbeatable live! Now their sensational film document, Showtime, has been
scheduled for release on state-of-the-art HD-DVD, including, along with
the extras from the regular release, additional bonus material, an "on the
fly" menu which can be operated while you are viewing the film, and
exciting picture-in-picture interviews. The Showtime HD-DVD will be out on
25 February 2008 (Germany: 22 February 2008, US: April 8th 2008).

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Originally released as a two-disc DVD in 2006 by SPV Records, the indie distributor is planning an even more elaborate package for the disc's HD DVD debut
Extras shared with the former DVD include two documentaries, six bonus songs, additional band interviews, a still gallery and discography.
Exclusive to the high-def version will be previously-unreleased studio recordings, an additional documentary on the band's 2004 American tour, and more interviews with the band.

Disc Features:
• 2 Documentaries
• Band interviews
• 6 Bonus Performances
• Slideshow
• Discography

HD Exclusive Content:
• Documentary on the band's 2004 American tour
• Additional interviews
• Additional studio recordings

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Just uncovered some more Russian Gig Photos at the tele-club

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THESE DATES HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED - Please see the OFFICIAL WEBSITE

APRIL - 2008
10th April - Poughkeepsie - NY - The Chance
11th April - Sayerville - NY - Starland Ballroom
12th April - New York - NY - B.B. King's
13th April - Akron - OH - Tangiers
15th April - Pittsburgh - PN - Rex Theater
16th April - Nashville - TN - Wildhorse Saloon
17th April - Milwaukee - WI - Potawatomi Casino
18th April - Medina - MN - Medina Entertainment Center
19th April - Chicago - IL - House Of Blues
23rd April - Dallas - TX - House Of Blues
24th April - Lake Summerville - TX - Hawgs Of Texas Bike Rally
26th April - Las Vegas - NV - Boulder Station Casino
27th April - Ventura - CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
29th April - tba
30th April - San Diego - CA - Brick By Brick

MAY - 2008
1st May - Santa Ana - CA - The Galaxy
2nd May - Los Angeles - CA - Key Club
3rd May - Santa Cruz - CA - The Catalyst
4th May - San Francisco - CA - tba

 


Trip Down Memory Lane

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INTERESTING READ from Paul Gray and UFO's 1983 journey...

 


 

November 2007

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REVIEW - UFO, Live At Stormin' The Castle, Durham (UK)

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more photos on the HRH page

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HRH

Hard Rock Hell Page updated with more photos

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Mista Pahhhkkka has given as an insight to the Russian Tour, with links to some photos.

Its great to hear personally from band members, so thanks Andy for 'keeping it so real'.

Go to ANDY's page

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Vinnie Moore plays Hendrix in Italy - Vinnies Official Website

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Dave Lings Diary Entry

Our dear friend 'Dave Ling' has given 'Misty Green and Blue' a mention in last Tuesdays entry...

MORE

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Andy Parker

Andy Parker has posted the following update on the bands official website.

"Hi y'all, greetings from Texas. Thought you might like a short update on what's been happening lately.

"For those of you that don't know, we have just completed a three week tour that took us to Russia, the Ukraine, Germany and finally the good old UK. Pretty exhausting I can tell you, especially the Russian part. Man! That place is BIG, and that's coming from a guy who lives in Texas. We had several 20+ hour journeys by train with little else to do but drink, and all I can say is that I will never complain about British trains again. Believe me, when it comes to drinking, those Russians are professionals, they even make Pete look like a beginner and that's hard to do. Many thanks to Spika Concerts and their tour manager Mr. Peter Smirnov (no joke!) for taking such good care of us. Thanks also to our crew.... Tonio, Martin, Dave, Oscar and Chris who once again performed above and beyond the call of duty. And of course thanks to the fullumptious ginger Kate. It just wasn't the same in Russia without you! Maybe next time.... Also, the suprise of the tour award goes to Nom and Liz, who showed up at the show in Moscow. Nice one guys!

"As I said earlier, the tour ended up in the UK. Butlins at Minehead to be precise - talk about culture shock! For all of you who were at 'Hard Rock Hell' thanks for making us so welcome. It was great to see so many familiar faces both out front and backstage too. I really enjoyed catching up with the guys from Saxon and Tesla. It was the perfect finish to the tour.

"We now get to enjoy some well-earned rest. Rumour has it that we won't tour again until April 2008 but you never know, so watch this space. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for all your support this year and I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Cheers!"

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I was fortunate to be able to get to the Hard Rock Hell Festival gig in Minehead at the weekend. I do know that
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Classic Rock 'Editor In Chief', Scott Rowley
thought that UFO were the band of the festival according to their summary page

UFO took to the stage at midnight, having to follow Twisted Sister, who had done a fine job in warming up the crowd. For me, as always, I thought the band were fantastic - It just amazes me how each band member puts their heart and soul into each gig that I see. Biased and impartial, obviously :-)

I have added a dedicated page to this festival as I just cannot be patient for the main page to lod, such are the volume of photos!!! The more, the better.

