Tag Archives: UFO

Album review: GRAND SLAM – Hit The Ground

GRAND SLAM - Hit The Ground

Marshall Records [Release date 22.11.19] Great things should have happened for Grand Slam when they emerged in 1984 from the dust that settled after the tangled and anti-climactic end of the great Thin Lizzy, who themselves were just seeing a … 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

Everyone wants to be a lead singer these days. Burnt Out Wreck, who emerged to the bouncy theme music from the kids’ TV programme ‘Rhubarb and Custard’, are fronted by Gary Moat who used to be the drummer in Heavy Pettin’. … Continue reading

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Album review: VINNIE MOORE – Soul Shifter

VINNIE MOORE - Soul Shifter

Mind’s Eye Music [Release date 09.10.19] What does a still-relevant guitarist do when his main band says farewell?  You keep releasing solo albums, that’s what.  Vinnie Moore’s last solo outing was in 2015 – Aerial Visions – but in fairness … 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. … Continue reading

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

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

Can this really be the end? Whilst part of me dearly hopes not, there is something of a delicious irony about ever-present vocalist Phil Mogg choosing to fold the band on his own terms. During a ride that for about … Continue reading

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

MICHAEL SCHENKER - A Decade Of The Mad Axeman

[Release date 28.01.18] A completely mad axeman indeed, Michael 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 … 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

It’s take some gumption to start a new band when celebrating the 50th anniversary of your pro career, but then Stevie Smith, the former Bad Manners, Ruthless Blues, Salt and Long John Baldry harp player, is no ordinary performer, and … 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 … Continue reading

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Album review: UFO – The Salentino Cuts

UFO - The Salentino Cuts

Cleopatra Records [Release date 29.09.17] Originally formed in 1969, British rock legends have been rocking for nearly 50 years. With a brief hiatus or two, UFO have released 21 studio albums and some classic live sets along the way. This … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Book review: PETE WAY – Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man

PETE WAY – Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man

Constable Books [Publication date 11.05.17] It is about time that someone wrote a book that gives the life and times of UFO an objective and entertaining airing from the inside. For about two-thirds of Pete Way’s autobiography, I was bemoaning … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – Alban Arena, St Albans, 25 October 2016

UFO - Alban Arena, St Albans, 25 October 2016

For a band whose musical quality is right up there with the best, UFO’s legacy in the classic rock hall of fame is not the most secure. Whether its the effect of the off stage shenanigans and constant personnel changes … Continue reading

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DVD review: MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – On A Mission – Live In Madrid

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – On A Mission - Live In Madrid

Inakustik [Release date 29.04.16] Over the past few years I have been championing the cause for Temple Of Rock to anyone who will listen. The band’s latest album, ‘Spirit On A Mission’ was my 2015 album of the year and … Continue reading

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Gig review: MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK – Queens Hall, Edinburgh, 22 January 2016

The Best of 2016

Photo: Pako Meria Almost exactly a year ago I got a copy through of the latest Temple Of Rock album, ‘Spirit On A Mission’. One play through was all it took for me to decide that the band had created … Continue reading

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News: BEST OF 2015 rock radio special on Sunday 27 December

FM - Planet Rockstock - Trecco Bay, South Wales, 4 December 2015

On Sunday 27 December, at 22:00 GMT David Randall presents a two-hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio featuring the Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer choices for ‘Best of 2015′.  The show will also reflect the popular vote that … Continue reading

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Gig review: HARD ROCK HELL IX – Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Helloween -  HARD ROCK HELL IX - Hafan Y Mor, Pwlhelli, Wales, 12-14 November 2015

Thursday When the line-up was announced for this year’s 9th chapter of the Hard Rock Hell journey there were the usual naysayers but to be fair it’s the same for every festival… However one thing that topped everything was the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LIZARDS – Reptilicus Maximus

THE LIZARDS - Reptilicus Maximus

Hyperspace Records [Release date 01.09.15] The Lizards may leave us waiting far too long between albums but when they do appear they are invariably worthy of attention.  We reviewed their last “proper” 2006 release ‘Against All Odds’ noting that it … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 1 – Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 25 July 2015

STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL Day 1 - Ebbw Vale, S.Wales, 25 July 2015

Steelhouse is celebrating its fifth anniversary and I am proud to say I was there at the inaugral event on a cold and rainy windswept mountain … not a lot has changed weatherwise since then. In fairness to the Steelhouse … Continue reading

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Gig review: UFO – The Ritz, Manchester, 19 April 2015

UFO - The Ritz, Manchester, 19 April 2015

On the way to the gig in the car, and playing the latest album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, I was reassured that this was still the hard rock album of the year nearly six months in.  But, as it turned … Continue reading

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Album review: UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

SPV [Release date 23.02.15] UFO are another of our “heritage” bands who for the past few years have toured consistently and released new albums.  In short, they are still relevant.  And, arguably, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ is their best offering … Continue reading

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