In Words: U.F.O.
|- Andy Parker -
||- Claudia Ehrhardt -
Andy Parker - September 13th 2010 (by email)
UFO is one of the bands which seems to be around forever. For 4 decades they offered classic rock and have quite a few classics. Now the British present Best Of A Decade which represents the post-Schenker era. I wanted to know a bit more about this album and while they preparing the next tour drummer Andy Parker answered my questions.
Last year you presented The Visitor and as usual been on tour. Now there is a new album on the way, called Best Of A Decade.
Was it your idea? Or did the label suggested it?
I believe it was the label who suggested it...
In the last decade you had 5 studio albums, 3 with Vinnie Moore and you focused on the releases with Vinnie Moore. How did you choose the songs for this best of?
SPV made the final choice. I think they came up with a good selection.
Have you considered using some alternate versions? Or bonus tracks fans are looking for?
Maybe on the next one. I think this compilation is ideal for fans who are not familiar with post Schenker recordings.
Actually when I read the title Best Of A Decade I didn't expect any of the classics. How important was it to you to show how these classics sound live when Vinnie Moore plays them?
Once again, there are UFO fans who maybe stopped listening to the band after Michael left. This is a great way for them to get to hear how the band sounds now without investing a lot of money. I hope that many of them will realize what a great guitar player Vinnie is and how much UFO still has to offer.
Have you ever considered to offer some recordings of specific shows like e.g. Uriah Heep and Alice Cooper do via companies like Concert Live, Simfy or Instant Concert Recordings?
Not that I am aware of, but it is a great idea.
During your long career you've been to many places around the world and experienced a lot. Are their still some unfulfilled music related dreams? Or places you want to rock?
Yes, I would very much like to tour Australia and New Zealand. We have never been there and I would really love to go.
Pete Way wasn't listed on The Visitor and didn't play the tour. Will Pete be back somewhere in near future? Or will Rob de Luca take over? Or Barry Sparks? Someone else?
Pete is still battling with his illness. Hopefully he will be well enough to play with us again sometime in the future, until then we will continue to use other bassists.
With the Too Hot To Handle DVD you have a DVD which covers the bands history from 1969 to 1993. With Showtime you have a concert DVD with Vinnie Moore on guitar. Are their any plans for another history DVD, covering the bands career from 1993 til now?
I haven't heard of any, but there wouldn't be much of me on it anyway. I was gone from the band for a lot of that period.
Are you already working on new songs? Can we expect a new album in 2011?
We are in the process of gathering ideas for a new album. We expect a release sometime next year.
What can UFO fans expect at the upcoming shows? Best Of A Decade live? Or will you have some surprises for your fans?
They wouldn't be surprises, if I told you!
Are you working on more shows? Or what's on your schedule beside the announced shows in Europe?
I believe that the shows for this year are pretty much as published, but there will definitely be more in 2011.
Thanks for your time and I look forward to meeting you sometime in the near future.
I have to thank Andy for taking time and I hope that in 2011 they will play somewhere in my area again. Live UFO is still hot and if you haven't seen them with Vinnie Moore, then now it's time to change this! Check their website for tour updates frequently!