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ALBUM - CD, DIGIPAK and 2LP VINYL OUTLETS
3rd March 2015 in USA/Canada
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'A Conspiracy Of Stars' 2015 CHART POSITIONS
#14 USA HARD ROCK ALBUM CHART / #36 USA INDIE CHART / #72 SWISS ALBUM CHART
9th March 2015 - REVOLVER - ALBUM OF THE WEEK
28th March 2015
Vinnie appears in the feature "Whats on my iPod" in the May issue of GUITAR WORLD
26th March 2015
USA Magazine - ISSUE 78 - 8/10 review - added to the Reviews page
The Reviews page has had to be split into two pages due to the amazing amount of REVIEWS - 115 so far...
24th March 2015
TWO more Reviews added - both 8/10
23rd March 2015
TWO NEW Album reviews, both scoring 8.5/10
ALBUM REVIEW - 8.5/10
SPANISH ALBUM REVIEW - 8.5/10
Both reviews added to the REVIEWS PAGE
18th March 2015
FRANCE AND SPAIN DATES RELEASED
More dates for the UFO diary, coming up after the April/May UK tour:
26th June - Germany - Rheine - Hypothalamus
12/15th November - Wales - Hard Rock Hell
16th March 2015
ONE MONTH TODAY: UK TOUR KICKS OFF
Two page spread in next months issue, featuring an exclusive interview with Vinnie Moore - MAGAZINE FB PAGE
The reviews keep rollin in - Three more today added to the REVIEWS PAGE
15th March 2015
UFO - VINNIE MOORE TALKS TO THE ROCKPIT
OUR FIRST 'QUICK FIRE 30' INTERVIEW
VINNIE CHECKS IN TO TALK ALL ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM 'A CONSPIRACY OF STARS'
THE LATEST EUROPEAN TOUR, HEADING BACK TO THE USA AND THE MEANING OF LIFE...
14th March 2015
TODAY: Two great album reviews and magazine feature + concert review
German Magazine - BREAK OUT - Article and Review - REVIEW is posted on the REVIEWS PAGE, along with
the 8/10 review from CROSS FIRE:
9th March - Germany - Burgrieden/Ulm - Riffelhof
VIEW MORE REVIEWS ON THE TOUR PAGE
13th March 2015
The Killing Kind from 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' is Number 3 in the WUNSCH Radio Chart
Non-German speakers, the Navigation is described in yesterdays post
After a hugely successful tour, the band return home for a well earned rest BUT
It’s no secret that I am a huge UFO fan.
Not the unidentified flying object of the alien nature, but the English rock band that has been pounding out teeth-rattling rock arrangements since 1969.
The band’s 1979 crushing performance captured on “Strangers in the Night” is still considered by many rock critics (myself included) as one of the finest live rock albums of all time.
I attended my very first UFO concert during high school.
After delivering a barrage of classic tracks like “Lights Out,” “Doctor Doctor,” “Rock Bottom” and “Too Hot to Handle,” I would eventually end up owning the band’s entire discography as well as attempt to catch a show whenever the band would rumble into town.
“A Conspiracy of Stars” is yet another solid performance from smoldering start to fervent finish.
Frontman Phil Mogg leads the way as he follows the same tested and true blues and rock formula that has made UFO legendary.
The scrappy Mogg has always struck me as the type of guy who would have your back in a bar brawl or back alley confrontation.
The 66-year-old singer can still deliver the goods with a gritty, commanding voice that provides plenty of muscle to the simmering lyrics and potent musical assault provided by guitarist Vinnie Moore, keyboardist Paul Raymond, bassist Rob De Luca and drummer Andy Parker.
After 46 years, the band’s offerings still sound fresh, vibrant and relevant.
“The Killing Kind” opens the album in blistering fashion with Moore’s opening guitar riffs ushering in Parker’s thundering drumming and Mogg’s menacing vocals.
Moore’s guitar prowess is front and center on the hard-driving “Run Boy Run” and “Ballad of the Left Hand Gun.”
Mogg’s soulful, gutsy vocals assertively fuel the ominous “Devil’s in the Details” and boisterous “Messiah of Love.” Acclaimed producer Chris Tsangarides accentuates the veteran band’s confident swagger on robust rockers like “The Real Deal” and “One and Only,” while also showcasing a softer side on the melodic “Precious Cargo.”
“A Conspiracy of Stars” contains enough of a spark to keep UFO flying high for another few years.
