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UFO are an English hard rock band, with a regularly changing occupation. Singer Phil Mogg is the pivot. The main members are Peter Way and Andy Parker, with in addition an important role for Michael Schenker, who left the group with some regularity, but returned again after shorter or longer periods of time.


[hide]*1 History



The band was founded in 1969 as Hocus Pocus (with singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton as members, bassist Pete Way and drummer Andy Parker, who replaced the first drummer Colin Turner). The name of the group comes from the London club UFO, where, among other things, the members of Pink Floyd were often found. Their music is described as a middle ground between the rock of Led Zeppelin and the metal ofNWOBHM. Especially metal musicians from the 80 's and 90 's called UFO many times as one of the major influences on their own music. After guitarists Willis and Marsden short time had been part of the band, formed the occupation with the Michael Schenker of the Scorpions taken over the highlight in the band's history.


Especially in the early years, the band achieved success in Japan and Germany with space rock like The Coming of Prince Kajukuas numbers. In 1976 formed the composition with Paul Raymond the classic UFO occupation. There was already a love-hate relationship with Schenker, who in 1978 was replaced by Chapman. The number was Lights Out in 1977 by the trade magazine Guitar World chosen as number 84 in the "100 greatest guitar solos".


With Chapman on guitar worked UFO further to the international success. It came to an end with the departure of Pete Way to his own band Waysted.


UFO modderde have until the end of 1988, when-despite the return of Way-the group ceased with it.


There followed a short-lived reunion of Mogg and Way with a lot of unknown musicians, who were allowed to be part of the legendary band.


In response to a discussion around the rights on the group name was UFO for the first time. Michael Schenker re-joined the band. The classic occupation was a fact. It remained, however, a flasher relationship. Due to family circumstances, Parker was regularly replaced by among others Dunbar, AC/DCand Dio drummer Wright.


With the advent of Vinnie Moore as a replacement for the ever growing wispelturiger Schenker seemed to come again some stability in the group.


Studio albums[Edit][]

  • 1970: UFO 1
  • 1971: UFO 2 Flying
  • 1974: Phenomenon
  • 1975: Force It
  • 1976: No Heavy Petting
  • 1977: Lights Out
  • 1978: Obsession
  • 1980: No Place to Run
  • 1981: The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent
  • 1982: Mechanix
  • 1983: Making Contact
  • 1985: Misdemeanor
  • 1988: Ain't Misbehavin'
  • 1992: High Stakes & Dangerous Men
  • 1995: Walk on Water
  • 2000: Covenant
  • 2002: Sharks
  • 2004: You Are Here
  • 2006: The Monkey Puzzle
  • 2009: The Visitor
  • 2012: Seven Deadly

Compilation albums[Edit][]

  • 1973: Best of
  • 1976: Space Metal
  • 1983: The Decca Years
  • 1986: Anthology
  • 1992: The Essential
  • 1992: The Early Years
  • 1994: Too Hot to Handle
  • 1999: Best of UFO: Gold Collection
  • 2008: Best of UFO (1974-1983)
  • 2010: The Best of a Decade
  • 2011: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979)
  • 2012: The Chrysalis Years (1980-1986)

Live Albums[Edit][]

  • 1972: Live in Japan
  • 1974: Live in Concert
  • 1979: Strangers in the Night (double-lp)
  • 1992: Lights Out in Tokyo
  • 1993: T.n.t..
  • 1994: Live in Texas
  • 1995: Heaven's Gate
  • 1997: X-Factor: Out There & Back
  • 1998: On with the Action
  • 2001: Regenerator
  • 2005: Showtime
  • 2009: The Official Bootleg Box Set 1975-1982


  • Too Hot to Handle (1994)
  • The Misdemeanour Tour (2002)
  • Legends of Rock Live at Castle Donington 2001 (2002)
  • Strangers in the Night. The Ultimate Critical Review (2005)
  • Broadcast Rarities (2005)
  • Showtime (2005)
  • Videobiography (2007)
  • Rockpalast Hardrocklegends vol.1 (2010)