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5th May - Farmingdale - NY - The Crazy Donkey
6th May - Poughkeepsie - NY - The Chance
7th May - West Springfield - VA - Jaxx
9th May - Pittsburgh - PA - The Altar Bar
10th May - New Hope - PA - Havana
11th May - Baltimore - MD - Bourbon Street
13th May - New York - NY - B.B. Kings
14th May - Foxboro (Boston) - MA - The Showcase Live
15th May - Londonderry - NH - Tupelo Music Hall - SOLD OUT
17th May - Dayton - OH - McGuffy's
18th May - Milwaukee - WI - Shank Hall
20th May - Chicago - IL - House of Blues
21st May - St. Charles - IL - The Arcada Theatre - SOLD OUT
22nd May - Akron - OH - The Tangier

 

 


2011 'BEST OF A DECADE' TOUR

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North American Spring 2011

 

PAST TOURS

Seven Deadly Tour 2013: UK 2013 | EURO 2013

Seven Deadly Tour 2012: Monsters of Rock Cruise | UK 2012 | Europe 2012 | USA 2012

Best of A Decade Tour: USA May 2011 | Europe 2011 | USA September 2011

The Visitor 2010 World Tour : UK Winter 2010 - Summer Week - UK & Europe - BRAZIL May/June 2010

USA 2009 | The Visitor Europe - Summer 09 | UK 09 | Europe - Winter 09

Monkey Puzzle World Tour : THE MONKEY PUZZLE TOUR 2006 | 2007 TOUR | USA 2008

You Are Here Tour : YOU ARE HERE TOUR 2004/2005

 

 


 

 


 

May 5th 2011

5th May - Farmingdale - NY - The Crazy Donkey

Mindflow, ZO2, Symptom 7, Made Again, Muddy Pig Nipples
DOORS: 6PM | ALL AGES | ADMISSION: $25 ADV. / $28 D.O.S.

 

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Special Thanks to Larry Dell'Erba for the following photo's

 

Paul Raymond

 

Andy Parker

 

Phil Mogg

 

Phil, Barry Sparks, Vinnie and Andy

 

Vinnie, Barry, Paul and Andy

 

Andy Parker

 

Vinnie Moore

 

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FULL set List for Crazy Donkey:

1. The Wild, The Willing and the Innocent
2. Mother Mary
3. Saving Me
4. Let it Roll
5. I'm a Loser
6. Hell Driver
7. Venus
8. This Kids
9. Ain't No Baby
10. Only You Can Rock Me
11. Try Me
12. Too Hot to Handle
13. Love to Love
14. Doctor Doctor
15. Lights Out
16. Rock Bottom

Thanks to Rich Dunn who posted this on the 'Official UFO Guestbook'

 


 

Vinnie and Phil at 'The Crazy Donkey' - photo ©2011 Eddie Trunk

Eddie Trunk has posted some comments and photos on

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from last nights 'Crazy Donkey'

"Just hung out with UFO. Nothing cooler for me! And the opened with Wild, Willing into Mother Mary!!! Brilliant!"

Seems that "Venus" was also in the set list as well as 'Ain't no baby'

Andy, Eddie and Phil on the tour bus prior to the gig - photo ©2011 Eddie Trunk

 

Eddie Trunk's Review from THE CRAZY DONKEY

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May 6th 2011

 

6th May - Poughkeepsie - NY - The Chance

**UPDATE** - support bands:

Mindflow, Kristen Cappolino, Starstruck, Badd Habit, Messina Van Nash

 

 

Thanks to Scott for sending in these photo's taken by Dave Parson's

 

Barry Sparks and Paul Raymond

 

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UFO - Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker, Phil Mogg, Barry Sparks, Paul Raymond

 

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Vinnie, Phil, Barry and Andy at The Chance

 

Vinnie, Phil, Barry and Andy at The Chance

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May 7th 2011

 

7th May - JAXX - West Springfield - VA

 

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SUPPORT BANDS

Logan have been replaced by MindFlow, an amazing band from Brazil
MindFlow
ZO2
After Therapy

21 and Up
$27 in Advance
$30 Day of Show
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00

 

