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January 2017


Spanish magazine SLN Vinnie Moore interview - Double page spread - pages 30/31

Read the Interactive Magazine

Vinnie Moore, el famoso guitar hero, también nos ha concedido
una sabrosa entrevista.

translated into English: Vinnie Moore, the famous guitar hero, 
has also given us a tasty interview

Also has a link to UFO's 'Run Boy Run' live video

SLN (Sounds Like New), Issue 44- Spanish Interactive Magazine



December 2016

Learn to play like the finest rock guitarists over the past 50 years

This month, December 2016, UK Newsagents now re-stocking 'PLAY LIKE YOUR HEROES', GuitarTechniques

click on the HERE or on the above image for closer view

DVD-ROM contains an mp4 lesson



October 2016

Translated to English

"When I first got a guitar I was very frustrated, because it was harder than I imagined" - Vinnie Moore.

Interview with Rockberto.


First of all, I would like to know what was the exact moment you realized that you wanted to be a guitarist?

I do not know if there was a definite moment. I had my first guitar at age 12 and took lessons a little later. Gradually, I became more addicted to it and I was playing for two years and I knew it was what I wanted to do in my life.

What was the first guitar you had and what did you feel the first few times with her?

It was a Teisco from a store. It was not a good guitar at all. When I had it for the first time I felt very frustrated, because it was harder than I imagined. I thought it would be possible to pick it up and just start playing.

I think your first contact with this business was when you sent a demo to Guitar Player magazine. How did that happen?

I was writing songs and recording them with my Tascam 4 track recorder. The column in Guitar Player was a great opportunity, especially for an 18 year old kid from a small site like Delaware. So, I sent a handful of my songs and fortunately came out in one of the numbers. That was, more or less, the beginning of my career, since it gave rise to other things.

You have a solid solo career as Vinnie Moore with nine albums, how do you consider the evolution of your solo career?

I think I have grown musically over the years and I have explored different things in terms of styles and that is what keeps me interested and passionate.

His latest solo album is "Aerial Visions" (2015). Can we expect a new album of yours soon?

I have some songs and I want to record them as soon as I have the opportunity. Yes, whenever I can, I will continue to make and record music.

Since 2003 you are known to be a member of UFO, how do you feel playing these legendary songs every night?

It has been a great period for me, definitely. I was a fan of the band when I was young, and I enjoy playing the old songs as much as recording new ones.

You replaced Michael Schenker in UFO, also a great guitarist. How about Michael's career and his influence on other guitarists?

When I was young I had Force It, Lights Out, and Obsession. I really liked those records. I think he has been a great influence on many gitaristas.

What is your favorite UFO song to play live?

We've been doing some of the old classics, of course, and also playing some of the records we've done recently. It's a good mix.

I consider "A conspiracy of stars" as a great classic rock album, what was your involvement in that album?

I think I wrote 7 or 8 of the songs on that album. I think it's one of the best records I made.

In your solo band you've worked with people like Brian Tichy, Dave LaRue (whom I had the opportunity to interview a while ago), David Rosenthal, among others. How important is it for you to have great musicians in your band?

It is very important to have musicians who are on the same level. You feed on others musically speaking. And, besides, nobody wants to play with musicians who do not fulfill.

You have also collaborated with a legend like Alice Cooper, playing live on the Hey Stupid tour. How was the experience for you?

I played on 2 of the tracks on the album and then I was part of the band part of the tour. I was a fan of Alice when I was a kid and it was an honor to be part of the band. It was a great period to do that ..

You also work as a teacher in clinics all over the world. Do you consider that part of your work very important?

It was very important for me, especially in the first part of my career. It was a great exhibition for me to be on the road playing in front of people and doing demonstrations.

I would like to know what your main influences are as a guitar player.

Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Al Dimeola, and many others.

I would also like to know what is your favorite material to play live?

Dean Vinman2000 which is my exclusive guitar model. Heads of Marshall Dsl 2000 and amplifiers with Celestion V30 loudspeakers.

Many people work on things they do not like. I do not think that's your case. At this point in your career, what do you feel when you compose or play live?

I love what I do, if it would not be very difficult for me to do it. Love and passion have to be there or you can not do it.

Do you want to comment something else?

Thank you very much for the interview. I hope to see you somewhere somewhere at some point.

©2016 - source



October 2016


...a splendid concert review
from Marcin Rybacki (A fan of music,
promoter for 'Chopin's Story by Ian Gillan from Deep Purple', concert organizer
interviewer and reviewer from Poland) can be read here

In addition, plently of live photo's and four Live Video postings

Finally a 12 minute video interview with th man himself, Mr. Vinnie Moore


Special thanks to Marcin for making the 1,000 mile round trip and for sharing such a great night



September 2016


Finally this guitar magazine is OUT NOW:

Last month's, TOTAL GUITAR BRASIL "The Rock Lesson" feature focusses on UFO - Access website

September 2016 - Issue #23  



August 2016

Vinnie Moore - The Man Behind The Strings

Interesting article / interview

8 solo albums, 5 collaborations, 6 UFO albums, 2 Hot Licks’ guitar video clinics, 1 virtuoso… Of course we are referring to Vinnie Moore, the “Vin Man” as we the fans know him! He has accomplished quite a lot during his 30+ years of performance, but one wonders: who’s the man behind the strings? Well, to give you a proper answer in a few words is not fair to his career, so let’s take a look at those 30+ years of speed, accuracy, articulation and advanced lead guitar techniques!

