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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

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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. 

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

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UFO A Conspiracy of Stars Review

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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Translated from Spanish

4/5 REVIEW SCORE

Three years after Seven Deadly, the British UFO back to their usual meeting with the fans thanks to its new A Conspiracy of Stars. And once again, we all gather to celebrate this new, twenty-second chapter in the long career of the British, who now enjoy a second youth. On this occasion, we have Rob De Luca as the new bassist of training. A post that has been in different hands from long - irreplaceable, will not fool anyone - no Pete Way. But as they say, penalties with bread are less. For A Conspiracy of Stars is a solid and enjoyable release, which exudes quality from all sides and again leave the bar high.

Recorded during the last year and with the magic of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides, UFO we offer another "more of the same" but without losing an ounce of enjoyment or force down the road. As demonstrated great albums as The Visitor and Seven Deadly, UFO are not limited to live a better nostalgic past, but continue demonstrating and claiming their place in the world. As Black Ice made with Australian, A Conspiracy of Stars show us about UFO renewed. Phil Mogg sounds rested and with an enviable voice state, driving a sober and powerful medium tone; while, Moore still inspired Vinie main ax; and even the new De Luca shares credit in the composition together with Mogg and Raymond.

Ten subjects owns the disk. Once, if you count the bonus track that comes in the special edition. But with UFO no half measures and one knows what goes: hard rock of good. As well demonstrated in the powerful and initial 'The Killing Kind', with a melodic solo Moore, which leads to the single 'Run Boy Run', that surely will last in the set-list for the next tour. Again, great rhythm section and crunchy riffs by the good of Vinnie. Attention is also worth anthemic 'Devils in the Detail' or the spectacular 'Sugar Cane', the heaviest of the entire disk, with a final section órdago where I see again forced me to highlight the work of Vinnie guitars. Because even though this guy is not German blonde we all know, also deserves all the applause.

Of course, we also have the respective average times as melodic and beautiful 'Ballad of the Left Hand Gun' where Vinnie returns to trace, or 'Precious Cargo', which brings us back to the times of the eighties UFO but covered under the sound of his last works hard. This song exemplifies perfectly the greatness of the British: rhythmic strength, ethereal keyboards and faithful companions, big guitars, and above all, the unmistakable tone of the great Phil Mogg. Who has earned his rightful place forever in the Olympus of rock 'n' roll.

That even the dimmest romanticona songs like 'One and Only' end engaging the listener is just further evidence of the virtues of these types. Made of a unique breed, which leads from the seventies Chair distributing among his contemporaries and surviving all kinds of fashions, animosities, and various toxic addictions. In pegadiza'Rollin 'Rollin' we have another great show of talent of the ineffable Raymond - another of those undervalued keyboardists - putting an end to disk dignified manner. For those who purchase the special edition, 'King of the Hill' dismisses the disk in a more hard and according to the British (What fashion is this putting great songs only in the special editions as bonus tracks?)

Ultimately, and if someone had not been clear, UFO have become in style with a great album that will not disappoint any fan. If someone turned bland Seven Deadly, going head-to by this conspiracy of the stars, because I do not doubt that you will be satisfied and asking another album like this for the future. This album is a high noticeable with the outstanding way, depending, of course, the judgment of the reader. Special mention also to the spectacular and imaginative cover: thus do things.

Chapeau, Mr. Mogg! Theirs and his compadres, after nearly forty years, is pact with the devil.

4/5

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German Review:

Hard Rock with no expiration date - and has been for more than 45 years - and there's no end in sight for a long time at UFO. With the founding members Phil Mogg (vocals) and drummer Andy Parker beats the band with "A Conspiracy Of Stars" in another chapter of their "Neverending Story".

As with the predecessor, Mogg and guitarist Vinnie Moore show responsible for most of the songs. For a long time Moore has stepped out of the shadow of Michael Schenker, finished with his six string accent almost every song the band. Nearly 40 musicians were in the ranks of hard rock combo since 1969 - singer Phil Mogg is to date the only consistent member of the group and presented on this album is still an excellent singer and composer.

None ballads, musical outliers as well - otherwise expected the still large crowd of listeners frills hard rock the old school. Has indeed the last album "Seven Deadly" worked out well, because the CD managed in Germany initially started from 0 to 55 and then continuously made his way into the top 10th

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TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

UFO - A Conspiracy of Home Tour 2015 feat. Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, Vinnie Moore and Rob De Luca.

You have the thing not depend necessarily higher, as they may be, but it should at least be mentioned: One of the most British rock bands in music history has resumed for the first time a studio album in their native England for over 20 years. The plant's A Conspiracy Of Stars, comes from the rock legends UFO and breathes lyrically and stylistically precisely those British sovereignty, for this band has been known for more than 45 years. A strong piece of music that extends over eleven new songs and all that combines what the group around frontman Phil Mogg: meaty riffs, striking hooks, varied songwriting, intelligent lyrics and a generally serene attitude, as they have always here knows of UFO. The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) was produced and mixed, it also can be regarded as another crucial pieces of the puzzle in itself a coherent publication. In short: Point the total 22.Studioscheibe her career UFO how merges past and present in an homogeneous unit.

On A Conspiracy Of Stars UFO provide for the first time include their current occupation before: In addition to the original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums) and the since 2004 established belonging to the group lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been one 2012, the American bassist Rob De Luca joined the band. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed as a songwriter two pieces for the new album. The majority of the new material comes from Vinnie Moore, and there is also a song by Paul Raymond and cooperation between the Raymond and De Luca. All texts were, as always, written by frontman Phil Mogg.

Speaking: This time again proves Mogg his skills as precise observers of the human species. The Briton has remained a man of the people, despite its unique position in the international rock and roll business. Mogg sympathized with the working classes of England, here are its roots to these people, the UFO singer feels still drawn. You can hear this origin in his songs, his lyrics, which always show his absolute grip on all puns and deliberate ambiguity. And in doing so have so many wonderful poetic formulation in itself: "The scatter rollers coming down, summers completed and turned around, it do not seem so long ago, did you were my precious cargo," he sings in "Precious Cargo", a similarly subtle declaration of love as the number in the "Killing Kind" in which Mogg begins with the words: "Tell a story about love and what lovers find, a story of possession, the killing child." With so much linguistic aesthetics, it is no wonder that the UFO singer is loved for his sensitive, carefully chosen word choice throughout the world. The result are the lyrics and music to A Conspiracy Of Stars in the summer of 2014. In mid-August, the band met with the samples in the "Barn Room Studio" in the county of Kent. Then UFO exchanged a few miles further east in the "Ecology Rooms Studio" by Chris Tsangarides to take there with the Greek-British sound engineer from late August to mid-September, the new disc. Tsangarides was already as a 14 year old intern with in the studio when UFO 1970 her debut album UFO 1 produced in England. So it's done: A Conspiracy Of Stars is in the bag, the tour for the album for spring 2015 already booked solid and UFO are well prepared, which now aufzuschlagen 22.Kapitel their careers. Respect!

 

 

SPANISH TRANSLATION:

UFO: The best of the classic, classic best.


UFO are determined, at this point, to "bring me down the street from bitterness." That is, now, after more than 40 years of musical career, Phil Mogg and yours are determined to do what they do best: Hard Rock and above, the best that has been heard and right now. We are in a time when emerging and re-emerging bands, some really good, which I must say, demanding and imitating the most classic and pure Hard Rock. Yes, come Mogg and his boys demonstrating that they have nothing to imitate or copy anyone, (they) were one of the fathers of the "creature" and as such presents and hang off with some absolutely wonderful albums.

They did a couple of years ago with his previous album, "Seven Deadly" a work of true luxury with which reminded me still alive and, despite being a terrible record, not detract at all this new " A Conspiracy of Stars ". Sounds ... classic, a UFO, the UFO that once created hymns as masterful as "Doctor, Doctor", "Rock Bottom", the wonderful "Love to Love", "ligths Out" and a host of topics that follow ringing in the collective memory of Hard Rock lovers who are told.

The disk is full, as always, absolutely recognizable melodies, UFO, you know ?: guitars that seem rollers in the hands of Vinnie Moore who, incidentally, on each disk that record is gaining prominence it deserves; keyboards, and can not be otherwise, we are talking about UFO, okay ?, make the album seem out of the golden decade of Hard. And finally a powerful rhythmic and with a punch that will remove the entrails base, especially if you happen to put the disk to a volume to the neighbors hate you. To me, my neighbors and hate me deeply, but I advise you not to shake the hand when turning up the volume of your teams.

Already in the first chords of "The Killing King" make clear where they will go the shots: heavy and hard sounds, and voice Mogg, which is like doing an impromptu trip back in time aboard a DeLorean to meet again with the essence of classic and bluesy Hard. "Run Boy Run", second track of the album, begins with a heavy riff, alternating with really bright guitarrísticos drawings by Moore ... who predicted the demise of UFO without Schenker, ehhh !, who ...? And I have to say that Michael Schenker is one of my guitarists header, but the work of Vinnie Moore stands in a special way, although he has always been, along with other great six strings guitar on Olympus.

ufo_banner_muzikmono2015De heard him to the second issue, could not imagine the beginning of the next song, "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun" with clear southern influence, with the sound of "Bottleneck" initiation, topic that could have been written on the Mississippi basin, without thereby departing from the general context of what has been heard so far. Have I mentioned speaking of UFO? ... Well ... a topic with a tremendous solo Moore with some bluesy air that gives a special warmth. And from there, we went to "Sugar Cane", whose beginning reminds me of the classic sounds almost psychedelic, the first disc of the band, in early 70s, to continue with "Devils in the Detail" with these melodies vocals that recall, still doubt the best UFO.

Already in the middle of the record we find "Precious Cargo", a totally eighties theme with a Mogg really superb and again Moore, who does a great job on the disk, supporting Phil's voice while Raymond, with its keys, imposes a harmonic base on which to support the development of the whole subject. In the following, "The Real Deal" Mogg follows the same stressed vowel, without unnecessary fuss and in a tone in which a charm, a topic that fits perfectly UFO, go unfolds. Continued "One And Only", with roots of pure Rock & Roll American late 70s, to continue with "Messiah of Love", seventies as few and, coming near the end, the album in its physical version at least, ends with "Rollin, Rollin ', closing a great way with keyboards that remind us of the golden age of Hard Rock purest, as I said before, with that Hammond playing at full speed while Moore's guitar runs riot to take us to another level .

Yes, in digital format contains an issue anymore, "King of The Hill", which puts us in the sphere of the late 60s and early 70s, which makes us to recall the first records of the British, with one really terrible guitar and a melodic and rhythmic foundation for a big bill. Yes, they are UFO, anyone expecting to hear something different ?, It does not, because it is also not necessary, at this point in having nothing to prove.

It is a band that, after more than forty years rolling with their comings and goings have been there, true to their sound and without embarking on strange adventures and nonsensical style. Do not think anyone can doubt the quality of UFO, either before or now that we hang off with some absolutely fantastic albums, with songs full of a Rock and without unnecessary innovations that let us taste that only large Classics are able: without departing from the script, which moreover not necessary, and offering real Hard Rock. And wished many new groups, and not so new as well, sound after twenty records with authenticity and class UFO distilled from all sides.

Text: Manuel Gómez Allende

 

Translated from German:

Yes, IRON MAIDEN prove you are already a long time taste and appreciate UFO with DOCTOR DOCTOR intro of their own shows.

And rightly so!

Go Since 1969 in the musical universe and with major names such as, inter alia, MICHAEL SCHENKER exhibit, BILLY SHEEHAN JASON BONHAM or in the occupation history, UFO bless us still anno 2015, a new work: A CONSPIRACY OF STARS

With over 40 years as a band now line-up changes and a short break early 80 times remain insufficient. The more gratifying that there is the band today. And even with members of the original group, which is not necessarily self-evident for a band too. (PHIL MOGG, PAUL RAYMOND, ANDY PARKER, VINNIE MOORE and ROB DE LUCA)

First, blessed be on the new album the sound. CHRIS TSANGARIDES (including Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, KING DIAMOND) conjures here a really crystal clear sound from the speakers.

That the English already do for a while and know their work is to hear from the first note. So it is with the same bold wrong with THE KILLING KIND. Here is equated clear, there are cool old school hard rock. Whatever the subsequent RUN BOY RUN underlines powerful. Should be called a "Reinhörempfehlung" - DEVILS IN THE DETAILS try! The song has everything best describes the album with two sets or more notes.

But still, we are also constantly surprised with musical debauchery. Thus, for example, BALLAD OF THE LEFT HAND GUN, which offers Southern rock elements.

At this point, hats off to PHIL MOGG, still powerful voice comes with 66 years and the whole gives his own right note.

A CONSPIRACY OF STARS shows that even in 2015 UFO still write horny albums. For fans of the blues rock toward a definite recommendation to buy, but also by the great sound and fresh appearing tape, prospects had these musical genres that nothing had with the band on the hat, highly recommended.

A really good hard rock album with fat riffs and solos horny, the DEEP PURPLE could not have done better.

©2015

 

A Conspiracy of Stars – British Rockers UFO are Still Going Strong, After Nearly Half a Century of Rock and Roll!

Hailing from England, UFO has been one of the world’s top hard rock bands for well over four decades now. The group remains active and is still going strong, with a fanbase all over the world. Starting as a “space rock” act, it was the coming of guitarist of Michael Schenker and the shift to a more straightforward hard rock sound that helped to turn them into the classic band that fans have known and loved for so long. The band’s lineup has changed many times over the years, but has always included vocalist Phil Mogg.

Schenker has come and gone from the band on more than one occasion and has since supposedly left the band “for good.” In recent years the band has developed a steady, consistent lineup that has classic members Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, and Andy Parker. The group has been joined for the past decade by guitarist Vinnie Moore, but has used fill-in bass players on their tours and in the studio alike due to the absence of classic bassist Pete Way. This marks the 21st studio release from the band.

The biggest change to occur within the band’s ranks with the arrival of Vinnie Moore on guitar was a shift towards a more blues driven sound, but one that still rocked hard. I will be the first to admit I was not a fan of the direction that Moore’s arrival in the band began steering them in, but over time it has grown on this fan. A larger part of my appreciation of this stems from the fact that Moore is not simply emulating or trying to be Michael Schenker; someone who forges their own path and does not follow the all too common copycat method scores points in my book, even if the results do tend to be mixed at times.

At long last, we have arrived at the point where this legendary group of British rockers has released their new record. A Conspiracy of Stars is here, but how does the album actually measure up?

While I am not the biggest fan of every single record from the ongoing Vinnie Moore period (though I absolutely love the guy as a guitarist), it is interesting to see how they have learned to sync together over the past several releases. Seven Deadly, their most recent album prior to this one, could very well have been the best of the lot with Moore to date. And while I would not immediately say that a Conspiracy of Stars tops their most recent record, I am at least pleased to say that the band has put out another solid album, which beautifully demonstrates how far the band has come in recent years in this incarnation.

Even the most loyal of UFO fans typically do not like every single thing the band has ever recorded, though it has been interesting to chart their evolution and progression over the past four plus decades. On this record, the band has put together another very solid selection of songs. The biggest surprise is how musically capable all of these artists are, even after over all these years. While Phil Mogg does not sound exactly the same as he did back in the 1970s, his voice remains distinctive and recognizable, giving the band a voice that is truly all their own. Fellow classic members Andy Parker and Paul Raymond keep things interesting, but as with many of their recent records, it is guitarist Vinnie Moore who has become the standout member of the band. His heavy, bluesy style of guitar playing is one that has won him many admirers in the music world, and he was getting this attention long before becoming a member of UFO. From more straightforward hard rock tracks to the more bluesy ones, and those that are slower , everything on here keeps the attention of the listener. This is not the best UFO record, or even their best one with Vinnie Moore. But it is a good, solid effort from some of England’s most underrated rockers.

It is impressive that, nearly a half century later, UFO is still alive and kicking, and with three fifths of their classic lineup intact, no less! In this day and age in which the music industry is going through some dark times, it is great to see a truly classic band setting foot out there and continuing to rock the world, in the studio and on the live stage as well. To fans of classic-style hard rock, the latest release from UFO garners a solid recommendation.

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PHIL MOGG INTERVIEW – TERAZ ROCK 3/2015 (TRANSLATION by David Borowka)

  The band name is UFO which leads me to question if any of you guys had been ever interested in unidentified flying objects?
  Phil Mogg: We wanted something short with capitalized letters. Name that will allow us to distinguish ourselves. Besides that we liked military vibe of this shortcut. Moreover, at some point we were desperate to find a name and UFO became a spot on. You know, in my opinion UFO can also be developed into: You Fuck Off  (laugh). So yea, I wouldn’t call myself an enthusiast of unidentified flying objects.


  But you enjoy flying high. I remember that during Warsaw gig back in 2007 you were completely doped.
  That must have been fun…You know, sometimes roadies can bring one thing or another. We are not Grateful Dead and we don’t own our own breeding (laugh). I don’t remember this particular gig, but when you are doing 40 nights in a row the whole tour merges into one. 2007 was one of the last years with my old pale Pete Way in a band so the madness could dominate in that period.

  Pete Way aiming from his bass guitar to the crowd and running in his tight pants looked almost exactly like Steve Harris from Iron Maiden.
  Once I tend to think that Steve is Pete’s love child, but it turned out that they are in similar age.

  In the 4th of March you are going to play in Warsaw once again.
  And you know what? We are going to make some surprises. Yesterday I received an e-mail with setlist from Paul Raymond. It seems like we are going to play Let it Rain and We Belong to the Night from Paul Chapman era. We will probably try to resurrect Electric Phase as well. Those songs are long covered with dust. In our show beside new numbers we always play some old tracks. I love Phenomenon. That was our milestone. Then our success was cemented with Light’s Out and Strangers in The Night. We still playing songs from those albums.