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May 9th 2011

9th May - Pittsburgh - PA - The Altar Bar

 

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REVIEW

[s-i-t-n] Pittsburgh show was great!

wasn't going to post about last night's show because I figured that after all this time we all know what to expect. However, I have to say that this was one of the best I've ever seen, and I go back 35 years with these guys. I was complaining to our leader before the show that we need less of Mother Mary and more Chapman stuff, and I still feel that way, but it really doesn't matter what they play because they don't have any bad songs in their catalog. They opened with Wild, Willing, and Innocent. I think that song would be better placed somewhere in the middle of the set because it almost seemed like they were still warming up halfway through the song and it deserves better treatment. That is my sole complaint about the evening.

Vinnie was smoking, and Andy was pounding the bass drum so hard that the bottoms of my pant legs were moving from the breeze it made. Phil's voice was in superb shape, possibly because it is very early in the tour. It was the best I've heard him sound since the early 80's. They played some songs that we haven't heard a million times, like Venus, Try Me, and Ain't No Baby, and did killer renditions of each of them. Saving Me and Helldriver kicked serious ass, too. The rest of the set was Strangers stuff, all done superbly. There was so much that was right about this show, especially Vinnie's work. Maybe it's me getting used to the way he plays the Schenker stuff, but to my ears he seems to get better every time I see them. He was so perfect this time that I'm at a loss for words. I kept thinking during the show how lucky we are that they have this guy, and how these guys are still out there blowing the roof off the place some 34 years after I first saw them. Who could have imagined, back in 1977, that this would be possible?

I got to shake Vinnie's hand after the show while he was chatting with fans. He seems like an extraordinarily nice guy. Speaking of nice guys, it was very nice of the band to organize this tour so that Batttttty could come to the states and hang out with her adoring fans, and every night in a different city so that all of her fans have a chance to see her. Also, it seemed like T-shirts were flying off the shelves for once. That might have something to do with the concept of 'more and better', because they seem to have figured out that we will buy stuff if they have stuff, especially nice stuff. When they came through here in 05 about all they had for sale were ballcaps.

Well, it's off to bed for me. My ears are still ringing and my back and feet are sore, but it was well worth it. YEEEE-HAWWWW!!!!!!!!

Dean Amrhein

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May 10th 2011

10th May - New Hope - PA - Havana

 

 

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UFO gives fans a close encounter at New Hope gig

"UFO delivered. Plain and simple. From gthe moment they started their show with "The Wild, Willing and the Innocent" to the last note of "Shoot Shoot", it was pure rock delivered at it's finest...
... If you never saw UFO before or if you saw them before back in the day, I'd advise you to see them again. They brought it and delivered it..."
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[s-i-t-n] Road Report