HRH

10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival

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Andy Parker

also more amazing PHOTOS from Club Port in RUSSIA, 4th November 2007...

...and, in addition, we have from Germany

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photos from Batschkapp - 7th November 2007 - Germany - Frankfurt

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DUE to so many photos being added to the Russian Tour webpage,
I have created a dedicated page just for the TELE-CLUB. My favourite band action shots by far
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ENJOY

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Awesome photo shots from Russia's TELE-CLUB, complete with Video Backdrop

UFO

Complete with a review from MORTIS

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Some GREAT PHOTOS added from UFA, Russia taken on 1st November 2007

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a couple from APELSIN club

 

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Russian interview, somehow lost in translation, but interesting


 

October 2007

MORE Russian Tour Photos from Apelsin, Russia (27th October)

UFO

30th October 2007 - MORE UFO PHOTOS from Apelsin, Russia (27th October)

MORE Russian Tour Photos from Apelsin, Russia

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27th October 2007 - IMPORTANT TOUR UPDATES +

UFO PHOTOS from Apelsin, Russia (27th October)

UFO PHOTOS from Kantine, Germany (23rd October)

Hannover date is now sheduled for 8th November as: Germany - Erfurt / HsD Gewerkschaftshaus
and an additional show for 9th October 2007 (Friday) - Germany - Nürnberg - Z-Bau

23rd October 2007 - Germany - Cologne - Kantine
24th October 2007 - Germany - Reichenbach - Halle 20
26th October 2007 - Russia - Kaliningrad - DKM
27th October 2007 - Russia - Moscow - Apelsin
28th October 2007 - Ukraine - Donetsk - Yunost
30th October 2007 - Russia - Ekaterinburg - Teleclub

1st November 2007 - Russia - Ufa - Ogni Ufa
3rd November 2007 - Russia - Volgograd - Filarmonia
4th November 2007 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Club Port
CANCELLED 6th November 2007 - Germany - Essen - Weststadthalle CANCELLED
7th November 2007 - Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
CHANGED 8th November 2007 - Germany - Hannover - Bluesgarage CHANGED TO:
NEW 8th November 2007 - Germany - Erfurt - HsD Gewerkschaftshaus NEW

ADDED 9th November 2007 - Germany - Nürnberg - Z-Bau ADDED
10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival 9-11th November Weekender

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Phil Mogg Sakura

On the eve of the Russian Tour, and while we wait for some tour photos to filter through,
here are some photos taken by Sakura at the Astoria this time last year.

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The Weststadthalle, Essen gig on 6th of November has had to be cancelled
due to the promoter being seriously ill in hospital.
We all wish you a speedy recovery

23rd October 2007 - Germany - Cologne - Kantine
24th October 2007 - Germany - Reichenbach - Halle 20
26th October 2007 - Russia - Kaliningrad - Club City Park
27th October 2007 - Russia - Moscow - Apelsin
28th October 2007 - Ukraine - Donetsk - Yunost
30th October 2007 - Russia - Ekaterinburg - Kosmos

1st November 2007 - Russia - Ufa - Ogni Ufa
3rd November 2007 - Russia - Volgograd - Filarmonia
4th November 2007 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Club Port
CANCELLED 6th November 2007 - Germany - Essen - Weststadthalle CANCELLED
7th November 2007 - Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
8th November 2007 - Germany - Hannover - Bluesgarage
10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival 9-11th November Weekender

Please check for updates from the OFFICIAL UFO Website

Cool UFO Russian Website


September 2007

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12 NEW Photo Updates - THREE from Marky & NINE from Ali - Thanks Guys

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Phil Mogg....Vinnie Moore....Pete Way

Stormin' The Castle Photos from 'Sticky Fingers' lead singer 'MARKY'

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Two more photo sets added from Stormin' | SET 1 | SET 2

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LATEST Photos from Stormin' The Castle - Some great shots from Ainsley Wills - Thanks Ainsley

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Vinnie Moore gets his 'Wings' - Its Official - for those who attended the last two UFO dates here in the UK, we had the Premier of Vinnie with his new Dean Guitar - now its time for the rest of the World to witness:

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Stormin' at the Castle PHOTOS added

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'The PLUG' photos added

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I will be adding photos to the Tour page over the next week, but first here are a few from
'The Plug' in Sheffield

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UFO - Vinnie Moore | Andy Parker | Phil Mogg | Pete Way | Paul Raymond


 

August 2007

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Paul Raymond (UFO)
by: MICK BURGESS - 2007-8-13 11:31:49
email: mick@metalexpressradio.com


How did your UK tour in support of your Monkey Puzzle album go?
They’ve been really fantastic. It’s great to have Andy back in the band. It feels better than it has for a long time now and they were really good shows with good attendances. Everybody seems to be loving it and loving it because Andy is back. We’ve got 4 out of 5 from the classic line up so it’s been great. I don’t think it’s going to be any more than that though !!


Has the new material been well received?

We wanted to do more. We were going to do “Heavenly Body” but that didn’t seem to work out live. It was purely a recording track. Everyone seems to love the Rock `n` Roll track, “Hard Being Me” and the ballad song is really autobiographical….”Drink Too Much”, only UFO could do one like that!! We were thinking of adding “Black and Blue” into the set. Overall the new material has gone down really well, we’re very happy with it.


