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UFO

Formed: 1969
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest UFO News

Below is our complete UFO news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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UFO Announces North American Tour Dates

British hard rock legends UFO has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America next year in support of their forthcoming new studio album, which is expected to be released in June 2011.

The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):

May 11 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street
May 13 - New York, NY - BB Kings
May 14 - Foxboro, MA (Boston) - The Showcase Live
May 20 - Chicago, IL - The Arcada Theater
May 21 - Chicago, IL - The Aracada Theater

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UFO Announces Best-Of Compilation

London, England hard rockers UFO have announced details regarding the band's upcoming best-of compilation. The set, titled "UFO: Best Of A Decade", is set for release on September 28th, 2010 through SPV/Steamhammer Records.

"UFO: Best Of A Decade" tracklisting:
1. The Wild One
2. Hard Being Me
3. Lights Out (live)
4. Saving Me
5. Daylight Goes To Town
6. Let It Roll (live)
7. This Kid (live)
8. Heavenly Body
9. Helldriver
10. Too Hot To Handle (live)
11. Mr. Freeze
12. Shoot Shoot (live)
13. Black And Blue
14. Can´t Buy A Thrill
15. Baby Blue
16. Doctor Doctor (live)

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Hard Rock Hell Announces NWOBHM Stage

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."

The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:

UFO
Skid Row
Uriah Heep
Michael Schenker Group
Blaze Bayley
Paul Di'anno
Diamond Head
Tank
Enuff Z'Nuff
Pretty Boy Floyd
L.A. Guns

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Blaze Bayley
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
L.A. Guns
Michael Schenker Group
Paul Di'anno
Pretty Boy Floyd
Skid Row
Tank
UFO
Uriah Heep

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Voodoo Six To Tour With UFO

London rockers Voodoo Six have issued the following update about an upcoming tour with UFO:

"We are really excited to announce that Voodoo Six will be supporting the legendary UFO on their forthcoming tour in April/May 2010. We are massive fans of UFO so this will be a tour to remember. We can't wait to see our amazing fans in the front row as usual. Also a reminder that the 5 Track digital EP and more information is available at this location."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

4/22 WORKINGTON CARNEGIE THEATRE
4/23 MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL
4/24 EDINBURGH HMV PICTURE HOUSE
4/25 INVERNESS IRONWORKS
4/28 LEAMINGTON SPA THE ASSEMBLY
4/29 CARDIFF MILLENNIUM MUSIC HALL
5/1 CHARLEROI LE COLISEUM Belgium
5/2 ZOETERMEER BOERDERIJ Holland

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Venom And UFO Added To High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Jaded Heart Posts New Song Online

German hard rockers Jaded Heart have posted a new track online titled "Exterminated." The song, which features a guest guitar solo by Vinnie Moore of UFO, can be heard at Jaded Heart's MySpace page.

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UFO Announces Summer Tour Dates

British hard rockers UFO have confirmed the following summer tour dates:

5/31 - Rock Hard Festival - Gelsenkirchen - Germany

6/1 - Pressenwerk - Bad Salzungen, Germany
6/3 - Theaterfabrik - Leipzig, Germany
6/5 - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
6/7 - Nieuwe Pul - Uden, Holland
6/9 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, England
6/10 - The Junction - Cambridge, England
6/12 - Spring & Airbrake - Belfast, N.Ireland
6/13 - 02 Academy - Glasgow, Scotland
6/14 - 02 Academy - NewcastlevEngland
6/16 - 02 Academy - Leeds, England
6/17 - Rock City - Nottingham, England
6/19 - Wulfrun Hall - Wolverhampton, England
6/20 - Academy 2 - Manchester, England
6/21 - 02 Academy - Bristol, England
6/23 - The Brook - Southampton, England
6/24 - Shepherd's Bush Empire - London, England
6/27 - Ulmer Zelt - Ulm, Germany
6/28 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, Belgium