Tuesday Night At Club Havana in New Hope, PA

As a Circus magazine reading teenager in the late 70's, I had seen the Obsession promo
several times and I had the choice of picking up the Cheap Trick-Heaven
Tonight Lp or the new Obsession LP.Having seen my first concert of CT
opening for Uriah Heep,I picked the Cheap Trick LP.Before my next purchase
was the announcement of a last minute booking of Molly Hatchett opening for
UFO a night before both opened for REO Speedwagon in Allentown,PA.
This was at a local theatre in our home town of Wilkes-Barre,PA.
Having never heard one song by UFO,myself and about 200 other people enjoyed
an amazing performance by what turned out to be my favorite band of all time.
I clear as day remember just flowing blond hair covering Michaels face the entire
show as he put on one of his classic vintage axe performances.Phil decked out in his
silver spandex pants down on one knee finishing "Ain't No Baby" brought
the small crowd to its feet for a standing ovation.The next day I went down to the local
record shop and bought up and ordered the rest of the catalog and played
everything over and over and over till my ears nearly bled.Strangers was the very first
thing i bought my beautiful new girlfriend(still with now 31 years) and we both were
the biggest of fans.1980-1982 brought some of the best music I ever heard
in my life and the most powerful stage performances I had ever seen in 33 years
of concert attenting.After the heartbreaking 83 ending a live cassette my friend
from Manchester sent me in 86 with the opening song "Mean Streets" made me
the happiest dude in the world.Misdemeanor Is still one of my personal favorites to this day.
That said,Its hard for a band to sometimes live up to past expectations when they
were,in your "opinion" on top of their game. I lot has happend since the 80s but
some of us still live in the past a bit so sometimes when we complain about setlists,
favorite guitarists and band members,maybe you can understand why. Besides
being one of UFOs biggest fans i sometimes become one of the biggest critics,
and believe me,I have seen tons of shows. Being a HUGE Pete Way fan sometimes
brings a little bitterness and feeling that its not UFO without Pete and "sort of"
it isn't but this is coming from someone who loved the 86 tour which was without Pete.
Then i read how great Barry is right now and wonder if some people are FOS.
Well,Last night was a cool slap in the face.Barry looked and played like he belonged
in UFO and every mate was at the top of their game. Of course,Phil always sounds good
and is the best jovial frontman anyone could ask for.Andy looks and plays BAD ASS
right now,WOW what can i say...you guys were right.Paul adds that just right balance
that kinda puts the "CHERRRRY" atop the cake.Now Vinnie: I was glad when he joined the band.
I would have probably preferred a half dozen other names that were thrown
about but i knew Vinnie brought extra fans,was dedicated to the band and had his
own unique style,althought maybe not quite my style.Well last night was kinda magic,
because Vinnie just pretty much has morphed into the perfect UFO guitarist.
The only way to accurately describe it was to cut and paste Dean's comments:
"***There was so much that was right about this show, especially Vinnie's work. Maybe it's me getting used to the way he plays the Schenker stuff, but to my ears he seems to get better every time I see them. He was so perfect this time that I'm at a loss for words. I kept thinking during the show how lucky we are that they have this guy, and how these guys are still out there blowing the roof off the place some 34 years after I first saw them. Who could have imagined, back in 1977, that this would be possible?***"

Perfectly put my friend.So now who's my favorite guitarist?? Every Damn crazy one of them in their own special way.What a lucky bunch we are.The behind the back dualing guitars of Vinnie and Barry brought back the good ole days. TWTWATI is coming along nicely now and sounds way better than opening nite.Lookout west coast!!
Man,the crowd last night was appreciative and Rowdy.I wish i could hear every show to hear what the people in the crowd scream out. The best last night was: "Phil sits at the right hand of the Father" which got a lot of laughs, a smile from Phil with a quip i could't make out, then quickly introducing Devil Driver.

We had a 105 mile road trip which wasn't so far but this club was in the middle of nowhere so it took forever going through small towns and country roads. I really wanted to see Mindflow, their MTV Headbanger Ball style video of Break Me Out is stunning, to say the least.We were already running 45 minutes late cause i just needed to tear the house apart
to find the CDr transfer of the 79 NWOBHM band Marseille (anybody remember them,they are back after 25 years,LIFE IS GREAT) to bring along for this long trip.We also grooved to a 2 week old performance of Rose Tattoo opening for ZZ top is Aussieland. What a setlist! Too bad they pretty much butchered every one of their great songs.Now i am worried about how WWI and Try Me and Venus will sound.Almost there,just time for a 30 minute set
of Off Broadway opening for UFO from 1980 Chicago.

