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1) UFO is a British hard rock/heavy metal band that was formed in 1969, with lead singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton, bassist Pete Way, and drummer Andy Parker. UFO was a transitional band between the rock of Led Zeppelin and the metal to come in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their early releases are commonly referred to as “space rock” with obvious influence from the 60s rock scene.

In 1973 the band recruited an 18 year old Michael Schenker from the band Scorpions. This marked a departure from their space rock sound to a more hard edged and bluesy rock sound. They released a string of critically acclaimed rock albums in the 70s that gained them a following in America and made them stars in the UK. Around the time of the 1978 release of Obsession, tensions between Schenker and Mogg were mounting. UFO arguably reached their peak at this time. In 1978 they toured extensively and recorded material for the double live album Strangers in the Night which was released in 1979. This album is considered by many fans and critics to be one of the best live rock albums ever produced. Immediately after the Strangers in the Night tour Michael Schenker left the band.

After this period UFO’s popularity began to decline as they continue to release material. In 1988 they disbanded due to lackluster sales, decline in popularity, and their inability to (or perhaps refusal to) capitalize on the popularity of the glam rock movement. But the hiatus was short lived.

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  • menswear2112

    As Geddy Lee would quote: 'It goes perfect with your robe, Glee.'

    13 Apr 10:55pm Reply
  • BruderFred

    UFO - Live ein absoluter Hammer !

    17 Mar 5:44pm Reply
  • ProgressiveDoom

    One of the best rock bands in history.

    17 Feb 3:29am Reply
  • Thradar

    Has it really been almost 20 years since their Walk on Water comeback album? Wow.

    20 Jan 5:16pm Reply
  • IndehinNM

    One Of The Greatest Bands Ever And Still ROCKIN!

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DesertSpur

    bloody hell that took me back to the last century,,,,,,

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • scorpio1100

    just a fantastic band, can`t say anymore.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dries_k

    Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sokoloster

    "One of the most underrated rock bands of all time,also pioneers of heavy metal." Yee, i agree with this.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • IgorDetoni

    Most underrated/best hard rock band ever.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Speedmetal80s

    Amazing albums with Schenker, all of them no favorite

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • GtHeRocker

    On With The Action. \o/

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    what you mean people can prefer space rock to generic dadrock wtffff fuckin hipsters XDDDD oh god just die

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jhntimms

    Space Rock!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DJ_SERIC

    Terribly underrated band!

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Hopkinator

    Lights Out is their best.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected group has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • LoliGarra

    First 2 albums are more intresting then their later stuff. [5]

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • robsonyoroku

    First 2 albums are best of UFO? Nice try rock hipsters. [4]

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Lol... I like both actually. Like the later years also, but the sound and melodies of Schenker's guitar, plus the interaction along with the keyboard make me love UFO with Schenker more.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
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