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Pre-UFO

1968/1969

It's hard to believe that UFO were recording music at the same time that bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple were only beginning to set the standard of what Heavy Rock and Metal were to be for many years to come. In fact had it not been for one live and two studio albums before they could truly be called a "Heavy" Rock band, it would be possible that UFO would be celebrated as genre defining in the same way Zeppelin and Purple now are. Arguably they deserve that credit either way. Playing a more straight ahead, less grandiose or pretentious style of rock music, although never simplistic, it would be fair to suggest that U.F.O. influenced as many bands over the next couple of decades as either Zeppelin or Purple.

Formed as The Boyfriends, Pete Way (bass), Mick Bolton (guitar) and Tic Torrazo (drums) would go through the monikers Hocus Pocus, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Acid.

The Boyfriends with Pete Way and Mick Bolton

Torrazo was replaced by Colin Turner before they teamed up with Phil Mogg on vocals and taking inspiration from a local club finally settled on UFO as their name. Turner wasn't to last long behind the kit either though, and before the band would play their debut gig in late 1969 Andy Parker had become their new drummer.

words taken from Metal Perspective, © - all rights reserved - Visit the website, an excellent read

'DEBUT BY GROUP' Newspaper clipping above supplied by Phil Mogg - Thank you

 

Andy Parker

"...and by ’69 I had formed a blues band along with my pal Steve Casey (some of you may remember him as the unseen guitar player with MSG). We were called Aurora Borealis, and what we lacked in talent we definitely made up in enthusiasm. Besides which we had our own van, a big plus back then.

©photo copyright - Andy Parker

It was around the summer of ’69, that I first met Phil, Pete and Mick, who along with yours truly would form the first incarnation of UFO.

I was in my then favorite watering hole, The Golden Lion in Hoddesdon, knocking back a few pints with Steve and some of his buddies from work (yes, I was only 17 at the time), when in walked the aforementioned trio. They were looking for somewhere to audition drummers, having recently sacked theirs, apparently due to him smelling like fish.

Turns out that one of Steve’s mates was at school with Pete. I got talking to Mick who informed me, “I have a band called Hocus Pocus and we are looking for a drummer, are you interested?” Well, having found out from an earlier conversation that he had a Marshall stack, a Gibson Les Paul, and a manager, I was very much interested. This was the big time!

So I duly auditioned, got the gig, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Our first album ‘UFO 1’ was released in 1970, on the Beacon Records label. Man, was I thrilled! I remember having to wait until my 18th birthday to sign the contract because my parents refused to sign on my behalf.

They had some crazy idea that I was being ripped off. Turns out that they were right, but at that time I really didn’t care. I just wanted to make a record.

Even today, I still feel that I made the right decision. Although we never saw any money from the Beacon recordings, they got the name UFO known worldwide, which ultimately led us to bigger and better things.
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STORY CONTINUES ON ANDYS WEBSITE

 

 

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UFO #1

August 1969 - February 1972

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Mick Bolton
(Guitars)

 

UFO Mk1 - Band Photo
Rear Photo markings

Phil Mogg - Pete Way - Andy Parker - Mick Bolton

 

 

Original Fan Photo - September 1971 ©mgab archive

Left to right: Mick Bolton - Pete Way - Fan - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker

ufo1

Album - AKA 1970

Flying

Album - AKA 1972

ufo Live

Album - GEMA Nova 1972

Album - AKA 1973

Originally known as HOCUS POCUS, UFO took the name in honour of the London Club

Having found a more settled line up, 1970 would see the band release debut album "UFO 1" featuring a cover version of Eddie Cochrane's "C'mon Everybody" that was a huge seller in Japan. "UFO 2 – Flying-One Hour Space Rock" followed up in 1972 and was notable for the track Prince Kajuku which at the time was a live favourite and a stand out on the album "UFO Live" which also emerged in 1972. The majority of the world still remained ignorant to the band UFO, though amazingly those first three albums had racked up over three million sales in Japan, Germany and France alone.

 


UFO #2

February 1972 - October 1972

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Larry Wallis
(Guitars)

 

As "Live" was coming out Mick Bolton decided to leave the band and Larry Wallis who would later feature equally fleetingly in Motorhead and then Pink Fairies, joined as replacement. Larry didn't manage a year with the band as he drunkenly telling Phil Mogg what he thought of him after/during the European tour - this led to him being fired. Lasting an even shorter time was replacement, Bernie Marsden. Bernie joined in November '72, but by June '73, he too was out although he would later find fame with his four years in David Coverdale's Whitesnake.