UFO: A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV)
Okay; where the hell do you start with a band as legendary as UFO? Formed in 1969, loved by metal icons like Steve Harris and the rest of Iron Maiden and a million others as well as being responsible for anthems such as Doctor Doctor, Rock Bottom, Only You Can Rock Me and Too Hot To Handle, there is little to say by way of introduction. A Conspiracy Of Stars is as fresh an album as those early massively influential slabs of 1970s rock, such as Phenomenon and Force It. Their last album, Seven Deadly was a seriously underrated chunk of old school bluesy rock and the latest release continues in that vein. Opener Killing Kind is easy, laid back and yet exactly right. Phil Mogg’s vocals are as good as they ever were; soulful and relaxed yet powerful and distinctive. Run Boy Run stomps along, with Vinnie Moore, surely one of the most brilliant guitarists in rock peeling off solos for fun. Meanwhile in the engine room, Andy Parker effortlessly hammers out the beat. Moore’s performance on the whole of this album is blistering, and anyone wanting Metal Mickey back needs to back off on this performance. Moore holds his own on the old school classics in the live arena and on this release once more demonstrates that he is the man. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun has a groove laden blues feel, and like all of the track on this excellent release just appears so damn easy. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun is a real gem of track, allowing all members of the band to demonstrate why they are such absolute legends. Laced throughout the tracks are the reserved keyboards of stalwart Paul Raymond, a man who has anchored UFO with his rhythm guitar work for many years.
I have to confess, that like Saxon and Thin Lizzy, the classic rock of UFO is incredibly dear to me. UFO were only the third band I saw live, in 1982 on the Mechanix tour. It was a love affair that I've never tired of maintaining and to hear an album that is still relevant in an era of aggressive metalcore and generic rubbish fills me with joy. Tracks such as Sugar Cane, Precious Cargo and Rolling Rolling showcase the lighter side of the band, whilst retaining a steely underbelly. Meanwhile Devils In The Detail, One And Only and album closer King Of The Hill are just perfect rock tunes, unmistakeably oozing with the UFO sound. Eleven tracks of superb classic British rock. The recent announcement that they will headline the Steelhouse Festival guarantees that I and at least one other member of the MoM crew, (the illustrious Ed no less) will be in a field on the top of the Gwent mountains on the last weekend of July raising a beer to the old school classics and some of the gems from this and other recent albums. Brilliant in the live arena, I cannot recommend them to you enough and if you call yourself a metal head then you should ensure they receive your support. The godfathers of UK hard rock, alongside Sabbath, Purple and Priest.
Live and on record: UFO simply rock. 10/10
German Radio Station have added ACOS to their Library
For those who cant read German:
On the right side of each song there's a blue button with "Angezeigte Version wählen". Click that.
On the Rock Show this week is the Featured Album of the Week: UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars
LIVE REVIEW: UFO - 6 March 2015 - Cracow, Poland
I was really curious to see the band 6 years after last time. Thank to good heavens they are keeping business in the same vein as Europe and Uriah Heep - every three years new record and a tour that is not exactly just cutting off the coupons and earning money for another scheme-in gig, with the same all setlist for years
UFO - THE MUSIC
Squeezed into a 90 minutes set, UFO's concert really promises to be a thrilling "no holds barred" ride. And as always it also seems to be a challenge on how to structure the live set not to be replaying "Strangers In The Night" classic live album on and again. Audience favourites are all too many (some people in Cracow felt let down, not being offered "Love To Love" in the set), yet again UFO work consequently to be promoting their recent releases as a main goal added to serving the fans with the string of the beloved classic tracks. Since the tour started, the band had dropped the number of the newest CD tracks from 4 to 2, leaving in at the same time 3 best cuts from the previous offering "Seven Deadly". Result becomes a decent offering of their recent repetiore, at the same time the new staples are sitting quite comfortably among the old chestnuts.
Overall feeling about the set construction is more than positive. Mother Mary is turning fourty this year and still sounds almost electrocuttingly exciting, great opener. Venus taken off the '95 reunion period is great, convincing rocker with hints of accoustic passages. There were no unnecessary ballad / accoustic / solo show-offs slopes during the set, with the exception of the wonderful contemplative Burn Your House Down, being a real showstopper for both Moore (who played spine electrifying solo in the middle) and Mogg leading tandem. And a true cherry on the top of it all was the inclusion of the Paul Chapman era rocker We Belong To The Night near the end of the main set, which went down very well despite band's hesitations (Phil was warning the audience that they haven't been playing it for a long time) and was rapturously received by the audience. Now this is how one should undust the old broom! All the rest was classic after classic, done with conviction and still sending the fatithful European fans into bliss of frenzy.