Is it difficult choosing a setlist bearing in mind there’s quite a few songs that the fans almost demand that you play? It must be hard deciding what to drop to make way for new songs?

It is difficult and we hadn’t played in the UK for over 2 years before this tour and if you don’t play “Love to Love” and all of the chestnuts, which we still all love of course, then they’re going to be dissatisfied. We want to include material from the Chapman era too as a lot of people ask for that. We were going to do “Letting Go” but never actually got round to it. We will do something from the Chapman era on the next tour and another from The Monkey Puzzle. Hopefully everyone enjoyed this tour. We have been criticised on the Internet particularly by American fans who keep barking on about the Chapman era. I personally don’t think that the Chapman era was such a good one for the band. I don’t think Paul Chapman was a strong a writer as Michael. Mind you he did write some good stuff too “Back Into My Life” from Mechanix was a good one and had a great video. It was really Poppy and commercial and obviously Chrysalis got a real hard on about it. It was really good.


You seem to be popular on the Festival circuit at the moment. How do you tailor your set for these shows?
That’s a very good question. You have to be a politician to answer that. We tend to stick to the classics for those types of shows.


Since your last UK tour there has been a change to the line up with Jason Bonham leaving and Andy Parker rejoining. What happened with Jason?

I got on very well with Jason and had no problems with him at all. He’s a great drummer and a nice man. I think he had problems with drink and drugs in the past and he found it difficult in this band as there’s still a lot of abuse going on. He had to sort of separate himself from us a lot of the time. I think it was more comfortable for him with Foreigner and I wish him all the best. He’s a really lovely guy.
It’s certainly good to see Andy back on the UFO drum stool, how did you tempt him out of retirement?
He was running the family business and was really fed up with it. It was a real coincidence as Chris Slade was up for the job and my girlfriend just said why didn’t I give Andy a ring. He always says no though but she nagged me all day so I went and called him and he said” Well, actually I would be interested!!” and it took me by surprise and the rest is history.


What sort of business was Andy in?
He was in the Perspex industry and it just grew and grew. He supplied displays to the likes of Tesco and it was a really successful multi-million pound business. He’s also a property developer too.


How did it feel the first time you played again with Andy?

Andy struggled to get his chops back as he hadn’t played for almost 11 years and now he’s just about back to his former standard. The thing is with Andy he is so powerful and plays so loud. He really plays like he means it. Me, Andy and Peter just seem to have this telepathy and we just seem to fit tightly together and anticipate what the other one is going to do. Sometimes we play out of time but in time which is difficult to explain. I guess it’s the camaraderie and knowing each other for so long. It’s different every night but we play so well together. It’s great to have him back.


In the 70`s and 80`s it seemed like Andy was the butt of Phil and Pete’s jokes. When he left who did they turn their attention to?
Now he’s back he’s holding his own now. He’s a big lad you know. He’s always been tough but he’s tougher now. When Andy left Simon Wright was on the receiving end. I was really good mates with Simon.
Talking of drummers, what was in like playing with Cozy Powell back in your MSG days?
Cozy was one of the great Rock drummers. Have you seen the Rockplatz DVD from 1981? I hadn’t seen that since we did it 25 years ago. I got it from the fans network as it’s not actually available commercially. I was amazed by Cozy, he was just so brutal. He was like Andy but more technical, he was so great. He’s sadly missed.


Moving on to your latest album, The Monkey Puzzle, what do you make of all of the positive reviews? Does it worry you that UFO are now getting heaps of praise?

I think Covenant and Sharks got slated as they were the wind down of the Schenker era but You Are Here was well received critically. I think we needed fresh blood and it was time for a change when Vinnie Moore came in. It’s always nice to get good reviews though.


This album has a definite Bluesy feel to it. Was this a conscious move to head in this direction or is it just how it evolved?

Some of that’s blamed on me as I was in Savoy Brown and Chicken Shack which were two very prominent British Blues bands. Andy insists that the bands roots came from playing the Blues and kind of evolved into the Hard Rock sound that we are more known for. So it’s like we’re going back to some extent. Phil has been drawn back to listening to Muddy Waters and people like that as you can tell from “Some Other Guy” I particularly like that song from the album. It encompasses a lot of my roots.


There’s a nice piece of slide guitar on “Hard Being Me” .

Yes, well thank you. I do try my best!! I’m no Sonny Landreth though!!


Is it important for you as a band to keep moving forward as a band rather than sitting back playing the nostalgia circuit?
I think it’s Pete’s material that really connects with people. It’s kind of like a Rolling Stones type of thing. There’s straight Rock `n` Roll songs like “Fighting Man” and “Only You Can Rock Me”. They’re all about Pete Way. He’s the backbone of the band. It is so important however as a band to keep moving forward so we take our influences and the things that give the UFO sound and try to keep progressing as a band. It keeps things interesting for us and the fans.

