Concert Review: UFO @ The Canyon Club 3/24/2016

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maxresdefaultBritish hard rock quintet UFO landed at The Canyon Club Thursday night in Agoura Hills and gave the capacity crowd a 2 hour show of new songs and classic FM anthems.

Dressed in black and sporting a newly shaved head lead singer Phil Mogg took the stage looking like a Rock’N’Roll Nosferatu. Backed by classic line-up members Andy Parker (drums) and Paul Raymond (Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar) plus longtime lead guitarist Vinnie Moore and newcomer Rob De Luca UFO tore through a 16 song set list covering 22 studio albums from UFO’s 45 year career!

Newer songs such as “Fight Night” and “Run Boy Run” fit seamlessly into the show when played back to back with fan favorites “Lights Out” and “Too Hot To Handle.” All band members held down their part of the show effortlessly with Vinnie Moore rocking hard throughout. Moore has been in the band for over a decade and continues to breathe new life into the guitar licks created by the long departed Michael Schenker.

Rock fans will often say that the drummer is the first to go but original member Andy Parker showed absolutely no sign that retirement might be in his future. Parker pounded his drum kit into submission and kept the whole show moving like a freight train. As for the singer I can tell you without a doubt that Phil Mogg has still got the pipes. Despite his often incoherent stage patter Mogg’s voice is still in fine form and he sings every song with power and emotion.

The sold out Canyon Club audience was on its feet throughout the show and there was much hand banging and fist pumping to be found. Even one time member Simon Wright was seen in the crowd enjoying the show.

In the 2016 landscape of big stadium shows and preprogrammed auto tuned pop stars it is refreshing to see a legendary band like UFO still rocking hard after all these years.

– Set List –

We Belong To The Night
Fight Night
Run Boy Run
Lights Out
Too Hot To Handle
Venus
Only You Can Rock Me
Burn Your House Down
Cherry
Love To Love
Messiah Of Love
Makin’ Moves
Rock Bottom

(Encore)
Doctor Doctor
Let It Roll
Shoot Shoot

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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisConcert Review: UFO @ The Canyon Club 3/24/2016