Normally,this show would have been at the beautiful and cozy Sellersville Theater, but Havana has been grabbing lots of their shows now.A friend said his buddy said it was less like seeing a band at a club and more like having a band play at
the side of a bar. My buddy who has been there several times hates the place and said it sucks. Carla said " In that case,we are probably going to love it" . Imaging turning the corner onto Main street and seeing two big smiles arriving in Shangra La.Man,is New Hope freakin beautiful!
Shops,stores,clubs,outdoor drinking and dining and Oh My, the smell. Certainly not Philly.Parking was tough but now we know.
Get to the club at 7:05, outside bar in front,super laid back atmosphere,no city stress here.Mindflow was slated for 7 but the club is pretty much empty and the floor is all seated,no standing.in front of the 1 foot high stage.Turns out the boys arrived late from Pittsburgh.Dean probably brought all his stuff to get signed,I thought, Great,after racing to get here,time to relax. First thing to do now is get a drink and stop and see
Princess Kate and get some swag. She's looking good as ever and the shirts are pretty nice too. Getting near showtime now,our seats are in the back a bit so lets go see how bad the upstairs veiw is supposed to be.Whoa,pretty nice and clean,tables to eat at,
couches to relax on and now you can stand at the rail which is nearly right above the stage.Screw the seats,we are staying here.There
was one small table in the corner by the rail which was reserved and the rest was general standing.
Even thought the club was tiny,and more centered on dining,it seems this place was a little palace.Clean, cozy and smelled good. If you were ever at a bad place,you know why smelled good is important.
A glass of wine and a double Absolute and cranberry was almost 20 bucks.Tickets were 35 bucks and the food prices were pretty high.Calamari 14$,Chicken wings 14$,Nachos 12$.Onion rings 14$...Glad i filled up with some Jack and wine in the parking lot.
Mindflow played a 30 minute energetic set which was well received. Break Me Out sounded excellent. I don't know if every UFO fan would like these guys, and i have no idea how they got on the tour ,but to me it was a good idea.Worth checking out if you can.
Remember Triangle opening the 95 tour?That and Bella Piper could weaken the stomach...not to mention the breastfeeding as well...
Tonite was gonna be different.
During their set Carla tapped me to look over to the reserved table..Who's there??.......Eddie Trunk of course, wow he really does love UFO.

Now time for UFO: WWI pretty much was going to set the tone for the night.Not Perfect,but very tight and will be killer after a few more
times.Most of the crowd was not expecting this,so this led to some interesting requests the entire night.
After some SITN and Saving Me, Hell Driver and Venus were spot on and during Aint No Baby, you could close your eyes and drift back to 78 a bit. So glad this has been added,one of UFOs best songs ever.****While I try to write this,the black kitten trys knocking the big mirror off the wall. Feline wrecking ball available to destroy valueable items in your home!*******
Only You Can keeps the 78 vibe going and TRY ME, god, Pauls playing and Phils voice were just haunting...Club goes crazy.
Now onto the meat of the set... All the classics....Vinnie pretty much owns the crowd at this point. He and Barry are really having fun,
playing great and hamming it up a bit.Love to Love and Rock Bottom are just outstanding...Haven't enjoyed a UFO show this much
in as real long time. From above,I could see (sadly) that Shoot Shoot was not on the set list. After Rock Bottom, you could tell by the
crowd and the look on the boys faces that were were gonna get it and we did.Another Ace for Vinnie.....Way to go!
Tonites grade,graded strictly of course: A+ ... no lie,no fluff UFO playing as good as they ever did,like a family,like the greatest band in the world.
Got to chat with Mr. Trunk after the show and pretty much "Stumped the Trunk", He did not know who Marseille was.He was pretty cool
and i offered to send him a few classic shows.The boys didn't come out that i saw and pretty much were better off not,I think they
would have gotten mobbed if they did. I got to talk to Paul a few minutes before he was going to eat so that was cool.
I haven't talked to him since the 95 tour i think.I hope Carla got some nice photos to share. She stopped taking them because Phil said to stop the flashing lights,but i think he meant the strobe lights. Are strobe lights part of the lighting on this tour?
Maybe it was the club,It was really cool but pretty intense if you were trying to sing or play. By now I am pretty beat and gotta drive home
now.Next time is going to be a sleepover.Luckily i had some vintage live 1980 Angels aka Angel City aka The Angels From Angel City
for the ride home.A quick coffee and WaWa Tuna hoagie helped keep me awake after getting my ass kicked tonight.Plus i didn't slop any coffee or tuna on my new shirt,so that was a plus.
Well,I saw UFO without Pete again and had a great time.I hope Pete stays well and hits the stage with the boys again.I don't know
if this will ever happen but for now Barry is definately the answer.Hope he stays a good while.Enjoy all the rest of the shows everyone and try not to miss if possible, THE time is now

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May 11th 2011

11th May - Baltimore - MD - Bourbon Street

 

 

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Bourbon Street - "Rock Bottom" - Baltimore

 

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May 13th 2011

13th May - New York - NY - B.B. King

 

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LAST NIGHT - B.B. King - NY - ©2011 - Cheryl Pyle

 

These set of photos can be found on Christine's facebook page -

©2011 Christine Stevens from Christine Leenig Photography

 

 

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UFO @ B.B. KING'S BLUES CLUB – NEW YORK, NY
May 13th, 2011 by Luke Dennis


One wonders if B.B. King could predict the kind of talent that would hold court in his subterranean blues club in the heart of New York's midtown.
Classic Howling Wolf honks back at the traffic beneath the marquee, and the lobby is lined with posters advertising roots rock revival shows.