 

1972 - UFO Mk2 photo - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker - Pete Way - Larry Wallis

 

 

Larry Wallis replaces

Mick Bolton (above) on Guitars

Larry Wallis interview by Tony Rettman (June 2002)

After Bloodwyn Pig, you answered an ad in the Melody Maker that read 'Gigantic Rock Band, No Names, Needs A Guitarist. You've Got To Look Great.' Am I correct?

LW: It was all very secretive for some reason. Eventually I found out it was U.F.O. It was the winter of 1971. I toddled off to the audition. When I got there, Andy Parker (drummer for UFO) and Pete Way (bassist) were there, along with a video camera. No Phil Mogg (singer). He probably had a plumbing job that day. Now, at the time I had the full set up... the long hair... the cool hippy garb. When I came in, Pete said 'He looks like a star.' We plugged me in and the day before I heard Hendrix on the John Peel radio show and he'd whacked out something called "Drivin' South," so I just started playing my version of that. And that was that. I had never heard of UFO, but I didn't tell them that. Mark Hannau was our manager. He had just parted ways with the successful Curved Air. We thought the Curved Air pedigree was great until we figured out they must have fired him for a reason. He signed us a publishing deal for 8000 pounds, which was a respectful amount in those days. We were about to go off on a tour of Germany, so naturally we spent the money on a sound system bigger than anyone else's and a second hand Bentley. The tour ended when the German gangsters running one of the shows nicked the Bentley. Apparently Mark Hannau made them believe we were going to stay in Germany and tour for them. It was then we figured out Mark wouldn't be giving Peter Grant (Zeppelin manager) any sleepless nights.
When we got back, Chrysalis got involved and gave us a chap named Wilf Wright to look after us. They kept us busy touring Italy and these were great times. One night, I got drunk and told Phil Mogg what I really thought of him and he kicked me out. Pete and Andy were real upset, but whatcha gonna do? The roadies hated me leaving so much they dropped my amps off at my parents' house. This caused Wilf to have a meeting with me where he said the amps weren't mine and I would have to give them back. I said 'No'... and made an exit.


And right after that was when you were asked to join The Pink Fairies.

LW: I wanted to be a Pink Fairy more than anything in the world.

 


UFO #3

November 1972 - June 1973

BRAVO music magazine - VIEW POSTER

Left to right: Pete Way - Andy Parker - Phil Mogg - Bernie Marsden

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Bernie Marsden
(Guitars)

Bernie Marsden replaces Larry Wallis (who joined Pink Fairies) on Guitars

Larry Wallis joins PINK FAIRIES for a couple of years before forming MOTORHEAD with Lemmy

Bernie Marsden turned pro in 1972 with UFO touring Europe at 20 years of age

Bernie went into the studios with UFO and recorded some demos - Give Her The Gun

UFO sign to Chrysalis Records

Our dear Friend, Benji from Rock Hard posted part of the interview he had with Bernie Marsden about his next topic in Rock Hard France magazine : "birth of a legend : Whitesnake", the part concerning Bernie's story in UFO, and his credits in some titles of phenomenon. So, This interview with Bernie is some 35 years later in 2007

Rock Hard: Bernie, even if it is not the principal subject of our interview, I should like to take the opportunity to tell you about your short passage in UFO, between November 72 and June 73. You‘re not credited on the Phenomenon album, which was released just after your departure, but did you write something in this album?

Bernie Marsden: I was implied in two or three titles which actually finished on Phenomenon. When we decided to do not work more together, I told them “ok, we do the things properly, I leave, you recover Michael (Schenker), I do not say anything on this subject, you either”. And the “secrecy” of my passage in the band lasted ready 20 years. Before that, for various reasons, one asked me “you ever played in UFO”, I always said “not! ".

 

But obviously, you made party of it, I saw photographs of the band with you, and anybody other!