  A Conspiracy of Stars is the first album recorded in UK since 1992. Did that affect final result?
  We were closer to the pubs. Don’t you think that affected us (laugh)? In other words we felt right at home. I have nothing against working in Germany, but comeback to the old hood, when you live one block from the studio is a nice change.

  And how important was a new producer Chris Tsangarides?
  He simply helped us to fit in the time and avoid few mistakes. Our music isn’t too sophisticated so there’s not much to mix or correct.

  But as you sing “Devil’s in the Detail”.
  You got me. There are a lot of old-fashioned sounds on the album. We used some old equipment like 70’ Hammonds with Leslie speakers. You can’t imitate that sound so you got to get instruments like that. That indeed was Chris’s idea. Taking this occasion I’ll tell you that I prefer older music but I recently had an opportunity to listen to The Cadillacs Three and it didn’t disappoint me. The Vintage Caravan is also great. But those guys are young they should still sit at school (laugh). There’s also a great young guitar player Jess Lewis. Beside them I also have Blues Pills on my checklist.

  You said that your music isn’t sophisticated but there are songs like Rollin Rollin where there’s a lot going on.
  I made you promise/ It’s one I can’t keep/ We keep on rollin’ rollin. Those kind of lyrics requires complex music. Lyrics and music in UFO are made independently, but we were able to combine them correctly. This text is like autobiographical. How many times we promised to stay home for longer, then still we go for tour.

  From the other side passion from lyrics of Precious Cargo or poetic Sugar Cane hits you right in the head.
  I love being melancholic. Give me a bunch of tearful movies and leave me for the week. It’s weird that that kind of things turns a rock singer on isn’t it? However I did wrote words to Love to Love and on A Conspiracy of Stars I sing that I’m a messiah of love.

  Oh really? Messiah Of Love is about you?
  Yes… Wait my wife just came back and she is going to deny it (Laugh).  And seriously, this text isn’t… serious. Those kind of words would sound convincing in David Coverdale’s mouth and I’m just making a mockery of it.

  The opening song The Killing Kind sounds a little bit like AC/DC.
  Interesting. The Killing Kind is Rob’s (Rob De Luca) song. It’s one of those songs which reminds different things to different folks. It’s a simple song but it has something classic to it. You choose AC/DC, to me at first it sounded like Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go. Paul and Vinnie had other types. And you know what. It don’t bother me (Laugh).

  Speaking of AC/DC I have to ask you about Bon Scott. You guys were friends. There’s even a rumor you met on night when he died…
  Not at all. I felt like shit and I ordered taxi to take me home. I think Pete Way had to meet with him after some gig at Hammersmith Odeon but they didn’t catch up. Nobody knows what really happened to Bon that night… Earlier we met a couple of times to hang out but we mostly met while touring. We even played some gigs together in US. It was always nice to speak to him and have a drink. He was a cool guy but we have never been big friends.

   Tell me about the only Bonus track on the album King of The Hill. I have not expected so dynamic and expressive comeback to the 70’s.
  (Phil changes his voice and starts to talk like an american movie trailer reader) From the distant past, raised by the power of Leslie speakers, the old classics are coming back. Don’t miss their newest album (laugh). Yes that’s true, King of The Hill sounds like it was recorded in the 70’s. I’m happy you like it. It shows we still can play, though we don’t always want to (laugh).

Thank David Borowka for sharing this with us all

Original article 2015 - TERAZ ROCK

 

Norwegian Review score: 5.5/6

Certain artists attain a level of comfort that they can churn out high quality albums with regularity. We often wonder in what vacuum this aspect exists, but as a faithful fan of melodic hard rock and heavy metal I'm thankful that we have vanguard acts like UFO proving that their best years can be as current as their early, legendary efforts. Not content to live off the nostalgia that put "Strangers in the Night" on the must have live album front and caused guitar plays to incessantly learn by ear the magnificent extended Schenker solo break to "Rock Bottom", "A Conspiracy of Stars" is another vibrant 11 song, 50 minute record that is catchy, deep, bluesy, and engaging.

Between Phil Mogg's alluring, playful vocal melodies, the steady grooving rhythm section of bassist Rob De Luca and drummer Andy Parker, and the professionalism and taste making chord combinations plus lead efforts from keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond and guitarist Vinnie Moore, they waste no time getting to the heart of the matter on "The Killing Kind", veering into slide guitar/ swampy blues for "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun" and reaching back into their British classic heritage on "Messiah of Love". No wasted notes, respect and admiration on display as UFO glide through material that lifts spirits and reminds me of what makes hard rock such a lifelong passion. Sure Vinnie Moore could pour hundreds of spitfire notes in an 8 bar lead break - but he would rather promote each song's individual character in appropriate spots, more bluesy with Michael Schenker and Gary Moore at the forefront.

Add in words that Mogg uses as playful imagery or food for thought (‘counting black sheep' for "Rolling Rolling" or ‘trusting you is like throwing the dice' on "Run Boy Run"), organ work straight out of 1975, and just top to bottom a record that doesn't have a filler track at hand and you'll understand that UFO doesn't see any need for retiring anytime soon. Nor should they, as "A Conspiracy of Stars" isn't alien to all hard rock fanatics in the galaxy.

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UFO

A Conspiracy Of Stars

By: Andrew Edmunds

If you’ve been ardently reading everything I’ve written over the past however many years – and let’s be honest, of course you have – you’re already aware that I’m a pretty big fan of these long-tenured hard rockers. They’ll likely forever live in the shadow of the Schenker days, when they released a string of records that rival anyone else’s output from the golden age of hard rock, and they endured a rough period in the 80s, as did many others. But that was then, and UFO is still going strong now, in the fifth decade of their career. With Vinnie Moore ably filling the spot Schenker vacated (again) a decade or so back, and now with rock-star bassist Pete Way officially replaced by Rob DeLuca (formerly of Sebastian Bach’s band), UFO is as good as they’ve been since their heyday over thirty years ago.

Coming off the strength of 2012’s Seven Deadly, A Conspiracy Of Stars operates on much the same blueprint – UFO circa 2015 isn’t re-inventing themselves or anything else. They just came here to rock, and they do that quite well, thankyouverymuch. It’s business as usual, stylistically, but it’s delivered with such style and grace that it’s not formulaic so much as just confident.

Opening track “The Killing Kind” is a straightforward UFO rocker, guitar-driven and solid, but it pales in comparison to its follow-up, “Run Boy Run,” which is one of the best songs the Vinnie Moore line-up has brought thusfar. That first tune is fun enough, if a bit by the numbers, sure. But then the second rocks a mean riff and some of Phil Mogg’s best vocals of late, and the album lifts off from there. The raucous riff of “Run Boy” is the closest the band comes to metal these days, the proto-metal gallop of “Lights Out” and “Doctor Doctor” long past, but still, it’s certainly heavy enough, and it fits snugly against the bluesy swagger of “Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun.”

Speaking of Mogg, he’s been the band’s only consistent member, their erstwhile leader and one of the most underrated singers in the history of hard rock. His voice has aged a bit, but perfectly – he’s always been about grit and guts, never about operatics or technique, the streetwise rogue instead of the soaring pretty boy. His performance here is as good as any he’s given since the golden years, and of course, it helps greatly that he has a batch of great tunes to back him up. The likes of “Run Boy Run,” “King Of The Hill,” and “Devils In The Detail” are just killer hard rock tunes, filled with cocksure swagger, and thus the perfect basis for Mogg’s cooler-than-thou soulful croon. (Although hearing him slyly intone “Come here, my skanky toady / let me whisper in your ear” in “Devil” may haunt my nightmares for awhile.)

A Conspiracy Of Stars does drift off a bit in the middle, I must admit – the somewhat-shuffling “Precious Cargo” isn’t bad, but fails to ignite the same spark as what comes before. It’s one of the few places where Moore’s shredding feels like overplaying, mostly because the song is one of the album’s weakest, alongside the AOR-ish “One And Only.” Still, those few stumbles are redeemed by a closing trio as great as the opening one: “Messiah Of Love” has another of Moore’s best riffs and some more blustery soul from Mogg, while “Rolling Rolling” does just that, a solid midtempo rocker that admittedly gets support from its two greater bookends. Final track “King Of The Hill” is the perfect wrap-up, another great bluesy rock riff from Moore, another great cocky performance from Mogg.

Maybe it’s the presence of Rob DeLuca in the studio – he’s played live with the band since 2008, but he helped with songwriting here for the first time – or maybe it’s just because the time was right, but this newest UFO is a band flying high again. A Conspiracy Of Stars is the best album they’ve released in many a moon, since the Paul Chapman days, and hell, maybe even since Obsession. (To clarify, it still falls short of the classic run from Phenomenon through Obsession – it’s just the closest they’ve come in a long time.)

If you’ve stuck with them this long, you should already be excited about A Conspiracy Of Stars, and you’ve got good reason to be: This is why you’ve been coming back all these years. Because this is great hard rock. Because this is UFO.

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METAL FANATICS 9/10

translated from GERMAN

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars
It's time. The already since the release of "Seven Deadly" in 2012 by me eagerly awaited new iron unfortunately completely undervalued in our country "UFO" seen the light of day. ('ll Notice as eternal whiners) again without Michael Schenker - but on the known level of quality. Hardly any output founded originally in 1969 Combo (from 1974's personally really interesting for me) falls below a certain level. And so we will be well on "A conspiracy of stars" two hands full of superb songs with stunning guitar work (since 2004 Vinnie Moore as the lead guitarist and main songwriter on this album as responsible) and catchy guarantee presented.
Phil Mogg seems to have lost in the last 45 (!!) years nothing of his vocal qualities and towers over the cleverly arranged songs. Whether rifflastig or relaxed as in "Precious Cargo" - all in all we are dealing with a clearly definable as UFO album piece of music. Bluesy Hard Rock - as he lives and breathes! Quite the new material does not reach to old Schenker - zoom gods gifts such as "Phenomenon" (eg Doctor, Doctor) or "force it" (including Mother Mary), but these albums are mostly produced only once per career - UFO had many of those.
What really makes the band stand out, so as indeed Deep Purple on their last output "Now What?" The gift of the rock music of the seventies on a contemporary and never musty acting level to bring.
Produced by Chris Tsangarides excellent for me there is hardly any weaknesses identified:
Definitely already a Classic Rock - Highlight the young 2015!

9/10 points

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Translated from Portuguese

One thing that keeps me interested in UFO, and that's Phil Mogg, the singer of UFO (and founding member along with Pete Way) since the band formed in 1969, I was 10 years old.


The vocals of Phil are still solid ; it lacks a bit of power from the day of the phenomenon of UFO mania, especially impressive live album "Strangers In The Night", though he makes more so than his inimitable stage presence.
A large number of members passed by UFO from 69, with Michael Schenker being the most famous, however the latter formation of UFO has lasted almost 10 years now, and the albums that they are editing only get better, "The Visitor" (2009) was good, Seven Deadly "( 2012) was very good, "A Conspiracy Of Stars' even has a lot to like.


'The Killing Kind' has a great opening riff, the song is pretty basic, but explodes along with easy relaxed singing style Mogg, a great solo Vinnie Moore helps elevate the song above average, a great start to the new album.
'Run Boy Run' has a more modern sound with a guitar sound with a harder side, but with UFO This is a great track.
'Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun' has a bluesy acoustic intro, a soft knock the battery return drummer Andy Parker, and then the voice of Phils really elevates this title, it just oozes class even after all these years.
"Sugar cane" is the first track on the keyboard base, and a soft opening with them, allows other track bluesy flourish, a large choir led by another solo Vinnie Moore.
'Devils In The Detail 'have a great race in the rhythm guitar finishing the track, with Vinnie overlapping a fast and fluid soil.


What is clear so far about this work is the high standard of writing songs, they know what works and what to do after nearly 45 years in music.
The other tracks are all so good, there are no low points in this album, and that makes it very difficult to choose a favorite subject, "Precious Cargo" is very beautiful, sounding like a cross between zztop and Great White as is 'Rolling Rolling'.

©2015 LISTEN TO THE RADIO

Translated from German:

FEATURED REVIEW

Less than 22 studio albums can claim the British rock legends UFO on their credit side. Their greatest success, the band especially with MICHAEL SCHENKER on guitar in the seventies. Connoisseurs can not say what caliber have played for in the following decades in the band - sometimes more, sometimes less successful. With the entry of the magnificent VINNIE MOORE in 2004 broke for UFO in any case a second spring of that achieved with the now present Saugeiles "A Conspiracy Of Stars" to new heights.

Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, GARY MOORE) gave the album with his production missed an official tone that is perfectly matched to the new songs. Moore thrilled with his soulful game, inspired solos, licks and groovy.

The upcoming tour will take UFO to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland (see our concert announcement), but not in the Alpine republic. So be it. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" UFOs is strongest album in years. Great guitars, and really good songs. Hats off!

©2015

 

 

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26th February 2015

KONZERT - Donnerstag, 26.02.2015

TONIGHT: Germany - Bochum - Zeche

 

LAST NIGHT: Alte Seilerei - Mannheim - Germany

SET LIST:

Mother Mary
Lights Out
Fight Night
Wonderlnd
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

 

NEW TOUR NEWS

UFO set to Headline the STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL this upcoming JULY

Announced Yesterday

As reported by a reliable source, PLANET ROCK:

Welsh international Classic Rock festival Steelhouse will return this year.

The event will celebrate its fifth anniversary, returning to its spectacular mountain-top location at Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, near Ebbw Vale in South Wales.

UFO will headline on Saturday 25 July, playing classics from their forty-six year career, as well as material from their new album 'A Conspiracy Of Stars'.

The Sunday night will be brought to a close by Dee Snider, who will perform hits from his time in Twisted Sister, as well as songs from his extensive solo catalogue.

Steelhouse 2015 will also see performances from Y&T, Tyketto and Doro. "Y&T are looking forward to playing the Steelhouse Festival, and we’ll be making it an extra special show by performing the entire Black Tiger album along with other favourites." enthused Dave Meneketti.

"It’s incredible to think that British rock royalty UFO along with TWISTED SITER’s main man DEE SNIDER - and one of my personal favourites Y&T - will be performing at the Steelhouse this year," says Festival co-founder, Matt Rhead. "We were concerned that it would be a mammoth task to compete with the enormous success of last year’s festival, but once again we’ve been able to attract the very best Classic Rock bands to this region, which has always been hotbed of rock music fans."

Rounding off the initial announcement are Trucker Diablo, No Hot Ashes, Massive Wagons, Skam and Florence Black.

Steelhouse Festival takes place 25 - 26 July 2015. Early bird weekend tickets are on-sale now via steelhousefestival.com!

 

LISTENING PARTY

Held last Saturday February 21st at HALFORD

Mainzerstr.15, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain, Germany

 

 

INTERVIEW

This 15 minute YouTube Interview with Rob was conducted a couple of days back

I was wondering if Vinnie placed the painting behind Rob just as the interview was starting :-)

 

LIVE REVIEW + PHOTOS

Catch up on the Conspiracy Of Stars Twitter feed by UFO fan KEN - photo's and updates here - Highly recommended

Here is a REVIEW posted by Ken on the Official UFO guestbook page:

Ok so a few requests for an update review.
Apologies for the delay in this one, firstly as I said in my brief post posted the venue in Berlin was far too small for the band, not often I say that but the management need to look at this for future shows. It is proven with Berlin and Hamburg UFO are still capable of drawing a crowd and on that note I am told from a source that Glasgow is also a few tickets away from being totally sold out.
So take note and bigger venues will pay dividends.
So onto the show, the support band were a kind of soft rock version of UFO with a lead singer that has some depth in his voice, highlights from their set list was a "pray to god" superb track, look out for this when these guys hit the UK. Rhythm guitarist looks like someone famous, but let those who go the shows decide on that one.

On with the Action then, it was just around 10pm when the intro kicked in, a full 5 minutes of intro which just builds your anxiety up to a level of anticipation. I had met the sound guy at the bar he wasn't drinking by the way, and could have seen the sets list in his hands, but wanted to be surprised, so that's what happened.
It did not take long as the immaculate Mr Mogg arrived on stage along with his fellow compatriots, I must say Phil, you look amazing. The opening threads from a buoyant Mr Moore soon followed and it took a moment to register what it was, then the penny dropped, We belong to the night, I certainly did, that would in all fairness been enough for me, but it just got better and better. Swiftly into lights out without a breath, these boys were on fire. The last time I saw the mike stand been thrown about so much was at the Aberdeen Capital, on the Misdemeanour tour. This was Phil of years gone by, a front man with energy of a man half his age, you could not take your eyes off him, and he knew it . The packed crowd seemed too spur the great man on too, and it was a time where smiling faces all over the stage. Mr De Luca, loving every note played, Mr Raymond totally awesome the whole night, his tee shirt that my other half wore getting attention. Andy on the sticks well what can you say, Mr Parker, quite simply bloody brilliant. Finally Mr Moore, structured, complete, for those of you who write about MS, don't even bother, he is not in Vinnie's class, couldn't tie his shoe laces, Vinnie is that good, he was quite simply superb, as always.

Run boy Run and Real deal followed, the Germans appreciate of the tunes, Wonderland was next with passion and flair the noise level was increasing. The surprise to those that did not the set list, Try Me, beautifully sung, would have brought a tear to a glass eye. Mother Mary was a surprise although I know that it's one of Phil's favourites, then into the Killing Kind with banter in between the tracks again the crowd oblivious to what was being said. OYCRM and well we were into a gig, the tempo slowing to the awesome BYHD, then a tribute to the not forgotten Pete Way with Cherry.

Love to Love, followed just again sang with passion and commitment. Makin Moves followed LTL followed by the brilliant, quite superb best I've ever seen it sung then onto Rock Bottom shortened version and encores of Dr Dr then Shoot Shoot, quite amazing love this band always and always will.