“Kingston Town” from The Monkey Puzzle is one of the albums highlights and it’s a little different to the usual UFO song?
That’s one of mine!! I was trying to get a sort of “Love To Love” type of thing going but it didn’t quite work out like that. I worked hard on that. There’s some interesting stuff with the timing on there. It’s what UFO are famous for, a bit like “This Kids”. For some reason it was stuck on the end of the album maybe as it’s not instantly accessible.
Tommy Newton produced The Monkey Puzzle but over the years you have been most associated with Ron Nevison.

Would you work with Ron again?
He was a bit of a taskmaster but I would definitely work with him again. Listening to Walk on Water again it’s such a polished perfection and I like that. If I play an organ on something I like to hear it in the mix. With Ron, I know that if I’ve spent time with him and he’s given me a hard time about it, I know I’m going to hear it on the record and it’s not going to be buried under a wall of guitars.


Vinnie Moore really shines on the album and puts in some great performances. It seems as though he’s been able to step out of Schenkers shadow in a way that say Tonka Chapman, Laurence Archer and Atomic Tommy couldn’t in terms of acceptance by the fans and the press. Would you agree with this?

He fits in very well as a person too. It’s not easy to work with this band as it’s like being in the army, there’s non stop piss taking. Some people can’t stand it. I don’t think Michael could handle it. He often travelled by himself to avoid it. Vinnie has a great sense of humour and has handled it really well. He has been accepted as he plays the best of the old stuff and does his own stuff. He’s a very accomplished musician.


It’s certainly good to hear some great guitar solos on an album again!!
I call these new bands “Stum Strumety Strum Bands”. You see them at the festivals and they just don’t seem to play solos anymore. I like to hear, rhythm, melody and some good solos and I think the `70`s was the best time for that. In the 80`s the lead guitar thing got blown out of proportion. There was too many notes. There is a place for lead guitar in music. Schenker was so good as a lead player. He knew when to play a lot of notes but he knew when to play a lot of long high notes. He had a lot of feel to his playing. Gary Moore is a very good player too. I saw him recently and he didn’t over do it and played such great sustain.


Now that Vinnie has a couple of tours and an album under his belt with you, was the approach to writing material for the Monkey Puzzle different to the writing process for You Are Here?
Not really, I think everybody got a fair shot at writing. I was a bit slow this time. I submitted four things and two of them were used. Pete only submitted three and two of them were used. Vinnie said he had lots of things that he couldn’t understand why Phil didn’t use them. He had a piece that was a take on “Natural Thing”, a similar theme but Phil didn’t want to go with it. It’s funny writing for a singer, it’s what he picks up on, what he wants to sing. Phil has the final say really. Sometimes he takes the whole thing that I’ve written like “Sympathy” from the You Are Here album, he liked that a lot but then I wrote it in his style. If you’re going to write something for a singer you have to do it in his style with his type of lyrics then they can identify it. If you write a song for Rod Stewart you need someone like Spike from the Quireboys to demo it then he’ll go “Oh, that sounds like me!!”


How did you end up choosing Vinnie for the band?
We went through so many guitarists; some were a bit “has been-ish”. One of the guys that was top of the list, who wasn’t a has-been was John Norum from Europe but he said Europe had just reformed and they had a new deal with Sony. I like John, he’s a very good player but I think Vinnie was the right choice for us.
Do you feel that the band now has a greater degree of stability that perhaps you haven’t had in the past?
Definitely, yes. I think he’s here to stay. I’d like to play again with Michael but he’s too volatile. I think he’s lost it. From people who’ve seen him recently they say he’s lost the brain to finger co-ordination. Vinnie is so much more reliable and a lot more stable.


2005 saw the release of your first DVD, Showtime. Why did it take so long to put one out?

It’s really sad when we did it. We really should have done it with Andy. He has total recall and can remember everything from the old days and he could have really put the icing on the cake. I thought the studio stuff on there was really good. Jason came up with the idea to use the string section in the studio.


I imagine you have plenty of footage lying around in the vaults somewhere. Do you have any plans for releasing any archive material on DVD in the future?
There’s not that much really, you’d be surprised. I think you can see some stuff on You Tube but yes, our past is sadly undocumented. I think it’s because we came just before the video era whereas someone like Def Leppard came along just at the right time. I think we missed the boat there.


Over the years the media have tended to focus on Phil, Pete and Michael. Do you think that your role in the band has been overlooked to a certain extent?

I think I’m seen as the journeyman or utility player but I’m quite proud of that really as there has to be someone like that in UFO. I think that’s why I always get close to the drummer. You can pull things together when they’re falling apart.


UFO have had a rather colourful past which would surely rival Motley Crue, do you intend writing a book at some point?

I think Andy is going to write one and he’s already started writing one with his wife. He remembers everything from the early days. Andy’s book will tell you everything that happened. It’ll be worth the wait, it’ll be the real thing.


What are your plans for the coming year? Any solo projects?
We’ll be playing in Scandinavia and Russia then America and then to anywhere that wants to see us. I’ve also jus released a solo album of Jazz material which I’m really happy with. It’s called Secret Life and you can pick that up from my website. We have a few things coming up so I think we’ll be around for some time yet.

