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Book review: On track…UFO (Every Album, Every Song) by Richard James

On track...UFO (Every Album, Every Song) by Richard James

Sonicbond Publishing [Release date 26.02.21] It was a sad day when UFO announced their ‘Last Orders’ tour in 2018, even sadder when a couple of weeks after the UK leg long-standing keyboard/guitar player Paul Raymond died of a heart attack.  And then, in 2020, Paul Chapman and Pete Way passed away. It sort of underscored the end of an era. James emphasises that the band should have got more recogniiton, suggesting they were never qu… Continue reading

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Album review: LIAR – Sunset Plaza Drive

LIAR - Sunset Plaza Drive

…see released. This is my first time listening to Liar and they certainly nailed that 70s rock sound beloved of UFO on songs like ‘Do You Ever’. Opener ‘Judy Teens’ builds nicely, reminiscent of Triumph in places. ‘Blame It On The Kids’ features a lovely pulsing bass line, whilst drummer Clive Brooks (who sadly passed away in 2017) lays down a rolling beat. One of the album’s stand outs. The newly recorded ‘Woman’ packs more punch due to the mode… Continue reading

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News: The Best of 2019 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2019

…NS Write A Better Day 5.MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND Love And Beyond 6.THE WILDHEARTS Renaissance Men Top Live Acts 1. UFO 2. MARTIN BARRE BAND 3. ZAL CLEMINSON’S SIN’DOGS Breakthrough Act COLLATERAL Top reissue RORY GALLAGHER  Blues The GRTR! Reviewer selections Top albums JASON RITCHIE (News and Reviews Editor): 1.    THE DIVINE COMEDY Office Politics A real tour de force on this double album. It has everyting from the pop classic ‘N… Continue reading

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Gig review: PETE WAY BAND – Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

Gig review: Pete Way Band - Camden Underworld, 24 October 2019

…onted by Gary Moat who used to be the drummer in Heavy Pettin’. Later we would see Pete Way, seminal bassist in UFO (the band who’s 1976 album gave Heavy Pettin’ their moniker), also assume front man duties for his own band. More of that later. Burnt Out Wreck put in a decent shift against a PA leaning towards the shrill end, at least initially, and on a tiny bit of stage in front the Pete Way Band’s kit that was too cramped for this five-piece…. Continue reading

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Album review: VINNIE MOORE – Soul Shifter

VINNIE MOORE - Soul Shifter

…lo outing was in 2015 – Aerial Visions – but in fairness since that time he has been kept busy with UFO. ‘Soul Shifter’ is a great vehicle for the guitarist and runs the whole gamut from funk rock to metal.  If you liked his playing in UFO you will like this. In that band, Moore proved that he was well capable of not only matching earlier sorties by the likes of Michael Schenker but stamping his own sense and sensibility…. Continue reading

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Interview: GARY MOAT (Burnt Out Wreck)

…e same way. You’re supporting the Pete Way Band this autumn. And your old band was actually named after a UFO album. Did you know Pete from UFO days back then? No. The only time I ever met Pete Way was 87/88 when we were recording the Big Bang album and Waysted were in the studio next door to us. I went to see UFO many times, of course. They were all big heroes and influences on all of us I suppose. He told me he really likes our stuff and… Continue reading

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Interview: PETE WAY

Pete Way Band

Ahead of his UK tour Darren Johnson talks to the former UFO bass supremo Pete Way. It wasn’t that long ago that the only news we’d be reading about Pete Way was in connection with his various ongoing health battles. But now, following a well-publicised autobiography in 2017, he’s back on the road performing. A UK tour begins later this month and a new album ‘Walking On The Edge’ is due out at the end of January. Alw… Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2019 – December 2019

ESP PROJECT - The Rising

…(EP) Graphite Records 5th NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS ‘Ghosteen’ (double album) 9th VINNIE MOORE (UFO) ‘Soul Shifter’ Mind’s Eye Music 11th BabyMetal ‘Metal Galaxy’ earMUSIC BBMAK ‘Powerstation’ BENT KNEE ‘You Know What They Mean’ Inside Out BLACKEYED SUSAN (feat. former BRITNY FOX singer Dean Davidson) ‘Electric Rattlebone’ (re-issue) & ‘Just A Taste’… Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

…osing their own moment to quit seemed as remote as a smooth Brexit. Yet for the last decade or so, we have seen UFO graft hard and attain stability, maturity and yes, even integrity. Who would ever have thought those descriptors could be used about this band? Unless the rest of the band and/or other former members hijack the name and keep touring, of course. Stranger things happen in rock ‘n’ roll every day. But for now, let’s assume this was the… Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2018)

FOREIGNER – London Palladium, 7 June 2016

…17;s Classic Magnum + more TBA HRH AOR Thursday 14th-Sunday 17th March Haven Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli UFO + Tyketoo + Ted Poley + Dave Bickler 9ex-Survivor) + The Electric Boys + Tigertailz + Mitch Malloy + Pretty Boy Floyd + Vega + Romeo’s Daughter + Kane’d + The Radio Sun + Bai Bang + New Generation Superstars + Fahran + Captain Black Beard FUSION FESTIVAL 2019 22–24 March 2019 Civic Centre, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn Dec… Continue reading

