UFO #1E, 42F, 42G, 37C, 23C, 24C, 51D, 58C, 71D, 79D, 96B, 11E & 4A

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UFO is a rock band first formed in London in 1969 by Phil Mogg on vocals, Mick Bolton on guitar, Pete Way on bass and Andy Parker on drums.  Eighteen year old Michael Schenker, younger brother of Rudolf Schenker of The Scorpions, replaced Bolton in June of 1973.  It would be during Schenker’s five-year run as lead guitarist that the band would hit their creative peak, releasing if not their best stuff at least my favorite albums by the band; Phenomenon in May 1974, Force It in July 1975, No Heavy Petting in May 1976, Lights Out in May 1977, Obsession in June 1978 and finally a double live album, Strangers In The Night, recorded during shows in Chicago and Louisville during 1978, but not released until January 1980.  Paul Raymond joined the band for Lights Out on both keyboards and rhythm guitar.  Paul Chapman replaced Schenker on guitar in October of 1978.

These photographs were shot at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio, USA on March 5, 1980 during the band’s No Place To Run tour.  I must admit though, it has been a very long time since I’ve played an UFO album and know nothing of their later material.

Steven H. Spring

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