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UFO & Saxon Announce Spring US Tour – The British Invasion 2017!

I’m slowly coming back to Earth after the four-day massive event spectacle that was the NY Comic Con and while I do that it’s great to find some new concert tours being announced. Check this one out from the teams working the great British bands UFO and Saxon who will be heading our way in Spring 2017.


The Press Release:
Rock legends UFO have announced a US tour with very special guests SAXON, beginning March 9 in Houston, TX and continuing into early April.

UFO, with their long standing line up of Phil Mogg (Vocals), Paul Raymond (Keyboards / Guitar), Andy Parker (Drums), Vinnie Moore (Guitar) and Rob De Luca (Bass), are back in the US after a phenomenally successful sold out tour in early 2016. They are currently working on their 22nd studio album after the last studio release A Conspiracy of Stars in 2015.

SAXON are touring on their latest release Battering Ram together with the new double live album set Let Me Feel Your Power (out October 28 in North America), both on the UDR Music label. After great success with both US headline shows and dates with Judas Priest over last few years, the band are back as part of this great package. SAXON are Biff Byford (Vocals), Paul Quinn (Guitar), Nigel Glockler (Drums), Doug Scarrett (Guitar) and Tim “Nibbs” Carter (Bass).
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Win To See UFO In NYC On 10/15/2013

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The Details: You don’t need to have Eddie Trunk tell you that the great UFO are a legendary band and one that needs to be a part of your Hard Rock listening experience based on their continued activity in recording and rocking shows. They have countless tunes that have inspired greatness and they continue to do so today and that makes me excited about offering up this quick contest to see them perform for the very first time at the brand new Stage 48 club in NYC. Thanks to their marketing staff, two lucky PiercingMetal readers will get the chance to go to this show for free. Keep reading for details.
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“The Best Of UFO (1974-1983)” by UFO

Artist: UFO
Title: “The Best Of UFO (1974-1983)”
Label: EMI Music
Release Date: 4/15/2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

The name of the band UFO probably comes up as inspiring more bands than you could easily count if you were a study of the groups that were a part of the NWOBHM movement. It’s easy to see why this would be the case once you sink your teeth into this tasty compilation of some of their finest numbers. Formed in 1969, there is a strong melodic Hard Rock base to their sound that is often cited as one of the forerunners to some of the roots which became Heavy Metal music and to this very day their biggest hits hold the same power that they did so long ago. The band was formed by Phil Mogg and Peter Way and together they eventually brought Scorpions’ guitarist Michael Schenker into greater prominence before he went on to form the Michael Schenker Group. As a compilation this collection works out very well for what it sets out to do and in my opinion that is to once again call your attention to the group. You see, while famous in some circles and inspiring bands that are now legends in their own right, the guys in UFO seem to be more of a band with a cult level status and following. If this wasn’t the case they would be headlining major arenas around the world consistently as opposed to certain regions smaller clubs and venues. You can’t go wrong as a Metal and Hard Rock fan with any of the number of tracks here and my own favorites are the bands branded classics “Lights Out”, “Only You Can Rock Me” and “Doctor Doctor”. I was also rather fond of “Let It Rain” from “Mechanix” and was happy to see that one considered good enough to be on the compilation.
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UFO @ B.B. King Blues Club (4/12/2008)

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“Too Hot To Handle (1969-1993)” by UFO

Artist: U-F-O
Title: “Too Hot To Handle (1969-1993)”
Label: Music Video Distributors
Release Date: 12/6/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

There are not many people who would argue with you when you discuss the legendary status of the British band U-F-O. For many years the group has been cited as being very much the inspiration to the careers of groups like Iron Maiden and Def Leppard and as you look upon their back catalog this reason comes to you very clearly. The early lineup of the group that featured Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Andy Parker and Michael Schenker is revered to this very day as being forefathers in Hard Rock music. Songs like “Lights Out”, “Too Hot To Handle” and “Rock Bottom” still sound as fresh today as they did when they were first introduced. When you look at how many bands have fallen by the wayside while U-F-O still carries on you understand better when you listen to the quality of these particular tracks. Today in 2005 we find a different lineup in the band which is still helmed by Mogg and Way for the most part but this DVD focuses on the earlier years and features the one and only Axeman Michael Schenker. That alone will appeal to the staunch supporter of this group. The DVD is a direct transfer of the video film originally on VHS that was released in 2001.
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