Love seeing them live can't wait till Friday

UFO GUESTBOOK

 


What can you say about UFO? With a career spanning 45years, over 20 studio albums and double that number of former members, they are without doubt one of the greatest of British rock institutions. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t at least like some of their work.

This new album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, their 22nd studio outing, is the first UFO album to be recorded in their native UK for over 20 years, being produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, and is the first to feature current bassist Rob De Luca. It’s also the fifth album of the Vinnie Moore era of the band, an era that has produced consistent and strong albums such as ‘The Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Visitor’ and ‘Seven Deadly’, all of which have been fine, but none of which have really equalled the majesty of the true classics such as ‘Obsession’, ‘Force It’ or ‘No Place To Run’ to name but a few. The same can be said for ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’.

The opening cut ‘The Killing Kind’ proves that UFO today are in perfect working order, displaying all the hallmarks of their classic, and unique, sound. It’s got a mighty fine riff and Phil Mogg’s voice, although deeper and richer in his more mature years, is still unmistakeable. The slide guitar bluesy rocker ‘Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun’ provides a highlight, as does the totally grooving ‘Sugar Cane’ and the rock solid rocking of ‘Devils In The Detail’ and ‘The Real Deal’. ‘Run Boy Run’ and ‘Rollin Rollin’ show that UFO can still be heavy, but ‘Precious Cargo' and ‘One And Only’ are examples of a few tracks that cause the attention to start to wander. It is, however, worth getting either the digipack or vinyl versions of the album, as the bonus track ‘King Of The Hill’ is better than a fair few of the album’s core tracks.

‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ will not disappoint fans who have enjoyed UFO’s last few albums, that’s for sure. It’s another consistent, solid slice of contemporary UFO, and a good album. If however you’re expecting an album full of tracks like ‘Lights Out ‘, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘Shoot Shoot’ or ‘Only You Can Rock Me’, well I’m afraid those days are gone. ©2015 All rights reserved

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Bewertung: 8/10 (Rating: 8/10)

Translated from GERMAN

The year is still young, and already publish the indestructible and time-resistant appearing UFO "A Conspiracy Of Stars" a worthy follow-up album to your 2012er rock storm called "Seven Deadly".

The album is basically up where you ended with "Seven Deadly". Namely with straight rock songs, timeless, charming and occasionally somewhat edgy. Especially the guitar work of page virtuoso Vinnie Moore enjoys partially fantastic solos work to put on vocals dangerously close without Phil Mogg. Rather, they can him enough space to develop his voice. It seems as if the band after the somewhat confused Michael Schenker days at the beginning of the 2000s was, where he once like a phoenix rose from the ashes and for two albums ("Covenant", 2000 and "Sharks", 2002) back in the band, artistically more than has digested.

Songs like "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun" or something playful "Devil's In The Detail" have in my opinion the quality of your old classics such as "Only You Can Rock Me," or even "Rock Bottom", both to establish by 1978 without copying it clumsily. After "A Conspiracy Of Stars" scored in the first songs pretty much fairway, the album from the middle of the season is a little depth without, however, losing in the present tense.

With "The Real Deal" Phil Mogg and Co. have also landed equal to a small, fine hit, he recalled in sound and rhythm section but a little of the Rolling Stones '97 hit "Out Of Control". With "Messiah Of Love" is again a little playful and guitar and bass are engaged in a skirt Battle regard virtuosity. In summary it can be stated that UFO have delivered with "A Conspiracy Of Stars" is a good album. The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who was already Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.

P.S .: Records fans! The album comes in addition to two different CD versions, therefore, in a double colored vinyl edition and is likely to arouse corresponding desires.

GERMAN SOURCE

New CD From UFO “A Conspiracy Of Stars” Review

UFO is back and better than ever. It’s 2015 and UFO band members Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker and Rob De Luca have come together to embark on the 22nd chapter of their career. Rob De Luca joined UFO as a touring bassist in 2012 and this is his first recording venture with UFO. Rob is not only an amazing instrumentalist, but he has also contributed as a songwriter for two tracks on this new album.

The majority of the music for A Conspiracy Of Stars was written and composed during the summer of 2014. Across the pond from the United States is where the recording began. First, UFO started off with rehearsals in Kent’s Barn Room studios. Shortly after that, UFO relocated several miles east at Chris Tsangarides’ Ecology Rooms Studio, where they recorded their latest oeuvre. It also turns out that Chris Tsangarides was working in the same studio where UFO recorded their debut album, UFO 1 in 1970. We’ve picked out several of our favorite tracks from the album and have decided to give you in the inside scoop on them.

Up first is the second track from the album titled Run Boy Run. The track kicks off with Vinnie Moore’s fantastic guitar playing, pulling rapid licks up and down the fret board. This song screams classic UFO and has the old school UFO vibe.  The band shines on this song, as the energy is present from the first seconds of the song. Overall it’s a deep track.

Following Run Boy Run is the third track on the album, named Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun. This song has a pressing feeling of being in the ole’ Wild West. It has a bit of a country tang to it with a tease of slide guitar. The song then jumps into a classic rock guitar riff, followed by the glistening vocals of Phil Mogg. I’m totally digging the upbeat feel and it fits in perfectly on the CD. Vinnie Moore will make any guitar player salivate uncontrollably with the jaw dropping guitar finger work he displays in the middle of the song – what an incredible solo from such a gifted player!

found myself listening to the One and Only multiple times. This masterpiece contains some of the best guitar work on the album. I have listened to this song several times in a row just because of Vinnie Moore’s crazy licks. Phil Mogg complements his guitar playing on this song. Both from a vocal and lyric standpoint, Phil absolutely nails it. At about the two minute mark, that’s when the musical magic known as UFO is unleashed in full form.

Messiah Of Love is an instant classic in my book. There are not enough words to describe the adrenaline that fuels this track. I was hanging onto the edge of my seat while listening to this track because you feel the need to get up and move! It’s one of the best hard rock tracks on the album and also one of the finest. The bass solo is also a nice added touch, it’s followed by Vinnie Moore and Andy Parker feeding off each other, dueling in a musical battle that you’ll never get tired of. It will easily make into UFO’s song catalog as one of their best songs ever.

This has to be the best UFO record of the past 20 years that I can recall and definitely tops all of the records of the Vinnie Moore era. It’s like the boys wanted to take us in a time machine to when UFO was in their prime. They’ve most certainly accomplished that with this most recent release, A Conspiracy Of Stars. The album is due to hit record store shelves in the USA on March 3rd. I highly recommend you go out and pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed that you did. UFO has overseas dates scheduled through the middle of May. Rob De Luca has confirmed there will be USA tour dates, that have yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

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25th February 2015

TONIGHT: 25 - Germany - Mannheim - Alte Seilerei

Support: Rebellious Spirit & Reds Cool

 

 

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ALBUM REVIEWS

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UFO – “A Conspiracy Of Stars” (Steamhammer / SPV)

‘…my shoes speak Italian style, I’ve known fashion for a long, long time..’. After a colossal 45 years in the music business, long standing 70s classic rockers UFO have just released their 22nd studio album! Now in their 60s, when most bands are contemplating retirement, these guys are actually enjoying a resurgence that has seen them return to touring and being a full time band still playing their same brand of blues tinged hard rock – and still with most of their classic line-up of Phil Mogg, Andy Parker and Paul Raymond! Simply unmistakeable in his laid back, almost reflective style, Mogg’s vocals are the defining moment of UFO’s sound, remaining solid and consistent which is an achievement in itself as far as bands careers go.

Despite being permanent member of the group since 2003, I’ve never really appreciated Vinnie Moore coming from both the Schenker and ‘Tonka’ Chapman eras of the band, however, he has truly written his own chapter in UFO’s history no better exemplified than on this album. From his truly brilliant guitar work that favors the band’s US leaning sound to his stylish solos and just downright sassy street blues work, the fact that the majority of the material was composed by him speaks bounds about the man.

When combined with the verbal aesthetics of Mogg’s lyrics, the genius of UFO can once more be heard on hard rockers like ‘Run Boy Run’ with Andy Parker’s thumping drums threatening to implode my own aging ear drums, while ‘Devil’s In The Detail’ just cruises along with that UFO groove in ever such cool style, not in the least thanks to Moore’s teasing guitar breaks contrastingly superbly with its deep, hard rock riff. But the real proof comes in the aptly titled ‘The Real Deal’, which is classic UFO all the way back, from Mogg’s soulful vocals right down to the hammond organ and of course, Moore’s own Schenker like warbling that unleashes a flood of memories to this old rocker!

Produced by none other than living legend Chris Tsangarides – who was a 14-year-old trainee at a recording studio when UFO recorded their debut album in 1970 – this album is truly a conspiracy of stars that fans old and new can be in awe of once more from this pillar of classic rock.

©2015 source

 

 

Translated from Spanish

Already remarked in speaking of Seven Deadly impeccable latest work Mogg & cia after The Visitor, this gem in 2009 were removed from the sleeve when nobody was hard for them, which marked the passage in front of a group a baggage behind their much deserved recognition they have. And, today, there are many who think that after the departure of Michael Schenker, much as there were old Phil, had little reason to go ahead UFO, but is much Vinnie Vinnie, and which, as happened with Bonamassa Black Country Communion, or Satriani in Chickenfoot, when next you have someone to keep you feet on the ground and teaches you how you should acoplarte in a group, things usually ends up paying off.

And yes, these fruits in the last decade are you being a really amazing caliber, and is that this devastating pairing of The Visitor and Seven Deadly just join them albeit with some nuances, as it is quite far is left of them and fails to maintain the level of excellence of the previous two A Conspiracy Of Stars. But make no mistake, the disc will delight fans of the group, of which I am.

Yes, A Conspiracy Of Stars, from beginning to end, since the guitar Vinnie welcomes us in "The Killing Kind" until the excellent "Rolling Rolling" ends this new work is a remarkable album classic by some guys who control like no other this racket, but unlike that we were in his two previous albums, especially in The Visitor, plane is maintained, and never got the view of the rock we are doing.

Everything, absolutely everything is in its place: Vinnie Moore's work is perfect and the festival of riffs and solos let us not forget that he is who bears the group is behind her anthology, but just becoming too predictable and suffer from that wow factor that both did enjoy those two earlier works. While Phil, has long been aware of its limitations, is that age does not forgive, and in the case of singers, he just follows the line drawn in the last decade online, which is none other than that of poise and away from any temptation to go beyond the possible. Yes, the guy is so good that retains the elf in charge of keeping it up, is that Phil Mogg has a place reserved in the anteroom of Olympus of the greatest.

Over there, as always, andas these three types, Raymon, De Luca and Parker, fulfilling its role perfectly accompanying the two monsters responsible for maintaining the ship afloat, although we all know that then, live, Parker has just acquired a brutal role, which we will see if in the end we can see in these parts when they are announced more concerts presenting this new album.

A new album that, while all the time the group has put the autopilot, has great moments to highlight, as is the greatness in every sense of "Sugar Cane" without forgetting "The Real Deal", another song without too shrillness that may well be responsible for defining these UFO 2015 which must be thankful that, unlike other researchers to tour after another living off the fruits harvested once, which could make perfectly and Easy, easy, would they make a set off base with great success to go filling local, have returned to sit to create a new disk for further magnify his legend.

A Conspiracy of Stars do not reach the heights of the Seven Deadly, and away remains of The Visitor, but still an excellent album with which to enjoy, something I'm doing as I write these four lines after take off once again hats off to they.

Long live UFO!

©2015 SOURCE

 

 

SLOVENIAN REVIEW - 4/5 - Translated to English

Comes, say and write, 22 large studio album of British heavy rock veterans UFO. Londoners who migajo continuously since 1969 onwards, issued on mature in a very good album. And also the latest "A Conspiracy of Stars" is not no exception!

Indeed, the integration of the American guitarist Vinnie Moore in 2003 as a permanent replacement for the famous Michael Schenker, a bit of an impact on the style of composing, but not shocking. It was in the perfect dose. UFO is always kept its own distinct elemental musical card, with the advent of Moorea has become more marked in the arrangements component of the blues. And from the album "You Are Here" (2004), persist and build UFO but in such a dossier on the music.

The combination of the three original members of the group and Vinnie Moore excellent function in the new times. If the British part of the team responsible for the introduction of recognizable building blocks of mystery, darkness and occasionally even occultism, which is restrained with typical sarcasm black British humor of responsibility continues the famous vocals Phil Mogg (Mogg still says "chap"), is an American Vinnie outstanding treasury arsenal of guitar game that UFO strengthened with juicy blues premise.

Also, with his arrival the band somewhat booming field of his musical testing and therefore postmilenijskih times for UFO no longer surprising flirtation with southern rock, nor the blues inclusions, which are able to pull even in the Mississippi Delta (Ballad of a Left Hand Gun) . It is the longest song album Sugar Cane optimally meet the extraordinary fusion of blues erotogenega in combination with rock našobljenostjo and musically value. All songs are as a rule in its theater terminating dramatically.

UFO put pervasive riff that sits under the skin instantly when opens the pitch up the vocals in the verses Phil Mogg with a unique protective recognizable vocal brand, it is clear that the legend is firmly saddled in its rock 'n' roll gallop. The band sounds stocky, organic, live and not losing sparks. Devils and the Detail for example clad with massive overflow Hammond sound that enhances the guitar phrase. Rustic and classic starošolsko. More genuine hardly the case when it is necessary to see the elemental tradition of rock 'n' roll.

Bend still extremely skillful rotates given mood state in track and meet each other in the songs, and generally occurs when the "mid-eight" passage of a sudden modulation tones.

These parts are extremely adept at exploiting the UFO on the new album, as they have done since time immemorial. Vinnie Moore but delivered at the right veritable fairy tale "comedy" guitar soloing. It is a pleasure to listen to this master šeststrunske music theory!

"A Conspiracy of Stars" is the album clearly defined musical vision and focus to a large veterans continue to faithfully follow the style osivelih desperadov, but do not lose their potency and shine in their mature years. UFO is not tempered. In the years after the farewell close to creating an extremely convincing artistic maturity and refined sense. Rock'n'roll them but running in krvožilju and (thankfully) but otherwise do not know how! ©2015

 

 

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

Released by: Steamhammer/SPV
Released on: February 23rd, 2015.
Purchase From Amazon

UFO, as they head into their final twilight years, have developed into an extremely consistent hard act. Über guitarist Michael Schenker may be long gone, but his replacement Vinnie Moore has developed into a perfect foil for vocalist Phil Mogg's expressive bluesy vocals. This album is very much a follow up in spirit and quality their last set "Seven Deadly".

Mogg has always been a deeply weird lyricist and that's only gotten more pronounced with age. Here he mixes strange confessional lyrics with hilarious braggadocio like "Messiah Of Love". The whole record has the feel of a hard rock gospel revivalist meeting with Mogg using his lower register to particularly strong effect. There's also a classic rock and roll vibe going on that's reminiscent of heavier ROLLING STONES material on tracks like "Precious Cargo". The other highlight is opener "Killing Kind" with its potent borderline metal riff and commanding vocal.

UFO were never a metal act however and their flirtations with that genre were circumspect at best. DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW at their heaviest were far closer to that wheelhouse, with UFO avoiding the tag mostly due to Mogg's non-histrionic vocals. He has a lovely warm tone and has never been a screamer. The other key component of the UFO sound is the tasteful use of Paul Raymond's keyboards. They give the songs shading and color but never become obtrusive. Andy Parker's drumming is also rock solid. And Moore - despite his shredder past, has developed into a great melodic player.

As far as geezer rock goes, this is about as good as it gets. Highly recommended for strong songwriting, plenty of hooks and a quality production job. UFO continue their Vinnie Moore era winning streak that began with "You Are Here".

©2015 SOURCE

 

UFO: “A Conspiracy of Stars” Album Review by Jason Zins!

UFO are rock icons and legends, plain and simple. Their prowess and influence from their first 10 years of making music is unmistakable. Their albums Phenomenon, Lights Out, No Heavy Petting, and the incredible live release Strangers in the Night influenced countless bands and set the bar very high. For some reason, UFO never garnered the attention they deserved given that they were one of the most talented bands from that era.

Original vocalist Phil Mogg really shows us what modern-day UFO are capable of on A Conspiracy of Stars. He’s eloquent, charismatic and a staple of their trademark sound. Longtime six-string shredder Vinnie Moore provides the riffs and some screaming solos that will make any new guitarist shake his head in disbelief.

“The Killing Kind” opens with a cool riff and solid, melodic groove. The band is on 10 right out of the gate, and this tune is catchy and upbeat. “Run Boy Run” is a tad darker with a heavier riff, and “Ballad of the Left Hand Gun” is bluesy and ballsy, interlaced with acoustic guitars throughout. Moore’s guitar work here is stellar and is filled with feeling and emotion. “Sugar Cane” is the highlight of the album for me. It just epitomizes the UFO sound and emotion. “Devils in the Detail” has Mogg at the top of his game, and his vocals on this rocker are spot on. “Precious Cargo” is a bit more laid back, but with a serious hook. “One and Only” has an early ’80s feel to it.  It’s upbeat with a cool vibe.

UFO have recorded a seriously great album with A Conspiracy of Stars. It’s a great listen, and if you enjoy any of their classics, you will most certainly like this.

A Conspiracy of Stars is out February 23 in Europe and March 3 in the United States on Steamhammer / SPV Records. Pre-order it here!

SkullsNBones Rating (Out Of 5):snb-review-starsnb-review-starsnb-review-starsnb-review-star

 

 

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24th February 2015

POSTED ON THE UFO OFFICIAL FaceBook page...

...along with this signed poster, posted by Mathias Schmidt

 

 

 

 

TODAY - band travel to Mannheim in Germany for tomorrows concert

Varioius new entries today consist of various album reviews and magazine articles.