(laughs) It is true, but there are not not so much photographs which circulate! You have seen surely a photograph which was released on a German magazine at that time. It is almost the only one which I know officially. Now, we do not have any more problem to evoke my passage on both sides. We even laugh about it! But at the time, I had invested myself in UFO only because I was semi professional, and thanks to my integration in UFO, I became professional. The reason for which I joined them is that they had a contract with Chrysalis, a management, and an agency which organized the tours. And it was a good band. But it was not completely my universe. I am a guitarist of blues at the base, and I understood in the first weeks of my investment with the band that it was not really done for me. But we wrote tricks together. We recorded a session with Dave Edmunds, who remain a great mystery for the fans of UFO, because they never has been released nowhere. Because on these tapes, there is the initial version of “Doctor Doctor”. But it is not very a big issue. The track was not entitled yet “Doctor Doctor”, we had given it a name which I don't remember . I took part in the development of this title, but I have not problems with the fact that I was not credited on this subject. I must acknowledge that I laughed when I heard the title on the album a few months later, I said to myself “hum, that points out something to me! ". It is a very good piece, on which, is it necessary to specify it, Michael put his style, while playing superb parts. I was content that he joined the band to tell the truth, even if he had only muddles thereafter! I excuse myself to him! (laughs)

 

A rumor says that you also took part actively in the writing of the title “Oh My” on Phenomenon, as well as the title “Give Her The Gun”, the first individual one recorded with Michael, right before Phenomenon…

“Oh My”, it is exact, there is no doubt. On the other hand, I never listened to “Give Her The Gun”. You have it? Because if I can listen to it, I could say to you so yes in the 20 seconds or not if I took part in it, as it was the case when I heard “Doctor, Doctor” for the first time, but sincerely, that does not say anything to me. But it is possible that the title was changed after my departure. When I reconsider this period, they was much less bad than the idea I had at this time. There are things that you only understand well later… I have much respect for UFO, and it is thanks to them that I succeded in music.

Bernie's Myspace: myspace.com/berniemarsden

 


UFO #4

June 1973 - April 1974

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)

The very first date from Michael Schenker with UFO was on 18. June 1973 in Regensburg/Germany.
Scorpions / UFO / Chicken Shack German Tour. Ufo rent Michael Schenker from Scorpions
Setlist UFO : 1. Cmon everybody 2. i’m a man (i dont know this song) 3. Jam 4. Blues

Michael Schenker leaves the Scorpions to replace Bernie Marsden On Guitars

Bernie Marsden joins WILD TURKEY for a year (June 1973 - June 1974) before joining Cozy Powell in COZY POWELL's HAMMER (July 1974 - June 1975)

then to BABY RUTH (August 1975 - August 1976) then to PAICE / ASHTON / LORD (August 1976 - March 1978) then to

WHITESNAKE (April 1978 - April 1982)

UFO record their third album, PHENOMENON - Released May 1974


UFO #5

April 1974 - January 1975

Chrysalis Official Band Photo

Left to right: Phil Mogg - Pete Way - Paul Chapman - Andy Parker - Michael Schenker

UFO_1974

Left to right: Michael Schenker - Andy Parker - Phil Mogg - Paul Chapman - Pete Way

Left to right: Michael Schenker - Paul Chapman - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker - Pete Way

 

 

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Paul Chapman
(Guitars)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)

Paul Chapman joins UFO having answered an advert in UK's music paper, 'Melody Maker'. Audition at the Unity Theatre in London

Paul left KIMLA TAZ (December 1972 - May 1974) and prior to this was with

SKID ROW (December 1971 (having replaced Gary Moore)) - July 1972)

Paul joins in time to tour and promote Phenomenon

This photo comes from BRITISH ROCK INVASION-20 PRIME CUTS FROM CHRYSALIS  
V.A.
(1974) JAPAN-ONLY 2LP w/GATE-FOLD P/S +
8-page BOOKLET
   Chrysalis/King Records Japan LAX-116~7

 

Click the photos for detail view

 


UFO #6

January 1975 - August 1975

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)

Paul Chapman leaves UFO in January 75 to form LONE STAR (May 1975 - June 1978)

Keyboards are heard for the first time - Chick Churchill fills in on keys for the bands 4th album FORCE IT but is used as a session muscian

Recorded FORCE IT - released in July 1975


UFO #7

August 1975 - July 1976

......