Even the faces mingling in the neon sunrise of Times Square at twilight seem par for the club: middle-aged and neatly groomed for a night of sit-down music.
But they tell a different story from the neck down: black tee shirts emblazoned with the red, white, and blue skewed letters UFO... READ FULL INTERVIEW

 

 

 

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May 14th 2011

14th May - Foxboro (Boston) - MA - The Showcase Live

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Light's Out In Foxboro!!! The UFO review!

Saturday night I finally saw a band I have been waiting to see since 1982… the legendary UFO!

For those not in the know, UFO is the group that influenced Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and many other British bands. Without UFO there would have been no one…just ask metal expert Eddie Trunk! In fact if you're a fan of any metal band from the 1970's and 80's, see UFO and see where they learned it all.

There was a lot of fear on my part! Would UFO live up to the long wait and how would they sound? Would their set list contain all 200 or so songs I wanted to hear?

When the band hit the stage with 'The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent', all my fears were put to rest. Although a bit older, UFO were as tight as they could be, despite vocalist Phil Moog counting bum notes (I counted none). The set list was very heavy in the 'Michael Schenker' era which is not a bad thing.

Guitarist Vinnie Moore played all the parts properly and was able to infuse a little bit of his personality into each solo. Anthems like 'Doctor Doctor', 'I'm a Loser' and 'Only You Can Rock Me' sent all the fans into nice trips down memory lane. My wife noticed that almost half the audience were playing air guitar during all the solos, most not missing a note! That is devotion!

The surprise song for me in their almost 90 minute set was 'Try Me' from the classic 'Light's Out' album. This was the song that keyboardist / guitarist Paul Raymond was able to showcase his incredible talent. More than anything, UFO are defined by their songs; brilliant and consistent loaded with melody, hooks and storytelling lyrics.

Rounding out the band was the rhythm section of founding drummer Andy Parker and fill in bassist Barry Sparks held down the beat song after song! But in the case of Sparks, he was a visual dynamo! All the guys seemed to be having fun up there and that came across very strong in the music!

Unfortunately due to another show that night, UFO's set was cut short and that made the fans a little angry. This was not the bands fault and even the abridged set was brilliant. I can say now that UFO are one of the best bands I've ever seen live!

As far as the venue, Showcase Live at Patriots Place is an incredible place for a show. The staff and food was excellent and is now my favorite place to see a show. The sound system and acoustics make everything sound great and if (for some strange reason) you can't see everything, the two giant screens next to the stage help you with that.

Opening for UFO were two bands; Brazil's Mindflow and New Jersey's Last Perfect Thing . Both bands were good, but I was blown away by Mindflow!! They have a sound that is a mix of Iron Maiden and Evanescence with a little bit of techno thrown in. I was so impressed I picked up their CD (along with my first UFO shirt ever) 'With Bare Hands' and will have a review of it within the next few weeks!

So thank you UFO for still retaining the same spirit I encountered way back when I first heard 'We Belong to the Night'!

 

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The Vampyr chatted with legendary drummer Andy Parker from UFO.
They talked about the tour, the new cd that they will begin working on in the fall. Also a special cameo with Phil Mogg

 

Concert Review: UFO at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA

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Showcase Live
Foxboro, MA
May 14, 2011

Reviewed by: Roger Scales

As established bands age the approach to constant touring take on one of a few possible options : a necessity to endure your legacy and to keep proving to yourself and your critics that you still have what it takes and always did, a money maker because you didn't save enough and still need to make ends meet as a working musician or simply playing live for the love of the music and to get that rush that only performers can get playing in a live environment. I don't know what motivates the classic UFO members Phil Mogg (vocals), Andy Parker (drums) and Paul Raymond (keyboards and rhythm guitar) to keep recording new music and stay on the road but I for one can say I'm glad they have. Truly having "new blood" with veteran guitarist Vinnie Moore and Barry Sparks on bass gives the band a lift on stage and clearly keeps the guys driven, focused and supplying a quality set to a packed house at Showcase Live.

