Press Release: UFO – The Monkey Puzzle

From SITN mailing list:

UFO 2006 band photo

UFO will release their brand new studio album The Monkey Puzzle via
SPV on September 25.

London, Paris, Tokyo, New York there are few international
metropolises where the British rock legends, UFO, haven’t filled
major venues. There can be no doubt that this band enjoy performing
their music, combining the present with their legendary past night
after night and proving that they are likely to add a few more
chapters to the chronicles of rock history. The most recent stage of
their long-standing career has been the release of their Showtime
DVD and double live CD, recorded during their shows in Germany, the
Netherlands and Switzerland last year. The original members, Phil
Mogg (vocals), Pete Way (bass), Paul Raymond (guitar, keyboards) and recently returned drummer Andy Parker, are scheduled to start their
extensive world tour in October 2006. Parker was part of the UFO
line-up that performed the group’s debut show in the late Sixties
and has returned to replace Jason Bonham, who left to join
Foreigner. Also on board is their accomplished guitarist Vinnie
Moore, who has been part of the permanent line-up since the studio
album, You Are Here (2004).

UFO’s world tour is due to start mid October 2006 and will be the
first since spring 2004, when the group travelled Europe and went on
to make a brief detour to the States. New songs from their latest
studio album The Monkey Puzzle, due to be recorded in March and
April at Tommy Newton’s Area 51 Studios, will also be part of the
set list this autumn. Newton already produced You Are Here and also
recorded the concerts for Showtime. The press praised both releases
enthusiastically, were impressed by the fresh and dynamic
compositions on You Are Here and stressed the musicians’
enthusiastic performance that is omnipresent on Showtime.
Since the beginning of the Seventies, UFO have been among the most
important international rock acts. Successful albums such as
Phenomenon (1974), Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin’ (1976)
featuring the hits Doctor, Doctor, Rock Bottom or Lights Out brought
their worldwide breakthrough. Their 1979 live album, Strangers In
The Night, was one of the best live recordings of all time. Their
2004 studio album, You Are Here, was voted among the ten best albums of all time by the British Classic Rock magazine, and Showtime was praised as a worthy successor to Strangers In The Night.

UFO live:
22.07. D – Burg Herzberg Festival
26.07. UK-Falmouth – Princess Pavillions
27.07. UK-Frome – Cheese & Grain
28.07. UK – Derbyshire – Rock & Blues Festival
29.07. D – Seebronn – Rock Of Ages Festival
30.07. B-Nidrum – Roots Rock Festival
05.08. South Korea-Busan – Culture Tourism Rock Festival
06.08. South Korea-Seoul – Club Catch-Light

Extensive tour throughout Europe beginning mid October 2006 – end
beginning of December 2006, confirmed dates will be announced
shortly. USA / Canada-Tour will start beginning of 2007.

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