He was only 12 when he got his first guitar; a teenager boy who looked up to the great guitar legends of that moment. Records by the Beatles like their eponymous double album from 1968 (from which he has covered While My Guitar Gently Weeps many times), Jeff Beck’s ‘Wired‘,Led Zeppelin’s ‘IV Zoso’Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head and ‘Burn,Queen’s ‘A Night At The OperaVan Halen’s self-titled album and many other bands; all of them were among his early influences... READ ARTICLE


July 2016


Vinnie Moore: Still Shredding - Guitar Connoisseur Magazine





April 2016


GuitarPlayer feature - 21st April - Artist's reveal 'Show-off' songs of their early guitar days:

“Believe it or not, one of the songs I used to rip over in my very first band, Masque, was Neil Young’s ‘Hurricane.’ I don’t remember how we started playing it. I think the band just fell into it one day. It had the Am-G-F-E chord changes repeating over and over, and I would just solo—for too long! It was one of the coolest songs to play live, because it gave me these long solos—at least two long solos—over that nice minor-key progression.”



©2016 - all rights reserved





3rd April 2016

Vinnie Moore and Rob De Luca Video Interview

A Backstage Backstage Interview by Backstage 360 with Vinnie and Rob





December 2015


AXE - December 2015


12th December 2015

December 2015 issue of Young Guitar
and The Score - In Control / VINNIE MOORE

Japanese Young Guitar magazine

Two page Vinnie Moore feature + The Score (In Control)




November 2015


Vinnie Moore: "solo releases are therapeutic for my schizophrenic personality, frequent mood changes, and problems staying focused with one task".


Guitar maestro Vinnie Moore cut his teeth in Vicious Rumors, before moving on to work with names such as Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton and Tony MacAlpine, eventually settling in comfortably with hard rock legends UFO. Somewhere in between he released several critically acclaimed studio albums - and now he’s at it again. 

Your last solo studio release was in 2009 with “To the Core”. What prompted you to revive your solo career at this point?
I have had a solo career since I started and have always kept that going. I haven’t been able to release as many records recently as I would like because I have had so much going on for the past 12 years with touring, making UFO records, as well as things like the Red Zone Rider album.

We're you pining to step outside the band format for a while and start work on your own? How important is it for you as a musician to do that?
I am always pining to do both. I write a lot and have lots of music completed that hasn’t been released yet. It is very important for me to keep writing and recording as this is what I do and what I am.

How does your approach to songwriting on the album differ to that of UFO?
UFO is a rock band so when I write songs for that, it stylistically falls within a more defined range. Because my solo stuff is instrumental, things are more open and there are less rules so I can just sort of explore and follow the inspiration wherever it leads. As a person I am all over the frikkin place so this format  is perfect for me. It’s therapeutic for my schizophrenic personality, frequent mood changes, and problems staying focused with one task. I enjoy both musical realms though.

What is the main driving force behind such releases? Self-indulgence?
Because I love writing and playing. I have always done solo records and as I said, it’s simply what I do. If loving what you do is self indulgence than I guess I am guilty.

When tackling covers as you do on this album with “La Grande”, how do you come up with a particular guitar theme? Do you approach the song with the original melody in mind?
Yeah, for this I stuck close to the Billy Gibbons vocal melodies and played slide for those parts. Then for the solos I hinted at some of his trademark parts but also went off in my own direction. This song was a lot of fun to do. It’s always a blast playing ZZ covers onstage. To me a cover should contain some of the components and vibe of the original, but also take it somewhere else. Otherwise there is no point in doing it.

Will you be doing solo shows in support of "Aerial Visions"?
Yes sir. Working on some dates now. It’s not so easy because I have 3 tours coming up with UFO. So it’s a matter of finding the spaces. But I am so happy to be active and out there playing in front of people with UFO, as well as with my solo shows. Especially since touring is not so easy nowadays.

Looking back, there was a guitar virtuoso boom in the 80s. How comfortable are the times today for going-it-alone guitar heroes?
It is definitely a lot easier for an established artist as opposed to someone just starting out who doesn’t have a name. There are a lot of great young players out there now and I feel bad for them because it is so much harder in this digital age we are living in. Having said that, being a solo instrumental artist was never the easiest path to take if someone was looking to be hugely successful. I did it for the love of the music. Even back then a lot of us also did other things in addition to the solo thing. For example me playing with Alice Cooper. I always loved being in a band too and these type of things certainly were a boost to the solo path.

What were your goals and expectations when you joined UFO in 2003? Did it strike you then that it might be a long term relationship?
I never really thought about how long it might go, but I don’t think in my wildest dreams I would have thought in the beginning that it would go on for this long. It’s been a really nice run and I have had a great time playing and hanging with the band over the years. It has definitely given me some great opportunities and lots of good times.

Andy Parker said in an interview with Rocktologist that with you in the band all previous tension evaporated. He also said that you are one of the reasons he’s back in UFO. I was just wondering, did you receive any uncomplimentary comments from diehard Schenker fans initially?
Yeah, if you can’t get along with me you probably can’t get along with anyone and are a huge asshole. Ha!  As I said, it’s been a blast not only playing but hanging out as friends. And that makes things so much more fun and enjoyable. It totally beats traveling alone to some foreign country to do a guitar clinic.  I mean, I am happy to do guitar clinics but it is a little lonely in a way. I never had anyone say anything negative directly to me. But yeah there are always those diehard type of fans out there. I have some of them myself fortunately. You have to do what you love and not worry about what anyone thinks. Especially someone who happens to be narrow minded and biased.

What do you attribute the longevity of UFO to?
The fact that Phil has kept it going over the years and that they have made some great music and came along in a time when legends were born.

How does one get to play in Vicious Rumors, work with Tony MacAlpine and Alice Cooper before ending up in UFO? How do you perceive you career so far?
I don’t really know. Everyone works with someone. I am really fortunate to have made a career doing what I love. If I had one thing I could change, I would choose a style of music that attracts many more of the female variety.

What would you have done if you never picked up the guitar?
Absolutely no frikkin clue. Your guess would be as good as mine.

