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UFO performing live in 2015.

UFO are an English hard rock band from London. Formed in 1969 under the name Hocus Pocus, the group originally consisted of vocalist Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton, bassist Pete Way and drummer Andy Parker. The current lineup of the band includes original members Mogg and Parker, plus lead guitarist Vinnie Moore (since 2003), bassist Rob De Luca (since 2008), and keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Neil Carter (since 2019).

History[edit]

1969–1983[edit]

UFO were formed in October 1969 by Phil Mogg, Mick Bolton, Pete Way and Andy Parker.[1] Bolton left in early 1972, shortly after the release of the band's first live album Live.[2] He was briefly replaced by Larry Wallis, who was later fired by Mogg and replaced in November by Bernie Marsden.[3] In June 1973, Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker substituted for Marsden on a German tour, and later joined as a full member.[4] Paul Chapman was added as a second guitarist following the release of Phenomenon in 1974, although he would leave the following January after failing to turn up for a show.[5] Danny Peyronel was added as the band's first keyboardist in 1975, featuring on their fifth album No Heavy Petting.[6][7]

In July 1976, Peyronel was replaced by Savoy Brown's Paul Raymond, who also contributed rhythm guitar to the band.[8] Due to increased problems stemming from his alcohol abuse, Schenker quit UFO after a show in October 1978, with Chapman returning to take his place shortly after.[9] Raymond left two years later and was briefly replaced by John Sloman, before Neil Carter took his place midway through the recording of The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent.[10] Way left UFO after the release of 1982's Mechanix,[11] with Chapman and Carter recording bass for Making Contact.[12] Billy Sheehan was brought in to perform on a European tour in early 1983,[11] with Paul Gray taking over from late February until the end of the tour in April.[13] Upon the conclusion of the tour, UFO decided to disband.[14]

1984–1998[edit]

Mogg reformed UFO in late 1984 with returning bassist Gray, new guitarist "Atomik" Tommy McClendon and new drummer Robbie France.[15][16] By early 1985, France had been replaced by Jim Simpson and former keyboardist Paul Raymond had returned to the band, with the five-piece releasing Misdemeanor later in the year.[17] Raymond left the band in July 1986 and was replaced by David Jacobson for the rest of the year's touring cycle.[18] McClendon was replaced by Myke Gray in late 1987,[19] and in early 1988 original members Pete Way and Andy Parker returned to the group.[20] A new lineup of the band including guitarist Rik Sanford and drummer Fabio Del Rio began working on a new album later in the year,[21] and after brief stints with Tony Glidewell and Erik Gamans on guitar, UFO broke up for a second time in 1989.[22][23]

UFO returned for a third time in 1991, with Mogg and Way joined by guitarist Laurence Archer, drummer Clive Edwards and, later, keyboardist Jem Davis.[24] In 1993, Schenker, Parker and Raymond returned to reunite the 'classic' lineup of the band, releasing the album Walk on Water in 1995.[25] Simon Wright replaced Parker in 1995.[26] Schenker left to promote his debut solo album Thank You in 1995, returning in 1997 to support the European release of Walk on Water.[27] The guitarist quit suddenly after a show on April 24, 1998, with Wright and Raymond following soon after; due to an agreement signed by the band members, Mogg and Way were unable to use the name UFO without Schenker, and briefly considered renaming the group Lights Out.[28] However, the pair continued collaborating under the moniker Mogg/Way.[1]

2000 onwards[edit]

After a two-year hiatus, UFO returned again in 2000 with Schenker returning and Aynsley Dunbar added on drums, releasing Covenant in July.[29] For the album's promotional tour, Luis Maldonado (keyboards, rhythm guitar) and Jeff Martin (drums) were added to the band's lineup.[30] Dunbar returned in 2002 to perform on Sharks,[31] which was the band's last album to feature Schenker who quit in January 2003, relinquishing his part-ownership of the name in order that UFO could continue.[32] In July, it was announced that Vinnie Moore would replace Schenker, Jason Bonham would replace Dunbar, and Paul Raymond would return to the band.[33] Bonham remained in UFO until 2005, when Parker returned to the group,[34] and in 2008 Rob De Luca joined in place of Way, after filling in for him on an initially temporary basis.[35]

