Phil Mogg: “We are polishing the guitars, cleaning up the drums, I have a new front tooth, and our crew have bought themselves fresh mascara, some new tunes, and an airline ticket to the USA, to be joining our old pals Saxon on what will be a celebration tour of all our favorite places. Look forward to seeing you there! Kisses, UFO.”
There are even more stories about UFO than they’ve composed songs. Any band who have been in the music business for more than 40 years are bound to have experienced difficult times, but also dazzling successes and spectacular events. UFO’s success story began in London way back in 1969, when vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitarist Mick Bolton and bassist Pete Way formed the group. Even in the Seventies, the band distinguished themselves with their very own, unmistakable style, touching a nerve among their growing following with rock numbers like Prince Kajuku, Follow You Home or C’mon Everybody from their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live.
The global breakthrough arrived when German guitarist, Michael Schenker, joined the fold in 1973, having left his band Scorpions to follow an offer by Phil Mogg and Pete Way. UFO released three consecutive rock classics with Schenker (Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976)), featuring classics like Doctor Doctor, Shoot, Shoot, or Rock Bottom.
Their live cut Strangers In The Night came out in 1979 and is referred to by the press to this day as one of the best live releases of all time, while also signaling the end of the Mogg, Way, Schenker, Parker & Raymond line-up. The reorganized band underwent fifteen years marked by various eras and numerous line-up changes.
Currently, UFO is touring with their long standing line-up of two original members, vocalist Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker, plus classic-era Paul Raymond on Keyboards and Guitar, American guitar slinger Vinnie Moore and bassist Rob De Luca – the perfect complement.
Biff Byford of Saxon: “It's great to be back on the road with UFO. The last time we toured together was in the 80's so should be fun and a unique package for the fans. Keep the faith”
The band SAXON are truly monsters of rock. They are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new live DVD Let Me Feel Your Power, both on the UDR label. Saxon are vocalist Biff Byford, guitarist Paul Quinn, drummer Nigel Glockler, guitarist Doug Scarrett and bassist Tim “Nibbs” Carter.
Special guest JARED JAMES NICHOLS has definitely got it. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist's new EP Old Glory & The Wild Revival channels blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock 'n' roll. It's raw, raucous and righteously real.
THE BRITISH INVASION 2017!
Friday, September 22, 2017 7:30pm
Tickets: $54 - $69
Get ready to rock! UFO, including vocalist Phil Mogg, drummer Andy Parker, guitar slinger Vinnie Moore, Paul Raymond on keyboards and guitar, and bassist Rob De Luca, will hit the stage with their classic and unmistakable heavy metal masterpieces. They will be joined by Saxon and Jared James Nichols for a hard rocking night at The Newt!