And now on the star of the show. The hero. And the stealer of glory, a real black horse of the race. Vinnie Moore. WHAT A PERFORMANCE from the Man. I was immensely impressed by him the first time I saw UFO 6 years ago, of which I duly spoke and exclaimed then. Still, by all accounts, Friday evening proved to show that this 2009 gig still was a restrained sort of performance from Moore. He was more in his own zone then, than playing out. Not now, in 2015. He was mesmerizing and TOTALLY ALL-OUT. Smiling, running around the stage, pointing out to the excited people in the audience, looking up to the balconies, giving away picks, singing the lyrics, posing and being all around engaged into boosting up the party atmosphere and looking like he was having time of his life. What a thrill, what I joy to watch this man. Did all that undermine his playing? Not for a microne it did. His playing was MONSTEROUS. Nothing has changed in his main department - he did all one could expect from a flawless guitar performance. Dexterity, speed, feeling, excitement, mindblowing runs and phrases - as usual all with loads of conviction and illimitable taste every note, lick and bend. It's beyond me how can one get so close to perfect in combining show-off with musical taste and excitement - because there was a lot of rock and roll excitement in the way he played. Rock Bottom might have run for 15 minutes or so, but if it went for half an hour, you wouldn't have noticed. He could play on and on and your jaw-drop wouldn't pick up anyway. Astounding, mesmerising. Vinnie is invincible, he still has it all perfectly balanced between the boom of shred and glory of virtuosity. He WAS the leader and the main attraction on stage all night and I think many would agree he totally stole and owned the show WITHOUT blowing the bandmates off the stage. That's the effort of the perfect musicianship fit, I guess. An absolute hero, hints of worship in what I say are totally justified. When a total package guitarist is on your project want list, he should be at the top of it to do it, period.
Of note is also how effective his guitar logistics on stage was: he had handily near the stall with accoustic guitar to play passages in Venus and a stool with slide and e-bow which he used for effects in the new track The Killing Kind. Otherwise, there were no tech fireworks - one, rather minimalistic, pedalboard with basic effects and two guitars used (the red one and graphite one). The result: glorious. All in the hands, mind and the mood of a wizard. Wonderful.
Get all above mixed and meshed with classic rock hungry crowd of 800+, ranging in age from 17 to 67, constantly going apeshit during classics and chanting "U-F-O!!!" every now and again, and you can imagine that it was a hell of an exciting evening. They still rock out and they are still able to excite and satisfy the crowd when experienced live. If they tour near you in promotion of "A Conspiracy Of Stars" - don't miss them out, you will enjoy it.
Mother Mary; Lights Out; Fight Night; Wonderland; Run Boy Run; Venus; Only You Can Rock Me; The Killing Kind; Burn Your House Down; Cherry; We Belong to the Night; Rock Bottom
Encore: Doctor Doctor, Shoot Shoot
Vinnie Moore - guitar; Phill Mogg - vocals; Paul Raymond - keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals; Andy Parker - drums; Rob De Luca - bass, backing vocals
(C), (P) Marcin Karski, 2015
To some of us out here UFO will always hold a special place in our hearts. As the great people’s rock band of the late 70’s and early 80’s they were peerless, but internal machinations and the abuse of various substances progressively painted them into a corner that only their music could save them from. If you look at their body of work from ’73 to ’78 its hard to imagine a better purveyor of gritty Hard Rock, and despite various line-up changes and infighting through the early 80’s they still managed to emerge ahead of the pack. UFO was also the first Rock band I ever saw live and believe me on that stage they had few peers when they could hold it together.
Translated from French:
22nd album already for UFO dinosaur rockers, but first since long album presents a stable line-up. For indeed Rob De Luca, who accompanies the group on the road for more than three years, is being inducted as an official bass player. It will even sign a few strong songs about the band's repertoire. Another new exit Tommy Newton. And it is in England with Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Malmsteen, Priest) that our quintet boxed "A Conspiracy Of Stars".
CD Review: UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars
Phil Mogg's toughness is legendary. He's never been accused of being soft as a lyricist either, as the pugnacious piece of work "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun," from the new UFO album A Conspiracy of Stars, so perfectly illustrates.
Translated from French
As reported on the REVOLVER website:
In last week’s album of the week poll, you, the fans, voted UFO to the top spot,
for their album ‘A Conspiracy of Stars.’ Check out the top five vote-getters below:
1. UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars
2. Sons of Texas – Baptized in the Rio Grande
3. Various Artists – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute
4. Scorpions – Return to Forever
5. Leviathan – Scar Sighted
Stay tuned for this week’s poll, which will be live tomorrow on RevolverMag.com.
Until then, you can check out UFO’s “Run Boy Run” from ‘A Conspiracy of Stars’
Many influential rock veterans have not visited again after Lithuania, while in London the group "UFO" in our country still elude. But in the end of March 2015, the 5th of their spaceship, and more precisely, the bus stopped at the Vilnius Forum Palace House. British quintet (although bassist Rob De Luca is often presented as a supporting musician in concerts, but he is not one of "UFO" song co-author) came for a reason, and the present one and a half weeks ago, published 21 th album, "A Conspiracy of Stars."
Rob De Luca
Rob De Luca
UFO - Vinnie Moore - Andy Parker - phil mogg - Rob De Luca - Paul Raymond
Rob De Luca
Translated from Spanish
"45 years of music career and still billing records at a high level"
45 years in the limelight. There is nothing. The British UFO again deliver new album, the 22nd of his career. A nearly one every two years. And keep up three of the original members Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond and Andy Parker. Obviously, that is not Michael Schenker, although recent statements made Popular 1, would not mind returning to work in the future with the group. In place and already 12 years is Vinnie Moore, a guy who was going to corremástiles, but at anchor in UFO has found a stability that has made him mature as a guitarist and, frankly, does a commendable job in the group.