Check out UFO Official Web Site
for more on UFO and Paul Raymond Official Web site
for details of how to order Paul Raymond’s Secret Life album.
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Just updated the TOUR SET LIST page

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MORE TOUR DATES just released

31st August 2007 - England - Sheffield - The Plug
1st September 2007 - England - Durham - Stormin' The Castle Festival

23rd October 2007 - Germany - Cologne - Kantine
24th October 2007 - Germany - Reichenbach - Halle 20
26th October 2007 - Russia - Kaliningrad - Club City Park
27th October 2007 - Russia - Moscow - Apelsin
28th October 2007 - Ukraine - Donetsk - Yunost
30th October 2007 - Russia - Ekaterinburg - Kosmos

1st November 2007 - Russia - Ufa - Ogni Ufa
3rd November 2007 - Russia - Volgograd - Filarmonia
4th November 2007 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Club Port
6th November 2007 - Germany - Essen - Weststadthalle
7th November 2007 - Germany - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
8th November 2007 - Germany - Hannover - Bluesgarage
10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival 9-11th November Weekender

Please check for updates from the OFFICIAL UFO Website

Andy Parker

UFO at the Palace - Andy Parker Interview - 1977


 

July 2007

Russian TOUR DATES just released in October/November

31st August 2007 - England - Sheffield - The Plug
1st September 2007 - England - Durham - Stormin' The Castle Festival
26th October 2007 - Russia - Kaliningrad - Club City Park
27th October 2007 - Russia - Moscow - Apelsin
28th October 2007 - Ukraine - Donetsk - Yunost
30th October 2007 - Russia - Ekaterinburg - Kosmos
1st November 2007 - Russia Ufa - Ogni Ufi
3rd November 2007 - Russia - Volgograd - Filarmonia
4th November 2007 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Club Port
10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival 9-11th November Weekender

Updates from the OFFICIAL UFO Website

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Great Review

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Schwung Festival photos added to the Euro Tour page
Many thanks to Franky, who in my opinion is the best 'rock photographer' out there. Stunning.

Photo © Franky Bruyneel

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November 12 2006 - Sala Apolo PHOTOS added

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More Chepstow Photos - Thanks to John

 

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Added to the EUROPEAN 2007 Tour page some more PHOTOS from Chepstow Castle: PHOTOS | PHOTOS

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Chepstow Classic Rock Weekend

Chepstow Castle Dell - 1st July 2007

Review from 'Rock of Ages'

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DAVE's Diary - Dave Ling Music Journalist - See Monday 2nd July entry


 

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30th June 2007 - England - Southampton - The Brook

Why is it that every time I go and See UFO play, I come away dissapointed? Dissapointed by the fact that they are not as well known as Guns and Roses, Aerosmith and other stadium bands. UFO are without doubt one of the finest live bands in the world. Fiver amazingly talented musicians, make the sum of the band named UFO. THESE BOYS ROCKED like no other band that I have ever seen and I have seen some. The combination of Power, Melody and songwriting makes UFO stand out head and shoulders above many bands and this is one of the reasons that they are still able to generate so much interest in 2007. Still able to headline festivals here in the UK for one, speaks volumes.

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Tonight at the Brook, an intimate venue in Southampton was a real showcase gig. Personal highlights for me was 'Love to Love'. The build-up was superb and has to be one of the all-time ultimate rock songs EVER. I am proud that this website, 'Misty Green and Blue' is named after my favourite Phil Mogg lyric. Beautiful. It is with joy that Phil, Pete, Vinnie, Andy and Paul interact with one another on stage - something that hasn't happened with any other line-up that I have witnessed over the past 4 decades. Other highlights were 'Only You Can Rock Me', 'Baby Blue' and 'Let It Roll'. 'Rock Bottom' rocked as no other with a great extended solo by Vinnie.

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The sound was fantastic, balanced and clear. UFO have Martin Leissner to thank for this and I noticed that this was ther same last year at both Londons Astoria and in Bristol. Martin, you are doing a great job. Another aspect that never seems to be mentioned but is just as important and thats the stage lighting. This is down to Dave Beazley - Thanks Dave. The whole UFO crew is very supportive and although I didn't want to single anyone out, its good to get some positive feedback . Cheers fellas.

