Without a doubt, UFO is one of the most influential & beloved melodic hard rock bands in history. No matter what band you are talking to, article or interview you are reading from some of the great bands from the 80's & 90's and beyond...Their name pops up as one their favorites, and one of their main influences. It is unbelievable the respect that they garner in the music business, and have held for four decades now. Iron Maiden still to this day plays their music before their live shows as a nod of respect to them. From Slash, to Tesla, Def Leppard, to Firehouse....They all love this band.
I saw them twice recently, and as always, and as one would suspect...They were spectacular. Andy Parker was using his main, the 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 for this tour with Saxon. That drum is his go-to for all US tour dates, and the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 is for all European tour dates. Both drums have been for years now. He also has a number of other sizes which he has used live and in the studio, and has a new drum which will be used in Europe when they head back this Summer. I will update this then.
I have been dealing with Andy almost since the beginning of Beier Drums, and it has always been a source of huge pride here. UFO has been one of my favorite bands since I was 14 years old, and it never fails to amaze me how time can swing back around with all of us. He has used my drums on countless tours, the last three studio albums, and it was also included on UFO: The Best Of A Decade. The new album is being mixed and will be out soon as well to make it the fourth studio album.
Mike Collins flew in from Portland for the Chicago show, and that was a ton of fun. More on that in the Latest News in a few days. Thank You Andy Parker for everything, and to Joe Schaeffer Photography for use of one of the amazing shots he captured of the band on this tour.
Image by Joe Schaeffer Photography