Do not expect to find on this album a new "Lights Out" or "Force it", that has passed into history. Most of the groups have a creative climax lasting at most 3 or 4 and the rest descends discs in quality. With UFO is no different. But, what we are still doing solid disks as rocks, one of the characteristics of this group forever. Already pay more than a new group for composing the songs as they do these British.
This is not a job to fill a discogafía badly and have an excuse for a new tour, no. What you see on the disc is a compositional work as only these veterans groups can do. All topics have their special touch, from the initial "The Killing Kind" with a fairly simple beginning and developing more elaborate in terms of melody until the final "King Of The Hill" with a spectacular guitar-work of Moore. You will not find singles hit as you can check some groups like hotcakes, but hearing "Run Boy Run", "Sugar Cane" or gorgeous (and perhaps the best song on the album) "Devils In The Detail", you realize that these types were born to make music until the day they die.
Production has also helped that the result is so satisfying, with a sound according to the characteristics of the group, and a professional from those of postin at the controls, none other than Mr. Chris Tsangarides, regular contributor to Judas Priest, Y & T, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy and even our Red Baron. The years take their toll, but Phil Mogg continues to maintain that feeling with his voice as distinctive and, although over the years (I guess, live, be more obvious) disk perfectly fulfills noticed. That said, a group of 45-year career with such a great mistake at this point it seems incredible album.
Translated from Italian:
UFO - "A Conspiracy of Stars"
The importance of Paul Raymond, Phil Mogg and the other is unknown. The band was born in the ashes of Swinging London, exploded with "UFO 1", "Flying" and so on. The British authors of "Doctor Doctor" have evolved as a spectacular comet, went through the bright skies of rock, the space rock prog and then the NWOBHM, becoming a reference for many.
We are in 2015, and after forty-years UFO still fly in the sky of music, clearly visible, not mysterious but elegant. "A Conspiracy of Stars" is an album which must be accountable to the readers, the most seasoned to those who want to learn new names (though old) and the writer takes her hours to go over and maybe discover sounds and songs from that time are missing. With "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun" rock blues darting, load and energetic bursts as in the early 70s, almost wonder if this song was buried in a drawer or in a tape and that it was time to dust off this force of nature, however simple and modal both in its construction. UFOs have landed and they show with classical aerodynamics but sparkling, curated by the production of Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore).
Parker, Raymond and Mogg are joined by Vinnie Moore, lead guitar in 2003, and from the bottom of Robert De Luca, in the band by a few years. The new material seems to have been written entirely by Vinnie Moore and in fact here is that the guitar oriented of the pieces is all too obvious (please listen to a song like "Devil's in the Detail" for confirmation). Songs that have charge and excellent solos, as well as bridge and moments built and structured. It Moore is the focus, but has around a set that decorate the most of its six strings. "Sugar Kane" opens with the magic of synth Paul Raymnd, the rest is driven by Moore's blazing guitar and voice of Phil Mogg for one of the best songs on the album, as is "Precious Cargo" denoting a compositional fully fit. Album of good quality, played with care and quality, as always when talking about UFOs.
#28 - Official Independenent Album Chart Top 50
I always love Andy's interviews as he gives us all a great insight into the 'workings' of the band, here is the latest and enjoyable:
Translated from Italian
THE STARS STILL SHINE
Hardly a hard swinging as "A Conspiracy Of Stars" will be remembered as a significant chapter in substantial discography of UFOs. At the same time, it is necessary to recognize the collective English iron will continue to go their own way with passion and tenacity, later than forty-five years spent traveling the world through thick and thin. Our questions answered by a friendly and talkative Andy Parker, historic drummer of the British band, determined in wanting to prove to us all that Our still have many things to say ...
"A CONSPIRACY OF STARS 'AND' A DISC THAT WILL 'DEFINITELY APPRECIATED BY THE CLASSIC ROCK FAN PIU'ACCANITI DESPITE IT IS PRESENT IN BEN FEW SURPRISES ...
HOW ARE BORN IDEAS THAT HAVE TAKEN LIFE IN THE NEW ALBUM?
FROM WHAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE INSPIRATION FOR COVER?
WHAT 'STATE YOUR APPROACH IN STUDIO DURING RECORDING?
WHO HAS 'BUSY PRODUCTION?
WHAT 'YOUR SONG OF PREFERRED "A CONSPIRACY OF STARS"?
FACT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DECIDED TO PUT YOUR LATTER SIMPLY AS BONUS TRACK ... HAS A SHOOT CRAZY!