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It dissapoints me that UFO also get unfairly criticised for supposedly playing ONLY the 'Strangers In The Night' set-list. Guys, listen up, UFO do play tracks from Phenomenon, Force It, No Heavy Petting and Obsession. OK these songs featured on the SITN set-list and these have become great songs, classic tracks over time. What UFO are doing, and doing very well, are using these songs as their core set BUT they have also been adding more recent and varied tracks to their set list over the past three years. These figures may make you sit up and listen. UFO have played an additional 14 songs that were NOT part of the SITN set list. YES 14:

The latest two tour dates have included 'Lettin' Go' (No Place to Run), 'Hard Being Me' (The Monkey Puzzle), 'When Daylight Goes To Town' (You Are Here), Baby Blue (You Are Here) and Fighting Man (Sharks). The previous brace of gigs at the end of May 2007 included 'Black and Blue' (The Monkey Puzzle) as part of the set-list. The European tour, late 2006 had another two tracks included from the 'Monkey Puzzle' - 'Heavenly Body' and 'Drink Too Much'. The previous year, we had my favourite of all UFO songs, 'The Wild One' (You Are Here), 'Pack It Up and Go' (Obsession) and Mr Freeze' (You Are Here). 2004 Tour - 'Midnight Train' (Covenant), 'Call Me' (You Are Here) and 'Jello Man' (You Are Here) - Phew. Thats half of the 'You are Here' album and four from 'The Monkey Puzzle' as well as tracks from, 'Sharks', 'Covenant' and 'Obsession'. I agree in part with Dave Ling, that there are many more songs from the Paul Chapman era that UFO can draw from but I am impressed with the fact that UFO hve been circulating additional material of 14 non SITN songs performed live since Vinnie joined the band.

Well thats the Misty Green and Blue gig report for everyone - Not as good maybe as the professional music journalists but a personal view of Tristan Greatrex. I live to see the next UFO in September - Only You Can...

Tris

Footnote: All photos taken by Bronya and Tristan with Batttttty's camera - Thanks for the loan Kate - You are a star.


June 2007

UFO add another gig in the UK, this time in November

10th November 2007 - England - Minehead - Hard Rock Hell Festival 9-11th November Weekender

Other dates coming up:

30th June 2007 - England - Southampton - The Brook
1st July 2007 - Wales - Chepstow - Chepstow Castle Festival
1st September 2007 - Durham - Stormin' The Castle Festival

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tesla

On June 5, the Tesla Electric Company Recordings label will release Real to Reel, a collection of classic rock covers performed and recorded by Eighties rockers Tesla. A second disc of cover songs will be available at Tesla shows this summer, bringing the total number of Real to Reel songs to 25 (the retail version of the disc will come with one disc and will have space in the packaging for the second disc).
Produced by Tesla and Tom Zutaut, Real to Reel will feature 13 tracks, all recorded through a vintage Neve console directly to Ampex 456 analog tape to capture the classic vibe of these legendary songs.
Tesla’s current lineup features Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and new guitarist Dave Rude, who took over for departed axman Tommy Skeoch.
Real to Reel Track Listing:
1) “Space Truckin’ ” (Deep Purple)
2) “Walk Away” (James Gang)
3) “Hand Me Down World” (The Guess Who)
4) “Bad Reputation” (Thin Lizzy)
5) “Thank You” (Led Zeppelin)
6) “I’ve Got a Feeling” (The Beatles)
7) “Day of the Eagle” (Robin Trower)
8) “Ball of Confusion” (Temptations)
9) “Rock Bottom” (UFO)
10) “Stealin’ ” (Uriah Heep)
11) “Bell Bottom Blues” (Eric Clapton)
12) “Honkey Tonk Women” (Rolling Stones)
13) “Dear Mr. Fantasy” (Traffic)


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stormin

UFO to Headline - Stormin' The Castle Festival - 1st September 2007 - Durham
Witton Castle - near Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham

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Great Photos from the Official website - Lagerhalle in Osnabrueck on 3rd June 2007

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gig list

Black and Blue was added to the recent leg of the tour along with (and a very exciting addition - Lettin' Go)

As far as I know, 'Lettin' Go' hasn't been played live since the back end of 1980 (Westfalenhalle Dortmund 29.11.1980), unless anyone else knows otherwise. If so e-mail me.

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ALSO Updated - the 'Tour Set-list' page

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phil mogg

Some great live shots as well as a review - Visit the 2007 tour page to view more

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Going back to the last gig of 2006...

Greece

UFO
December 03, 2006 - Greece - Athens - Gagarin 205
MORE PHOTOS

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UFO

AMAZING PHOTOS From Tilburg, Holland - 16th Nov 2006

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added ticket

ticket

November 12 2006 - Spain – Barcelona - Sala Apolo

 

UFO

And remember this? - Back in time to the Spring Tour 2005

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2nd June 2007 - Belgium - Roeselaare - Schwung Festival

Running order Schwung 2007

10.30 : Doors
11.45 – 12.25 : GUNZ & ROZES (tribute band)
12.50 – 13.35 : PAUL GILBERT
14.00 - 14.50 : FOCUS
15.20 - 16.20 : KROKUS
17.00 - 18.00 : GOLDEN EARRING
18.30 – 19.30 : LORDI
20.00 – 21.00 : UFO
21h30 – 22h45 : REO SPEEDWAGON
23.15 - 01.00 : MEGADETH

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Dublin - March 2007


 

May 2007

guitar greats

Magna Carta have isued a compilation album, 'Guitar Greats - Volume 1' - DETAILS

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Added UK 2006 Tour poster link - Bournemouth