Chrysalis Official Band Photos

Left to right: Danny Peyronnel - Michael Schenker - Pete Way - Andy Parker - Phil Mogg

Left to right, Back: Andy Parker - Michael Schenker - Danny Peyronnel

Front: Pete Way - Phil Mogg

 

UFO in London

UFO in London

 

Left to right: Danny Peyronnel - Phil Mogg - Michael Schenker - Andy Parker - Pete Way

 

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)
Danny Peyronel
(Guitars, Keyboards)

Danny Peyronel joins on Keyboards and Rhythm guitar from HEAVY METAL KIDS and plays his first gig at the Reading Festival

Recorded NO HEAVY PETTING - released May 1976

 


UFO #8

July 1976 - June 1977

A Happy New Year Message to the readers of Japanese Magazine - MUSIC LIFE in December 1976

The first photo with Paul Raymond in the band

Left to right: Pete Way - Paul Raymond - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker - Michael Schenker

Left to right (Back): Paul Raymond - Andy Parker - Phil Mogg - Michael Schenker Front: Pete Way

Left to right: Paul Raymond - Andy Parker - Phil Mogg - Michael Schenker - Pete Way

 

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)
Paul Raymond
(Guitars, Keyboards)

Danny Peyronel leaves UFO to form THE BLUE MAX

Paul Raymond joins on Keyboards and Rhythm guitar from SAVOY BROWN

Recorded LIGHTS OUT - released May 1977

 

 


UFO #9

June 1977 - September 1977

 

 

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Paul Chapman
(Guitars)
Paul Raymond
(Guitars, Keyboards)

Michael Schenker leaves UFO without trace after the UK 'Lights Out' tour

 

Paul Chapman steps in for the remaining US tour

 

 


UFO #10

Mid-September 1977 - November 1978

Left to right: Paul Raymond - Michael Schenker - Pete Way - Phil Mogg . Drums: Andy Parker

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Michael Schenker
(Guitars)
Paul Raymond
(Guitars, Keyboards)

Michael Schenker returns

Paul Chapman continues with LONE STAR

Recorded OBSESSION - released June 1978

Recorded STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT - released January 1979

 

RUSH tour to support their album FAREWELL TO KINGS

 

UFO support RUSH on their USA tour in October 1977

“He was a force of nature. Most people actually need to be sober at some point in the day,
but he didn’t seem to require that. At one gig we were backstage listening to them play
and the bass just disappeared – of course he’d fallen off the stage.”

Geddy Lee of Rush remembers touring with UFO during the Pete way era

 


UFO and RUSH tour Together


RUSH and UFO CONCERT REVIEW


HARRY BECKER WEBSITE - MORE INFORMATION


SOURCE

 


 