On 13 April 2019, Paul Raymond died of a heart attack just a few days after the end of a tour.[36] Two weeks later, it was announced that Neil Carter had rejoined the band to take Raymond's place on tour.[37]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Phil Mogg
  • 1969–1983
  • 1984–1989
  • 1991–present
vocals all UFO releases
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Andy Parker
  • 1969–1983
  • 1988
  • 1993–1995
  • 2005–present
drums
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Neil Carter
  • 1980–1983
  • 2019–present
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent (1981)
  • Mechanix (1982)
  • Making Contact (1983)
  • Regenerator: Live 1982 (2001)
  • Headstone: Live at Hammersmith 1983 (2009)
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Vinnie Moore 2003–present guitar all UFO releases from You Are Here (2004) onwards, except Headstone: Live at Hammersmith 1983 (2009) and The Misdemeanor Tour: Live from Oxford (2013)
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Rob De Luca 2008–present bass

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Pete Way
  • 1969–1982
  • 1988–1989
  • 1991–2008
bass all UFO releases from UFO 1 (1970) to Mechanix (1982), and from High Stakes & Dangerous Men (1992) to The Monkey Puzzle (2006), except Heaven's Gate (Live) (1993)
Mick Bolton 1969–1972 guitar
Larry Wallis 1972 none
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Bernie Marsden 1972–1973
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Michael Schenker
  • 1973–1978
  • 1993–1995
  • 1997–1998
  • 2000–2003
lead guitar
Paul Chapman
  • 1974–1975
  • 1978–1983
  • rhythm guitar (1974–1975)
  • lead guitar (1978–1983)
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Danny Peyronel 1975–1976
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
No Heavy Petting (1976)
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Paul Raymond
  • 1976–1980
  • 1984–1986
  • 1993–1999
  • 2003–2019 (until his death)
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • all UFO releases from Lights Out (1977) to No Place to Run (1980)
  • Misdemeanor (1985)
  • BBC Radio 1: Live in Concert (1992)
  • Walk on Water (1995)
  • Werewolves of London (1998)
  • Live USA (2000)
  • all UFO releases from Live on Earth (2003) onwards, except Headstone: Live at Hammersmith 1983 (2009)
John Sloman 1980 keyboards The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent (1981)
Paul Gray
  • 1983

  • 1984–1988
bass
  • Misdemeanor (1985)
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (1988)
  • Heaven's Gate (Live) (1993)
  • Headstone: Live at Hammersmith 1983 (2009)
  • The Misdemeanor Tour: Live from Oxford (2013)
Atomik Tommy M 1984–1987
  • lead guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Misdemeanor (1985)
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (1988)
  • Heaven's Gate (Live) (1993)
  • The Misdemeanor Tour: Live from Oxford (2013)
Robbie France 1984–1985 drums none
Jim Simpson 1985–1988
  • drums
  • backing vocals
  • Misdemeanor (1985)
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (1988)
  • Heaven's Gate (Live) (1993)
  • The Misdemeanor Tour: Live from Oxford (2013)
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Myke Gray 1987–1988 guitar none
Fabio Del Rio 1988–1989 drums
Rik Sandford 1988 guitar
Tony Glidewell
Erik Gamans 1988–1989
Laurence Archer 1991–1993
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • High Stakes & Dangerous Men (1992)
  • Lights Out in Tokyo: Live (1992)
Clive Edwards drums
Jem Davis keyboards Lights Out in Tokyo: Live (1992)
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Simon Wright
  • 1995–1996
  • 1997–1999
drums
  • Werewolves of London (1998)
  • Live USA (2000)
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Aynsley Dunbar
  • 2000

  • 2002–2003
  • Covenant (2000)
  • Sharks (2002)
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Jason Bonham 2003–2005
  • drums
  • backing vocals
  • You Are Here (2004)
  • Showtime (2005)

