Sorry this review this a bit late, I need time to recuperate after seeing such a high energy, blistering rock show. UFO would also like to apologize to Akron Ohio, the next stop on tour if they are late to the gig. It seems drummer Andy Parker's skills as a contractor are needed at the Sellersville Theater after the band tore the roof off the place last night, October 16 2013.
This was a rock show plain and simple. If you came expecting to sit. relax and take it easy, go see someone else. This music is loud and the band demands your attention. When lead vocalist Phil Mogg caught someone in the audience with their head down, texting from the front, he walked over to her and put his head down as he moved in closer., when the lady did not respond, he moved closer still until he was less than a foot away. When she looked up, he was right in front of her. He admonished her after the song,using his dry sense of humor. "I speak softly and carry a big whip" he said.
Sellersville is an awesome place to see a show. It's small and intimate . About 350 people showed up. It was standing room only. After the show, Phil Mogg said "Next time we'll try to book two nights there". They could certainly sell that place clean twice with little effort. There was a waiting list of two pages of people hoping for tickets.
UFO are legends. They have been around for four decades and have a treasure trove of music to chose from to play live. Of course,they will play "Too Hot To Handle" and "Rock Bottom". They would be strung up if they failed to play them. They unleashed "Baby Blue" and "Venus" on the crowd. Towards the start of the set was "Wonderland" was unlocked from the vaults. Still, UFO neglected to play any material from the Paul Chapman era. That is some of their strongest material. It's from when the band opened arena shows for Ozzy. They should also break out "Villains and Thieves" from the Visitor.
The newest record from UFO is called "Seven Deadly" . From that,they played the best track on it, "Burn Your House Down". A song with eerie melodies and haunting lyrics. Ron Deluca took care of the bass guitar. He's from the area. Vinnie Moore,, from just outside Wilmington Delaware is the bands lead guitarist. No wonder they have such a strong following in this area.
When the show was over, band members hung around for a bit. They were gracious enough to donate a Vinnie Moore guitar pick and two used drum sticks signed by Andy Parker, for auction at the Sav-fest- benefit. Click on that link for more info . Show up with cash and you could walk away with part of the UFO show.
Opening the show was The fabulous Ms. Wendy. a 25 year old who hails from southern California won over the crowd with a fast paced 30minute set. Most of the audience is unfamiliar with her music. Her songs were good and the show was a cross between hard rock and punk. The pink and brown hair leads more to punk. Wendy needs to announce the titles of her songs so that when someone likes it,they know to call the radio stations and request it,or download it from Amazon. Her strongest song Jailbait features a roller derby video. "I have no concept of what Roller Derby is all about, but it was a lot of fun to make' she said.
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