UFO at The Institute 4/3/13

UFO came to Birmingham on 4th March as part of the UK leg on their current 2013 Seven Deadly tour, and despite a flooded gents oozing (hopefully water) over the auditorium floor, and their tour bassist Rob De Luca suffering from a heavy cold, they put on quite a show to a packed and enthusiastic audience. Said audience was warmed…

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“Favourite” Albums: The Dirty Dozen

This is an attempt to highlight a dozen of my favourite albums for no particular reason other than wondering if I could narrow down my favourites to just a dozen (started off trying to do it with ten, but that didn’t work out), and doing anything to avoid work in the run up to Christmas. “Favourite” is a very emotive…

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UFO – Seven Deadly 2012

This album is the band’s fourth with guitarist Vinnie Moore, and the years of song writing and extensive touring together have borne fruit in a deliciously well constructed and varied album (it goes without saying that Mogg, Parker and Raymond were already a well oiled package). For me the last couple of albums have been missing something, they’ve been good,…

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Michael Schenker Portfolio 1987

 After having finally found a CD version of one of my favourite vinyls on Amazon, I thought is was worth a quick review. Released in the year Michael Schenker in some sense reinvented himself with the McAuley Schenker Group’s “Perfect Timing” album (showcasing the talents of new vocalist Robin McAuley, who would remain with Michael until well into the 90s)…

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