7/30 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany

8/7 - Bulldog Bash - England

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Waysted Announces New Tour Dates

WAYSTED, featuring UFO bassist Pete Way, have updated their tour schedule as follows:

9/6 - Rock of Ages Festival - Asylum - Birmingham, UK
10/31 - The Rigger Bar - Stoke, UK
11/1 - The Marlborough Club - Ilfracombe, UK
11/14 - Sawyers - Kettering, UK
11/22 - The Corporation - Sheffield, UK
11/27 - Trillions - Newcastle, UK
12/4 - Hark2Towler - Manchester, UK
12/6 - Hard Rock Hell - Prestatyn - Wales, UK

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UFO Begin Work on New Album

Legendary hard rockers UFO have announced plans to begin work on their twentieth studio album, which should be out next year. While no further more information is currently available, the band has just begun writing the material and plans to return to the studio in late 2008/early 2009 to start recording the new album.

Almost exactly two years has passed since UFO released their last studio album, "The Monkey Puzzle," on September 26, 2006.

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UFO Announce More U.S. Dates

UFO has scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Apr. 09 - Baltimore, MD - The Thunderdome
Apr. 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 11 - Sayreville, NY - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - B.B. King's
Apr. 13 - Akron, OH - Tangiers
Apr. 15 - Pittsburgh, PN - Rex Theater
Apr. 16 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
Apr. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino
Apr. 18 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
Apr. 19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Apr. 21 - Sauget, IL - Pops
Apr. 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - [to be announced]
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Apr. 24 - San Antonio, TX - Hemisfair Park
Apr. 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulder Station Casino
Apr. 27 - Ventura, CA - Magestic Ventura Theater
Apr. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
Apr. 30 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
May 01 - Santa Ana, CA - Coach House
May 02 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
May 03 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
May 04 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
May 06 - Northern California - [to be announced]
May 07 - Seattle, WA - El Curazon
May 08 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
May 09 - Coeur Dàlene, ID - The Grail

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UFO Update Tour Schedule

UFO have updated their forthcoming North American tour schedule as follows:

April
10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12 - New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
13 - Akron, OH - Tangiers
15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
16 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
17 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Bingo Casino
18 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
23 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
24 - Lake Somerville, TX - Hawgs Of Texas Bike Rally
26 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulder Station Casino
27 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
30 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick

May
1 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
2 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
3 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
4 - San Francisco - CA - tba


UFO's live DVD Showtime has been scheduled for release on state-of-the-art HD-DVD, including, along with the extras from the regular release, additional bonus material, an “on the fly” menu which can be operated while you are viewing the film, and exciting picture-in-picture interviews. The Showtime HD-DVD will be out on February 22nd in Germany, the 25th throughout the rest of Europe and April 8th in North America via SPV.

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UFO Drummer Checks In

UFO drummer Andy Parker has issued the following update:

"For those of you that don't know, we have just completed a three-week tour that took us to Russia, the Ukraine, Germany and finally the good old UK. Pretty exhausting, I can tell you, especially the Russian part. Man! That place is BIG, and that's coming from a guy who lives in Texas. We had several 20-plus-hour journeys by train with little else to do but drink, and all I can say is that I will never complain about British trains again. Believe me, when it comes to drinking, those Russians are professionals, they even make Pete [Way, bass] look like a beginner and that's hard to do." More...

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UFO Announce U.S. Dates

Legendary hard rockers UFO have scheduled the following U.S. dates:

Apr. 08 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Apr. 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Apr. 11 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Apr. 12 - New York, NY @ B.B. King's Blues Club
Apr. 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Apr. 16 - Nashville, TN @ Wildhorse Saloon
Apr. 17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Apr. 18 - Medina, MN @ Medina Entertainment Center
Apr. 19 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Apr. 24 - Lyons, TX @ Big Creek Campgrounds
Apr. 26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
May 01 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 02 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
May 03 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

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First Three UFO Albums To Be Rereleased