LONG IN YOUR CAREER YOU CONSTANTLY PRODUCT MATERIAL INEDITO, OFTEN QUALITATIVELY EXCELLENT. DO NOT YOU EVER TIRED TO CONTINUE WITH THE SAME RHYTHMS OF THE PAST?
ANDY, ARE IN TURN AWAY FROM 1969. WHAT 'YOUR OPINION ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE MUSICAL?
"No Heavy Petting" And 'CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST JOBS' undervalued UFO OF WHAT YOU MUST tell REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH DANNY PEYRONEL THE KEYBOARD?
You like to tell a funny anecdote ON MICHAEL SCHENKER?
YOU NEVER PLACED ON PURPOSE Subliminal MESSAGES IN YOUR ALBUM?
WHO INFLUENCED YOUR WAY TO PLAY? WHAT 'S YOUR FAVOURITE DRUMMER?
WHAT FEELING WHEN YOUR FAN ARE wondering A PHOTO OR AN AUTOGRAPH? Do you still enjoy OR SIMPLY DOES PART OF THE GAME?
TRANSLATED FROM POLISH
starring: UFO; Crowd
Initially, the work of a UFO was largely spacerockowa. Later, however, said that they want to put on a more compact hard rock hit. The group soon joined youthful genius of the guitar, which Michael Schenker from the Scorpions (brother Rudolf). Started out great success, and the rest - as they say - is history. Of course, each team has its "ups and downs". UFO also had its "downs". Especially in the 80s, when they sought their identity in the new times (as did even with Uriah Heep), and went to them several weaker discs. But there is nothing to fear, because of that, of course, the material does not perform at concerts.
Concerts took off after 20, with a few minutes late. At the beginning of local support, and thus Crowd. They play metal widely understood, but distinguished by the fact (at least in Poland) that combine with the male female vocal. This is one of those bands where the game six people, even as everyone looks only at the singer. Well, I do not know if everyone, I'm back. Sound selectivity typically have our support, but maybe it's just my impression, because I was close to the stage, on the right, near the columns. It is known that the concert is often a dilemma - either transparent sound, or a good view. I chose the latter. UFO was obviously better sound system. Music Crowd gathered generally liked, though not fit the style of the British (and two Americans) with UFOs. Young performers were delighted that may occur before such a large audience. It should be mentioned that the "Square" was bursting at the seams. So transient fashion, and awesome classic rock will always have loyal customers. In the audience age disputes to be shot, but of course there were many people in middle age and older. Yet the Crowd - I think they should have more songs sung in Polish (played only one one). In general, I am pleased that Polish group pos?ugiwa?y native language.
UFO started strong entry in the form of the energy of the song "Mother Mary" of re-in-la-cyano-ne-go album "Let It Roll" (the second album recorded with Schenker). Improved the mighty "Lights Out", the chorus sung by the audience also willingly ("lights out, lights out in London!"). The team currently consists of: Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore, Rob De Luca and Andy Parker. Always microphone wielding Mogg, drummer Parker and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Raymond, of course, old hands. The first two are co-founders of the band (Mogg is the only UFO never went away), and Paul Raymond also played and plays in UFOs for many years. Vinnie is known to be the successor of Schenker on lead guitar and all it already supports this position the longest in team history. Rob De Luca replaces the bass the other co-founder - Pete Waya. This due to health problems had not been involved for some time or recording discs, and even less in the routes.
The team was very pleased brilliant adoption fans. Only Paul Raymond - when I glanced at his face - seemed at first a little bored. Anyway, what's surprising is by far the oldest on the team. But he got under way.
Contact Phil with fans at a concert to be regarded as standard. So starts talking a little, but not much. Frequently smart or funny. Well, fortunately, does not try to speak Polish, as some foreign artists (unless you count the traditional two phrases "thank you" and "health"). Also praised mineral water, claiming that it is much better than alcohol. Perhaps it is some allusion to the infamous concert in Warsaw a few years ago, which I read a little bit. Then rather not drink mineral. Well, let's get back to Krakow. Group decided to pay accumulated hit back to the past in the form of a piece of "Only You Can Rock Me" from the album "Obsession". A second later presented a new song - "The Killing Kind". Then we heard the "Burn Your House Down". Phil Mogg was in good shape vocal. Besides physically too well presented. In a few years will probably few people of his age, in such good shape. Especially since today most kids will boggle at internetach, than to move to some activity. Vinnie Moore sometimes sympathetic odwala? guitar licksy such that the head low. It's a different type of guitar than Schenker. The more the contemporary wirtuozo - sweeper.
The basic repertoire of the concert was finished songs "Cherry", "We Belong To The Night" and "Rock Bottom". During the latter a hit, Vinnie put his long impressive solo. During her lifetime Mogg disappeared behind the scenes to regenerate. When he came back, finished the song. Of course it was not the end of the show. In a moment, the musicians came to play and program expected encore, with equally expected and software pieces. Rang two biggest hits of the band - "Doctor Doctor" and "Shoot Shoot". The enthusiasm of the audience reached its zenith and the whole room Moggowi echoed in the chorus of those legendary songs. The concert was so intense that it seemed longer than it was in reality. Lasted about eighty-five minutes. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that hard rock grandfather still can rock.