What do the next twelve months or so have in store for you?
We have two European tours which will take us through the year. One will be opening for Judas Priest. There will be some solo shows in February and then UFO will tour the USA in March. So basically a lot of being on the road.

Mr. Moore, thank you very much for your time.
Big thanks for the interview. Very cool of you to want to talk to me. Cheers!!

"Aerial Visions" is now available through Mind's Eye Music.

©2015, All rights reserved



October 2015


10th October 2015

Two NEW album reviews






6th October 2015


Moore is one of the best guitarists nowadays and played, before he joined UFO, with various musicians such as Alice Cooper.

This album is again a solo project where he proves once more what is possible
as a guitarist who has total control over his instrument. This new album is
also the prelude to a new UFO tour.

Moore is born in 1964. In the age of 12 he started making music and founded his first band in the age of 15. Soon a deal with Pepsi followed and his carrier
kick started with his debut album Minds Eye in 1986.

Moore became popular as a guest musician, that's why big time artists such as Alice Cooper or even Deep Purple asked him to help out.
And since he realized that his guitar playing became popular, he decided to release 2 guitar lesson videos.

Since 2003 he is a permanent member of the hardrock group UFO. He replaced Michael Schenker, who left the band.

Moore's guitar playing is impressive. He shows how diverse he is. It spans from melodic, sensitive songs to real hardrock music.

In particular "A Million Miles Gone" proves that rockers can play calm songs. With this, one has always the feeling that a motorbike runs at low revs and kicks off any moment.

This album will thrill all fans of well done handmade rock music. To describe this album in a nutshell: superb and absolutely diverse.

• Release date: 23rd October 2015
• Label: Mind's Eye Music




1st October 2015

©2015 Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine - CD Reviews





September 2015


19th September 2015

Vinnie Moore - An interview with the guitarist of UFO.
"I am still amazed at how powerful music is."





April 2015


21st April 2015


The month's issue has a double-front cover, so watch out for both.







Interviewed by Mark Dean (Journalist/Writer/Contributor) Myglobalmind Webzine

One benefit that working for an International Website like Myglobalmind can bring is that doors are opened that other smaller media outlets cannot obtain. So it was when legendary British rock band UFO rolled into Belfast on their Conspiracy of Stars tour. We were fortunate enough to be granted the only after show interview that the band did in the city. I sat down with guitarist Vinnie Moore to discuss a variety of topics from music to cooking…


MGM”Okay then Vinnie as a young rock fan from growing up in America what was your first introduction to the music of UFO was the band big in America?

Vinnie “Yes they were pretty big in America had a few of their   records when I was a kid. The Lights Out record,”Obsession and “Force It” and I grew up on those records. “Strangers in the night” had a couple of friends and we were all into rock and guitar orientated stuff. That was one of the bands that we were definitely in to".

Mgm ” How did you feel when you actually had the opportunity to go and actually join the band? 

Vinnie “It was kind of surreal when I was a kid in my bedroom playing along with the records and stuff I would never have imagined that there would have been a chance that I would  play be playing with them someday. When it happened it was kind of surreal for me”

Mgm ”Looking back at your musical career what would you say what was your proudest moment

Vinnie ” I don’t know that I would have one proudest moment. I guess the fact that I still I am able to do what I love doing after all these years it’s a gift to me and I am proud that I have been able to do what I love after all these years ”

Mgm”Any low points then?

Vinnie ” There is always low points all the time but I guess the most lowest of the low was like back in the nineties. The whole music business changed. The grunge and alternative music got big. The guitar wasn’t cool anymore. I had recorded this record and I got dropped from a label. I sat around for a couple of years just trying to get the rights to the record back. It just sucked really badly. Business was not good at that point.”

Mgm “If you were not a guitar player what would you be?

Vinnie ”An entrepreneur millionaire. Something making big money. Attracting hot girls everywhere I go. (Laughs) it’s really hard to say what direction I would have or could have followed. I just hope that it would be something that I had a passion for and loved doing, which is what I have for guitar.

Mgm ”You he started playing live gigs from a very young age the licensing laws must have been very flexible in the States….

Vinnie ”I play in a band at high school when I was maybe 16 or 17 and you could go in if your parent was there or if you had a certain permit. You could get away with it as long as you didn’t drink. Or go anywhere near the bar or the alcohol”

Mgm” That is different from over here as the venues sell alcohol they do not allow young people in the venue so they cannot attend shows. Have you ever felt intimidated by other guitarists perhaps on a festival bill that you have shared?  

Vinnie “No but I have felt intimidated by beautiful women women looking at me

Mgm”And yes they are quite scary at times” Vinnie you have been playing music for a long time do you have any unfulfilled ambitions”?

Vinnie ”I still have ambitions and goals it’s kind of a work in progress actually. ”

Mgm”Does music encompass everything in your life or do you have any interests or hobbies outside music?

Vinnie ”I am a big sports fan American football hockey and baseball.  I have a wife and two kids so it is not only music there are other things…yeah it is hard when you are on the road. When I first started there were  not even cell had to use the phone in the hotel and call home  at a particular time and it was crazy."

Mgm”How have you changed as a person since you first started playing music?

Vinnie ”UFO with Phil Mogg has aged me(laughs) 100 years no I am just joking. Everybody matures as they go along and musically I think that I have grown, spiritually emotionally I have grown. That probably reflects me in my playing. Maybe I’m just dreaming I don’t know”

Mgm”What advice would you give a young kid starting out and wants to be a guitarist?

Vinnie ”I would just say do it because you love doing it. Find a teacher, and a group of friends that you can play with because you can all learn from each other. Find a band and just jam with people. Take lessons to learn and just love what you are doing.”

Mgm”You seem a generally laid-back and easy-going kind of guy but what really annoys you what angers you?”

Vinnie”Traffic, I hate driving and being stuck in traffic. I just don’t understand it. I have no patience”

Mgm”What about on those long tour bus journeys?