Starting off with a Radio Interview:

Really interesting Interview with Rob De Luca in Berlin and finishing with 'The Killing Kind" airing

from 02.21.2015 in Berlin K17, incl entitled "The Killing Kind", "Album" A Conspiracy of Stars ", released. 20/02/2015 at SPV Aired: 2/26/2015 between 16- 17 clock, Transmitter: ALEX Open Channel Berlin, Frequency: FM Berlin 88.4 | 90.7 FM Potsdam mission: scene sound radio Interviewer: Annika Timm www.szenesounds.de
The download is an audio file of the series of podcasts podcast from SCENE SOUNDS RADIO

GO LISTEN

MAGAZINE ARTICLES

M&R - March/April 2015 issue

©2015

 

Dutch Magazine - March 205 Issue

 

Aardschock - Double-page spread

 

ALBUM REVIEWS

REVIEW - 8.5/10

UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV/Steamhammer)

Genre: Blues Rock

Phil Mogg’s still got the blues – big-time. And we should all be grateful for that.

UFO’s lead singer, the only member of the band to feature on all 22 studio albums, possesses one of rock music’s most recognisable voices.

But just as peers like Robert Plant have adapted their delivery with the advancement of years, Mogg – who is three years off his 70th birthday – doesn’t try to pretend he’s the same frontman he was when UFO were one of the biggest hard rock bands on the planet.

And he’s no worse for it.

UFO’s music has evolved into a hard-edged, bluesy sound and for those who enjoyed 2012’s Seven Deadly, its successor will tick every box.

Guitarist Vinnie Moore, now very much part of the UFO furniture, is clearly relishing his role as chief songwriter while Mogg with his Springsteen-esque tales of brooding street life, once again reminds us he is one of music’s most underrated lyricists.

A Conspiracy Of Stars kicks off with the quite magnificent A Killing Kind featuring crunchy riffs, a pounding bass drum and the driving tempo which is a UFO hallmark.

If every track scaled such heights, then this would be right up there with classic albums such as Lights Out and Obsession. With the possible exception of One And Only, they don’t but running right through the 10 tracks (11 if you buy the digipack), there’s always that melodic undercurrent which separates this band from so many.

Keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond pens two songs including the organ-heavy Precious Cargo but if there is a minor criticism of the album, it’s the lack of a piano-driven song in the mould of Out In the Street or even the keyboard intro to Doctor Doctor.

Fans of recent UFO releases will loves this. Those who haven’t listened to the band since the days of Michael Schenker or Paul Chapman could do a lot worse with reacquainting themselves with UF0 2015 style. Ian Murtagh

RUSHONROCK RATED: 8.5/10 Stars Quality

 

PORTUGUESE REVIEW - 8/10

TRANSLATED to English:

UFO
"The Conspiracy Of Stars'
Steamhammer
8/10
Among the numerous bands "classic" hard rock returning and the (fewer) that, never giving up, try to remain relevant in a scene increasingly eclectic, there is one that knew how few stale: the UFO.

The English group remains active in (almost) without interruption since 1969 and never gets many years without editing a new disc. There are superstars at the level of a Whitesnake or Van Halen is right, but the musical legacy that have built worth them a dedicated and loyal fan base.

"The Conspiracy Of Stars" is the twenty-second chapter of the collective discography and was essentially composed by guitarist Vinnie Moore. And it shows. Inside the hard / blues relaxed and classy rock of UFO style, soils, riffs and arrangements of the former guitarist of Alice Cooper stand out for their quality, but fall into perfectly in the English band sound.

Phil Mogg is another key, either by letter or cared for providing soulful their vocalizations. That is, not being particularly inspired (no disk group with more than three-decade career is), reflects perfectly the maturity, class and excellent composition of the team that 2015 UFO hold. And respect the legacy, live up to the name bearing and yet, add a handful of relevant songs to your estate can be considered a great victory - once - by a project which, in theory, no longer should worry too much about this thing of "new music".

source



TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN

Vote Reviewer: 7 | Vote User: 9.25

A career spanning 45 years now, more than twenty albums in assets, participation in the festival and the unforgettable hit, "Doctor Doctor", which has long been the intro of the concerts of another legendary band, Iron Maiden: What have yet to give us what we want and ask for more in UFOs? The new chapter "A Conspiracy Of Stars" nothing can be added or removed to a story so prestigious: however, provides an honest and tasty hard hard rock, which certainly will not disappoint the die-hard fans of the group.

"The Killing Kind" is the first evidence of how these old lions British are still able to write rock engaging and class: a guitar riff nice load, a crescendo of drums and a carpet of keyboards textbook guide us to refrain exciting, composing a piece from the classical scheme, but that never goes out of fashion. "Run Boy Run" is a track more dense and massive, "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun" a nice rock'n'roll flavor country. It continues at this point with the small suite "Sugar Cane", an example of progressive and majestic song that could easily be written by countrymen and peers Magnum, and the pimp but effective "Devils In The Detail". In the second part of the album the quality of the proposal and the ability to capture the listener fall a bit ', but not at a level that would jeopardize the success of the work: the final "Rolling Rolling" is then a piece varied, and particularly Whether enthralling, that closes the album in a non-obvious.

"A Conspiracy Of Stars" is the conclusion in yet another coup for a group that in his extraordinary career, he has very little wrong. As we said earlier, by UFOs do not expect some more some kind of masterpiece, but its platter sincere and well packaged like this. Fans of the timeless sounds of the 70s and 80s British, no doubt, thank you once again this long-lived band.

SOURCE

 

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23rd February 2015

TODAY: 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' OFFICIAL LAUNCH IN EUROPE

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.

 

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UFO have joined Saxon...

...at the top of the bill for Hard Rock Hell 9. Joining them on the bill will be Toseland, SuperCharger, The Screaming Eagles, Trucker Diablo, Sky Valley Mistress and King Creature.

"By popular HRH fan demand, UFO have confirmed to join Saxon at HRH 9 for a main stage rock off," say the organisers. "The last time the two bands met was at HRH 4, but with another five years worth of material plus all the legendary classics, this will be a double header not to be missed." 

Acts already announced for the festival, which takes place in North Wales on November 12-15, include Black Spiders, Rock Goddess, Pig Iron, Skanska Mord and Riot Horse. 

Royalty and VIP passes have already sold out, but the few remaining day passes are on sale via the HRH website. Book now via www.hardrockhell.com or call 0203 287 6684.

 

 




TONIGHT: Downtown Bluesclub - Hamburg - Germany

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Einlass 19h - Konzertbeginn 20h

 

UFO at K7 in Berlin - Vinnie Moore - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker - Rob De Luca - Paul Raymond

 

UFO at K7 in Berlin - Vinnie Moore - Phil Mogg - Andy Parker - Rob De Luca - Paul Raymond

 

LAST NIGHT: Saal Stock, Hagen - Germany
VENUE POSTER
First Night: Rautenkranz - Barby - Germany
VENUE POSTER

 

UFO - Try Me

Phil Mogg singing Try Me

 

2 NEW Magazine Articles from Germany

ROCK HARD GERMANY - March 2015

©2015 ROCKHARD

 

ECLIPSED GERMANY - March 2015

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©2015 ECLIPSED

 

NEW album review from Holland

UFO: A Conspiracy Of Stars

"A Conspiracy Of Stars" is the twenty-second studio album of the band who released their debut album 'UFO 1' unleashed on us in 1970. Still, under current quintet - Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitars), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitars) and Rob De Luca (bass) - extremely handsome classic rock (with a dash of blues) in which melodic guitar solos and still beautiful vocals of Phil Mogg - there really seems to sit no wear on the vocal cords that man - are central. I am of course aware that the peak of this band - which still gave us gems like "Natural Thing ',' Doctor Doctor ',' Lights Out 'and' Too Hot To Handle" but to mention - long gone us, and that the musical landscape at that time has also been changed quite drastically, but if you really want to hear how good contemporary classic melodic hard rock still sounds, this "A Conspiracy Of Stars' highly recommended. Especially the vocal part and surely mention more than excellent guitar work of Vinnie Moore really stand out here. And if you can compose eleven songs without even a weak track, you're chiseled I guess. The band in England and certainly in Germany is still very popular, proving their numerous concerts in those countries (but take a look at their website to see this confirmed). Why do we see these men so rarely in Belgium? Based on this latest piece of work, I think they are still a number of venues can join flooding. In any case, I have tons of respect for what this band here still gets done.

Luc Ghyselen (4/5)

 

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22nd February 2015

LAST NIGHT: WE BELONG TO THE NIGHT!

In addition to the above Set List,

VENUS and SHOOT SHOOT were also played last night at K7 in Berlin:

We Belong to the Night
Lights Out
Run Boy Run
The Real Deal
Wonderland
Try Me
Mother Mary
The Killing Kind
Only You Can Rock Me
Burn Your House Down
Cherry
Love to Love
Makin' Moves
Venus
Rock Bottom
Encore:
Doctor Doctor
Shoot Shoot

 

UFO kicks off their tour with 'We Belong To The Night'.
A very well balanced selection of songs which is going
to please so many fans.

'We Belong To The Night' (from the Mechanix album) was
last played live 28 years ago in London

Last performed in the UK was at the Astoria in London on 23rd December 1987
with quite a different line-up at UK's 'Metal Hammer Christmas Party'

Official Posting from UFO facebook

Greetings from the tourbus! We're two shows into the tour, with the third show tonight at Hagen, and we're having a blast so far! A good crowd at the opening night in Barby, and last night's show at the K17 in Berlin was fully sold out.
Seems that you like the new songs too!




TONIGHT: 22nd Feb - Germany - Hagen (near Osnabrück) - Saal Stock

 


45-year history with a series of decays and reunion through British classic hard rock band UFO passed at least four dozen notable musicians, including Michael Schenker (younger brother of guitarist Scorpions). With him in the group are connected as the golden period of the second half of the '70s, when neither were some of the best mobile rock' n 'roll circus and endless problems with further reunions. The backbone of the current composition is represented by two original members of the band: vocalist Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker.

And I must say, the wind today, in a strange way, blowing in the sails veterans. Their 22th studio album «A Conspiracy Of Stars», recorded for the first time in many years at home, it sounds much better than a lot of what they recorded after 70s. This solid, energetic pattern of classic hard rock at the junction with heavy metal with all their attributes - proletarian bravado vocalist for his age to preserve the purity of voice, leaping solo younger guitarist Vinnie Moore, who wrote most of the music material, stadiums scale and a tribute blues roots (in «Precious Cargo»). Apparently, the success of the plate has promoted highly significantly Producer - Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, among others), which, by the way, 14-year-old kid working "Bring-bring" to the studio where the UFO 45 years back recording her debut album.

©2015 Rolling Stone

 

8/10 Review

 

(8/10) Classic rock dinausors UFO are back with a new album. After 22 records and 45 years in business I don't think that the band.

Phil Mogg and his band mates recorded their new record in England. This isn't a too big thing, but it is the first time in more than 20 years that they have chosen for such a set-up. The production and the mix was done by Chris Tsangarides who gave the album a warm and strong sound. So, all preconditions have been in place for "A conspiracy of stars" - the name of the new record.

The album reflects all the trademarks from UFO. The longplayer comes with ten songs (+ one bonus track) that are classic rock, performed with passion and dedication. The sound is a bit modernized but you still get 100% of UFO. What I think is a big benefit with this line-up today is the mix of old and younger. There are the pioneers that have UFO almost in their veins. Mogg, Raymond and Parker can look back on decades with the band. On the other hand there is guitarist Vinnie Moore (who joined in 2003) and bass player Rob de Luca that brought a fresh musical breeze into the band.

When it comes to the songs there are some highlights which are worth to be mentioned. The opener "The killing kind" is one of those tracks. It starts with a great guitar that brings you immediately into smooth rock mood. The tune has an esxcellent hookline and is a typical UFO track. Followed by the rocking "Run boy run" the start couldn't be much better.

A song I personally like is the bluesy "Sugar cane" with a gentle guitar and a strong groove. And "Precious cargo" is standing out with e strong organ sound that partly to Great White and the earlier Whitesnake. The song has a very cool and releaxed vibe by still being powerful in the bridge and the chorus.

Those are my favorites on the album, but the other tracks can easily live up to the same quality level.

UFO's new album "A conspiracy of stars" is very entertaining. It is a solid classic rock album from an established band that don't have to prove anything. An album for old and new fans of the band.

(8/10)

 

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21st February 2015

WE BELONG TO THE NIGHT!


TONIGHT: 21st - Germany - Berlin - K17

ALSO AS REPORTED EARLIER THIS MONTH

LISTENING PARTY

Release party for the new UFO album

TONIGHT - Saturday February 21st

HALFORD

09.00 pm
Mainzerstr.15, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain, Germany

There will be CDs for a competition

 

LAST NIGHT: 20th - Germany - Barby - Rautenkranz

The band kicked off with "We Belong to the Night"

followed by Lights Out

 

VENUE

 

March 2015 Guitar Magazine - Germany

TOUR GUIDE

As well as the above tour listing, this month's GUITAR magazine has an additional twelve full pages dedicated to UFO,

Starting with this two page Vinnie Moore Interview


Further on in the same issue is an article titled

'UFO - LEGENDS SPECIAL'

These pages are also referenced to the Cover CD with TAB music notation

Pages 62, 63 -
Track 30
Doctor Doctor
Pages 64, 65
Track 31
Rock Bottom
Pages 66, 67
Track 32
Lights Out
Pages 68, 69
Track 33
Belladonna

Pages 70, 71
Track 34: When Daylight Goes to Town

Only pages 68, 69 and 70 above are available to view but for copyright reasons and
ensuring that the magazine gets their sale of the mag, the other pages are 'thumbnails only'.

Head over and get a copy:

©2015 guitar magazine

 

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20th February 2015

 

TODAY: 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' OFFICIAL LAUNCH IN GERMANY + TOUR STARTS

 

TONIGHT: FEB/MARCH Leg of the A Conspiracy Of Stars tour KICKS OFF

FEBRUARY
20 - Germany - Barby - Rautenkranz
21 - Germany - Berlin - K17
22 - Germany - Hagen (near Osnabrück) - Saal Stock
23 - Germany - Hamburg - Downtown Bluesclub
25 - Germany - Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
26 - Germany - Bochum - Zeche
27 - Germany - Siegburg - Kubana
28 - Germany - Affalter - Zur Linde

MARCH
02 - Germany - Rostock - Mau Club
04 - Poland - Warsaw - Stodola
05 - Lithuania - Vilnius - Forum Palace
06 - Poland - Krakow - Kwadrat
07 - Czech Rep. Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
09 - Germany - Burgrieden/Ulm - Riffelhof
10 - Germany - Osterode - Dorster Festhalle
11 - Germany - Freiburg - Jazzhaus
12 - Switzerland - Zug - Choller Halle

TOUR PAGE CURRENTLY BEING CREATED, STAY TUNED...

APRIL/MAY DATES TO PLACE IN YOUR DIARY

APRIL
16 - England - Norwich - Waterfront
17 - England - Cambridge - Junction
18 - England - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
19 - England - Manchester - Ritz
21 - Ireland - Dublin - The Academy
22 - Northern Ireland - Belfast - The Limelight
24 - Scotland - Glasgow - O2 ABC
25 - England - Newcastle - O2 Academy
26 - England - Leeds - O2 Academy
28 - England - Nottingham - Rock City
30 - England - Bristol - O2 Academy
MAY
01 - England - Falmouth - Pavilion
02 - England - Exeter - Phoenix
03 - England - Salisbury - City Hall
05 - England - Brighton - Concorde 2
06 - England - Oxford - O2 Academy
07 - England - London - HMV Forum

 


Metal Hammer Germany Magazine

 

Japanese Magazine...

...BURRN! - March 2015 Issue - Review on main double spread page


Average rating: 82/100

©2015, all rights reserved

 

NEXT RELEASE DATES


23rd Feb 2015 in Europe
3rd March 2015 in USA/Canada

 

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19th February 2015

TOMORROW: Official Release date in Germany AND
FIRST NIGHT of the TOUR

20th Feb 2015 in Germany
23rd Feb 2015 in Europe
3rd March 2015 in USA/Canada

 

TODAY: Three Album Reviews (German + Greek)
UFO article and cover disc (Run Boy Run)

ROCKIT! - MARCH/APRIL 2015 Issue - German Magazine

 

Album Rating - 9/10

A Conspiracy Of Stars

TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN

Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass) and Andy Parker (drums): these are UFO, well at least UFO anno 2015. Said band exists since 1969 and counts of the pioneers of hard rock, after more than 45 years as a band, between two temporal resolutions and many line-up changes, however, are only Phil Mogg and Andy Parker, which are left over from the original group. UFO is known for washing true classics like "Doctor, Doctor" and "Rock Bottom". "A Conspiracy Of Stars," the now 22 studio album by the band is planning to attack again in 2015, an extensive pan-European tour included. Produced and mixed the whole thing was, moreover, by none other than Chris Tsangarides, who has worked in the past for the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, EXODUS, KING DIAMOND, ANVIL & Co.

Let's start at this point, but even with the same production as such to: crystal clear, very spacious and really nice fat - in a man like Chris Tsangarides, it was no wonder .... And contrary to my expectations, this positive first impression is musically confirmed. Without much guesswork you know ready the first notes that UFO have not forgotten anything. All the "Trademarks" for which the band stood for decades, are taken up and processed. The now 67-year-old Phil Mogg is undoubtedly still a terrific songwriter and singer, his voice has obviously lost in all the years nothing presence and expression, quite the contrary, in comparison with the previous works of the band, she looks much more sophisticated and much more pleasant. Musically origin of the bulk of "A Conspiracy Of Stars" by Vinnie Moore, who may feel really blessed hereby. On the whole, the album is a dyed in the wool board. Hard of old school rock like he could hardly be better, riffing, songwriting, ... - you realize that it is real experts. In addition to the full, partly pounding broadside à la "The Killing Kind" and "Devils In The Detail" is also convincing in far greener pastures, a magnificent example of this is "Precious Cargo".