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Album review: THE COCKNEY REJECTS – The Wild Ones (re-issue)

…record a proper rock platter. As if to underline the authenticity of the venture, drinking buddy and legendary UFO bassist Pete Way was drafted in the twiddle the knobs. The resulting album was impressive. Indeed I remember buying the album back in the day, curious as much about Way’s production credentials as about the West Ham Utd rabble-rousers’ change in direction. The tone is set from the word go with Mick Geggus’ no-frills, dirty, echo-lad… Continue reading

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Gig review: JOANOVARC, HELL’S GAZELLES, KILLIT, BLACK WHISKEY – Giants Of Rock, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018

KILLIT - Giants Of Rock, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018

…;s winners and will be appearing on the main stage next year. Citing influences like Zeppelin, Free, Purple and UFO, Black Whiskey very much opt for a classic rock sound. Bluesy guitar, soulful vocals and solid rhythm. It’s a timeless, infectious mix and I am definitely happy to see more of them in future. Review by Darren Johnson Photos by David Randall Gig review (Giants of Rock, Days 1-3) The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian si… Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER – A Decade Of The Mad Axeman

MICHAEL SCHENKER - A Decade Of The Mad Axeman

…l Schenker is one of the world’s shining lights when it comes to rock and metal guitar. Whether with Scorpions, UFO, the Michael/McAuley Schenker Group, UFO again, solo or his own Temple Of Rock, the German guitarist has produced some of the finest hard rock and metal around. After forming Scorpions and then jumping ship to UFO, Schenker first went solo when he formed MSG, band that featured such luminaries as vocalists Gary Barden, Robin McAuley… Continue reading

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The Best of 2017: top albums, top live acts – the reviewers’ choice

The Best of 2017

…ly? Tough year though  honourable mentions and near misses include Black Star Riders, Threshold, Inglorious and UFO. Top Live Acts Photo: Andy Nathan 1 BLACK SABBATH Gloomy, doomladen and portentous. And that was just the weather outside the O2. The mood was set fair for Sabbath’s last ever show in London. The inventors of Heavy Metal did not disappoint  it was their darker material that won through on this epic night. ‘After Forever&… Continue reading

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Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester, 4 November 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST– O2 Ritz, Manchester – 4 November 2017

…lowed including ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Love Is Not A Game’ before Michael cranked out the familiar opening riff to the UFO classic ‘Rock Bottom’. With McAuley on vocal duties this was a real tour de force with the usual extended guitar solo from Schenker in the mid-section which held the crowd enthralled and brought the main set to a blistering climax. After a brief interlude Schenker returned to the stage, a bit too brief for the rest of the band who t… Continue reading

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Gig review: SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

…harp player, is no ordinary performer, and nor is his name sake guitarist Steve Smith. And together with former UFO/ Pat Travers/Stampede/Wild Horses and current Lionheart drummer Clive Edwards and the mellifluous bass lines of Richard Taylor, Smith the harp has got himself a formidable little combo. Being a new band inevitably means a healthy sprinkling of covers, albeit with interesting twists and original arrangements. In between a relaxed ope… Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Dorking Halls, 14 September 2017

 UFO - Dorking Halls, 14 September 2017

UFO’s long career has in recent times been taking them down the road less travelled. It’s nearly three years now since a Central London date, but after last year’s show in St Albans, capital based fans like me now made the trip to Dorking, the market town in the Surrey Hills stockbroker belt, which was the nearest venue on a tour capitalising on their very well received Ramblin Man appearance in the summer. It was my first trip to Dorking Halls… Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL VINCENT – XX

PHIL VINCENT - XX

…has changed. I am what I am. :) My songs will always come out sounding like my influences, The Beatles, Priest, UFO, Winger, Dokken, Queen, Journey, Uriah Heep, …I could go on forever. Writing each song is always different. The initial seed of an idea could be a title or a riff or a melody. There is no template. Inspiration is very mysterious and interesting. I’m just so thankful I can put my feelings into songs and some people enjoy those songs…. Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – BCCIV

Black Country Communion - BCCIV

…ned ‘Sway’ and the brilliant bass-driven stormer, ‘The Crow’ he is thunderous and immense. During his days with UFO, Michael Schenker used to complain that he was too loud on stage. Love it. Neither has Hughes sounded better. There’s a hint of gravel in the production, but the overriding sense is of power and resonance. ‘Over My Head’ shows off his softer side, tackling a higher register and ‘Wanderlust’ emphasises his bluesy tones. On the latter… Continue reading

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Book review: Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

…fair few musicians through their ranks including Algy Ward (who went on to form Tank), Paul Gray (later seen in UFO), Jon Moss (Culture Club) and Lemmy often appeared on stage with them. You find out lots of facts including Captain’s love of cricket (his solo career and hit ‘Happy Talk’ are also covered in depth) and interesting insights to the various offshoots including the Phantom Chords and Naz Nomad and the Nightmares. Plus of course the ban… Continue reading

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