Concert Reviews


Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 31, 2016    
0.0 (0)
13551   0   1   0   0   0



UFO - Parr Hall, Warrington (UK) - 26 October 2016

It's hard to believe that UFO will be celebrating their 48th birthday in 2017, thankfully there seems to be no indication of the band calling it a day. They have been criticized constantly for only playing the "greatest hits" but, as lead singer Phil Mogg jokingly quips mid-set, "I didn't even know we had any great hits". They have a loyal fan base and can still pull in a crowd so they must be doing something right. Their studio output is still of a high standard and on the basis of tonight's show there is still life in the old dog yet.

Mogg, Andy Parker (drums), Paul Raymond (keyboards/guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob DeLuca (bass) make a low key entrance but storm into 'We Belong To The Night' and get a hero's welcome at its conclusion. There are one or two surprises in the set tonight, yet pretty much every era is covered. With over twenty albums and the best part of two hundred and fifty songs to choose from, it must be something of a headache to select what to play without disappointing those who still come to hear those "greatest hits". 'Fight Night' gets the heads nodding and 'Ain't No Baby' is the first of the surprises, because apparently Moore really likes the song. Mogg is on form and the between song ramblings get more bizarre and alcohol-affected as the show goes on. The introduction to 'Run Boy Run' is a great example – "This is a song from the last album. It was massive and went cardboard in seven countries". I've never been sure whether he is just playing to a reputation (the legend goes that the set never changes because Mogg can't remember the words to new songs) or whether he is drawing on a wicked sense of humour. He is seventy in a couple of years so maybe we can just put it down to senility now.... "We played here about four years ago, was I wearing the same clothes?"

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Moore is still regarded as the new guitarist even though he has been part of the line-up for the best part of fourteen years now. He puts a new spin on some famous solos without deviating too far from their original arrangements and has also helped create a stable environment that has allowed the band to stay on track when they could have imploded following Michael Schenker's final departure after a disastrous night in Manchester back in November 2000. Paul Raymond's contribution to the UFO sound can never be underestimated and he also adds some much needed backing vocals with DeLuca. Both Raymond and Parker have an unassuming stage manner but are essential in their roles and content to let Mogg and Moore take the spotlight.

It is great to hear 'Venus' and 'Makin' Moves' again, and 'Cherry' has been brought back this year after being left out of the set for a long time. Both 'Lights Out' and 'Only You Can Rock Me' are pure Rock classics and greeted as such, whilst 'Messiah Of Love' (from 2015's 'Conspiracy Of Stars' album) gives Moore the chance to show just how versatile a guitarist he is. Raymond's keyboard intro to 'Love To Love' still gives me goose-bumps and even though the song is now forty years old, and I have seen it performed live a dozen times, I never get tired of hearing it. The main set is brought to a close by 'Rock Bottom', a Moore tour-de-force that sees him solo like his life depends on it, a song justifiably tagged as an anthem that always gets the crowd excited. The encore of 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Shoot Shoot' maintain the energy levels until the end and are backed by several hundred extra singers.

UFO may not be playing in stadium sized venues anymore, and they have never been high profile media darlings, but they are an established band who rely on musical skills rather than flashy stage shows. They played for the best part of two hours and though I have seen them play better, I was still impressed by the overall performance. Finally, I know the audience for UFO shows are generally on the mature side but did we really need the heating on at Parr Hall tonight?

Dave Bott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  January 2022  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days ago
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site