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REVIEW Translated from Greek
It's incredibly awesome experience writing discs reviews. On the one hand you have the debut of a brand new and enthusiastic band and on the other ... the beasts! And what beasts ... It is the twenty-second (!!!) studio album by the British, is the first to be recorded in their home country for twenty years and is a very emotional moment for the huge producer who goes by the name of Chris Tsangarides. O last worked as a trainee in the studio the legendary band was writing his first album. It was 1970 and the "UFO 1". O Chris was only 14 years old then ... And now ... the fifty-nine of ... the man who produced and mixed the album. And then you tell me to write a review ... Where I go, the pro-poor ...
TRANSLATED FROM POLISH:
UFO in Krakow - photo report
With the launch of the new album, the UFO set off on tour to promote the new release, which will include, among others, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. Hard rock giants also visited Poland - in March, they played m.in in Krakow! The team is looking forward to the fans reactions associated with their new album. A Conspiracy Of Stars, on the one hand, resembles the greatest achievements of UFOs, on the other hand is so fresh material that undoubtedly convince each other as old fans as well as those who are just beginning their adventure with the legendary band. Hall of Cracow SQUARE tightly filled with devotees good old hard rock. We present a photo gallery of the event: All Photos: Fot. Sobieslaw Pawlikowski
4/5 Review - Translated from Swedish:
Hard Rock BY Sonny Johansson
Forty-five-year career and not hear here that give the impression of "old men" of the rock as UFOs, still able to churn out albums of good standard.
TRANSLATED FROM POLISH
UFO in the Stodole. This was the concert of the giants of hard rock
"A Conspiracy of Stars Tour" on March 4 arrived to Warsaw. The legendary British band UFO promote its twenty-second album in the band's career. Click on the image to go to the gallery!
UFOs exist since 1969. Musicians had a big impact on the work of many heavy metal bands 80s Meanwhile, February 23, 2015 until the sale has already hit the twenty-second disc of this team!
Translated to English
Thursday evening Vilnius Forum Palace "concert held the British rock band UFO. Lithuania it is open to the public for the first time - although banded together in 1969's.
Lithuanian has not learned much - only "thank you." Even the "cheers" to you sounds confusing and long. But it does not matter.
Today we play on stage, which is between the two bars. And I can only drink water. But there are worse. Water is a good thing. When you drink water, not to get involved fights, retains more of marriage "- laughed Ph.Moggas in the past have had problems with alcohol and drugs.
Audio Alert: UFO – Run Boy Run
I recently read a biography of UFO and found that they’ve been around since 1969. 1969! So it’s only right that we talk about these guys and the new stuff they have coming out this year.
UFO is an English heavy metal and hard rock band which has evolved severally over the years with many personnel changes along the way but Phil Mogg (vocals) and Andy Parker (drums), the band’s founders, still remain its core. They other present UFO members are Paul Raymond and Vinnie Moore.
The 21st UFO album comes with an interesting title; ‘A Conspiracy of Stars’. And from the collection of gems it contains I’ve chosen ‘Run Boy Run’ to share with you. I really love Vinnie Moore’s guitar attack and the hard and heavy production that UFO have adopted on this number is works brilliantly. I’m positive even non-UFO fans will go gaga over this sound.
Check out the new and upgraded UFO!
READ Album Review - 8/10
This from UFO Scott:
"It was Westfield, Shepherds Bush, London. HMV store. They actual rack was sold out and the wall chart rack pictured
was just holding 3 copies. The staff guy asked why I took a pic, I told him.
He said that the Cd was popular and they were ordering in more"
Cheers Scott (Mitchell) for the photo and info
UFO – ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ (SPV)
Genre: Hard Rock
Original vocalist Phil Mogg still sounds great, and guitarist Vinnie Moore, who has been with UFO since 2003, is one of the best in the business. The songs on the album are melodic and catchy with excellent musicianship and plenty of shredding from Moore. There’s ample diversity as well, with uptempo arena rockers and midtempo bluesy tracks.
Translated from SPANISH
Posted on the Official Vinnie Moore Facebook Page
26th June - Germany - Rheine - Hypothalamus
27th June - Germany - Hamburg - Harley Days
By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Available: 23rd February
Official Website: http://www.ufo-music.info/
By now I’m sure most people are familiar with the legacy of UFO with songs like ‘Doctor Doctor’ and the likes. Well here they are with a new album that I’m very privileged to be writing about. The interesting thing with classic rock/metal bands is that when a band has been going for 20+ years, some people will say that the band has peaked and will never again release anything as legendary as the successful albums. Sometimes I agree with that but then other times I don’t. After listening to UFO’s latest release twice I can safely say… they’ve still got it
The songs I enjoyed and recommend the most are: ‘Run Boy Run’, ‘Balled Of The Left Hand Gun’, ‘Devils In The Details’ and ‘Precious Cargo’
The things I liked about the album is almost everything it has to offer. It’s classic rock sound with the addition of being a bit more ‘modernized’ and even adding some classic blues as well. The lyrics: well written, the vocals: smooth and strong, the guitar/keyboard sounds: clean, the riffs/solo’s: very catchy and doesn’t go on for to long. Combining all these things together and you’ve got a great album with no gimmicks, from a classic rock band that can still deliver quality to this day.
