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ConcertsUFO + 4Bitten at Institute, Birmingham, UK 03/03/2013

Posted on Wednesday, March 06 2013 @ 00:27:14 CST by Dean Pedley
Heavy Metal Forty years since they plucked a blonde haired teenage German guitarist to join their band, veteran rockers UFO continue to be perennial live favourites. Numerous members have come and gone but Phil Mogg remains at the helm with trusty lieutenants Andy Parker at the drum stool and Paul Raymond pulling double duty on guitars and keyboards. Not unlike Steve Morse in Deep Purple, American guitarist Vinnie Moore has worked hard in making the role his own over the past decade and the current line-up is completed by youthful looking bassist Rob De Luca.

Support tonight comes from Greek hard rockers 4Bitten, who are out on the road plugging latest album Delirium, released via the award winning Rocksector label who certainly know a thing or two about how to pick a decent band. Reports from early in the tour have suggested that 4Bitten have won the UFO crowd over and Birmingham proves to be no exception. Hard hitting riffs and the incredibly powerful vocals of Fofi Roussos make their mark with 'Let It All Burn' and 'A Different Fate' both leaving a strong impression. It can be a thankless task as a support band opening for a much loved classic rock headliner but 4Bitten will have won many new friends over the past couple of weeks

2012's Seven Deadly has been just the latest in a run of consistently classy albums from UFO, the band having really been rejuvenated when Moore was added to the ranks. Tonight is a healthy mix between the old and new as three songs from Seven Deadly ('Fight Night', 'Wonderland' and 'Burn Your House Down') are included alongside vintage-era material from Strangers In The Night. 'Lights Out' ensures an explosive start and it is more than apparent this is a band in fine form, Mogg in particular looking very relaxed and revelling in his between song anecdotes that take in everything from 'Withnail and I' to the price of beer. The frazzled blues rock of 'Hell Driver' is another latter day highlight and by the time they hit the home straight with 'Too Hot To Handle' and an extended 'Rock Bottom' UFO can do no wrong. The encore brings together the classic pairing of 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Shoot Shoot', further proof that UFO remain one of the UK's most cherished hard rockers. If you haven't caught Mogg and Co live for a number of years then there has never been a better time to get reacquainted.

Set List:-
1. Lights Out
2. Mother Mary
3. Fight Night
4. Wonderland
5. Cherry
6. Let It Roll
7. Burn Your House Down
8. Only You Can Rock Me
9. Love to Love
10. Hell Driver
11. Venus
12. Too Hot To Handle
13. Rock Bottom
14. Doctor Doctor
15. Shoot Shoot

Review by Dean Pedley
Images by Rich Ward at Classic Rock Photography

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