If you have ever been to an Iron Maiden concert, you might remember hearing an intro tape that's played on the PA, right before the band takes the stage. If you didn't know, that song is "Doctor Doctor" by English heavy metal legends UFO.
UFO, one of the pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement that started in the '70s, should be no strangers to metal fans. They have been around since 1969, and barring a couple of years of inactivity here and there, they have been consistent at releasing studio albums boasting of some wonderful music, and some fantastic tours to support those releases.
They have released 20 studio albums, the 2009 release of The Visitor being the latest of them. As they continue working on the next album, they decided to hit the road for a three-week long North American run of dates, and tonight, September 24, they graced the stage at Hollywood's Key Club.
Just before they did so, I had the good fortune of catching up with guitarist Vinnie Moore to talk about the tour, the next album, his solo stuff, gear and influences. Listen to the conversation below, and check out the band's official website for more info.
Andrew Bansal is a Los Angeles-based writer who has been running his own website, Metal Assault, since early 2010, and has been prolific in covering the hard rock and heavy metal scene by posting interviews, reviews and pictures on his website -- with the help of a small group of people. Besides being hugely passionate about heavy metal, he is an avid follower of jazz music and recently started a blog called Jazz Explorer to pursue that interest.