Andrew Parker - drums; Neil Carter - keyboards, guitar; Pete Way - bass; Paul Chapman - guitar; Phil Mogg - lead vocals
Guitarist Michael Schenker first made his name as the dynamic axe-man of UFO. Emerging from London, UFO conquered their homeland and then most of Europe by 1974. The group's albums slowly started filtering into the U.S. garnering them a stateside deal with Chrysalis Records.
This show was recorded in January 1981, after Schenker had already departed to form MSG, his own group. Opening with the high energy track, "Chains, Chains," this concert features a full selection of UFO standards including "Long Gone," a power ballad from the band's No Place to Run album. Next, they bring the crowd up once again with the crunchy rocker, "Cherry."
UFO's best songs, "No Place to Run" and "Mystery Train," are definite crowd pleasers. "Mystery Train" is the band's cover of the Elvis Presley R&B song from his Sun Records years. Fans were skeptical about the replacement of Schenker, but Chapman's acoustic guitar prowess at the beginning of this classic rockabilly song is proof positive of his strong musicianship. Highlights included in this show are "Only You Can Rock Me," and the band's biggest radio hit, "Lights Out," which closes the show in a 12 minute-plus version featuring extended solos from the band members. In between solo segments, it slips in and out of Led Zeppelin's "Custard Pie."
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