I was able to catch up with Vinnie Moore prior to hitting the stage and asked him about his time in UFO and more importantly about the new greatest hits CD that came out late last year titled The Best of a Decade. I wondered, had he changed his style at all as a guitarist or songwriter to fit the UFO mode or if this is just his personal evolution as an artist over time? "It's just my natural evolution over time. If you listen to my last few solo records prior to joining UFO I think I started to change then. I was starting to explore different territory and going in some new directions. It was bound to happen no matter what I was doing." Opening with "The Wild the Willing and the Innocent" from the album released in 1981 by the same name you could see right away the "Sparks/Moore" factor paying immediate dividends. Their endless supply of energy and enthusiasm combined with great play gave older fans a new reason to cheer and cheer loudly they did.

Old school fans delighted in "Mother Mary" from the 1975 album Force It up next and it's just so enjoyable to see these guys perform so effortlessly yet so solid at the same time. 'Saving Me" from 2009′s The Visitor was my favorite of the newer era of UFO and had a dazzling acoustic intro from Moore and great vocal from Phil who seems to have lost very little range at 63 years young. The crowd seemed to be pumped looking for the next classic UFO track as the set moved along at a pretty rapid rate. I had asked Vinnie if there were any real differences between UFO fans/crowds in Europe as opposed to North America. "I get asked that question a lot and I see no real difference at all in the passion". "Our fans are the greatest and whether it's Russia, Korea, Europe or here in the States – they are just really into the music and ready to rock."

Trying to create a set list from one country to the next never mind one night to the next has to be a daunting challenge after 19 studio albums. According to Moore "Everybody kicks in their ideas but with this band a certain portion is obvious because you are expected to do so many of the classic tunes and then with the newer material we get together and talk it over before we decide what will go over better live."

The next three tracks were a good mix of the old and new with "Let It Roll" "I'm a Loser" and "Hell Driver" all with Phil Mogg's dry British sense of humor shining through in between songs…mostly at the expense of bass player Barry Sparks, without question the most physically active of the bunch trying to replicate the antics of original member Pete Way.

Avoiding comparisons to original guitarist Michael Schenker is something Vinnie Moore has to deal with almost since the moment he joined the band. 'Sometimes it's a pain in the ass but by and large I just ignore that aspect and those comparisons and do my own thing my way. The fans seem to enjoy my playing, my own style and my take on the old stuff."

The remainder of the 14 song set included a lot of UFO classics such 'Doctor Doctor", "Shoot Shoot" and "Love to Love", my personal favorite of the night. It was the most demanding of Phil vocally and he was able to pull it off brilliantly. I think it's very unfair for anyone who has not seen UFO in the past 5 or 6 years to write this off as a tribute band or nostalgia act just because you're missing such key components to the sound in Way or Schenker. True they did create a lot of what made UFO the giant band it became but do fans still go to see the Boston Bruins even though Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Cam Neely are not walking through that door? The answer is yes and it would do a disservice to the UFO legacy to turn away now, not to mention depriving yourself of a solid band still performing as well as they ever did.

Opening act Mindflow from Brazil certainly opened a few eyes and ears as they ripped through a 30 minute set of aggressive yet melodic styled metal in support of their fourth album "With Bare Hands". Fans of Dream Theater, Primal Fear or Symphony X will dig them. Look for this band to make some noise here in the states very soon.