Vinnie “On the tour bus? We actually get along pretty well. We have fun together and that makes it easier. I have been on the road a lot by myself doing guitar clinics and stuff that is way harder, when you are by yourself.  It’s a pleasure to be with friends on tour.”

Mgm”Well you have had a long relationship with Rob. Where you responsible for introducing him to the band?

Vinnie “Actually I met him after I joined Ufo. I didn’t know him. We grew up   probably 10 miles away from each other. I didn’t know him, I heard about him actually from Bumblefoot, Ron Thal from Guns n Roses. When we were looking for a bass player Bumble foot recommended him. It turned out that Rob was from Delaware where I am from. It was just kind of a coincidence.”

Mgm”Has the music business adversely affected your health? Obviously you were involved in music and touring in the eighties years of excess. Were you ever in danger of becoming another rock and roll casualty?

Vinnie “No I mean I went through years of when I didn’t even drink. I have never been into drugs, I don’t smoke weed. I am probably the most boring guy that you could ever meet. I mean there was some party years when I was in high school actually. I got it out of my system early. I got serious about playing guitar and music and I didn’t even drink for nearly eight years. It was pretty crazy so yeah never drugs with me or snorting anything.”

Mgm”What was it then like working with Alice Cooper? Obviously you played on the “Hey Stupid “album.

Vinnie ”It was a lot of fun I went in for one day to do 2 songs. The rhythm and the lead for these two songs. It went really well and they asked me to do the tour also which was a blast. I went out for like 3 months with Alice in the summer of 91 I think it was in America. I enjoyed it a lot and we had a great time.

Mgm ”Was he one of your musical heroes growing up?

Vinnie ”I had” Welcome to my nightmare “so yes I was definitely a fan of Alice”

Mgm ”Did he give you any career advice?

Vinnie ”I didn’t really talk to him deeply about anything like that but he was a nice guy and a pleasure to be around. We played a lot of poker together.”

Mgm”Not golf then?

Vinnie ”I grew up playing sports but that was one thing that I never actually did play. We would travel on the bus and he would actually fly every morning to the next city and golf all day even on gig days. Every day he would golf.”

Mgm”We have mentioned both Ufo, and Alice Cooper as being musical heroes when you were growing up that you later played with. Any other bands that you listened to as a young rock fan growing up? Have you remained a fan or indeed do you listen to what’s current and new?

Vinnie ”I find that a lot of my heroes are still the people that I listen to but I just like music. Anything that’s good is good. I know that there are people that I am forgetting. I always get asked that and I just draw a blank.”

Mgm”Just a couple of questions to finish on then. Do you think that you have ever made a bad album?

Vinnie “No there are some songs that I listen to that I think “that’s weaker than other songs “but Man I would think that I would need to have been really out of it to have that much of a major failure.”

Mgm”Do you look back on your career? Or do you prefer to focus on what lies ahead?

Vinnie” I do everything actually. You shouldn’t look back and just kind of live in the moment. I think that everybody looks ahead and that is the worry part of your life. Looking into the past is like the regret part. I should be in the future but I tend to worry and always be looking ahead thinking “What should I do next”

Mgm”If Vinnie Moore was to sit down and be the interviewer who would you like to talk to. What would you ask them?

Mgm”It would all be about guitars then?

Vinnie “Yes definitely”

Mgm”What can you do apart from playing guitar? Any hidden talents, perhaps cooking for example?

Vinnie “Well the guys are making fun of me, I made two pumpkin pies before I left home a few weeks ago. It was my wife’s birthday and she likes pumpkin pie. I took a lot of laughs, a lot of heat from the guys about that. I used to make beer, I haven’t done that in a while. That was a fun hobby.”

Mgm”What is your greatest fear?

Vinnie “Not being able to play anymore I guess.”

Mgm”When you initially got the call to join UFO (you are not the new boy anymore) what was your initial thoughts? Did you think “God those are pretty big shoes to fill”?

Vinnie” For some reason I was asked to send a CD of songs to Phil. I thought “ahh I would probably not get the gig “Then about ten days later I got a call saying he likes your stuff and he wants you to do it. There was never really any worry about it. It wasn’t a real stretch for me I think to fit into the band. I grew up with their music and I am a rock guy and it’s a rock band. Whereas maybe if I got a gig with somebody like a real progressive band or somebody like Sting or something… that would be really worrisome. I would have to get really in to it and work harder to fit in.With Ufo I just felt that I would fit in, it was more natural.

Mgm “Appreciate you taking the time after the show tonight to talk to Myglobalmind webzine. Thanks very much.

Vinnie “No problem, glad you enjoyed the show.

READ FULL REVIEW - ©2015 All rights reserved





18th April 2015


Vinnie Moore Interview





18th April 2015

From Strangers to Stars: The Continuing Saga of UFO

Interview with Vinnie Moore





3rd April 2015

Vinnie in the USA March Issue of GuitarPlayer Magazine



March 2015


30th March 2015

New VM interview

Guitarist Vinnie Moore discusses the new UFO album Conspiracy of Stars

Now five albums into the Vinnie Moore era, British hard rock legends UFO are firing on all cylinders with a new lease on life, thanks in part to their virtuoso guitar player. With a brand new album Conspiracy of Stars out and a world tour in motion, UFO are once again poised to thrill fans all over the globe. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Pete Pardo caught up with Moore to talk about his now decade plus with the band, the new record, as well as his and the bands legacy.

SoT: Vinnie, you've now been the lead guitarist for UFO for over 11 years, and joined the band for their 17th album You Are Here, which was a very strong release. How did you first come into contact with the band, and was it a hard decision to join when they ultimately asked you?

Vinnie: We had a mutual friend named Jerry Carillo. He had worked with UFO and knew that they were looking for a guitarist. He thought I would be a good choice so he contacted my manager about it. My manager spoke to UFO's manager and I was asked to send some of my music to phil. Turns out he liked the stuff I sent him and offered me the gig!