EMI is set to reissue UFO's first three Chrysalis albums, with a provisional release date of January 28, 2008. The LPs will contain the following bonus tracks:

"Phenomenon":

* "Sixteen" (Demo produced by Dave Edmunds}
* "Oh My" (Demo produced by Dave Edmunds)
* "Give Her The Gun" (German non LP Chrysalis single A-side)
* "Sweet Little Thing" (German non LP Chrysalis single B-side)
* "Sixteen" (Previously unreleased studio track)
* "Doctor Doctor" (Recorded live 06/06/74)

"No Heavy Petting":

* "All Or Nothing" (Previously unreleased studio track)
* "French Kisses" (Previously unreleased studio track)
* "Have You Seen Me Lately Joan" (Previously unreleased studio track)
* "Property" (Previously unreleased studio track)
* "Sunset Lights" (Previously unreleased studio track)

"Force It":

* "A Million Miles" (Previously unreleased studio track produced by Leo Lyons at Morgan Studios, December 17, 1973)
* "Mother Mary" (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75)
* "Out In The Streets" (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75)
* "Shoot Shoot" (Recorded live at the Paris Theater, London, 11/12/75)
* "Let It Roll" (Recorded live at the Roundhouse, London 25/4/76)
* "This Kid's" (Recorded live at the Roundhouse, London 25/4/76)

UFO's latest album, "The Monkey Puzzle", came out in September 2006 via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2004's "You Are Here" was recorded at Area 51 Studios with producer Tommy Newton, who also worked with the band on their last CD and who recorded the material for the band's "Showtime" live album.

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Michael Schenker Offering Guitar Lessons

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) is offering guitar lessons in the North London, England area. The cost is 200 GBP or approximately $410 per hour.

You can contact Michael via his MySpace page.

Michael Schenker's UK tour this past summer was cut short due to a "multitude of events beyond the band's control, including Michael's," according to a posting on Schenker's MySpace page.

Schenker's final gig in the UK took place on August 3 in Stourbridge, U.K. when Michael ended up calling off the concert after only a handful of songs.

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Cosmosquad Announce Fall Tour Dates

Southern California-based hard fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring acclaimed guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, UFO) and Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have annouced an exclusive Sunday, September 30 Chicago club date at The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., located in the city's Wicker Park area. Tickets are 7 dollars in advance and 10 dollars at the door.

COSMOSQUAD will kick off their 2007 fall tour with a performance at the world-famous Baked Potato, followed by a string of performance clinics in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. The details are as follows:

Sep. 21 - Baked Potato - Studio City, CA
Sep. 26 - Guzzardo Music - Rockford IL
Sep. 27 - Henri's Music - Green Bay WI
Sep. 28 - White House of Music - West Bend WI
Sep. 29 - Cascio / Interstate Music - New Berlin WI
Sep. 30 - The Note - Chicago, IL
Oct. 18 - Musician's Institute - Hollywood, CA

COSMOSQUAD has just released its fourth album, "Acid Test". It marks the group's first studio effort since 2001's highly regarded "Squadrophenia" which firmly established the trio as one of the premier progressive instrumental acts on the scene. Co-produced by Kollman and Gaalaas at the drummer's Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA, "Acid Test" is the first COSMOSQUAD effort without co-founding member, Barry Sparks, whose bass duties have been filled by a trio of capable, well credentialed players in Paul Shihadeh (SCOTT KINSEY), Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, EDWIN DARE), and the group's new full-time addition, Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE).

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).

The festival billing is as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, AMENTI, BEYOND THE GRAVE, CHTHONIC, CRADLE OF FILTH, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, DIAMOND HEAD, FASTWAY, FINNTROLL, GIRLSCHOOL, GMT, GRAND MAGUS, LAUREN HARRIS, MCQUEEN, MY DYING BRIDE, RAVEN, SAXON, TESLA, THE 69 EYES, TIAMAT, TWISTED SISTER, UFO, VIXEN, WOLF, ZERO CIPHER.

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