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UFO have been operating with their strongest line-up in years since the release of their 2004 studio album, You Are Here. The three original band members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Pete Way (bass) and Paul Raymond (keyboards), were joined by Jason Bonham on drums and the exceptional guitarist, Vinnie Moore.
UFOs success story began in 1969, when Phil Mogg and Pete Way formed the band in England. They borrowed their name from a legendary London music club, impressed audiences with their unmistakable style and proved with their albums UFO 1, Flying and UFO Live that they had their finger on the pulse of their rapidly growing fan community. Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin (1976), which arrived in succession, marked their international breakthrough. 1979 saw the arrival of their live recording, Strangers In The Night, referred to as one of the best live albums by experts, and one of the best-selling live albums of all time. Following years with changing line-ups, the band returned to the top in autumn 1993 with their comeback recording, Walk On Water, and have been among the strongest live acts world-wide ever since, releasing two more awesome studio offerings in Covenant (2000) and Sharks (2002). The current line-up cut You Are Here in 2004, voted among the ten best albums ever by the British music magazine, Classic Rock.
Now with the double live Showtime DVD (and CD), UFO are again ready to show rock fans worldwide what makes UFO such a dominant force for so many years.
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DVD 1: 01. Mother Mary 02. When Daylight Goes To Town 03. Let It Roll 04. Out On The Streets 05. This Kids 06. The Wild One 07. Fighting Man 08. Only You Can Rock Me 09. Baby Blue 10. Mr. Freeze 11. Love To Love 12. Too Hot Too Handle 13. Lights Out 14. Rock Bottom 15. Doctor Doctor 16. Shoot Shoot 17. Making Of 18. Slideshow 19. Discography
DVD 2: 1. Pack It Up And Go (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 2. Try Me (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 3. Love To Love (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 4. Slipping Away (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 5. Cherry (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 6. Profession Of Violence (Peppermint Park Studio Session, May 26th 2005) 7. Making Of Studio Songs 8. Rockboat (Doku) 9. USA 2004 (Doku) 10. History (Interviews) 11. Bonus Statements (Interviews) 12. Credits
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The drummer on this concert is Jason Bonham, the son of the legendary late Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham. While looking much older than his 37 years at the time of this concert, Bonham really knows how to pound the skins. I prefer him to the original and current UFO drummer Andy Parker. Phil Moggs vocal do show from some strain compared to his work in the 70's and 80's, but still shine through.
The 2nd DVD of this set features UFO working in a studio with a string orchestra on most of them. Adds a different element to the band known for heavy guitar rock. The track listing also includes Profession of Violence, probably their best track without Schenker or Moore. The 2nd DVD also includes an interview with the band that tells the history of the band and Jason Bonham also talks about growing up in a famous household and memories of his father.
The addition of Jason Bonham on the drums makes this DVD even better. While he doesn't really deviate from UFO's original sound, he definitely puts his own touch on the music and the man CAN play. Very tight, strong and musical playing. It was my first opportunity to witness Jason's drumming at length and I'm very impressed. He's not at the same level as his Dad (nor will anyone), but he's very good at what he does.
I also enjoyed the second DVD, especially when Pete and Phil talk about the history of the band. Some of their stories are amusing, as well as insightful and interesting. Good stuff!
I was so inspired by this video, that I am planning on seeing the band live in Los Angeles this coming May. Something I never thought I would do without Schenker in the band.
If you have ever loved UFO, buy it.
Disc 1: Live in a medium sized venue, great lighting, video, and audio quality. The 5.1 digital audio is exceptional. I have noticed that some concert videos in 5.1 do not do justice to the concert sound, but this one has a premium mix. Performances by all band members are flawless, with the non-original members, Bonham and Moore, covering the original parts perfectly while adding their own unique touches. Mogg, Way, and Raymond are, as usual, in perfect form.
Disc 2: Live in the studio. Just what you would hope for with this sort of setting. All players in casual studio setting with a super clear video and exceptional audio quality. Small string section sits in on a couple of the cuts, very cool...
If you like UFO, you will love this DVD. Highly Recommended!
Vinnie Moore's performance was amazing and the most surprising part of the set. It's obvious he was having a hell of a good time with the music and it showed.
Mogg's voice has aged, but still sounds great. He early starts on a song or two, and changes some of the lyrics around - but I'll cut him some slack cause it's an impressive performance otherwise.
While the concert on disk one is great, the studio recordings on disk two is the real gem. I'd love to see some more of these studio videos. Again, Vinnie really shines here.
I highly recommend this as the best UFO on DVD, and hope that I can someday watch "Stranger in the Night" footage done in the same quality.