UFO Set List
1. The Wild the Willing and the Innocent
2. Mother Mary
3. Saving Me
4. Let It Roll
5. I'm A Loser
6. Hell Driver
7. Venus
8. Ain't No Baby
9. Only You Can Rock Me
10. Try Me
11. Too Hot To Handle
12. Love To Love
13. Doctor Doctor
14. Shoot Shoot

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May 15th 2011

15th May - Londonderry - NH - Tupelo Music Hall - SOLD OUT

 


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01. Intro (Peter Gunn)
02. The Wild The Willing And The Innocent
03. Mother Mary
04. Saving Me
05. Let It Roll
06. I'm A Loser
07. Hell Driver
08. Venus
09. This Kids
10. Ain't No Baby
11. Only You Can Rock Me
12. Try Me
13. Too Hot To Handle
14. Love To Love
15. Doctor Doctor
16. Rock Bottom
17. Riders On The Storm (Tease)
18. Lights Out
19. Cat Scratch Fever (Tease)
20. Shoot Shoot

 

 

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May 17th 2011

 

17th May - Dayton - OH - McGuffy's

 

** UFO **

Tuesday May 17, 2011

UFO w/ Mind Flow and Brain Bucket - *Ages 18+ w/ ID*

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"Vinnie Moore may be the best guitar player I have ever seen

Phil still has it. UFO Rules ! The REALLY rocked Dayton!" - Eddie Trunk on Twitter

 

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May 18th 2011

 

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18th May - Milwaukee - WI - Shank Hall

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May 20th 2011

 

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20th May - Chicago - IL - House of Blues

 


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House of Blues - Chicago - IL - Thanks once again to Liz, who also watched the band in Milwaukee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos copyright 2011 - Elizabeth Wiel

 

Author: Lisa Torem

The alcohol level was high. At least one fan was dragged out and another, who kept peering over my shoulder and asking me questions such as "Are you famous? Are you someone I should know?" insisted on telling me this story: "I'm a drummer. I got a buddy who knew the bass player – the guy who needs a liver transplant. Said he could get me a backstage pass. He really could, you know?"

The guy was referring to Pete Way, long-time UFO bassist, now on an extended leave due to rumoured alcohol abuse and/or medical problems. The guy, who still thinks I'm somebody famous, because I'm rapidly scribbling notes, has, sadly, been stood up by his legendary friend.

But, it's just as well that one more person was a no-show. The Chicago House of Blues was packed tonight and held uneven sightlines saved by a medium-sized, screen looming overhead.

The metal/hard rock Brazilian band, Mindflow, featuring electric guitar wiz Rodrigo Hidalgo and Danilo Herbert on lead vocals, brought forth waves of dynamic energy, and were a great choice for an opening band, though it was clear that the rabid UFO fans, who could brashly tick off on their fingers both UFO line up casualties and favorite album tracks, were fidgety; bloody anxious to get their UFO fix.

Chants of "UFO, UFO UFO" reverberated around the stuffed-as-sardines, SRO great room. When the band leaped on stage, and performed the first, few bars of 'Wild, Willing and Innocent,' the vibe was explosive.

In place of Way, stood (but not for long!) the youthful, straight-blonde haired, bassist Barry Sparks, who pounced brilliantly from every corner of the stage like a let-loose-during-mating-season stallion.

In contrast,was the more conservative former Savoy Brown member, Paul Raymond, wearing a vintage British-Invasion wardrobe, his sharply-styled, long, brown hair, tickling his shoulders. The keyboardist/guitarist was charmingly warm, flashing random, understated grins, while grinding out distinctive counter-melodies.

Original singer, Phil Mogg, held his own with tight-fisted vocals. that resounded in 'Mother Mary.' Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore's flowing, tightly-wound, coal-black curls streamed against his shoulders. A dazzling electric guitar was strapped around his neck beneath a gleaming acoustic.

"There's a sweet fragrance in the air," sniffed vocalist Phil Mogg. And, though Mogg is personable and relates easily to those in the balcony and on the ground level, there was little conversation, as UFO was mighty serious about performing hit after hit.

The blues-based, 'Saving Me' found Moore savouring his slide, and, the infectious 'Let It Roll' inspired the solid-chested drummer, and original band member, Andy Parker, to aggressively pound the kit, paving the way back to the powerful chorus.

While it seems the sound guy favoured the percussion, rather than lead guitar, it all evened out in the end. Parker has got some unbelievable chops, and his rapid-fire approach is one of the major factors that kept the performance level sharp.

