On-line magazine - 31st August 2010



Interview with UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore


Vinnie Moore

UFO are about to issue a compilation album Best Of A Decade which is a great collection of material culled from the three studio albums and live record on SPV which feature Vinnie Moore on guitar. Recently I had an opportunity to talk with Vinnie about the upcoming collection and the next studio album. I hope you enjoy the interview and pick up the album Best Of A Decade on September 28th, 2010.

UFO are set to release a retrospective from the SPV recordings on September 28th, 2010 (in North America).

Right, we have a compilation coming out in September, then we hope to get to work on a new record before year's end. Hopefully that new album will be out around the first part of 2011.

The compilation Best Of A Decade, is this an album that was put together by the label without the band's input? I saw that it includes music from he three studio albums and the live album and DVD.

Right, it was actually the label's idea to put this album together. SPV sent us a song list for us to look over. There were some changes to made to the final list. The original list didn't include the track "Baby Blue," I suggested we include that because it's one of my favorite songs. When I looked at the original list from SPV it looked good but I fought for "Baby Blue" to be included. I'm sure the rest of the guys in the band made their suggestions and changes.

As I mentioned; there are live tracks on the the new CD. Did you have any second thoughts about including Schenker era material in live form on Best Of A Decade?

I didn't give it too much thought, we do those songs live and they will always be in the set. The bottom line is they are great songs and they are fun for me to play even if I didn't write them.

I'm sure you get asked this all the time. How is Pete Way doing these days? Will Pete be taking part in the song writing for the new album if he's able?

I haven't talked to Pete in a longtime to tell you the truth. He a great guy, for whatever reason I haven't talked to him in some time now. I really couldn't tell you how he's doing right now. I should check in with his actually, I'm not sure if he'd be involved in the new album either writing or performing. That's a tough one to call. You just never know.

In Pete's absence you've used some great stand in bass players; in studio you used Peter Pichl, live you've used Barry Sparks (MSG, Dokken, Ted Nugent) and Robe De Luca (Sebastian Bach band). If Pete can't go, what's a realistic scenario to cover bass in studio or in the live setting? Could it be any of the three guys you've used before?

It very well could be, right now it's not a call that has been made. Whatever happens we don't intend to ever replace Pete Way. You can't replace a guy like that. On The Visitor the we got Peter Pichl for the studio and when it came time to tour we would see who was available at that time and go from there. We didn't want to get a guy to join the band and have his picture on the album cover and essentially have a replacement for Pete. It didn't feel right and it's just not right you know.

There will be a new album coming early next year. Do you have stuff written to present the guys when you see them next?

I'm always writing. I always have song ideas laying around, I've gotten quite frustrated over the years because I know I will only live for so long and I'll never get to all of them. That kind of stresses me out sometimes, I have a whole bath of new songs ideas and riffs ready to go. I'm about to go into my studio to demo them so I can send them to Phil. So we are just in the beginning stages of the writing process.

When I spoke to you last was prior to the release of The Visitor. At that time you mentioned that Phil has responded better to your bluesy riffs. Is that the direction that the new material will be headed this time around too?

It's really hard to say. When we start writing the songs take on a life of their own and we just go with the flow. We have no plan we start to get creative and it just grows into whatever it turns into. I have no idea what the new music will sound like stylistically. I know I have a lot of ideas; some bluesy and some heavy. We'll see what's chosen and we'll see what Phil decides to write lyrics to and we'll see how things shape up.

What do you wind up doing with ideas or riffs that aren't selected? Do you archive them, keep them for yourself? Or do you reintroduce them to UFO at a later time?

I archive a lot of stuff that hasn't been used ...I once read a Pete Townshend interview where he was talking about his songwriting. Pete said that he has used every idea that he has ever had. So everything has has turned into a song, that to me is pretty amazing. That's like to opposite of me I really en vie Pete for that.

You ever submit material for outside use?

(pauses) That's an idea that definitely has appealed to me. I can see myself doing stuff like this down the road for sure.

You're done solo albums and you've done stuff with bands. Have you considered doing an album where you'd be doing differing styles of music with various singers?

You mean something along the lines of the Carlos Santana's Supernatural?

I was thinking of a cross between that or Bruce Kulick's new solo album BK3?

Bruce has a new album out?

Yeah, he does and it's very good.

I'll have to check that album out. You never know. It has crossed my mind to do something with a couple different singers. If it happens down the road who knows. I'm not ruling it out.

You were stereotyped as a shredder and when you joined UFO some of the hardcore fans were concerned that the band would take the band into unfamiliar territory. Do you feel that you have been accepted by the fans? And how do you feel about being stereotyped?

There could be worse things. I personally have always considered myself more of a songwriter and more of a melody guy. My early albums did have stuff that could be put under the shredder banner. I wish I hadn't been tagged a shredder, because I'm much more than that. I do more than just fly around the guitar there's so much more to me than that. I feel that for the most part I have been accepted by even the most hard core of fans. There will always be a select few that you could even have Jesus Christ on the band it wouldn't matter to them! (laughs) I very happy with how things have gone and the acceptance of the UFO fans.

You'll be issuing The Best Of A Decade are you guys still signed with SPV?

Currently we're not signed with anyone. We'll be negotiating with labels once this writing for the new album is underway.

So when will you be getting together to write with the rest of the band?

I think right now tentatively we are looking at September and October, we'll be doing some touring in Europe in October. That will be a good time to kick around some ideas and do some writing. I believe we are looking for the first of the year to get into the studio.

How long do you guys take to crank out an album?

We wrote and recorded The Visitor very quickly and I think that's a great way to work. I like the go with the flow way of not over laboring things and knocking out the album. I'm hoping that's how we hope things go again.

Vinnie, Thanks so much for another great interview. Looking forward to the new album mid-2011 and I'll be grabbing Best Of A Decade for the collection.

Thank you for your support. Looking forward to talking again soon.