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UFO (band)

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UFO are an English rock band formed in London in 1968.[3][4] They became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the new wave of British heavy metal. The band's current lineup includes vocalist Phil Mogg, lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Neil Carter, bass guitarist Rob De Luca, and drummer Andy Parker. They have gone through several line-up changes, leaving Mogg as the only constant member, and had two breaks (1983–1984 and again from 1989 to 1991). The band also featured former Scorpions guitarist and Michael Schenker Group (MSG) founder Michael Schenker, who was a member of UFO from 1973 to 1978 and rejoined the band sporadically between 1993 and 2003, when Moore replaced him. In May 2018, Mogg announced that he would retire from UFO after one last tour as a member of the band in 2019;[4][5] however, their farewell tour was set to conclude in 2022 before it was cancelled, due to Mogg's health issues.[6][7]

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UFO performing in 2015
UFO performing in 2015
Background information
OriginLondon, England
DiscographyUFO discography
Years active
  • 1968–1983
  • 1984–1989
  • 1992–1995
  • 1998–present
MembersPhil Mogg
Andy Parker
Neil Carter
Vinnie Moore
Rob De Luca
Past membersMichael Schenker
Pete Way
Paul Raymond
Paul Chapman
Paul Gray
Danny Peyronel
Larry Wallis
Bernie Marsden
Aynsley Dunbar
Mick Bolton
Laurence Archer

Over a career spanning 56 years, UFO have released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, 16 compilation albums and one album of cover songs. They achieved moderate success in the late 1970s and early 1980s with several albums and singles (including their 1979 live album Strangers in the Night) in the UK and US Top 40 charts,[8][9] and have sold over 20 million records worldwide.[10] Some of their best-known songs include "Doctor Doctor", "Rock Bottom", "Natural Thing", "Lights Out", "Too Hot to Handle" and "Only You Can Rock Me".[5] UFO are considered one of the greatest classic hard rock acts,[11] and often cited as one of the key influences on the 1980s and 1990s hard rock and heavy metal scenes.[5] The band were ranked number 84 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".[12]

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