LATEST Tour - Live Dates

30th May 2007 - Germany - Munich - Metropolis
* new show added - 31st May 2007 - Germany - Fulda - Kreuz
* venue change - 1st June 2007 - Germany - Essen - Turock
2nd June 2007 - Belgium - Roeselaare - Schwung Festival
3rd June 2007 - Germany - Osnabrueck - Lagerhalle
* new show added - 30th June 2007 - England - Southampton - The Brook
1st July 2007 - Wales - Chepstow - Chepstow Castle Festival

CHECK Official UFO website for UPDATES

 

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Galactic Love / Loving Cup

(DECCA DL 25531) - Germany 1972

Rare White Label Trade Sample - Added to SINGLES discography


April 2007

UFO - Love To Love

 

Solo Video Clips from 'The Monkey Puzzle Tour 2007' - Stodola - Warsaw - Poland

Others include I'm A Loser, This Kids, Let It Roll, Only You Can Rock Me, Rock Bottom, Hard Being Me, Lights Out

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Summer 2007 tour dates announced from the official UFO website

30th May 2007 - Germany - Munich - Metropolis
1st June 2007 - Austria - Woergl - Komma
2nd June 2007 - Belgium - Roeselaare - Schwung Festival
3rd June 2007 - Germany - Osnabrueck - Lagerhalle
1st July 2007 - Wales - Chepstow - Chepstow Castle Festival

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I came across these five great websites of past gigs, thought you guys might love to view these:

foto

November 2006 Gig Review and pictures from Madrid

 

ufo

and more MADRID from solo rock

 

UFO

Another Madrid review from cuantoyporquetanto

 

ufo

Nov 2006, Z7 Pratteln

 

vm

and May 2005, De Bosuil Weert (NL) - Great Photos (copyright Triggerhappy!)

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Phil

Maximum rating for The Monkey Puzzle - 5/5

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vm

2007 - 'Guitar Player ' have a
two page spread in April 2007 issue

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Showtime

Showtime Advert from SPV USA added to the ADVERTS section

as well as the

mor

Monsters Rock Festival of 2006

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ufo

Monkey Puzzle Review


 

March 2007

23rd March 2007 - Two great finds here:

FIVE Great Video clips from the 16th March UFO Gig in - Tradgar'n, Gothernburg, Sweden

Three Great Video clips from Vinnie Moores Guitar Workshop earlier in the day - MUG store, Gothenburg Sweden

Enjoy

 

Phil Mogg

21st March 2007 - Gregory has sent me a fantastic link with one of the best set of
gig photos from Warsaw on this 2007 Monkey Puzzle Tour - Thanks Greg.

 

Phil Mogg

There was also pre-signing session in the afternoon before the gig

 

Vinnie Moore

Also another link with some great photos at The Columbia Club, Berlin on 4th March 2007

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March 10th 2007 - Stodola - Warsaw - Poland PHOTOS

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March 9th 2007, Divadlo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia PHOTOS

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March 8th 2007, Planet Music, Vienna, Austria:

SET LIST and Video sections. Thanks to Gerald for sending over the links

01 Mother Mary
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

02 Let It Roll
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

03 I'm a Loser
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

04 Hard Being Me
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

05 This Kid's
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

06 Fighting Man
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

07 Only You Can Rock Me
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

08 Baby Blue
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 01
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 02

09 Love to Love
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 01
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 02

10 Too Hot to Handle
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

11 Lights Out
VIEW VIDEO CLIP

12 Rock Bottom
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 01
VIEW VIDEO CLIP 02

13 Doctor Doctor
14 Shoot Shoot

As for the show I was deeply impressed. It was my first show with Vinnie and he
was in top shape (as you will hear in the clips) and I was really surprised that
he fits in so well.
Phil was enjoying himself, making fun of Pete ("I'm having just one small sip!
Don't think that I'm an alcoholic like the bass player!"), chatting with the
audience, and his voice is strong as ever. Although it was a small venue the
vocal mix was very clear.

err.. by the.. WAY... Pete still makes the show, but maybe he's no longer that
much up front or it was Vinnies playing that made me pay less attention to him
this time...
(I remember times like the Walk on Water tour, when it was IMPOSSIBLE not to pay
attention to Pete at any second of the gig. He seemed to perform on his one
stage way up front of the others)... But that's not so say he's growing lame,
it's just the problem when you get measured by the standards you once set
yourself...

After seeing one of the best MSG lineups in ages late last year I wasn't sure
what to think of UFO with Vinnie but I went home a convinced believer once
more...

cheers, Gerald

p.s.
I lately stumbled over the following site:
http://www.gatorcountryrocks.com/home.htm
looks like Paul Chapman has teamed up with the successors of the original Molly
Hatchet...

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Speaking of Video Clips:

france
November 09 2006 - France - Istres (Marseille) - l'Usine

LET IT ROLL SOLO and HARD BEING ME

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3rd March 2007 - Germany - Worpswede - Musichall PHOTOS

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UFO

8th March 2007 - The Monkey Puzzle Tour Photos
from Planet Music, Austria, Vienna

and 1st March 2007, Hamburg from the Official UFO website.