You can tell that the parties may at times draw on over 45 years of experience, "A Conspiracy Of Stars" is really quite unique in its field. Phil Mogg sounds even after all these years as a young god, impressively shows you how it needs to go. Whether hard rock anthems or mid-tempo stomper, the present material impresses in full length and revealed no weaknesses. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" is not only a must for long-established fans but also for UFO newcomers - without a doubt!

GERMAN REVIEW ©2015

 

TRANSLATED FROM GREEK:

This here the British rockers do not say to put it down, and after 46 !!! years of active presence in the music scene, having beat two dozen albums, is once again with us to show us their new album "A Conspiracy of Stars"

Despite the absence of founder member their bassist Pete Way, the band pulled out a recording which is possessed by an air of excitement. Of course the other two original band members, drummer Andy Parker and vocalist Phil Mogg are "armed and ready", as well as the keyboard player and second guitarist Paul Raymond, and with the addition of very good bassist Rob De Luca who has sizable contribution to this project, we deliver a great album.

For the guitarist, enough said,
What can you say about a guy like him? What can you say about the amazing Vinnie Moore;

A guitarist who is a worthy successor of the other major former guitarist of the band Michael Schenker, who's playing the album, reminds us strongly several times, but of course need to get one in the process of comparison.

Probably in this album will not discover the new "Doctor Doctor" but surely will enjoy listening to all these bluesy hard rock-kick ass songs, which will keep you pleasant company. The band plays as if he has to prove something after almost half a century, and it is pleasant because it has not put 'on auto-create records, but like little kids trying to offer us all that their enthusiasm and the multiannual experience, have made them to be one of the oldest and most respectable active rock bands of the planet.

The "Conspiracy of Stars" worked to the benefit of us all.

©2015 ROCK OVERDOSE

 

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18th February 2015

TODAY: OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE

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17th February 2015

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Album Review - 8/10

UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV)

by Andy Barker

Twenty Two Studio Albums! Can you imagine being in a band that has done 22 studio albums? And that doesn’t include all the live albums, side-projects and solo releases. Now OK, from the original line-up, only singer Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker (sometimes people used to mishear my name when I was a drummer in Metal bands and occasionally after a higher profile gig I’d have a drink thrust into my hand before I’d got chance to explain I wasn’t, actually, that guy from UFO…sometimes it took me until I’d quickly finished the whole drink to explain…) are also on this one, but they are still ably accompanied by very-long-term cohort Paul Raymond. Plus, guitarist Vinnie Moore has been with them over 10 years now – Rob De Luca completes the current line-up on bass.

What always hits you first about a new UFO album is that somehow once you hear Phil Mogg’s voice, it could only be UFO. Such a distinctive tone and delivery, so utterly British, yet at the same time universal. But the thing that particularly hit me about “A Conspiracy Of Stars” is that even if you removed Mogg’s voice, it still sounds very much like classic UFO. Vinnie Moore, a guitarist with a varied and impressive pedigree of his own, has taken to his role fabulously – a real guitar-god, just what UFO after the Millennium needed. Take ‘Devils In The Detail’, a track that takes you right back to the band’s 70’s heyday with that UFO groove and emphatically littered with stunning lead-guitar. Then of course you add back in that trade-mark Mogg vocal and lyric and you have UFO at their finest, totally relevant in 2015 as well as faithful to their own past (something I’ll return to in a moment). As you would expect and hope, there’s plenty of excellent lead-work scattered throughout the album, but it’s not something the band rely on, the songs have to make an impact on their own merit, and many of them do. Much of this album can be chalked up to “Classic UFO”, which would be more than acceptable, but there are unexpected gems lurking too, like the Southern Metal flavoured ‘Ballad Of The Left-hand Gun’. At first it could be anything from Molly Hatchet to Chickenfoot – then as it progresses you realise it could also be Crobot or Vintage Caravan on their retro kick from last year. Eventually UFO’s inimitable groove utterly claims it as their own, but it’s made you see that here is a band who have been around for years, somehow being current AND retro, faithful to themselves, yet also original – a true highlight!

I’m informed that Vinnie Moore has had a big hand in writing most of the music on “A Conspiracy Of Stars”, with De Luca penning a couple and Paul Raymond getting involved too. The songs on offer are varied, whilst always retaining that UFO identity – sometimes crafting themselves around a monster classic rock riff like on ‘Real Deal’, or grooving around a Hammond infused stroll like ‘Rolling Rolling’, this is an album full of tracks their fans would love at any point in their 45 year career. Though maybe not fans of their space-rock debut – however, that tenuous link allows me to relay the fact that production legend Chris Tsangarides (who does a fabulous job on this album) was a 14 year old trainee at the studio when UFO were recording that very debut. The far-reaching arm of UFO eh? Is there a dedicated Hard Rock/Metal fan in the world from the last 40 years who hasn’t heard something by UFO? And yet the band refuse to just keep peddling their bulging back catalogue. Hell, why should they when they have songs like this to offer in 2015! Loyal fans and recent converts alike will love this album, and long may it continue!

(8/10  Andy Barker) (“No, No, not Parker, sorry, I tried to tell you while you were at the bar mate…shame to waste this drink though…”)

©2015 - VIEW WEBSITE

 

Album Review from Spain

Translated from Spanish

With over forty years of career and 21 studio albums behind him, one of the leading bands of the British NWOBHM, UFO, will release a new album on February 23 via Steamhammer / SPV entitled "A Conspiracy Of Stars".

The successor of "Seven Deadly" (2012) is the first thing the group released with American bassist Rob de Luca as a full member.

Recorded during 2014 under the direction of famed producer Chris Tsangarides (Anvil, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen or Thin Lizzy, among others), this album features members of the original lineup of UFO (Phil Mogg vocals and Andy Parker on drums) by Paul Raymond (keyboards and guitar), Vinnie Moore, lead guitar since 2003 and has composed most of the songs and bassist Rob already named Luca.

The album, consisting of ten songs (eleven if you have the digipack or double vinyl edition) begins with "The Killing Kind", a fairly classic track and turn cheerful, beginning with a powerful riff and makes us go feet . Followed by "Run Boy Run", the first song they passed us to make us the most enjoyable wait. It's a rough and nasty cut, which alone demonstrate mastery of Vinnie Moore with his instrument. "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun" is another outstanding tracks on the album, which takes us south to the rhythm of blues to make way for "Sugar Cane", whose start breaks with the above. It's half time again shows the versatility of Moore expounding on their own. Also excellent work of Andy Parker on drums in this song, which shows both its beginning and at its end very psychedelic and progressive touches.

"Devils In The Detail" returns to heavy and catchy riffs, is again a classic theme, but UFO gives us a lime and sand and do now a stop on the way back to more psychedelic blues with "Precious Cargo "which starts slow but soon breaks and where again Paul Raymond does a great job on the keys. It is one of the highlights of this album.

We continue alternating and it is the turn to another classic cut, "The Real Deal", which highlights the introduction percussion Parker. "One And Only", quite correctly, helps us get to the move and even sexy "Messiah Of Love ". And is that listening to these guys not believe that their average age is 60 years ...

"Rolling Rolling" is a catchy song in which again the keyboards play an important role. With it we reach the end of the album, which has a very rock bonus track, "King Of The Hill".

In short, an album with all the essence of the UFO as ever, showing that remain in shape, with good songs and great work by all members of the band, emphasizing the work of Moore on guitar and Mogg's voice

ORIGINAL SPANISH REVIEW

 

 

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16th February 2015

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Album Review 5/5

Album review: 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 since at least 1995′s ‘Walk On Water’.

In a live situation they do tend to hang on to the ‘Strangers In the Night’ setlist as a sort of comfort blanket but they don’t really need it.  When I saw them in March 2012 they had the good taste to include ‘Venus’ from that 1995 album.  That track has become a firm personal favourite of mine (and my GRTR! colleague Alan Jones) and allowed re-appraisal of a sometimes overlooked 1990s masterpiece.

The new album is a more consistent set of tunes than previous outing ‘Seven Deadly’ (2012)  and ‘The Visitor’ and to be honest it sets the bar at stratospheric levels for heavy rock in 2015.

Whether this is due to the larger Vinnie Moore input (in terms of the songwriting at least),  it can be no coincidence.  What I like about this album – and it’s usually present in varying degrees – it’s full of darkness/danger fostered by Phil Mogg’s life-on-the-edge persona.

Mogg watchers will want to dissect his way with words (“I’m gonna love you/I got a kiss just like a killer bee/Someone to roll you/Climbing up on your cherry tree), whilst the musicianship – Moore especially – is exemplary.  Moore isn’t as flamboyant and more measured than Schenker but he stamps his mark all over this album.

The opener ‘The Killing Kind’ is fairly rudimentary rock and roll but ‘Run Boy Run’ really rocks and highlights Mogg’s knowing “with-age-comes-experience” vocal.  ‘Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun’ is another great bluesy hard rocker and it sounds like this is a band on a mission.

Another great feature of these songs – they are not especially formulaic.  There’s some great – perhaps surprising – breakdown riffing in ‘Run Boy Run’, ‘Messiah Of Love’ and ‘Rollin’ Rollin’.  Maybe this is the influence of “veteran” producer Chris Tsangerides who has given the band their head of steam.

There’s not really a duffer on this album, perhaps only that opener and ‘The Real Deal’ sound a little laboured and the fairly perfunctory ‘One And Only’ is then lifted by the following ‘Messiah Of Love’ – with its wonderful funky riffage firmly to the fore – and ‘Rollin’ Rollin’ which plays the album out in fine style and with ear-catching “orchestral” fills.

The album’s full of lots of little detail and nice touches.  Standouts abound: ‘Sugar Cane’ has a wonderful relentless riff and a fantastic coda, ‘Devil’s In The Detail’ is both very commercial and contains another superb guitar workout, whilst ‘Precious Cargo’ lowers the pace slightly for one of Mogg’s best vocals.  Credit too to Messrs. Raymond, Parker and De Luca who shine throughout.

Let’s hope the band fully feature ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ during their European tour starting in Germany on 20 February  (UK from 16 April).  It deserves their unbridled focus and demands your undivided attention.  *****

Review by David Randall

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Power Plays w/c 9 February 2015

HORSE PARTY Out Of Sight (Repeat Records)
DEFY ALL REASON Bad Blood (Pledge Music)
KNOCK OUT KAINE 16 Grams Of Heart Attack (Rocksector Records)
UFO Devil’s In The Detail (SPV)
THE KENNEDYS Elegy (indie)
DAN PATLANSKY Backbite (indie)

©2015

LISTED AS ONE OF THE ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

UFO A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV)
The new album is a more consistent set of tunes than previous outing 'Seven Deadly' (2012) and 'The Visitor' and to be honest it sets the bar at stratospheric levels for heavy rock in 2015.
(David Randall)

 



©2015

 

Album Review 9/10

Translated to English:

The British rock veterans UFO come these days with their 22 studio album around the corner. One of the most British rock bands in music history has for the first time recorded a studio album in their native England for over 20 years. The work is called "A Conspiracy Of Stars" by one and take right away: Big surprises does not include the part. The band breathes lyrically and stylistically precisely those British sovereignty, for this band has been known for more than 45 years. A powerful piece of music , which extends over eleven new songs and all that combines what the group around frontman Phil Mogg: meaty riffs, striking hooks, varied songwriting, intelligent lyrics and a generally serene attitude, as they have always ago by UFO knows.

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

They have roused again, with 22 studio album name "A Conspiracy Of Stars" set the British rockers UFO its almost incredible list of produced albums yet a mood and like on the previous discs with the album rock solid classic rock in the modern Sound dress delivered. The album UFO provide for the first time include their current occupation before: In addition to the original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums) and the since 2004 established belonging to the group lead guitarist Vinnie Moore heard since 2012, American bassist Rob De Luca joined the band. De Luca is not only a brilliant instrumentalist but has also contributed as a songwriter two pieces for the new album. The majority of the new material comes from Vinnie Moore, and there is also a song by Paul Raymond and cooperation between the Raymond and De Luca. All texts were as always written by frontman Phil Mogg.

The fact that "A Conspiracy Of Stars" by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) was produced and mixed, it also can be regarded as another crucial pieces of the puzzle in itself a coherent publication. All this is not enough, however, creative approach to the classics of the times with Michael Schenker. Sound and craftsmanship of the parties, however, are beyond reproach and the band has on the plate some real bangers like the opener "The Killing Kind" or the original quasi-reggae "The Real Deal". In width, however, the compositions are missing some highlights, although no real failures. 50 minutes is allowed to attend the Rock / Hard Rock show of UFO and the disk shows how merges past and present in an homogeneous unit.

UFO presses for more than 45 years experience very homogeneous and solid arrangements on the blank. The melodies are thoroughly and put immediately fixed and the riffs are meaty and crisp drums. Once again proves Mogg his skills as precise observers of the human species. The Briton has remained a man of the people, despite its unique position in the international rock and roll business. Mogg sympathized with the working classes of England, here are its roots to these people, the UFO singer feels still drawn. You can hear this origin in his songs, his lyrics, which always show his absolute grip on all puns and deliberate ambiguity.

Since 1969, the gentlemen already now be mixed with the business and Tsangarides was already 14 years as an intern in the studio, as UFO 1970 UFO 1 produced her debut album in England. Her latest work is an output beyond compare. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" has a very varied songwriting and thus never gets boring. Cleverly they obstruct one or the other solo and make a whole disk very round and more than heard. Eleven tracks full of listening and overall win Mogg & Co the showdown with the collected ex-bandmates "House of X" - previously known as X-UFO - have a stylistically similar disc at the start. "A Conspiracy Of Stars" has become a great album, the tour for the album in the spring of 2015 already booked and UFO are well prepared to pitch the now 22 chapters of their career. Respect!

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This was posted yestersday on Vinnies Fansite

©2015

 

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15th February 2015

...3 days days and counting until the first Official release of

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Vinnie Moore Interview

TRANSLATED FROM ITALIAN:

It's not often you can have a chat with people like Vinnie Moore: the master of the six strings shows very polite and soft-spoken in answering questions and giving advice to beginners guitar. Here's what he told us.

Fenrir: Hello Vinnie! Are Christian of Metallized.it, can you hear me?
Vinnie: Hey hello! You'll feel pretty good.


Fenrir: Great, then we can begin! Ready for questions?
Vinnie: Absolutely!


Fenrir: First of all, I ask you how you are and how you feel in a few weeks from the exit of the new album, A Conspiracy Of Stars.
Vinnie: Really good! the album we really like, is very complex, yet easy to implement for those approaching the band for the first time. UFO style is still the same, but we have included some elements more fresh and new to modernize a little sound, elements that I appreciate very much and that you will listen to the album will be released soon.


Fenrir: Well, I would say fantastic! The process of writing songs and recording next last long?
Vinnie: Mmm truth be told no, not much; more or less went as always. We write the pieces at home, I do the demo, Phil does the demo and so all the others, then we post them to each other and listen to find the links and ways to fix them in place together or one in particular we start to record an entire song if everyone likes! Those who do not like or who remain outside are discarded or end up as a b-side.


Fenrir: Ok, I get it ... And who is the "cool" the main group?
Vinnie: I wrote the music for seven of the ten songs on the album, Phil wrote the lyrics, the vocals, for these pieces. For the rest, no one prevails over the other, the cohesion in the writing is something that makes us very skilled even at our age (laughs).


Fenrir: From what I understand so initially started from an idea of a single component and then in the studio we work on to make it a real track?
Vinnie: I could explain it better (laughs again).


Fenrir: Now a question more specifically: how it feels to be surrounded by an American English?
Vinnie: Well, I'm in this band from ... 12 years now, and I really agree with the other guys, I am really happy here, is a very good family. We laugh a lot, mess around a lot, everything as it should always be in a group.


Fenrir: Sure, I understand (laughs embarrassed) ... Look, you've got more news about Pete Way? You know how it is?
Vinnie: I do not speak with him for a long, but I've heard, you know, his problems with prostate cancer and I hope he's okay now. All the group hopes so! We wish everyone to get back on track soon.


Fenrir: Your first album with UFOs, You Are Here, was sensational. How did you become part of the group and what was your first impression of the band?
Vinnie: Well it was pretty simple: I heard they were looking for a guitarist and Phil knew that soon after the departure of Schenker asked me to send him some demos and then a CD with some of my songs. He liked it a lot, so much that after just a few weeks I came to join the group. Some of the kids already know them, so I integrated quickly and since then there has been a great feeling with all of them!


Fenrir: And how did you feel to become part of the group that took Michael Schenker on guitar? A great guitarist to replace.
Vinnie: I never had any problem with this, especially since I've always been a big fan of the band first and foremost; as a boy I had their posters in the room, I practiced on their songs and I learned a lot of solo Schenker before joining the group. But when I walked in UFOs did not feel the need to replace anyone, because we started recording a new album soon and in this way I was able to integrate immediately and especially make my style to the group, which has always similar to Schenker .


Fenrir: I understand! And what are the songs of UFOs with Michael Schenker that more you like playing on tour or who inspired you most when you were not even part of the group?
Vinnie: I love playing Rock Bottom, I like a lot. Then Lights Out and Doctor Doctor are very beautiful.


Fenrir: Fantastic, absolutely. And listen, you came in UFOs in 2004, eleven years ago. You feel that your style has changed over the years?
Vinnie Moore: Well, I think my style is always growing, I think I have matured a lot in some respects. I think it's always different every album, I do not ever fossilized on a single style; for example, now I try to maintain a more rhythmic than ten years ago, when I was playing faster.


