Live report – British Hard Rock band UFO at The Spirit of ‘66.

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Live report – British Hard Rock band UFO at The Spirit of ‘66.

Since its formation in 1969, British rock band UFO has been entertaining audiences around the world with infectious hard rock songs. Over twenty albums later, and with only a few original members left, UFO is still continuing to rock audiences and create new music. The band’s most successful period was in the seventies when Michael Schenker was part of UFO. But since several years Schenker has returned to his solo career and has been replaced by the equally talented string wizard Vinnie Moore.

The Spirit of ‘66 was fully packed when UFO took the stage around 20h30. The sound in this little venue was perfect

the band played all classics including “Only You Can Rock Me”, “Lights Out”, “This Kids” and of course “Doctor Doctor”. Piece de resistance however was “Rock Bottom” where a brilliant-as-ever Vinnie Moore showed off his talent and excellent technique. While Mogg took care of his voice, the rest of the band entertained us with an extra-long instrumental passage with Vinnie Moore in a leading role.

vnnie_peAlso the return of Paul Raymond and Andy Parker was a good decision. Raymond is often the quiet guy on stage but his rhythm guitar and keyboard playing was indispensable and more than just filling gaps. And the original grooves that skin beater Parker laid down was a joy of recognition. Still suffering from a liver disease bass legend and original member Pete Way had to leave UFO last year but has since been replaced by Barry Sparks, who already did the same with Ted Nugent, Dokken and Malmsteen. Together this unit played straight from the heart and sounded tighter and better than ever. The set list contained no surprises but the positive and enthusiastic reactions proved that the fans got what they came for, despite the sore voice of Mogg.

Great gig at the Spirit of 66.

Report/Video, Frank HSJ

Photo, Jan Florens