A Farewell To Kings Tour
North America/United Kingdom
Headliners: Blue Oyster Cult
Opening Acts: AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Crawler, Grinderswitch, Hush, Max Webster, Pat Travers, The Babys, UFO
September 16, 1977 Spokane, Washington Coliseum UFO, Max Webster
September 17, 1977 Seattle, Washington Center Coliseum UFO, Max Webster
September 18, 1977 Pullman, Washington Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum UFO, Max Webster
September 19, 1977 Portland, Oregon Paramount Theater UFO, Max Webster
September 20, 1977 Portland, Oregon Paramount Theater UFO, Max Webster
September 21, 1977 Portland, Oregon Paramount Theater UFO, Max Webster
September 22, 1977 Roseburg, Oregon Douglas County Fairgrounds UFO, Max Webster
September 23, 1977 Medford, Oregon Medford Armory UFO, Max Webster
September 24, 1977 San Francisco, California The Winterland UFO, Hush, & Max Webster
September 25, 1977 San Bernardino, California Swing Auditorium UFO
September 26, 1977 Bakersfield, California Civic Auditorium UFO, Dwight Tilley Band
September, 1977 Stockton, California Memorial Civic Auditorium UFO, Max Webster
September 29, 1977 Fresno, California Warnors Theater UFO, Dwight Tilley Band
September 30, 1977 San Diego, California Sports Arena  
October 01, 1977 Santa Monica, California Civic Auditorium UFO
October 02, 1977 Santa Monica, California Civic Auditorium UFO
October 03, 1977 Hollywood, California Starwood Amphitheater  
October 04, 1977 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Amphitheater  
October 05, 1977 Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum  
October 08, 1977 Denver, Colorado Auditorium Arena  
October 10, 1977 Amarillo, Texas Civic Center Coliseum Trooper, Max Webster
October 11, 1977 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum UFO, Max Webster
October 12, 1977 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum  
October 13, 1977 Lubbock, Texas Coliseum  
October 14, 1977 Tulsa, Oklahoma Assembly Center  
October 15, 1977 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall  
October 16, 1977 Abilene, Texas Taylor Country Coliseum UFO, Max Webster
October 17, 1977 Austin, Texas Municipal Center  
October 20, 1977 Houston, Texas The Music Hall  
October 21, 1977 Ft. Worth, Texas Will Rogers Coliseum  
October 22, 1977 San Antonio, Texas Municipal Auditorium UFO, Max Webster
October 23, 1977 San Antonio, Texas Municipal Auditorium UFO, Max Webster
October 24, 1977 Corpus Christi, Texas Coliseum UFO
October 25, 1977 Beaumont, Texas Civic Center  
October 27, 1977 Little Rock, Arkansas T.H. Barton Coliseum  
October 28, 1977 Shreveport, Louisiana Municipal Auditorium UFO
October 29, 1977 New Orleans, Louisiana The Warehouse UFO, Max Webster
October 30, 1977 Memphis, Tennessee Dixon-Myers Hall UFO, Max Webster
October 31, 1977 Atlanta, Georgia Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom  
November 01, 1977 Dothan, Alabama Dothan Civic Center  
November 10, 1977 Buffalo, New York New Century Theater UFO, Max Webster
November 11, 1977 Buffalo, New York New Century Theater UFO, Max Webster
November 12, 1977 New York, New York The Palladium Cheap Trick, UFO
November 13, 1977 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Civic Center Cheap Trick, UFO
November 16, 1977 Poughkeepsie, New York Mid-Hudson Civic Center AC/DC
November 17, 1977 Albany, New York Palace Theater AC/DC
November 18, 1977 Syracuse, New York Onondaga Memorial Auditorium AC/DC
November 19, 1977 Rochester, New York War Memorial Auditorium Walter Egan (AC/DC canceled)
November 20, 1977* Bridgeport, Connecticut Klein Memorial Auditorium (reportedly rescheduled for Jan. 14th, 1978)
November 22, 1977 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stanley Theatre Crawler
November 23, 1977 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stanley Theatre Crawler
November 24, 1977 Johnstown, Pennsylvania War Memorial Arena Mark Farner, Cheap Trick
November 25, 1977 Passaic, New Jersey Capitol Theater Cheap Trick
November 26, 1977 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tower Theatre Tom Petty
November 28, 1977 Erie, Pennsylvania Erie County Field House  
December 02, 1977 Fitchburg, Massachusetts Fitchburg Theater  
December 03, 1977 Washington, D.C Warner Theater City Boy
December 05, 1977 Youngstown, Ohio Tomorrow Club  
December 09, 1977 Lakeland, Florida Civic Center  
December 10 1977 Hollywood, Florida Hollywood Sport Auditorium  
December 11, 1977 Jacksonville, Florida Veterans Memorial Coliseum  
December 12, 1977 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theater  
December 13, 1977 Knoxville, Tennessee Civic Auditorium  
December 14, 1977 Wheeling, West Virginia Civic Center  
December 15, 1977 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Hall  
December 16, 1977 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena UFO

 

 


UFO #11

December 1978 - June 1980

Chrysalis Official Band Photo

Left to right: Pete Way - Paul Chapman - Phil Mogg - Paul Raymond - Andy Parker

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Paul Chapman
(Guitars)
Paul Raymond
(Guitars, Keyboards)

Michael Schenker leaves to join SCORPIONS

Paul Chapman leaves LONE STAR to join UFO

Recorded NO PLACE TO RUN with ex-Beatles producer George Martin - released January 1980


UFO #12

July 1980 - August 1980

Phil Mogg
(Vocals)
Pete Way
(Bass)
Andy Parker
(Drums)
Paul Chapman
(Guitars)
John Sloman
(Keyboards)

Paul Raymond leaves UFO at the end of the 'No Place to Run' tour to join the Michael Schenker Group

John Sloman (ex-LONE STAR) leaves Uriah Heep to join UFO for a couple of months

John Sloman leaves and later joins the following groups: Gary Moore, Paul Young, Todd Rundgren, Praying Mantis


1980 to 1989


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