The things I didn’t like about the album were the third portions. By which point I felt like it’s all well and good but I heard this half an hour ago. I personally don’t think that many young rock fans are going to give this much attention because it’s not the edgy, cinematic and operatic metal that’s popular right now. This is mainly going to be enjoyed by the older fans and even then they will have to get use to the years of change, when compared to the 70’s/80’s albums.
As I said there are still 20+ year famous rock/metal bands out there that can still release quality albums even after their ‘peak’ in success. UFO have still managed to make a fresh album without having to experiment to much, because years of experience means that they still know how to make great songs even now. By the way my father is a huge fan who will be seeing 2 of their show’s this year (and taking me to one), I wonder what his reaction will be when he reads this.
UFO – A Conspiracy of stars (CD)
Ah…. A new UFO- album! UFO, my absolute favourite band in their heydays from 1974 to 1980, making albums that left trademarks in my memory and in my soul and providing the best album ever: their live-opus 'Strangers in the night'. 'A conspiracy of stars ' is the eagerly awaited follow up to 'Seven Deadly '.
The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who was involved in UFO's first album with Michael Schenker, Phenomenon in 1974, as an assistant engineer. The production is fatter, better and more open than the former UFO albums of recent years.
The new UFO album gives away what their music al all about these days. Bluesy edged hard rock with many nods to their very, very rich back catalogue. Vinnie Moore is Michael Schenker's 'remplacant' in UFO for about ten years, but the former Shrapnel-shredder is in a great mood and responsible for the beautiful axework on this album.
Phil Mogg, founder member of the band and in it for passion and love since 1969 (!), shines on this album. He can't reach the high notes, but his bluesy tone, his evocative lyrics, his timing and phrasing are still great to listen to.
Paul Raymond is still the mastermind on keys and guitars and the rhythm section, good old Andy Parker on drums and Rob De Luca on bass guitars, provide that crunchy, thick layered, bluesy relaxation grounds where the other members can flow.
The album has a rocking relaxed feel with good songs. There are no lows on this album and that makes it very hard to pick a favourite. There are a lot of nods to the heydays of the seventies of the former century
Great album by these veterans!
UFO – Showtime (re-release Blu-Ray DVD)
This is also a re-release (like above reviewed Motorhead's Stage Fright) from the DVD that was originally released in 2005. I reviewed that DVD in April 2008. So now its re-released as a Blu-Ray DVD with a lot of extra footage!! As extra's they added, beside the 16 songs from the original DVD, 6 studio songs, a making of, several interviews, a few doku's and so on.... This is real great stuff for the die hard UFO fan and a welcome surprise for my private collection! Check this out if you love UFO as much as I do!
For the first time in UFO's history, the band have entered the Swiss Album Charts at
Thanks to Paul Gayler for the photo - Paul is going to tonights show and the forthcoming show at Krakow on Friday
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IN ALL THREE FORMATS:
CD Jewel case with 20 page booklet, unique CD label and inside rear jewel case panel art
Digipak with 20 page booklet (different to the CD version), six panel art and bonus track and double-sided fold-out poster
Gatefold Double 2LP with 4 page lyric sleeves, blue vinyl, different LP label artwork and paper sleeve CD with bonus track.
Recorded highest amazon German chart positions:
THE UK OFFICIAL MUSIC CHARTS have been announced with
UFO's latest album. 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' charting at its highest entry in over 30 years:
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Translated from German
UFO land in the Zeche Bochum
Good mood and confidence, saying UFO. Photos: Niels Holger Schmidt
The British rock veterans UFO have gathered up again and make us their latest work "A Conspiracy of Stars" on a tour before. In our latitudes they made on 26 February at the Zeche Bochum station - and delivered quite well off. In addition to some new material, there were mainly classic, classic, classic.
And sent the crew of the Flying Saucer Rock already beginning to race. With "Mother Mary" and "Lights Out" opened singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker, Paul Raymond on keyboards and rhythm guitar and bass player Rob de Luca evening.
In contrast, the current disc came with the two numbers "Run Boy Run" and "The Killing Kind" somewhat short. This is even more than the previous album, "Seven Deadly" - by no means a classic - was considered equal to three numbers. Otherwise filled Gassenhauer About the albums "Force It", "Obsession" or "Phenomenon" the setlist. In contrast, little can be known object.