SoT: Many guitar fans remember you fondly from your stellar '80s instrumental solo albums. What were you doing in the years leading up to joining UFO?

Vinnie: I was still making records during that time period but not as frequently. There was a time period where people weren't as much into guitar records and even rock music in general. So it was a little bit of a weird time for me but I just kept playing and writing

SoT: This band is now releasing their 5th album since you've joined, and in many fans opinions the releases just keep getting better and better. How do you feel the band is jelling these days, despite the fact that there has been some line-up changes since you've been on board?

Vinnie: I think the band is at it's peak. We have been playing together for a long time now and I think we are really locked into one another's playing style. Plus we all get along well on a personal level and I think this makes it more enjoyable and helps with the overall musical vibe.

SoT: A Conspiracy of Stars is, in my view, the strongest album of the Vinnie Moore era, but I also said that about Seven Deadly, so I think the band is really trending in the right direction. What is your opinion of the songs on the new record, and how do you feel they stack up to the previous material you've recorded with the group?

Vinnie: Man.....I'll be totally honest. I have no clue and find these type of questions very difficult to answer. It is very hard to judge something you are so close to with any reasonable amount of perspective.

SoT: "Messiah of Love", "King of the Hill", "Run Boy Run", and "The Killing Kind" are some of my favorites on the new album, as they rock hard and really have that trademark 'UFO sound'. What are some of your favorite tunes on the CD and why?

Vinnie: I really like "Sugar Cane". I liked that a lot from the time I first wrote it

SoT: How hard was it to step into the shoes of former members Michael Schenker and Paul Chapman?

Vinnie: Not really. I never really paid any attention to this. I just do my thing and that's all I really worry about

SoT: Were you at all a fan of either guitarist prior to joining UFO?

Vinnie: I was a big fan of the Force It, Obsession, and Lights Out records, and used to jam with those records in my bedroom when I was a kid. Classic stuff. I was never really familiar with the Chapman era though.

SoT: The Paul Chapman era of the band seems to be mostly ignored in the bands live set-has there ever been any talk of resurrecting any of those early '80s songs, or is it just easier to appease the fans by playing the '70s material along with some new songs?

Vinnie: We are doing 2 of those in the set on this tour. Lots of people seem to ask about this period but to be honest, the earlier stuff gets much better reaction from the audience. People always seem to like any bands earlier work, as it takes them back to a certain time in their lives, like an old smell. I think people like to be taken on that trip back into their past.

SoT: We often hear from so many popular, classic hard rock & metal bands how much UFO have influenced them (Iron Maiden instantly comes to mind) but then when these same bands tour here in North America, they bring along a young, trendy opener that older fans really don't care about, instead of a legendary band like UFO, Uriah Heep, etc. who are still going strong but relegated to small venues here in the States. Does this bother the band at all, and have you had any discussions regarding getting on some larger bills here at bigger venues?

Vinnie: We have never really discussed this. We have opened for some shows for the Scorpions and Judas Priest here and there. I am sure everyone would think this was cool if an opportunity ever came up.....but we are a very happy headlining our own shows also.

SoT: I caught the band live the last go around here in the US, and was so happy at the fire and energy you guys still have. If you look into your crystal ball, how far do you see UFO going?

Vinnie: if I knew the answer to that, I would already have won the mega lottery and would be retired and living on an island somewhere in the Caribbean!

SoT: Any surprises the band have in store for the fans on the upcoming world tour?

Vinnie: Yes each night we will kill someone onstage! (laughs) There is nothing in the works but ya never know. This is a real spontaneous band. Phil and I are both the kind of people where ya don't know what we are going to do next. Impulsive and unpredictable. Maybe its an Aries thing. Our birthdays are one day apart, and this can create some interesting moments. I have done some stupid stuff onstage because it feels funny in the moment. Ya never know when ya might see my arse!

SoT: For our guitar fans out there, what types of guitars, amps, and gear are you using these days?

Vinnie: I am playing a signature guitar made by Dean. It's called the vinman2000, and have been using my old marshall 100 watt JMP head for recording.

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UFO was the first band I ever saw live as a kid in Pireus, Greece – it was a bittersweet experience for a first show - te music blew me away from the off, but the show itself was a lot shorter show than I expected as Phil disappeared after a few songs and never came back. The band split shortly afterwards.

We all start somewhere - and those few songs were so memorable that I'm now here almost 700 rock gigs later finally talking to that very first band...  

I grew up listening to my mate’s brother’s collection: he had all the greats: Lizzy, Purple, Free, Sabbath, Uriah Heep and UFO and whilst some of those bands are gone and some still with us it seems only UFO is hitting the highs with new material that they did back in the day...

We got to speak to Vinnie for our first 'Quick Fire 30' interview ever: 30 questions with 30 seconds to answer each!

Mark: You’ve got a big Tour about to start running through February to May in Europe and the UK – are you planning any trips further afield later in the year? Japan was always good to the band back in the day but seems to have dropped off Tour schedules – are you likely to get out there in 2015?


Vinnie: Yes I think we will probably go to USA at least twice. I hope so anyway as well as coming back to Europe later in the year. And there are some festivals in the summer. As far as Japan, we have never played there since I have been in the band. I have no idea why but it has just never worked out unfortunately. I'd really love to go there.


Mark: What about some of the less travelled territories – is there anywhere you’d still love to play but haven’t as yet?


Vinnie: Off the top of my head I can't really think of a place. But we played in Vilnius, Lithuania for the first time last week and it was awesome. So if there are some places like this with great fans, I would love to play for them


Mark: Tell us about the road – what keeps you out there and what are the best and worst aspects of touring?