Anyone know the set list for this tour? If so please e-mail me with your reviews/photos

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I have tracked down 5 more Compilation rock albums that UFO appear on
Track by track descriptions can be found on this page

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Saturday 2nd June 2007 - UFO are billed as playing at the

sch

 

poster

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February 2007

UFO_ young Guitar

Japanese Magazine - 'Young Guitar' have a three page spread in January 2007 issue

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Andy Parker

Andy Parker has a new website.

Go check out the 'Tour Diary' and various 'Archive' photos on this great site

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Vinnie Moore ENGL

VINNIE MOORE - ENGL WORKSHOP TOUR

During the UFO tour, Vinnie will be taking part in a Workshop Tour for

ENGL AMPLIFICATION

in Germany and Sweden

More DETAILS from ENGL

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Vinnie Moore Logo

Vinnie Moore related page added

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Guitar Legends

Band Compilation Page updated with Guitar Legends, 3CD release

CD1, Track 13 - Vinnie Moore - The Maze

CD3, Track 10 - UFO - Lights Out

Track by track description can be found on this page

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NEWSFLASH - MONDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2007

As posted on the Official UFO website

We are very sorry to announce that last Wednesday ANDY PARKER broke his ankle by slipping on a wet floor.
After two hospital appointments Andy had surgery today and now has a plate and some screws in his ankle.
Needless to say, he won't be ready to play the UFO tour in March. We are all very upset about this.

After much discussion between Andy and the other bandmembers the decision was taken
to go ahead with the tour and play the March dates with a replacement drummer.
Our good friend Simon Wright (Dio, ex AC/DC) was kind enough to step in immediately - thanks mate!

As many of you will know, Simon toured with UFO on the Walk On Water tour (no pun intended!)
and we're sure you'll join with us in thanking Simon for keeping the tour on schedule
and in wishing Andy a speedy and comfortable recovery.
Get well soon, Mr. Parker!

We all at Misty Green and Blue wish Andy a very speedy recovery and hurry back to the Drum Stool - We will miss your enthusiasm and love for the band.

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UFO

1982 UFO line-up picture added to the Family Tree

as well as a 1983 sew-on badge

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UFO

Guitar Player has a great review of 'The Monkey Puzzle'

Further ARTICLES/REVIEWS/PRESS page updates for 2004, 2005 and 2006 (30 new pages!!)

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Viva Carlos

Vinnie Moore is featured on "Viva Carlos!"
A celebration that brings together incredible and influential guitarists
Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Frank Gambale, Albert Lee, Pat Martino Mike Stern and Jeff Richman,
each paying tribute to rock guitar icon Carlos Santana. Vinnie plays, in my opinion, out of his skin, with a sensitive interpretation of this great track, 'SE A CABO' - Go out and buy this album just for this track alone - FANTASTIC
For more details and a sound samples
| Great Review here

 

Added to the 2005 USA tour section - some great photos of UFO with
Jeff Kollman on bass - personal favourite, Comstock Open air Rock festival photos


Paul Gray

Wicked Gravity consist of UFO ex-members Paul Gray (pictured above) and drummer Jim Simpson, release a self-tiled album 'Wicked Gravity'

Go to the Official band page to find out more

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January 2007

Search UFO

I have finally added a SEARCH facility for Misty Green and Blue.

Type in any album, artist, song name, venue or anything you wish to find

   Search this site      powered by FreeFind
   

Including a 'Site Map' button, which is really useful.

 

Andy Parker

Interview with Andy Parker by Adam Harrold

MOVED to ARTICLES section

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Vinnie Moore

Photo © Franky Bruyneel

New Vinnie Moore FORUM - Go Pay a Visit

UFO 2007 European Tour Dates updated:

Tourdates for March 2007

1st March 2007 - Germany - Hamburg - Fabrik
2nd March 2007 - Bad Salzungen - KW 70
3rd March 2007 - Germany - Worpswede - Musichall
4th March 2007 - Germany - Berlin - Columbia Club
5th March 2007 - Germany - Hannover - Musikzentrum
7th March 2007 - Germany - Nürnberg - Hirsch
8th March 2007 - Austria - Vienna - Planet Music
9th March 2007 - Slovakia - Bratislava - Divadlo Arena
10th March 2007 - Poland - Warsaw - Stodola
13th March 2007 - Denmark - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
14th March 2007 - Sweden - Malmö - KB
16th March 2007 - Sweden - Gothenburg - Tradgar'n
17th March 2007 - Sweden - Stockholm - The Arena
21st March 2007 - Scotland - Inverness - Ironworks
22nd March 2007 - Scotland - Glasgow - The Carling Academy
23rd March 2007 - Northern Ireland - Belfast - Spring & Airbrake
24th March 2007 - Ireland - Dublin - Ambassador

CHECK Official UFO website for UPDATES

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A Very Happy 2007 to everyone out there

2007_UFO

Photo © Franky Bruyneel. 2007 lights by Tristan.

I now have a personal myspace area if anyone wants to stop by and say Hi.

I have also created a Youtube page showcasing UFO videos - Enjoy.

 

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NOT SO LATEST NEWS 2006

 

 

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Illustration and Graphic Design © Tristan Greatrex

 

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