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Ruislip, Tropic Club
25th November 2011


X-UFO is x-actly what it says on the tin, featuring former members of one the greatest rock bands to ever walk on this earth. However, you'll have to be a bit of an UFO connoisseur to know what input these x-tremely talented guys have donated to the history of UFO, so here goes.


X-UFO are fronted by former Heavy Metal Kid Danny Peyronel, who was brought in on keyboards for the 1976 album 'No Heavy Petting', an album which saw UFO change their sound to a more melodic direction, a sound that remains with the band to this day.

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Then there's guitar hotshot Laurence Archer, who was in UFO some sixteen years later for the underrated 'High Stakes And Dangerous Men' album released in '92 in a revamped UFO line-up along with Pete Way, Phil Mogg and former Wild Horses drummer Clive Edwards. The latter is also in this X-UFO project along with bassist Rocky Newton, who never played in UFO, although he did play with Michael Schenker in the McAuley Schenker Band in the late eighties.

There are some who may quite easily just knock this idea simply as a tribute band but, given the choice of staying in and watching talentless karaoke crap on the X-Factor, give me some X-UFO any day of the week. Also being an avid UFO fan, this is a great opportunity to see both Peyronel and Archer perform tracks from their respective UFO albums with tracks that are no longer in the UFO setlist.

So are they worth watching? Entering the stage to a cheesy 'Close Encounters' intro theme was definitely of the weird kind, but the band soon x-ploded into 'Let It Roll' followed by 'Natural Thing', featuring some x-quisite fretwork from Laurence Archer. (It's easy to see why Phil Lynott got Archer into his post-Thin Lizzy Grand Slam band.) The flamboyant Danny Peyronel was out front with mic in hand, clearly enjoying himself, doing this purely for the sheer fun of it all.


Then came what I was here for, tracks from 'No Heavy Petting' and 'High Stakes And Dangerous Men'. Introduced as a track that has paid Peyronel's electric bills for the past few decades, the self-penned 'Highway Lady' was a corker although, surprisingly, Peyronel didn't use the keyboards that were on hand or, more so, on the fast-as-lightning 'Can You Roll Her' - but good bone-crunching versions nonetheless. Laurence Archer x-erted himself on 'Back Door Man', and an x-cellent x-ecution on 'Love Deadly Love' was highly impressive.

The keyboards were used for UFO's timeless 'Love To Love', which was then followed by the classics you would x-pect at any UFO show, that kept those who may only be casual fans happy. However, by this time, the beer was flowing and I was ready to rock out to such gems as 'Rock Bottom' and 'Lights Out'. By this stage, Peyronel was looking like a gameshow host on some dodgy satellite channel with a 'X' emblazoned on his jacket.

This was a good fun night out. If you're a UFO fan, you don't need to make any x-cuses to see these boys. On with the action.



Let It Roll
Natural Thing
Highway Lady
Back Door Man
Can You Roll Her
Love Deadly Love
Armed And Ready
She's The One
Love To Love
Only You Can Rock Me
Rock Bottom
Lights Out
Doctor Doctor


See Mark Taylor's Video Interview with X-UFO here:



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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