Vinnie: I am on the road because I love playing music in front of people. Also hanging with the band and our crew is always a blast. The worst is all the travel, being constantly one the move and not sleeping properly. The sleep thing is really hard to stay on top of and will really cause you to lose your focus

Mark: Opener Killing Kind is amazing it’s the sort of song that says all is right in the world and UFO is bang on form – but there are so many great tracks here how hard is it to pick that album opener?


Vinnie: it's always tricky choosing a sequence for a record. I am doing this now with my new solo record and it is a challenge. Luckily, someone else chose the sequencing for the new UFO. But one of the obvious things in my opinion is to come out rockin' from the start

Mark: Ballad of the Left Hand Gun has some wonderful guitar work and some great vocals by Phil – you seem so comfortable with that bluesy style and it has developed over the years – tell us a little about the genesis of that song?


Vinnie: Just like everything else, it pretty much came out while I was playing guitar on the couch one day. I just started playing the opening riff and don’t really know where it came from. When I recorded it for the album, I changed the part to slide guitar. But it was originally played with just hands

Mark: Precious Cargo has a great riff and some great lyrics – it sticks immediately in the mind are you surprised still with what Phil adds to your music?


Vinnie: Sometimes surprised yes. I like what he did with that one.


Mark: Tell us about your favourite tracks and what will make it into the set when you come and see us?


Vinnie: we are on the road now and have been playing Killing Kind and Run Boy Run. We also can play Real Thing, Messiah of Love and Rolling Rolling. We don’t know exactly which ones will work their way into the set yet but maybe all of them at some point


Mark: How do you approach the creation process today and has it changed over the years?


Vinnie: It hasn’t changed, as I said, I just play and eventually out pops a new idea when I am not really trying. Then from there I start to get related ideas and it builds until I have enough to put together a song. Usually I have too much and have to trim out the extra.


Mark: As a band you’ve been there through all the great decades of rock and seen bands come and go what does the future hold for Rock bands?


Vinnie: I Wish I knew the answer to that!


Mark: Things seem so much more stable since the band returned in 2005 there’s a regularity and consistency to releases and regular tours, how does that compare to the dramas of the early days?


Vinnie: well, I wasn’t there in the early days so I really don't know. But I do know that we have been more consistent with touring and doing records.

Mark: For a band that has had some well publicised Rock and Roll excess over the years and a few books written about them. Will any of you be venturing out with the pen? Is there a biography or two in the wings?


Vinnie: Not that I am aware of. I don't think anyone remembers enough about it. HA!


Mark: You’ve played with some great musicians over the years – who has been the most inspiring?


Vinnie: honestly, I couldn’t just name any one person.


Mark: Have you any unfulfilled musical ambitions?


Vinnie: Always. I am always striving to climb higher up the mountain and do more and different things that I have never done.


Mark: If you could compose with anyone living or dead who would it be?


Vinnie: Paul Rodgers


Mark: For a band of a certain vintage I see myself flipping through my collection and you are there all the way through the decades unlike a lot of bands that make the occasional appearance what’s wrong with me? How do you keep up the quality?


Vinnie: I love what I do and have passion for it. So I just keep doing what I love. It's easy. I'm just following my own truth

Mark: Absolute favourite UFO album? Before and after you joined the band? We had to ask!


Vinnie: Obsession: a great record. I grew up with it

Mark: What keeps you going and inspired as a musician?


Vinnie: Loving what I do

Mark: Is it harder and harder to pick a set list especially as the new material is so damn good?


Vinnie: Yes. This band has too many songs!

Mark: As a band you’ve never gone down that ‘plays a classic album’ route? Is that something that has not interested you? Not even Strangers in the Night set or something similar?


Vinnie: it doesn’t interest me personally and probably no one else in the band. Why would we wanna limit ourselves to one time period?


Mark: What piece of music you have created most defines you as a band?


Vinnie: Baby Blue is still one of my favorite UFO songs as a fan


Mark: Who is your most enduring influence as a guitarist?


Vinnie: Jeff Beck


Mark: Do you listen to contemporary music?


Vinnie: Yes. I like anything that is done with soul and passion


Mark: What is your most disgracefully rock and roll moment?


Vinnie: feeling that I didn’t play my best because i was not feeling well. I hate when this happens


Mark: Can music still have the power to change the world in 2015?


Vinnie: I doubt it. Small changes maybe?


Mark: Have you thought about how you would like to be remembered when you stop making music?


Vinnie: As someone who inspired many others and was great at what he did


Mark: What are your plans for the rest of the year?


Vinnie: to get my solo record out there and to continue doing shows and writing.


Mark: Thinking back to your early memories of music, what was it that first made you decide you needed to be in a Rock and Roll band?

Vinnie: Led Zep, the Beatles, Deep Purple and Queen.

Mark: From what you’ve learned so far what is the most valuable advice you’ve been given so far as a musician?
Vinnie: To follow my own path and continue doing what I truly love.

Mark: If you could have been a ‘Fly on the wall’ for the creation of any great album from any period, just to see how the magic happened and it all came together, what would it have been for you any why?
Vinnie: there would be several but Deep Purple ‘Machine Head’ pops into mind.


Mark: What is the meaning of life?


Vinnie: I once knew the answer but unfortunately I forgot.


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Interview UFO (Vinnie Moore)

"I did not know that you liked so much the 'Belladonna'.
It would be nice to play in Greece

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The UFO return with new album in which production did ours Chris Tsangarides. O for 11 years guitarist Vinnie Moore answered our questions about his years in the band, their latest work, their influences and life music in the year 2015.

Joined the band about 11 years ago after he toured and collaborated with many artists. What was it that you found the UFO which made ??you stay so long?
There was no plan, just happened. I enjoy recording and touring with other members and find them very well between us. That is probably the reason that has kept both.