Fenrir: Right here I wanted to get there: your style, especially in the eighties, was technically amazing. What is your opinion of guitarists who focus so much on technique and speed, as Satriani, Gilbert or especially Malmsteen?
Vinnie: Well some of them I really like! It all depends on the fact that if you play with passion and feeling is very difficult to write bad pieces, while very often those who focus too much on the technical risks losing the right way and write songs empty. The important thing is to convey emotion and maybe a nice message; doing so is not mistaken.


Fenrir: In fact, many do not like to shred it because they find it, like you said, empty. You believe that there is a right or wrong way to play the guitar?
Vinnie: No, absolutely not. You who must choose the style that suits you, the important thing is to put it into practice with passion and feeling; if there is no passion, it is impossible to play well. For everything there is never a right or wrong way objectively, everyone has to find their own way.


Fenrir: I think you've given one of the most important concepts of all time! Passion is the fuel for any aspiring musician.
Vinnie: Exactly!

Fenrir: May I ask who is your favorite guitarist of all time?
Vinnie: Mmm, it is very difficult to choose just one in particular ... My friends have always been Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore ... It would say that the two of them are my teachers, my biggest inspirations.


Fenrir: Big names in short! Instead of talking about our days and more general, what is your opinion on the rock scene now? There are groups now that you particularly like or do not hear many?
Vinnie: No actually I really like the scene now and especially love the Rival Sons, have that retro feeling that I think has a lot of style!


Fenrir: Well, I have a very last question! I know that you have received a million times but ask himself: What is the best advice you can give to a guy who approaches the world of the guitar?
Vinnie: Practice every day, a little every day and you will become great. Find someone to teach you and introduce you to the first techniques and above all find a group of friends to play with and have fun. The important thing is that you have fun playing, always.


Fenrir: Ok, the interview is over! Thank you very much for your time Vinnie!

Vinnie: Thank you! See you soon!

©2015 SOURCE

 





CD Review: UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars

Steamhammer/SPV
All Access Rating: B+

Phil Mogg's toughness is legendary. He's never been accused of being soft as a lyricist either, as the pugnacious tome "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun," from the new UFO album A Conspiracy of Stars, so perfectly illustrates.
As Mogg sings about stepping over the prone body of a champ "past his prime," he still sounds as if he's ready to take on all comers and knock them flat on their sorry asses with sturdy, gritty tales about hardship, survival and the dark side of romantic attachment and emotion.

His lyrics are as sharp and pointed as ever, his economy of language and astute, if somewhat cynical, observations of human relations still jarringly poetic, as he talks of love and possession in the violent, well-structured opener "The Killing Kind," a song covered in melodic ivy hiding a rhythmic brick wall. The weatherbeaten "Devils in the Details" is similarly constructed, with A Conspiracy of Stars – out soon via Steamhammer/SPV and produced by Chris Tsangarides, once a 14-year-old studio trainee on the band's 1970 debut UFO 1– coming off as a series of bare-knuckled, bluesy hard-rock combination punches, the meanest being "Run Boy Run" and "Messiah Of Love," with their nasty grooves plowed into hard ground.

Nothing else on the occasionally generic A Conspiracy of Stars has the confident swagger and rough swing of "Ballad of the Left Hand Gun," although "Sugar Cane" comes awfully close, as UFO flexes its muscle with Paul Raymond's smoggy keyboards and Vinnie Moore's tastefully executed guitar leads menacing the rugged work of drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob DeLuca. The hooks of A Conspiracy of Stars grab for a sure foothold, and more often than not, their grip is strong, as with "The Real Deal," which sounds a bit like the Rolling Stones of more recent vintage. Often, the record has all the rush of a cocaine binge, and although it was recorded in Britain, it feels American, rough and ornery but also full of heart and the wisdom that comes with age.

© 2015 Peter Lindblad - WEBSITE

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UFO - A Conspiracy of Stars (SPV/Steamhammer)

Captivating stuff.

Release Date: 22 Feb 2015

You’ve got to love UFO. Forty six years into their career, they’d have been completely entitled to be travelling on cruise control by now, trading on former glories in the moments when they’re not resting on well-deserved laurels. But no – after nearly a half century in the game, they’ve pulled out one of the finest albums of their chequered career – and that’s as much a delight to report as it is a surprise.

The band’s last couple of albums have seen them settling into a comfortable groove of blusey hard rock workouts, clearly a milieu in which vocalist Phil Mogg finds most ease for his nearly-seventy-year-old-voice; And that’s all well and good, but there were times during 2009’s The Visitor and 2012’s Seven Deadly when the listener could have been finding themselves drifting into memories of the more vital late-seventies marks of the band as the easy, languid nature of the tracks on offer merged into one another. There were some highlights to be sure, but it was all a bit easy listening at times.

So to A Conspiracy of Stars, which is, quite frankly, a revelation. Mogg hasn’t sounded this energised or powerful in years. He’s one of hard rock’s great storytellers for sure; Despite hailing from North London his tales of bad deeds and worse women in the great American heartland are never less than convincing, and on this album he really gets under the skin of the songs. Tracks like The Real Deal are easily up there with the classic songs of the UFO canon, and whilst that’s largely to the credit of Mogg, it has to be said that guitarist Vinnie Moore puts in his finest performance in UFO colours to date to further boost the appeal of the material. His soloing all over the album is nothing short of nirvana; It’s almost as if, having finally decided that his place amongst the pantheon of UFO guitarists is assured, he’s decided to just go for broke on …Stars, and if that means a few passages that are eerily reminiscent of UFO alumnus Michael Schenker then so be it. Whatever his mindset during the recording sessions for this album, his playing is a joy to behold – have a listen to his splendid extended solo on Messiah of Love as proof. Eslewhere drummer Andy Parker supplies his usual no-frills backup – is there a drummer as solid as this currently plying his trade in hard rock?- whilst rhythm guitarist/keyboarder Paul Raymond and newish bassist Rob De Luca both play a full part in crafting the fulsome sound that back’s up Mogg’s storytelling with absolute professionalism and no little style.

I’ll come clean now and admit that UFO are one of my all time favourite bands, but even I was not expecting anything this good from the band in 2015 – give this record a chance… I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

©2015 - SOURCE

 

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14th February 2015

Lots of additions to the site this weekend as countdown begins to the release of the album...

...4 days days and counting until the Official release of

in Scandinavia and Japan, although for us in Europe and the USA, it's a little bit longer:

18th Feb 2015 in Scandinavia & JAPAN
20th Feb 2015 in Germany
23rd Feb 2015 in Europe
3rd March 2015 in USA/Canada


Let's start with an Interview with

Andy Parker at


EXTRACT from the interview

Andy Parker talks about new UFO album and tour dates

Drummer Andy Parker from UFO calls Examiner.com on February 12, 2015 to chat about the new album and tour. It's a quick chat, as he has to make his arrangements for a the bands tour of Germany and later Europe. The conversation is full of interesting tidbits about the band, their album, their history and tour dates around the United States...

...The new record slams you into the wall with guitar oriented rock. From tracks like "Run Boy Run', to "Sugar Cane', all of the tracks will translate live very well. "I've always admired this band, we are never standing still, we don't play to the Justin Bieber crowd, what can we rhyme. It does not work like that, it's whatever the guys have got, gets stirred in the pot and out comes the album",Parker said. "We've taken a hit from the heavier, more mainstream rock fans, that we got a bit too bluesy . This one is back ,a more edgier feel to it". There is a bonus track on it called "King of the Hill". That's available on the download. The album does not have the bonus track,only the digipack will have it.

The album cover is neat. It's a throwback to when they used to work with Hipgnosis. "The last time we've worked with them was 1983's Making Contact . A great guy named Tristian Greatrex has done them for us. Please don't ask me what the point is behind it , I haven't got a bloody clue, it has nothing to do with stars, it's underwater, for cryin' out loud, typical UFO, ya know, make what you will of it. I kind of like it " Parker said. In the day Kmart was the big record retailer and they refused to sell ...

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13th February 2015

UK Rock Magazine REVIEW 9/10

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TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH

UFO
A Conspiracy Of Stars
Steamhammer / SPV

Led by an impressive cover, A Conspiracy Of Stars is the new work of study of one of the most robust and long-lived pillars supporting the hard rock. A whopping 45 years saving countless vicissitudes, up changes and tidal fluctuations in the musical currents have failed with this authentic musical myth that bears the name of UFO.

For the first time in twenty years, the English have decided to record at home with one of the largest producers of islands: Chris Tsangarides. And interestingly was Chris, then a teenager, who entered the business in 1974 recordings hand UFO, which that year released the spectacular Phenomenon itself. Tsangarides then only served as assistant and even appeared on the album credits.

Maybe those British winds have returned a more hard rock guidelines in the group's sound, which in recent releases was attached to the blues, which is also rooted in the essence of the band. The musical composition, which is paid by the virtuoso guitarist Vinnie Moore and keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond, has been enriched by the contribution of new bassist Rob De Luca. Personal problems have prevented drummer Andy Parker could have contributed, while Phil Mogg is who outlined lettering and handling the helm of the ship.

And it is the warmth of Phil's voice welcoming with outstanding hard rock theme: The Killing Kind, adorned by a single precious Moore. In the same vein, groovy and direct, continue with Run Boy Run. And with a more rock vein was uncovered in Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun.

The marriage between keyboard and guitar is the prelude to one of the great landmarks that make this disc: Sugar Cane, which bind the mystique and magic of this great dolmen of hard rock. The feeling of a huge Mogg is backed instrumentally to perfection for Vinnie Moore who knows his place.

More classic hard rock with Devils In The Detail, after passing the emotional surge of Precious Cargo, in which the British exploit its most passionate vein.

The idiosyncrasies of UFO radiates strongly in The Real Deal and One And Only. The final straight face to the tune of Messiah Of Love and guitars with echoes of the seventies and another song that remind the old days: Rolling Rolling. Curiously, no longer as an explosive bonus cut as King Of The Hill.

UFO has recovered the essence hard rock that characterized his golden years back in the seventies, which will appeal especially their classic followers. Another issue is trickier match the height of the masterpieces that launched between 1974 and 1979 then forged one of the best chapters of rock in general. However, A Conspiracy Of Stars is a remarkable record, and proof of the validity of UFO.

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AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY METAL JOURNAL WITH
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11th February 2015

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9.2/10 REVIEW from Switzerland


TRANSLATED from Swiss to English:

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars
Steamhammer / Music Distribution
In 1969, the English hard rock legends were founded. Thus singer Phil Mogg comes to an impressive 66 and is still anchored despite its not straight solid way of life firmly in the business. Even if Phil does not seem to be a simple contemporary, I remember a phone interview with his sometimes confused way, he still has plenty of mischief in the words and moved here more often the theme within a theme other than their underwear. But it is now time, dear Mr. Mogg.

One who feels at home still in the people and the working class, happy times too much lift while before delivering a nearly disastrous performance on stage. Nevertheless, UFO still publish great slices. This was not only at the times of Michael Schenker as lead guitarist so, you remember the monumental hits such as "Doctor Doctor" (Iron Maiden Every concert opened with this song), "Too Hot To Handle", "Lights Out" or "only You Can rock ", but still with Vinnie Moore on guitar. Although a slightly different flavor is arrived at by former UFO Vicious Rumors guitarist and renowned soloists what Vinnie alone again plays on "A Conspiracy Of Stars" is the hammer.

With the first three numbers of the new work, "The Killing Kind", "Run Boy Run" and "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun," Vinnie proves that he is one of the most gifted of his subject. Together with the original member Andy Parker on drums and longtime keyboardist / guitarist Paul Raymond's musical foundation wall is cemented and offers an impenetrable wall of sound ("Sugar Cane") or playing with a looseness and naturalness ("Devil In The Detail") that one can speak of a seasoned troops who knows exactly how to close the gap between its own claim and the expectations of the fans. "The Real Deal" is indeed a reasonable and fair deal between the band and the audience will not disappoint. Just as "Messiah Of Love" which almost sounds like Hendrix already. Maybe "A Conspiracy Of Stars" no hit, such as those mentioned above, but in totality as a complete album is the latest addition to the Englishman hard to beat. And the bonus track "King Of The Hill"!
Tinu
Rating: 9.2 out of 10

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10th February 2015

 

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A CONSPIRACY OF STARS by UFO
(Steamhammer Records)

The highly anticipated and long awaited new release from veteran British Hard Rockers, UFO comes to us in the form of, ' A Conspiracy Of Stars, the band's 22nd studio recording to date sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in a homogeneous whole.

Featuring the current line-up for the first time: along with the original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012.

'A Conspiracy Of Stars' is a strong release consisting of eleven songs which combine everything that the group surrounding frontman Phil Mogg stands for: meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse songwriting, intelligent lyrics and that generally laid-back attitude which we have associated with UFO from the start.

The fact that A Conspiracy Of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, among others) may be considered another successful element in a thoroughly consistent release.  

There is plenty of rocking tunes to be had. Take, for example, tracks like "The Killing Kind" and "Run Boy Run", because both are total shred-fests bubbling over with ripping, fluidly clean melodic guitar soloing.  Then you have the bluesy laid back swagger of tracks, "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun" and "Precious Cargo", that guaranteed to give you goose bumps.

This is best I've heard the band in years. Phil Mogg' s vocals are on point and Vinnie Moore's guitars are fantastic. Its amazing to hear what this group has evolved into through the years. So, is 'A Conspiracy Of Stars 'going to put UFO back on the map, so to speak, and return them to their earlier, heavier sound from the Schenker days? Not quite, but this is definitely the best Vinnie Moore-era record to date.

Highly Recommended
Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society/ All Access Magazine

 


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9th February 2015

UK GUITAR AND BASS MAGAZINE

March 2015 Issue
"A Conspiracy Of Stars" album review

 

UFO made it into CLASSIC ROCK's Track of the week,
along with Rob De Luca's band 'Of Earth'

 

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8th February 2015

5.5 /6 rated album review - February 2015 Issue

 

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7th February 2015

Two entries today, 8.5 rated album review and German Monthly magazine feature

Kicking off with the album review:

Review: UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars (2015)

After 45 years UFO keep hovering above the rest on 22nd studio album.

Vocalist Phil Mogg perhaps puts it best on the album’s fifth track “Devils in the Detail”. For it’s in the detail that the brilliance of UFO, in whatever line-up from the past 45 years you care to choose, truly shines out amongst their peers.

Some bands, of a certain vintage, they know who they are, are happy to hawk themselves around playing greatest hits tours after greatest hits tours, bemoaning the fact that apparently “nobody wants to listen to new music anymore”. Then you have bands like UFO, Magnum etc that keep themselves fresh, vibrant and more importantly relevant, as they advance in years. In the past decade they have released an album every three years and the quality has been consistently high. This album is no exception.

Of course UFO are a band made for the live arena and it’s with that environment in mind that many of the tracks are envisioned. From the opening riff of “The Killing Kind”, a track that Phil Mogg advises “Tell a story about love and what lovers find, a story of possession, the killing kind.” to the final notes of the bonus track “King Of The Hill” it’s a rocking thrill ride that keeps the intensity high and the rhythm on full throttle. In other words it’s a proper hard rock album.

Legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy) is once again called upon to do what he does best, bringing swagger and controlled power to the sound. Tsangarides was first introduced to the band as a 14-year-old trainee when UFO recorded their debut album ‘UFO 1’ in 1970. Tsangarides applies all of his experience and know-how with aplomb, but it’s the strutting majesty of the band that stands out on this album.  

The brilliantly swampy blues feel of “Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun” is a particular highlight and comes across like Seasick Steve with a rocket up his backside. Prior to that the classic hard rock stomp of “Run Boy Run” sees the band tread familiar territory with a new zeal and purpose on what is probably the album’s finest moment.

Vinnie Moore’s guitar work drives every one of the 11 tracks and here he produces some great solos and riffs that hang with the best of the back catalogue. Fellow six-stringer Paul Raymond’s work is also never understated and between the both of them they have it covered.

“Precious Cargo” offers a looser feel than the harder moments on the album. It’s no less powerful for it though. The opposite in fact. It’s rolling melody and laid back style make for one of the more uplifting tracks on the album.

Mogg’s vocals sounds as gritty as ever and the rhythm section have been at this game long enough to know what they are doing. All members are performing at a level that shames bands half their age.

Not every track works though as “Real Deal” somewhat flatters to deceive. It’s not a bad song by any means but doesn’t quite live up to the rest of the album in terms of catchy chorus or memorable hooks. This is merely a very slight blot on what otherwise is a brilliant album.

Overall, this is the sound of a band who , as they have on their last few albums to be fair, can summon the spirit and energy of their 1970’s pomp but use their wise old heads to re-define the classic UFO sound. They may not make them like this anymore but at least the originals are still around for us to enjoy.

“A Conspiracy of Stars” will be released on 23rd February 2015 on Steamhammer / SPV Records.

Donnie’s Rating: 8.5/10

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6th February 2015

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"A Conspiracy of Stars" cover weighs in at Number 2

 

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5th February 2015

LISTENING PARTY

There will be a release party for the new UFO album "A Conspiracy Of Stars"

Saturday February 21st

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09.00 pm
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8/10 ALBUM REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA

ALSO from the same website an inteview with

ANDY PARKER

INTERVIEW CONTINUED HERE

 

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4th February 2015


This excellent Classicrock podcast, containing all the above acts, sign off with

Messiah of Love - from UFO's new album 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' - (100:13)

 


 

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3rd February 2015

5 Star Album Review and 'The making of 'A Conspiracy of Stars' with Rob De Luca

Kicking off with the Review

UFO - A Conspiracy of Stars

I’m not too sure if UFO needs any introduction but just in case, they started off as an English heavy metal and hard rock band that were formed in 1969 and were originally named Hocus Pocus. This means that they have now been on the rock scene for a phenomenal 45 years! (With the current line-up still including two of the founding members – Phil and Andy).