A few surprises, there were also. Such was with "Makin 'Moves" from the era with Paul Chapman can not be expected, with the Schenker late work "Venus" is also not.
Otherwise, however, there is little to grumble. The band plays stable and tight like clockwork. Master Mogg is a mid-sixties still surprisingly good voice. However, it already lacks a bit of charisma. Vinnie Moore and Rob de Luca represented Schenker and craftsmanship Way absolutely first class - but only technically. Nevertheless, very entertaining evening, the additions "Doctor Doctor" and "Shoot Shoot" went with a orgiastic 15-minute version of "Rock Bottom" and ended NHS.
Mother Mary - Lights Out - Fight Night - Wonderland - Run Boy Run - Venus - Only You Can Rock Me - The Killing Kind - Burn Your House Down- Cherry - Makin 'Moves - Rock Bottom - Doctor Doctor - Shoot Shoot
A Conspiracy Of Stars was given 9/10 in PowerPlay issue 172 (February 2015) - see 13th February entry below
UK's Record Collector
Issue 483 - March 2015
Conspiracy theorists’ 22nd sighting
It’s funny to think that Vinnie Moore’s run as lead guitarist of UFO has now lasted significantly longer than Michael Schenker’s epoch-making, tempestuous stint with the band – and produced almost as many studio albums. This, the band’s 22nd(!) long-player, typifies the Moore-era UFO sound: laidback and atmospheric where the Schenker-era material was abrasive, with Moore’s ultra-melodic solos more than a match for Schenker’s turbulent technique.
A Conspiracy Of Stars follows in the footsteps of 2012’s Seven Deadly: pleasantly gritty, somehow mellow hard rock, perfectly accompanied by Phil Mogg’s strong vocals and distinctive wordplay. For non-devotees, though, the pleasantly subdued atmosphere may be a turn-off. By track six (Precious Cargo, boasting a great jazzy solo by Moore) there hasn’t been a bad song, but a change of pace is needed, and it never really comes. Even Messiah of Love, a strutting piece of hard rock with a Led Zep-style riff, blends in with its surroundings – a good thing in that it makes the album a complete, coherent whole, though it’s still only the sum of its parts. For dedicated fans, though, this is another fine, accomplished UFO record.
Reviewed by William Pinfold
By Andy | Published
OK – after half a week with the new Uriah Heep Live at Koko in the DVD player, the new UFO arrived so I’ve spend the second half of this week with A Conspiracy of Stars on almost constant repeat in the car CD player. So great that two legendary rock bands release superb high quality stuff in the same week and still “doing it” after almost a century of combined years between them. ACOS certainly hits the spot. I’d say it’s the best UFO offering since Walk on Water. Oh yes. It’s that good.
Now I’ve read some reviews on Amazon which are “Vinnie bashing” because he’s not Michael Schenker and this isn’t Lights Out or Obsession. Stop living in the past peeps. Schenker came and went for the last time years ago. Time moves on and so has UFO. Don’t hark back to the past – consider what we have here on its merits and treasure that Uncle Phil and his cohorts are still very much a class act.
Overall: A delightful, muscular album with plenty of melodic/deft touches all over it. Vinnie shreds up a storm showing he is world class. The riffs and big chords are really driving and chunky to big it up. His solo work is deft, fast, fluid and shows a fine melodic touch with a bluesy overtone. The man’s speed and technique is remarkable – and not fast for the sake of fast to say “how many notes can I play in three seconds”. A rock guitar masterclass. Listen to The Killing Kind, Sugar Kane and Devil’s in the Detail to see, I mean hear, why.
Other highlights include Ballad of the Left Hand Gun and the closer Rollin’ Rollin’ which is a bit of an epic and an instant UFO classic. Indeed, no weak spots for me anywhere.
Phil’s lyrics are as only he can write and his pipes are in full working order. As I hope his random comedy routine is on the upcoming UK tour…..
Andy Parker and Paul Raymond do what they’ve been doing for years. Proper drumming and in Paul’s case that huge rhythm guitar and deft keyboard fills. Not forgetting Rob De Luca on the bass. Now here as a full recording member and also a writing credit or two including the monster opening track The Killing Kind. Welcome to the band Rob. You seem right at home and bring something new to the party.
Thus, in my opinion A Conspiracy of Stars is first class. Proper heavy/melodic/blues rock and unmistakably UFO. Fourty-odd years in and not missing a step. And still evolving even. Not resting on past glories which would be all too easy for them. Instead they produce top stuff like this album and remain very relevant despite the (ahem) “advancing years” of the more long-standing members if I can put it like that.
They don’t make bands like this any more so be thankful for the likes of UFO (and Uriah Heep) and enjoy them. ACOS is a fine release. Approach it with an open mind (by that I mean don’t think we’re back in 1978 playing air-guitar to Rock Bottom) and it shall reward your aural senses.
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