Have you ever felt "imprisoned" within the UFO, meaning that you "must" to compose music in the style of songs for which he has loved the band in the past?
No. I write many different styles of music and rock my part fits naturally with the band.

What's new brought by Chris Tsangarides at "A Conspiracy Of Stars"; The most "raw" sound I hear was something that you sought? Work with him was different than with other producers in the past?
, Chris was more relaxed and simply left the band to play and do what he knows. So the album came more naturally to me.

UFO - A Conpiracy Of Stars

Correcting me if I'm wrong but I think the concerts with the band never play some your personal synthesis (from your solo career). This occurs due respect to fans of UFO;
I play songs from my solo career only to my personal show. It would be out of context to a concert of UFO.

The artist prefers to create a stable work environment with great music or to change the way work and partners at a time?
Both apply to me personally. I love playing with musicians with whom I feel comfortable but equally excited when I play with a new partner. It depends what you want for that which I work at that time.

What are your compositions (solo and with UFO) that you think will "stay"? Is "When Daylight Goes To Town" a song most classic for the band, calculating that it is almost solid choice to your concerts for many years?
We do not always play that song but it seems that we return to it every so often. However I doubt that there is a specific composition for which will be remembered.

What is your opinion about the play and the legacy of Michael Shenker; What was your first thought when you were asked to become a permanent member of UFO;
The Shenker was one of my influences when I was younger. I was delighted when I was asked to enter the complex.

What other guitarists influenced your playing?
The Blackmore, Beck, Page, May, Van Halen, Santana, Hendrix, Trower, Holdsworth, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more.


Visited Greece three times with UFO (2004, 2006 & 2010). There are plans for a new look? What do you remember from previous concerts here?
I hope to come back. The last time was excluded for two days because they were made flights because of volcanic ash from Iceland. We had to bring our bus from Germany to turn us back.

Do you know how the "Belladonna" from "No Heavy Petting" is one of the very favorite songs of Greek public? You'll think to include it in your next look to satisfy us?
I did not know, but I knew that the same applies to Russia. We played there and would be great to play in Greece.

You started your career with personal chores at a time when artists were selling several albums. Change all your life as a musician worker due to the change of scenery?
Honestly I do about the same thing as I always did. I am very lucky because I had the opportunity to do what I love throughout all the years of my career.

Eventually only concerts sustain the artist financially? What is generally your advice for young musicians trying to make a living?
My advice is to do it because they love and are passionate about music. You have to follow your own path and hope for the best. There is no certainty about anything choose to do in your life, but apparently some choices in your career are more likely to succeed. You need to find what is worship do.

What is your opinion about crowdfunding as a new way to finance an album? The find honest agreement between artist and fan?
I think it is a great opportunity for the artists at a time when they need as ever help and support. If the man feels that contributes gets back something worth then it is good for everyone.








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Vinnie Moore has always been a hard-working and passionate musician. During the mid 80s, Moore was regarded as one of rock music's most innovative guitarists; with his lightning fast fret board skills and melodic riffs. He released several impressive instrumental solos records during that time period on the guitar shredder-oriented label, Shrapnel Records.  In 1991, Vinnie Moore released his break-out 'Meltdown' album, as the title track became a critically acclaimed masterpiece, getting huge radio play and being one of the very few instrumentals, to not only have a music video shown on MTV, but to be put in heavy rotation on the fan favorite show, "The Head Bangers Ball."  


After a short stint as part of Alice Cooper's touring band in the early 90's, in 2003, vocalist Phil Mogg of the classic rock band, UFO, offered Moore the position of lead guitarist when he was looking to continue UFO, and needed a guitarist to replace the legendary Michael Schenker.  Mogg ultimately decided that Moore would be the best fit for the band. It was a dream come true for Moore; he was a big fan of the band since childhood.  

Presently, Moore is working harder now than ever before. The 50-year-old guitar virtuoso is currently co-headlining the ‘XG Extreme Guitar tour,’ with ex-Scorpions guitarist, Uli Roth, and the Black Knights Rising, which is a band consisting of Craig Goldy, Vinny Appice, Elliott Rubinson, and John West.

Moore is also involved with an amazing power trio, Red Zone Riders. This band consists of veteran musicians Kelly Keeling on vocals/bass and Scot Coogan on drums. They released their debut record last year and plan on doing some touring this year.

In addition, UFO will be releasing a new CD entitled, 'A Conspiracy Of Stars,' which is the fifth studio record that Moore is doing with the band. UFO will also be kicking off a world tour on Feb 20th.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with Vinnie Moore.

Rock Music Star: Vinnie, you are currently co-headlining the ‘XG Extreme Guitar tour,' which is a cool tour, also featuring Uli Roth and Black Knights Rising, the band consisting of Craig Goldy,Vinny Appice, Elliott Rubinson and John West. You have a week plus of touring under your belt; how has this tour been going so far?

Vinnie Moore:  So far, very well.  Everyone is playing really well.  There is a good vibe; the audiences have been great.  It’s good to be out here doing it.  There is a lot of rocking going on this tour.