The band’s current line-up is, Phil Mogg – vocals, Paul Raymond –keyboards and guitars , Vinnie Moore – guitars , Andy Parker – drums and Rob De Luca – bass.

A Conspiracy Of Stars is the follow up to the 2012’s hugely acclaimed Seven Deadly album, which charted at number 1 in the UK rock chart,

number 63 in the national album chart and number 9 in the UK Indie chart. The new album sounds even more accomplished than its predecessor. It is their 22nd studio album and the first to feature Rob De Luca on bass, who joined the band in 2012.The album is due to be released in Europe on the 23rd February by Steamhammer/SPV

It is an album consisting of ten/eleven songs comprising of meaty riffs, distinctive hooks, diverse song writing with great lyrics and breathes that typically British easy-going confidence which we have associated with UFO from the start. The majority of the new material was composed by Vinnie Moore, but the album also features a song by Paul Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. The lyrics were written by front man Phil Mogg.

1: The opening track The Killing Kind has a very heavy but polished sound and shows just how great Vinnie Moore is with his guitar riffs and melodic solos.

2: Run Boy Run is a menacing track with Mogg’s vocals being as clear and mean sounding as always. The track typifies the band’s current edginess with the solos giving dark and heavy riffs.

3: The excellently titled Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun more than sums up the blues feel that this track has. It has great rhythm combined with Moggs’ lyrics, which are a joy to listen to throughout. It is interspersed by the boogie feel which features an acoustic guitar over the heavy rhythms.

4: An edginess to the guitar and hypnotic tones to Sugar Cane leave the listener mesmerized to this track. Moore’s multitalented playing closes the song impeccably.

5: Devils In The Detail is an admirable bluesy rocker, but doesn’t quite seem to take off and feels a little repetitive, however saying that this is the one that I keep singing to myself!!.…

6: Precious Cargo this has a slightly slower tempo and is bit more uplifting. Sung by Mogg with a real passion in his lyrics and again highlighting Moore’s effortless guitar playing skills.

7: Andy Parker’s simple but potent drumming intro really pulls The Real Deal together and the groove inducing rhythm is instantly addictive.

8: One And Only is a bright and breezy classic 80’s feel track and serves up a hugely appetizing portion of classic American radio rock, featuring Mogg in seductive form.

9: Moore and new boy De Luca spar with each other on the massive Messiah Of Love, a no frills riff laden track, that will absolutely rock when played live.

10: The last (or penultimate) track Rollin Rollin, has a slightly more mellow start but it does keep you captivated especially with the hook of the title and the unmistakable sound of Moore’s guitar throughout and fades out to the beat from Parker’s drums.

11: The 11th track, the bonus track on the Digipak and LP editions, King Of The Hill, is a ferocious blast of classic UFO and nicely completes the album lineup.

Summary: It is great knowing that great rock music is still being created by great rock bands. Mogg’s vocals are solid, the lyrics, like his passion, are down to earth. The band said through a press statement. “A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas, We’re confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money’s worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!” and I do have to agree with their statement, that this really is another superb album from them. Chris Tsangarides, who produced and mixed this album has cleverly utilized the bands natural instincts to the maximum and may be considered to be another successful element in this thoroughly consistent release.

The album will be released in multi formats:- CD ; Digipak CD: with bonus track and a poster; and a 2LP format: produced in blue vinyl with bonus track.

The band has already announced a 17 date UK tour in support of this album which starts in mid April and continues into May.

5/5


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Rob De Luca (UFO, Sebastian Bach) talks new UFO album,
A Conspiracy Of Stars, new OF EARTH video


Rob discusses the new UFO album A Conspiracy Of Stars, due out Feb 23 on SPV Records:

The whole process was so much fun and low stress. Nowadays it's all too common for bands to prioritize internet file sharing when preparing for a record. Instead, UFO chose to do full band rehearsals in Hannover, Germany
and pre-production in Kent, England. Very LOUD, LIVE and all in the same room. I think that really shows in the end result.

We then travelled to Deal, England (pretty much on the Cliffs Of Dover) for recording. Andy Parker was on fire and I feel the disc clearly captures his talent. Andy fed off that live energy and intuitively reacted with phenomenal drumming. Vinnie Moore wrote a busload of incredible songs with HUGE, badass riffs! His soloing is absolutely inspired, memorable and moving.

Paul Raymond added actual vintage Hammond organs to A Conspiracy Of Stars, giving it a classic UFO feel that works sooo well. Paul wrote one of my favorite songs of the album titled 'The Real Deal'. It's the epitome of
cool, which comes naturally to a guy who's spent 50 years in the music biz.

I actually wrote a couple songs too, plus another co-write with Paul. And of course, Phil Mogg beyond delivered the goods. His lyric writing always seems to take me somewhere else, while at the same time still seeming
personal.

With a unique tone and melody that are so rare to find these days, Phil Mogg's a devilish pleasure to make music with.

I feel Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Gary Moore) was the perfect choice to produce A Conspiracy Of Stars. He knew exactly when to let the band vibe off of each other and just play, or when to step in and
suggest improvements. Well done Chris!

I'm extremely proud of our "conspiracy" and think the fans will love it!

Watch the UFO album teaser here:
http://bravewords.com/news/ufo-launch-trailer-video-for-upcoming-a-conspiracy-of-stars-album

UFO will be heading to Europe to start A Conspiracy Of Stars' World Tour:

For more information on UFO, please visit:
http://www.ufo-music.info/band.htm

 


For those of you who may not know, OF EARTH the N.Y.C. band fronted by UFO bassist Rob De Luca has released a new music video entitled 'Sweep The Fire', from their sophomore album The Monarch. The intense tale of marginalism and reclamation was recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer Tom Camuso and mastered by Howie Weinberg.
The neo-psychedelic video for 'Sweep The Fire' was directed by Her Vanished Grace Productions.
Watch it HERE

'Sweep The Fire' is also available as a FREE download


For more information on OF EARTH, please visit: http://ofearthmusic.com

OF EARTH IS:
Rob De Luca- vocals, bass
Paul Casanova- guitar, vocals
Rik De Luca- drums
Rick Chiarello- keyboards

 

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2nd February 2015

UFO Premiere New Song, "Run Boy Run" — Exclusive

UFO have partnered with GuitarWorld.com to premiere a new song, "Run Boy Run."

The track, which you can check out HERE, is from the band's new album, A Conspiracy of Stars, which will be released March 3 via Steamhammer/SPV.

The band, which consists of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob De Luca (bass), recorded the album—their 22nd studio effort—in the U.K.

Most of the new music, which is full of meaty riffs, distinctive hooks and a laid-back attitude, was written by Moore, with lyrics by Mogg. The disc also features a song by Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca.

A Conspiracy of Stars was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore). READ

 

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1st February 2015

ALBUM REVIEW

TRANSLATED FROM SPANISH:

New work of this incombustible British band that continues releasing albums steadily and, why not say, pretty good in recent years. And that UFO is a group that does what he does best, great compositions full of feeling and classical melodies that make them unique.

His new "Conspiracy of Stars" opens with "The Killing Kind", initially as albums of all life; a soft but very old Hard Rock, with melodies and choruses that come to the first issue. House brand.

Followed by "Run Boy Run". Here the riff is heavier, but does not lose his composure in a very basic Hard 70 solos and very clean.

"Ballad of the Left Hand Gun" has a southern flair Blues feel you like. Sound addictive and vicious. 

Conversely, "Sugar Cane" is a heavier ALSO track, where keys and master good voice controlled Epic aggressiveness.

"Devils in the Detail" again shows the more obscure UFO; voices known and both like harmonies. As in "Precious Cargo". More emotive, where the keys take center stage.

In "The Real Dead" sound is the 60's, with hints of psychedelia and taste.

Instead "One and Only" is over 80's; Hard dance full of vocal harmonies so characteristic of combo. And coming to the end.

We find "Messia of Love" and "Rolling Rolling". The first is an average time of heavy riffs, and the latter more "typical UFO 70s": good harmonies, keys and much good feeling.

In short, a disk as before: no experiments and straight to the heart and nostalgia.

Steamhammer / SPV (2015)

Score: 8/10

©2015 - SOURCE

 


January 2015


 

31st January 2015

INTERVIEW - UFO (ANDY PARKER)

TRANSLATED from SPANISH

After more than 45 years on the scene, the British legend UFO still intact and firmly to release records of quality. A Conspiracy Of Stars (Steamhammer / SPV), the twenty-second work of study, will be available in late February, coinciding with the start of a European tour that will take them to play profusely especially in Germany and England.

Metal Journal contacted the legendary drummer Andy Parker, who lives near Forth Worth (Texas, USA) to discover the secrets of the first album recorded in England in two decades. Interestingly producer was Chris Tsangarides, who took his first steps in the music business in the seventies precisely with them.

Andy Parker was the drummer of UFO in the best stage, from 1969-1983, and signed an essential pages in the history of rock. Later he spent nearly twenty years away from music, except some intermittent collaborations with the group. Since 2005 wields the sticks that mark the rhythm of UFO again.

For the first time in twenty years you have recorded in your country; England, with producer Chris Tsangarides. Why have you taken this decision?
It was a decision of Phil (Mogg), he wanted to make an album in England, because the latter's had recorded in Germany. This time I did not want to travel out. For me it has not been a problem, as ever recorded in America always I have to commute. So go to Germany or England I am indifferent. Phil is closely related to The Quireboys because his nephew was the bassist (Nigel Mogg). When we were looking for a studio in England, Spike was working with Chris Tsangarides and recommended it. Interestingly Chris was the assistant engineer Phenomenon, the first album we did with Chrysalis in 1974. Then he was very young, it was his first work in this business. He is a great guy, but we had not seen us all this time, although we know his career. Phil came to visit, I saw that has a large recording studio and we went for it. Chris is a nice guy when work was a pleasure. The process was very relaxed and positive, a great experience.

So Chris Tsangarides began his career with UFO over 40 years.
Yes, Leo Lyons was the producer Mick Roback Phenomenon and sound engineer. Chris was the wizard and do not believe that came out in the credits. In those days meant I had to do a bit of everything from putting the tapes in machinery, to make tea and sweeping the study. It was his first and thereafter did very well.

After twelve years aboard UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore is a key member in the group. It was the most musical composer of A Conspiracy Of Stars. How to get that classic sound?
UFO is a band based on the sound of guitar and bass. In fact, when we started we were just vocals, guitar, bass and drums. Therefore, the guitar will always make a difference. When Michael Schenker joined the group sound completely changed, fortunately in the direction we wanted. Vinnie and UFO takes twelve years and is a great composer. Paul Raymond and Vinnie were the top authors of the music on this CD. I have not been able to contribute much in the last two years because a lot has happened in my life. In addition, we have it hard because we live far from each other and not easy to meet. Vinnie is the perfect guitarist for UFO, it's a great performer, is very talented. His solo material has nothing to do with what he brings UFO. When you join us a special chemistry arises and shares many of our influences. In addition, he is a lovely guy and easy to get along with him. We have become good friends. It contributes greatly to UFO.

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars

How would you define musically A Conspiracy Of Stars?
Has an edge heavier than the previous two albums and am very happy with the direction we are taking. Vinnie wrote great songs. I returned to the band in 2005 and the first album we did was The Monkey Puzzle, 2006, which was practically written. Pete Way was in UFO yet. When I heard this album I found very interesting because it had long been away from the group. I returned in 1994 to record Walk On Water. Since then they had spent about ten or eleven and UFO had tended to a more bluesy and less rocker style. As we had a new guitar (Vinnie Moore) I saw logical, as if we had come full circle. We were born blues of the late sixties in England. Paul Raymond also came from that stream with bands like Chicken Shack or Savoy Brown. That album seemed like going back to our roots, so I felt very comfortable. The Visitor followed a similar musical direction. The new album is more rock, more inclined to what we did in the seventies and eighties. It was a natural progression for the band. We do not sit and think about writing an album you like the followers of Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers. No need to get younger fans, though it be great if we discover and listen to us. As a band we write from the heart and that is transferred to disks. We do prefabricated products.

The bassist Rob De Luca is your new steady partner in the rhythm section. He even collaborated in the composition of A Conspiracy Of Stars.
Rob has been playing with us intermittently for seven years, since Pete was in 2008. Since then we have used different bassists; Barry Sparks, Jeff Kollman ... For discs had received musicians. Rob stick very well with the band, he is a great guy and an excellent performer. In addition, we had shown interest in collaborating on the composition and Phil liked much their contributions. Rob has written two songs. Hope that's okay because he lives in New York (MJ. In those days the city was threatened by a major snowstorm which fortunately was not as great as expected).

What is your relationship with Pete Way? Have you ever thought about asking him to return to the band?
I am in contact with him, not daily, but usually talk occasionally. He had to go through serious health difficulties. Your liver problem was the trigger to leave the band and devote time to their treatment. It has also suffered from prostate cancer. What I can say is that we want to Pete, he's like a brother. He was in the band since the beginning. Sometimes the lifestyle of a musician interferes with their profession. There came a time when the interpretation of Pete was not as good as it should. It was a very difficult decision, needed to change his lifestyle. Since then, he has made some solo projects. I do not know how it is in connection with liver problems, but I know that is free of cancer, which is great news. I can not say I will never UFO, but for now do not think there possibilities in the near future. We love you very much and wish him all the best. The hardest decision was to Phil, for Pete and he always had a good relationship. But when lifestyle affects the interpretation, we must do something.

How do you get the band to work when you live in different countries: England, United States ...?
It is especially difficult especially in the composition of the discs, because in the past when we lived closer we would get together in a room and wrote the material. Now composers have worked on their own: Paul, Vinnie and Rob. After Phil is the one who decides if you like the sound or if you can work with those songs. Last year we were on tour and we have a week in Germany we work together. A week before going to the studio we did the same to make the arrangements. However, as regards touring the problem is not so great. We usually stay a couple of days before you start and prepare the material. Old themes not have to rehearse, because we've played so many times ... so we concentrate on the new. And we will do the next tour in February, still do not know what Phil has decided that we play this disc.

Your upcoming European tour will focus especially in England and Germany. Are your main markets?
We have always worked very well in Germany. And even when I joined the band in 1969 Germany was a great territory for us. And of course UK. In this next tour will also touch on some concerts in Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland. I still have no news from Italy, Holland and Spain, so maybe let us go there later. The tours available dependent promoters, so you can not always do everything at once. We have a base of very loyal followers, some have followed us for 40 years.

The band Michael Schenker, Temple Of Rock, based much of his performances in the catalog of UFO. Do you upset that situation?
He wrote songs with Phil, so it is perfectly allowed to touch them. I do not care at all. Yes, I think we interpret them better, ha ha. The last time I was with Michael was at a festival in Germany a couple of years ago and he looked great. We talked for a while. Now it is great, is overturned in his music. He is someone who has gone through problems due to their lifestyle. Over the years there have been plenty of evidence for it. In 1994 when I recorded the album Walk On Water was awesome to be back with Ron Nevison, Michael, Phil, Paul and Pete. It was fun. But when I was told to see if he was on tour with them I refused because everything seemed too fragile. The relation of Phil and Michael was kind of strange, you could feel the tension. So I decided not perform concerts. Looking back, I made the right decision because there were a lot of problems. God bless Michael, is a fabulous guitar player and a great guy. It has been known address your concerns, I wish you all the best.

UFO The period between 1974 and 1979 represented one of the most brilliant pages in the history of rock. What do you remember most of those years?
For me one of the biggest milestones was coming on tour to America, because it was very difficult for a British band at the time, cost a lot of money. Fortunately, the record label, Chrysalis, supported us and invested much money on us. It was a very important period with large discs that culminated in the double live (Strangers In The Night). We went from playing small clubs and opening for other bands to be the headliners of our own tours. It was a fascinating time with big concerts. Obviously stress played a role in that lifestyle. When I look back at all the work we did, we spent months on the road away from our families ... This took its toll, especially Michael Schenker, who went through a very difficult time. The evidence is that the end had to leave UFO. It was a shame because we were at a turning point where we could have become a big band. Paul Chapman was a great player and a great guy and made ??very good albums with him: No Place To Run, The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent, Mechanix ... but unfortunately Michael was gone and the company was changing with the arrival of the eighty. It was the era of bands such as Spandau Ballet. Then they began to bet on groups rather than pop rock. We no longer get the support we'd had before. Fatigue all those years began to be felt in us and the band eventually broke into pieces. I went and it took eleven years until I went to meet with them again. Many things happened in between; divorce, children, and tried to make a living. But between 74 and 79 was an incredible period with very big concerts Day On The Green in San Francisco with Bill Graham, three nights in Chicago all sellers ...

You belong to the select group of large drummers of hard rock of the seventies with John Bonham, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Lee Kerslake ... Who was your favorite?
These drummers were a big influence; Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon ... but the most important has always been John Bonham. Listening to him was like a door opening for me. He was different because of its, technical ... sound is always and will be the God of the battery in the heavy rock.

Did you ever know?
I met him once in Japan in 1970 or 1971, but I think that was agreed because I was pretty drunk then. Hopefully I can meet someday Jason (son of John Bonham). He was in UFO just before I entered again, and I have not had a chance to meet you to discuss your father because he is a God for me.

Although you will always be UFO drummer par excellence, your post was occupied other in the two long periods when you were absent: Jim Simpson, Aynsley Dunbar, Simon Wright, Jason Bonham ...
A Simon I know him very well, we have met a lot of times. He is a great person. I would have liked to meet Aynsley Dunbar because when I was a teenager he was playing with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and his own band, Retaliation. He also played with Frank Zappa, I love their sound, it's a fabulous battery. Hopefully I can meet you one of these days. I have been with UFO from the beginning and we sound great together and I'm delighted to be involved now in the band. We still have much to offer, I hope that we continue a few more years.

