Concert Review: UFO at The Grove Of Anaheim 10/10/2019

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British rock legends UFO crash landed in Anaheim this past week to celebrate their 50th anniversary and bid farewell to their fans on the “Last Orders Tour.”

Last year lead singer Phil Mogg announced that at age 70 it was time for him to retire from touring. This set the stage for UFO to announce their final tour AKA “Last Orders.” The band finally hit Southern California with founding members Mogg and drummer Andy Parker taking the stage Thursday night to give the sold-out crowd exactly what they were waiting for. The band blasted through a 15 song set of full tilt hard rock with a tinge of blues and at times a hint of heavy metal.

The show opened with the classic “Mother Mary” from 1975 and then right into the riff heavy hard driving attack of 1982’s “We Belong To The Night.” The band were all smiles the entire night and Mogg’s dry wit was present the whole show. At one point he took a sip of his beer and remarked, “You wouldn’t drive your car without putting gas in it.”

Rounding out the band’s line-up were long time band member, guitarist Vinnie Moore and touring bassist Rob DeLuca. Also joining the band was former member Neil Carter on keyboards and rhythm guitar.

Neil Carter was originally in the band from 1981 – 1984. Carter’s presence was bittersweet as he was called back into active duty after classic line-up member Paul Raymond passed away earlier this year mid tour. The addition of Neil was perfect as he is the MVP of the show bringing some high energy playing and rockstar posing that seemed to energize the entire band.

The sound system at The Grove Of Anaheim was perfection with every member of the band perfectly represented in the mix. The lighting was brilliant and the sight lines stellar. I highly recommend this venue for all your musical needs.

I have seen UFO multiple times and this was without a doubt the best I have seen them since the first time way back in 1981. It’s hard bidding farewell to an artist that has meant so much to me and if this really is UFO’s “Last Orders” then they are going out in style and giving all in attendance a high flying send off.

Long live UFO and thank you for all the years of hard rocking excellence!!

– Set List –
Mother Mary
We Belong To The Night
Messiah Of Love
Venus
Lights Out
Baby Blue
Only You Can Rock Me
Burn Your House Down
Cherry
Love To Love
Makin’ Moves
Too Hot To Handle
Rock Bottom
Doctor Doctor
Shoot Shoot

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Pat FrancisConcert Review: UFO at The Grove Of Anaheim 10/10/2019