RMS:  Following the 'Extreme Guitar tour,' you have a tour with UFO starting soon.
VM:  Yes, the first show is on Feb 20th.
RMS:  When is your last show on the Extreme Guitar tour?
VM:  The last show for me is on February 9th.  Then, after that, I go home for about a week, and then I leave and start the UFO tour.  It’s a little tight (time-wise). I don’t like to have them booked that close, but it happened that way. 
RMS:  With an established band like UFO, do you have to even rehearse much before you hit the road?
VM:  Well, we do have some new songs to learn this time, because we have a new record coming out.  So we’re going to rehearse a little longer.  But, normally it doesn’t take very long for us to rehearse for a tour, because we have played the songs so many times.  So, we kind of just get together and go for it, and that’s usually just a couple of days. 
RMS:  I haven’t seen the UFO set-list in awhile; do you play any songs from the Paul Chapman era (1980-1984) of UFO?
VM:  I’m not sure if we will this time, but we have played some in the past.  We played “Long Gone,” and a few others.  But, we haven’t gotten together to discuss the set-list for this tour yet. But, it’s something that we should do soon.  
RMS:  There are so many classic songs that you have to play, so I would imagine it is difficult to sneak in too many of the lesser known tracks.
VM:  Yes, UFO has such a history and catalog, is it difficult to sometimes pick what songs should be played and what should be left out.  You’re always going to leave out something that someone wants to hear. 
RMS:  Right on.  As a long time UFO fan, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming UFO release, 'A Conspiracy of Stars,' which comes out in North America on March 3rd.  How does it compare to previous releases?  Is it stylistically different, at all? Or is it typical classic UFO.
VM:  I think that we are following in the same direction.  It’s a rock record.  But, we have explored some new territories, as well. It’s hard to describe your own music. It’s basically a rock record, with some really good songs and moods.
RMS:  What do you think motivates the other members of UFO to continue to record new music?  They are getting up there in age, and they already have a great catalog of classic songs.
VM:  I really think that it’s just a love of what they are doing, and the passion is still there.  When you love something, you want to keep on doing it.  In fact, it’s hard to let go.  It’s almost like an addiction.  Other people, who are getting up there in age, are doing jobs that they are not really happy doing.  They just want to stop doing it as soon as they can, and move on.  If you love what you are doing, you just want to squeeze every last drop out of it and keep going as long as you can. 
RMS:  Sure, that makes sense.  What is the writing process like in UFO?  Does the band get together, or do you write parts and email them to each other?
VM:  We start the ideas at home, on our own.  I send over pretty much complete song templates and send it over to the other guys, mainly Phil Mogg.  He’s the guy that has to hear it and then decide what he likes or doesn’t like and can write lyrics to.  But, for any album, between us all, we write about 20 songs, and then Phil picks the ones that he can work with and likes the best.  Then, we get together and rehearse.  Then, at rehearsals, we tweak the songs- maybe change some arrangements- and see how they feel when we play through them.
RMS:  One of my favorite members of UFO is Paul Raymond.  He is a great all-purpose musician.  What were his contributions on this release, and what role does he play in the songwriting process?
VM:  Well, he writes as well.  I think that he has two or three songs on the new record.  He usually plays guitar on the songs that he writes, and plays keyboards on everything. 
RMS:  Do you play all of the guitar on the songs that he doesn’t write?
VM:  Yes.
RMS:  I’ve always wondered why, at least in North America, that UFO doesn’t hook up on some of the bigger rock tours.  It seems that, for the last decade or more, that UFO only does headlining shows in clubs.  But, it would be cool to see them on tour with a classic rock band, such as Def Leppard, KISS, or Mötley Crüe. 
VM:  I know that they have done that in the past, but I would personally love to do that.  I have no idea why that hasn’t come to fruition.  I’m not sure why.  But, yeah a double bill tour would be very cool.
RMS:  Yes, it certainly would be.  I also want to discuss the other band that you’re involved with, Red Zone Rider.  This is a great band that also features Kelly Keeling on vocals/bass, and Scot Coogan on drums.  You released your debut CD last year, and it’s really solid.  It kind of has a bit of a Winery Dogs vibe to it; were they an influence at all?
VM:  No, they really weren’t any direct influence.  It was a project that happened very quickly when I had some time available.  I found out that Kelly also had some time available, so we started talking about putting something together.   So, we wrote some songs, found a drummer, and put together a record.  We were very happy with the way that it came out.   The only template that we had for that record was that we wanted to make something that had a 70s vibe to it.
RMS:  Are there any plans for Red Zone Rider to continue on?  Maybe tour and put out another record?
VM:  Yes, we want to do some touring.  We would also love to do another record; we all loved the last one.  But yeah, I do think there could be some stuff coming soon.  It’s just a matter of us finding the time to do it.
RMS:  You have a lot going on with between UFO and Red Zone Rider, and you also do solo shows, as well.
VM:  Well, I haven’t done solo shows in America in quite a while; that’s why it’s great, being out now.  I’ve done some solo shows over in Europe and different places as well, but not in America. So, I’m excited to be doing these gigs.  I actually have a new solo record coming out, too, in a couple of months.  It’s good to be doing solo work again.  It’s going to be all instrumental, and I’m putting it out on my own label, Mindseye music. 
RMS:  That’s great; I can’t wait to hear it.  Before you joined UFO, were you ever approached by any other bands to join them as lead guitarist?
VM:  No, not really.  I’m not really sure why not, but it never really happened. 

RMS:  How did you get involved with UFO?  Do you approach them, or did they approach you?
VM:  We had a mutual friend that called my manager and told him that UFO was looking for a guitar player, and then he went to them and told them that they should speak to Vinnie.  So then, I was eventually asked to send over a CD of music to Phil Mogg. I sent him about eleven songs, and then he called a couple weeks later, and said he wanted to do it.
RMS:  Yeah. I think, other than Michael Schenker, you are the best guitarist for the band, at this point in their career.
VM: Well, thank you very much.
RMS:  The material that you have recorded with them, so far, is very good, and you haven’t changed the sound of the band too much.  Sometimes, a new guitarist comes in to an established band, and you get a brand new sounding band. 
VM:  Well, I was a fan of the band when I was growing up.  So, it was natural for me to keep the sound of the band similar.
RMS: Last question I have for you; many UFO fans are wondering why original bass player, Pete Way, isn’t in the band anymore.  What is the current status with him?  Is the band still in communication with him?  Is it possible that he may, one day, return to the band?
VM:  Pete has had some health issues; he had prostate cancer and other things.  It’s definitely not going to happen at this point.  He’s a good guy, and we miss him.  Unfortunately, it’s over.+

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