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Notes
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Billy Sheehan 1983 bass Sheehan performed with UFO on a European tour in early 1983 after the departure of Pete Way.[11]
David Jacobson 1986
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
Jacobson toured with UFO in 1986 after the departure of Paul Raymond earlier in the year.[18]
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Jeff Martin 2000
  • drums
  • backing vocals
Martin and Maldonado were added to UFO's touring lineup following the release of Covenant in 2000.[30]
Luis Maldonado
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
Barry Sparks
  • 2001
  • 2004
bass Sparks performed with UFO at one show in 2001, and again on a United States tour in September/October 2004.[38]
Jeff Kollman 2005 Kollman substituted for regular bassist Pete Way in UFO on a United States tour in July 2005.[39]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
October 1969 – January 1972
February – October 1972
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Larry Wallis – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
none – live performances only
November 1972 – June 1973
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Bernie Marsden – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
June 1973 – May 1974
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Michael Schenker – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Phenomenon (1974)
May 1974 – January 1975
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
  • Paul Chapman – rhythm guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
none Phenomenon tour only
January – August 1975
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Michael Schenker – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
August 1975 – July 1976
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Danny Peyronel – keyboards, backing vocals
July 1976 – October 1978
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
October 1978 – June 1980
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
June – August 1980
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • John Sloman – keyboards
August 1980 – June 1982
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
June 1982 – January 1983
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – lead guitar, bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, rhythm guitar, bass, backing vocals
January – February 1983
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – lead guitar
  • Billy Sheehan – bass (touring)
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
none Making Contact tour only
February – April 1983
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Chapman – lead guitar
  • Paul Gray – bass (touring)
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Band inactive April 1983 – late 1984
Late 1984 – early 1985 none – rehearsals only
Early 1985 – July 1986
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Atomik Tommy M – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass
  • Jim Simpson – drums, backing vocals
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
July – August 1986
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Atomik Tommy M – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass
  • Jim Simpson – drums, backing vocals
  • David Jacobson – keyboards (touring)
  • Misdemeanor Tour (1986)
  • Heaven's Gate (1993)
August 1986 – late 1987
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Atomik Tommy M – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Gray – bass
  • Jim Simpson – drums, backing vocals
Late 1987 – early 1988
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Myke Gray – guitar
  • Paul Gray – bass
  • Jim Simpson – drums, backing vocals
none – live performances only
Early 1988
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Myke Gray – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
Summer 1988
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Rik Sandford – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Fabio Del Rio – drums
Late 1988
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Tony Glidewell – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Fabio Del Rio – drums
Early 1989
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Erik Gamans – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Fabio Del Rio – drums
Band inactive early 1989 – summer 1991
Summer – late 1991
1991–1993
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Laurence Archer – guitar, backing vocals
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Clive Edwards – drums
  • Jem Davis – keyboards
  • Lights Out in Tokyo: Live (1992)
1993–1995
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
1995–1997
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Raymond – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Simon Wright – drums
1997–1998
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Simon Wright – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
1998–2000
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Paul Raymond – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Simon Wright – drums
none – rehearsals only
2000
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Michael Schenker – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums
2000
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Jeff Martin – drums, backing vocals (touring)
  • Luis Maldonado – keyboards, rhythm guitar (touring)
none Covenant tour only
2002–2003
  • Phil Mogg – vocals
  • Michael Schenker – guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums
July 2003 – September 2005
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Vinnie Moore – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Jason Bonham – drums, backing vocals
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
September 2005 – March 2008
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Vinnie Moore – lead guitar
  • Pete Way – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
March 2008 – April 2019
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Vinnie Moore – lead guitar
  • Rob De Luca – bass (touring until 2014)
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Paul Raymond – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
April 2019 – present
  • Phil Mogg – lead vocals
  • Vinnie Moore – lead guitar
  • Rob De Luca – bass
  • Andy Parker – drums
  • Neil Carter – keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
none as yet

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