Have you discovered new drummers lately?
I would not say it again, but Vinnie Colaiuta is one of my favorite drummers today. I love his playing. I follow him since he was with Joni Mitchell on disks eighties. He has also worked with Sting and other artists. As for younger drummers you could mention Brian Tichy, is very good.

For much of your life you have not been related to music. In the eighties lived in Los Angeles and you were stuck in the world of construction. Even worked for famous people like Sharon Stone ...
It was a very hard, ha ha work. Then he was divorced and had a little girl, so I had to make a decision. I needed to be home, which was impossible in a rock band that has to constantly rotate. So I had to find another job and ended up being licensed contractor. If you have a construction company in Los Angeles at some point you're going to find very famous people. It was a great time for me and so I could raise my daughter, now 34 years old. I earned a good living and met amazing people. So I was about ten. Fortunately later I could return to music.

UFO 2015
Phil Mogg - Voice
Andy Parker - drums
Paul Raymond - guitar, keyboard
Vinnie Moore - Guitar
Rod De Luca - low

©2015 - SOURCE

 

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30th January 2015

SPANISH REVIEW | ENGLISH Translation

 

SPV release 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' album 'Teaser' - see above

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29th January 2015

 

February 2015 Issue of Classic Rock Magazine

 

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28th January 2015

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Hard rock legends roll back the years & rock it out!

Hard rock legends UFO return with their 22nd studio album following 2012’s superb Seven Deadly. These guys have made great music since their first two records UFO 1 & Flying which was released on the great London underground record label Beacon Records. Recorded 1971/72 great hard psych rock. Only two members are left from that era, Phil Mogg (vocals) and Andy Parker (drums). Paul Raymond (guitars/ keyboards) joined around '76 for the Lights Out album released '77. Good timing as they went massive in the U.S. soon after. The band is completed by guitar god Vinnie Moore who joined in 2003 and the latest bass player Rob De Luca, who joined in 2012. He has written two of these new songs. He has already become an essential asset to the band.

This album is their first in 20 years to be recorded in their home country. Pre-recording was completed at the Barn Room studios in Kent and was then finally recorded at the mighty rock producer Chris Tsangarides' (Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Less Than Jake) Ecology studios in Kent, during the summer of 2014. A little trivia for you, Chris was a 14-year-old trainee at the studios where they where recording UFO 1 in 1970. We live in a small world. This new album consists of 11 new songs all of which will become hard rock classics. Well here we go young and old rockers!

The albums first track is The Killing Kind, a killer grungy riff from Vinnie kicks off the track which sets the tone for the whole record. The track rocks along, drags you in and keeps you in. Catchy hard rock at it’s very best. Could it get any better, well what do you think, this is UFO for f****s sake. Next up is Run Boy Run, bang, even heavier riffs kick in and rip your bollocks off from beginning to end. Vinnie’s guitar playing and Phil’s vocals are the best from them for many a year.

Ballad of the Left Hand Gun is next, a bluesy track which chugs along like a freight train. Reminds me a little of Mystery Train on the No Place to Run album. Phil’s vocals are so moving and powerful, blending with the music like a Sidecar cocktail, smooth but with a kick. Sugar Cane the closest to a ballad on here. Awesome guitar, vocals and solid backing by the rest of the band make this track so smooth and slick but with an edge. Like a Gin and It cocktail. Ok I will STFU with the cocktail quotations...

Devils in the Detail is up next, back at it again: Rock! This next track blew me away, Precious Cargo. What a vocal by the mighty Phil, sings this in a lower key with so much feeling, the vocal vibrations went right through my body. The phrase is, hair standing on the back of your neck. What a melt! The rock continues with The Real Deal, a slower tempo to start with Andy’s drums to the fore and Phil’s soulful vocals hovering above the music like a Hummingbird. One and Only, Messiah of Love, Rolling Rolling, follow. During these tracks there is a vibe which I have not heard since their 70’s early 80’s heyday. The band is on fire again, playing like their lives depend on it. Finally we have King of the Hill (bonus track on the cd digi/lp). You end up banging your head, whizzing your long hair about (if you have any?). Memories of seeing them live in the seventies in Blackburn and Manchester flash through my old brain. I am now exhausted.

How can I sum up this awesome record? I will try. For me this is their best since the 1995 studio tracks on the 1997 record Walk on Water. A big statement I know as all their albums are worth listening to and purchasing but A Conspiracy of Stars has totally grabbed me by the short ones. The lyrics they have written are the best for years. The passion and feeling in those lyrics are second to none which can also go for the musicians, which like I have mentioned earlier are all playing as if it’s going to be their last ever record they make. The band are so tight, it’s frightening what else these guys could produce in the future. I must mention Phil’s vocals again, it’s like his voice is maturing like a fine wine. His best vocal performance for years and that’s not saying he’s had a bad one it’s just that this is so good. It’s like that recording on their home turf has inspired them to another level of musicianship. My theory is that it must have been the local Kent ale and cider they must have drank. This has flooded their veins causing an out of body worldly experience. With every listen I gave this album it got better and better. This is how hard rock should sound. Buy it, download it, see them live, you must!

Words: Brian Baldie Mclean ©2015 | VIEW FULL REVIEW

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27th January 2015

UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars (SPV Records)

It’s hard to remember now when UFO finally managed to slip out from under the shadow of ‘Strangers In The Night’ and the halcyon – or at least, more commercially successful – days of the late Seventies/early Eighties. Such a statement alone is enough to get me burned at the stake as a heretic by the zealots, but you’d be hard pressed to deny that the band’s relationship with SPV has produced a number of increasingly exciting and thought-provoking albums, the latest of which being the intriguingly-titled ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’.

Both rousing and sublime, the first thing of note about ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ (the follow-up to 2012’s highly-acclaimed ‘Seven Deadly’) is that it’s the first album in a while to feature the band as they currently stand. Both ‘Seven Deadly’ and its predecessor (‘The Visitor’ from 2009) featured session bassists but this time round not only has new boy (in relative terms) Rob Da Luca settled in nicely, he’s also comfortable enough with his surroundings to contribute a couple of cuts to the running order.

The second thing of note is that the songs themselves are from the heart, not the head: from the rather telling nod to ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ in album opener ‘The Killing Kind’ to the dying embers of ‘Rolling Rolling’ there’s a heart full of soul in each and every composition, none more so than on ‘Sugar Cane’ which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Joe Bonamassa album. With age has come wisdom, and if in their Chrysalis years UFO had the athletic guile of an Olympic swimmer, thrashing up and down the pool and netting gold medal after gold medal, today’s band seem happy to take their time, backstroking effortlessly through the water with little left to prove. That’s not to suggest though that ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ is going through the motions: it’s just that after 40-odd years Phil Mogg and Andy Parker, together with Paul Raymond, Vinnie Moore and the aforementioned Da Luca have earned their freedom from expectation and/or conformity, and with this, their 22nd studio album, their maturity comes plainly to the fore. But if you’re worried that it might be all shade and no light, don’t worry: songs like ‘Devil’s In The Detail’ and ‘Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun’ keep the excitement meters in the red, and ‘The Real Deal’ is as heartening as they come.

As you’d expect from a band that’s featured some true axe heroes over the years, there’s some fabulous guitar work from Moore, and as ever Mogg is on hand to offer his evocative lyrical slant on the ways of the world. What’s not to like?

© John Tucker January 2015

 

 

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26th January 2015

80/100 score

©2015 - READ REVIEW

 

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25th January 2015

8/10 ALBUM REVIEW

Maybe I’m clicking on the wrong websites or buying grossly inaccurate magazines, but anytime lists of pioneering British rock bands are being compiled, I never see a consistent mention of UFO. Since their formation in 1969 as Hocus Pocus, they’ve seen off numerous genres of music, influenced hordes of massively successful rock bands, and released one of the most revered live albums of all time, Strangers in the Night. Not fair I say.

Despite legendary members Pete Way, and eccentric genius Michael Schenker, sadly no longer in the band, resolute vocalist Phil Mogg remains. And the UFO story continues to be told, with their soon to be released 21st studio album, A Conspiracy Of Stars. The eagerly awaited follow up to 2012’sSeven Deadly.

Vinnie Moore steals opening track The Killing Kind,

from his cruising guitar riff to the inanely melodic solo, he’s the shining light in a decent but slightly underwhelming beginning. No such problems on Run Boy Run, this menacing track would have worked better as the curtain raiser to the album. And despite cutting a very dapper figure these days, Phil Moggs’ vocals are still as mean and dirty as always.

The brilliantly titled Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun more than tips it’s hat to the blues. It’s febrile rhythm and Moggs’ smart lyrics are a joy throughout. Despite the sweet title, Sugar Cane’s dark and hypnotic tones leave a tasty bitterness. Moores’ multifaceted playing closes the song impeccably. Devils In The Detail is an admirable rocker, but doesn’t quite raise your blood levels, but the dulcet resonance of Precious Cargo is pretty much flawless. Andy Parkers’ simple but potent drum intro knits The Real Deal together, the groove inducing rhythm is instantly addictive. One And Only serves up a hugely appetising portion of classic American radio rock, featuring Mogg in seductive form.

Moore and bassist DeLuca trade off on the massive Messiah Of Love, no frills funk laden rock, that will absolutely cook live. The same can be said for penultimate track Rollin Rollin, Chris Tsangarides, who has produced heavyweights like Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest in the past, has cleverly utilised this bands natural instincts to the maximum. Just for good measure, a ferocious blast of classic UFO, with King Of The Hill closes out the album in scorching fashion. This album probably won’t blow a hole in the Billboard Top 200, but it’s still heartening to know that great rock music is still being created by great rock bands.

Written by Brian Boyle - ©2015

 

 

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24th January 2015

This interesting 'Hot off the press' interview with UFO lead singer, Phil Mogg - web only preview to NEXT Months Classic Rock Magazine

READ INTERVIEW

 

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23rd January 2015

Adverts for the two "Live Appearances" in March 2015 - FULL list of dates can be found on the UFO webpage

POLISH MAGAZINE - January 2015 Issue | facebook

 

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22nd January 2015

9/10 ALBUM REVIEW



UFO - A Conspiracy of Stars

Label: SPV
Release Date:23rd Feb


"A Conspiracy Of Stars" presents UFO's current lineup for the first time: along with the original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), lead guitarist Vinnie Moore who has been a permanent member of the band since 2003, American bassist Rob De Luca joining the fold in 2012.

The new UFO album is full to the brim with muscular riffs, characteristic hooks, perceptive lyrics and that generally relaxed attitude.

Opening with "Killing Kind" the band, like a fine wine ,continue to grow stronger and more unique with age, so here, unleashed is the bluesy Hard Rock that UFO are so well known for now adays, With some exceptional guitarmanship from Moore the album opener bodes well for the remainder of the album, and boy it does not disappoint in the least "Run Boy Run" is a smoking number with some mega riffs and licks deliverd throughout , this is a highlight, its catchy and flies into UFOS history as a classic.

Next the Blues and chilling by the Bayou come to mind as "Ballad of The Left Hand Gun" floats into the room, with telling lyrics and bar room tales , its Bluesy and  infectious. Moggs voice is raspy and still hitting those high  notes as "Sugar Cane" delivers more blinding guitar manship , Moore sure knows how to mix up the blues with some Metallic riffing, Parker works his  drums  like a twenty something,  not a man approaching his senior years! As Paul Raymond on Keyboards / Guitar keeps the rhytmn and De Luca sure helps deliver the blues.I simply love the chugging guitar halfway through "Sugarcane", an exceptional six minutes and twelve seconds of your life!

The rootsy vibe continues as "Devils in The Detail" mixes some clever lyrics, with an awesome sound  showing exactly why this band are still going strong in 2015 for instance On the scorching "Precious Cargo’, Mogg sings "The scatter rollers coming down, summers been and turned around, it don’t seem so long ago, that you were my precious cargo" Mogg is  no longer able to hit the high notes of yesteryear but  still shows he can work  those vocal chords real  hard on "Real Deal".

"One and Only" is more keyboard driven and took some getting into to be honest, but it grows on you, and fits in well with the rest of the album although I would say its the weakest track.

"Messiah of Love" is a captivating and bewitching song with the lyrics "I got a kiss like a killer bee" you cant go wrong really can you! I love the rootsy and earthy deep grooves , good time rocking is what this band deliver , hard to believe the bands ages combined are over 200! These guys could teach the music industry some tricks! "Rolling Rolling" wheels in and rocks, with some killer guitar manship. Bonus track on the Digi Pack version is the Rocking "King of The Hill" indeed UFO are Kings of Hard Rock its 45 years later UFO are still going strong, And long may it continue.

The band head out soon on tour, make sure you catch them live and grab a hold of the new album, ( which is avaliable in many different formats) and reach for the Stars!
 

Review : Seb Di Gatto

Score: 9/10

©2015 - source

 

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21st January 2015

TODAY: 21st January 2015

2015 XG - EXTREME GUITAR TOUR ROLLS ACROSS AMERICA

UFO guitarist, Vinnie Moore embarks on a 23 date tour prior to hitting the road with UFO (dates)

To keep up with Vinnie on the XG tour, visit the VM tour page for various posts, photos etc.

 

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20th January 2015

The new UFO album

will be released in
Japan through Avalon Marquee on February 18th, 2015

 

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19th January 2015

January 2015 issue - #1501

 

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15th January 2015

January 2015 issue


Weniger Groupies - mehr Energie

ANDY PARKER German interview

©2015

 

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14th January 2015

 

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13th January 2015

UFO's opening track, 'The Killing Kind' from

was played by Steve Price on ARfm last Saturday

 

TWO NEW ALBUM REVIEWS TODAY

ALBUM REVIEW

UFO
'A Conspiracy Of Stars'
(Steamhammer/SPV)
Release Date: 23rd February 2015

4/5

Joe Geesin

From the opening bars of 'The Killing Kind' it's a very heavy but polished sound. The guitar solo is bright, clear and melodic. 'Run Boy Run' typifies the band's current edginess; under the solos you there's a dark heavy crunchy riff; the band have developed this new angle on the classic UFO sound that's prevented any sameness or predictability. This is interspersed by the boogie feel of 'Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun' which features an acoustic guitar over the heavy rhythms. The electric guitar interjects nicely too.

There's a searing edge to the guitar on 'Sugar Cane' and 'Devils In Detail' ... READ FULL REVIEW

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12th January 2015

FIRST ALBUM REVIEW - 5/5

...On first listen to this latest selection, it is fair to say that UFO operate as if they have never missed a beat.  On their last outing, 2012’s Seven Deadly, there was a certain urgency, as if they had something to prove to their legions of fans around the world.  This time out, there is a swagger — something they’ve no doubt had all along — which comes to the fore in, again, practically every song here....

...From the beautifully able rhythm pocket and killer riffing of Run Boy Run to the travelling country rock blues of Ballad of the Left Hand Gun to the Heavy Metal positively possessed blues of Devils in the Detail, there are so many pieces to be petitioned.  Opener The Killing Kind is a perfect example, featuring an excellent guitar solo to close out what could clearly have been a throwaway had Mr. Moore not had his say.  Vinnie appears to be the hero of the day here, doing the lion’s share of the writing as well as the guitar heroics.

Run Boy Run has the edge, the guitars, the ‘jingle jangle’.  Ballad has the balls, the swagger of the UFO halcyon days of yore.  Sugar Cane, a monster six-minute-plus Blues, has the instrumental interplay.  Devils in the Detail has Phil Mogg at his positively powerful vocal best.  Precious Cargo features some really cool keys in the background, provided by none other than stalwart UFO vet Paul Raymond (Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack) – who also plays a wicked rhythm guitar, by the way.  The Real Deal features a solid drum intro by none other than the other remaining vet, Mr. Andy Parker.  Messiah of Love finds Parker pretty busy, as does Rollin’ Rollin’, particularly during the instrumental breakdown.

An additional track at the end would feature normally into a UFO recording, but just when you think it would be a throwaway, check it out - King of the Hill has its own rolling boogie, a mix of heavy metal and blues, as its contenders show.  There are growling guitars and one hell of a beat.  There is even a bit of shred towards the end.  Anyone who might think UFO are beaten, whooped, down and out – think again.  They are as alive and breathing and as healthy as any band I’ve heard in years!

Top marks!

*****/5

READ FULL REVIEW

 

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11th January 2015

UK Classic Rock Magazine are spinning the opening UFO track,

'The Killing Kind'...

Queen Cover of UK Classic Rock Magazinewith UFO, The Killing Kind

...from UFO's upcoming album

as part of their Heavy Rotation section

Looks as if its going to be a killer album

 

MAGAZINE | CLASSIC ROCK FACEBOOK - ©2015 Classic Rock Magazine

 

 

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8th January 2015

TODAY: The Fleece, Bristol, UK

PRP kick off their tour tonight in Bristol, UK

 

Doors open at 7.30pm

Thursday 8th January 2015 - The Fleece, Bristol
Friday 9th January 2015 - The Borderline, London
Friday 16th January 2015 - Vine Bar, Workington
Saturday 17th January 2015 - Riverside Venue, Selby
Friday 23rd January 2015 - 02 Academy 2, Newcastle
Saturday 24th January 2015 - Asylum 2, Birmingham

ALL TOUR INFO WILL BE UPDATED HERE

 

 

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5th January 2015

Classic Rock AOR - Issue 13 - January 2015 issue | facebook | order a copy | READ Vinnie Moore article

 

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4th January 2015

This year kicks off with a review for 'Showtime' from the US magazine, DETROIT LIVE

Detroit Live - January 2015 edition

 

Hopefully Reviews of the NEW UFO album,

will start appearing soon, ahead of next months release - STAY TUNED!

 

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1st January 2015

 

HAPPY NEW UFO YEAR TO YOU ALL from MISTY GREEN & BLUE

 

NEW ALBUM RELEASE

A CONSPIRACY OF STARS
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