Raymond deftly raced from electric keys, then guitar, while Sparks pole-vaulted, Moore mugged and Mogg sucked up more needed breaths. His voice is in remarkable shape.

'I'm A Loser' was a stark contrast to the crowd-pleasing, 'Hell Driver.' Waves of sonic darkness and booming percussion stylized 'Ain't No Baby', but when Mogg begins 'Only You Can Rock Me' by himself, the crowd was spellbound. 'Try Me' was the ballad that flowed with the most tender harmonies.

Moore's lightning fingers performed crisp, solos on his cherry red guitar. Even those unforgiving Michael Schenker fans, who claim anyone after the fact is an imitator, not an innovator, would have rocked hard to his one-off, melodic interpretations.

'Too Hot, To Handle' found Moore and Sparks competing for attention; plunging their instruments over their backs, much to the delight of a crowd already high on the ongoing theatrics.

'Love to Love' was another ballad extraordinaire that spoke touchingly of "misty green and blue" and enabled Moore to show off pretty strums which morphed into scintillating, red- hot riffs. Then, extroverted Sparks, centre-stage, on one knee, looked like he was proposing marriage to us, and who could refuse?

The famous, 'Light's Out' began, followed by a string of UFO classic hits with volcanic riffs; 'Rock Bottom', on which Moore planted a high-pitched solo which inspired a group jam. As if that wasn't enough, 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Shoot Shoot' followed, the eager crowd joining in with total abandon.

UFO played for almost two and a half, solid hours. I was later told, by Parker, that they decided to simply stay on stage for the encores, rather than lose time waiting to return. Why? I'm guessing it's because, according to the band, some of UFO's most loyal fans are from Chicago.

And, the reason I was able to hear this news is simple; I, unlike the overly-wasted guy near the bar, was fortunate enough to get backstage, to thank this hardworking band for coming all the way to our hardworking city. 'Light's Out', Chicago.

 

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May 21st 2011

21st May - St. Charles - IL - The Arcada Theatre - SOLD OUT

 

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UFO fan SteVe Byland has a great regview, along with photo galleries from the ARCADIA - VIEW

Love the 'Droste' effect of the photo above SteVe - awesome

 

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May 22nd 2011

22nd May - Akron - OH - The Tangier

 

 

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Support: MINDFLOW

 

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Review and pictures from George on te closing night of the current tour at The Tangier in Akron

Great closing night in Akron to the first leg of the tour ! Band was on for two hours and in fine form. Phil had some very entertaining albeit off the cuff commentary in-between songs. A few that come to mind :

"50 Quid if anyone can tell me why I prefer beer in a glass instead of a bottle ? A glass gets it down your neck quicker",

"Think of me as a psychotic relative" and some amusing exchanges with Andy.

Always amazes me how he can look "lost" in a fun way and then step up to the mike and kill it live.
Vinnie and Barry's energy as stated in previous reviews was indeed infectious.
Andy is a juggernaut behind the skins and it's great to see him back in fine form.
Likewise Paul and his keyboard/guitar rotations.

Set list was the same as previous cities which is a good thing.Having seen them several times, it's the "wild card" selections apart from the standard Strangers set that I look forward to the most. Cue : "The Wild,The Willing,And The Innocent", "Try Me" and "Venus. Just fantastic ! I also enjoyed the little battery operated clown playing a guitar toy the band had stage right ! I'm sure someone picked it up on the road. Funny stuff !

Cheers to opening act Mindflow's energized Dream Theater inspired Progressive Metal set. First time I've ever seen every member in a opening band sport headliner (UFO) T-shirts. Nice touch guys. I hung out for a bit afterward and got photos with Andy and Paul. Nice guys.

On a personal note, I will never understand people who have to have their ENTIRE collection signed. I would be embarrassed to ask that of anyone. Having been backstage in many official and un-official scenarios, I really believe this adds to bad signings and many quick duck outs by band members. Come on people. Isn't one item enough? Say Hi, grab a photo, whatever. Let other people have a moment. Makes you wonder if these multiple autographs just end up on EBay.

Peace & Rock N' Roll, George (From Cleveland)

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