Here are some brief ‘reflections’ on the musicians I have worked with over the years…hopefully none of it libellous!
A lovely man, very private, but very dedicated to what he does and I truly admire him for continuing to write and perform over 30 years since his first single. Bizarrely I met up with him just recently as we were both delayed on the same flight out of Gatwick. It was the most strange coincidence and twist of fate but, because we were delayed, I had almost 5 hours to chat and catch up. It was one of the most ‘charmed’ experiences I have had in years; he was still the same, and has the same passion for music as ever. Having said that he thought, just for a second, I was a businessman with my pin-stripe suit n’ all!! I have changed rather a lot since 1978!
A good guitar player and made some ‘classic’ recordings with Thin Lizzy. Not an easy person to work with though but I think good hearted underneath!
Very funny and a perfect foil for Brian. I now think of them as the male equivalent of Edina and Patsy...so you get the picture!
‘Stuka’ to the many female conquests he had at the time, a great drummer and all round person...wonder what he’s doing now?
I have really come to appreciate Phil’s talents as a front man in recent years but at the time I used to get very depressed at the ‘goings on’ both on and off stage and perhaps this clouded my perception of his abilities. He would say himself I’m sure that there were times when it all went a bit haywire but on reflection he was very charismatic and without doubt the driving force in the band.
Bless him…well Pete is Pete and is probably still Pete! A great showman and perhaps the ‘heart’ of UFO. He is the only musician I have worked with that can play a song blissfully unaware he is not actually plugged in and still give it 100%. I have fond memories of being on tour with him but I think he disliked my input into the band’s music and wanted it ‘rawer’ which is why he left. Fair do’s, and he was probably right…one of rock music’s character’s.
What a lovely man! Paul made me feel very welcome as a new member of the group and I always sensed we got on. He is a very good guitarist and always worked hard on stage. Again, great fun to be around and not called ‘Tonka’ without reason!
I have spoken to Andy and Paul in recent times and neither has changed especially Andy. Always the sane one, and a solid player with a good rock ‘feel’. They were so mean to him over the years, but he took it with good spirit...for most of the time.
Bassist Billy joined us for the start of ‘that’ 1983 World tour (to be followed by Paul Gray) which got as far as Greece before self destructing in rather a spectacular fashion. I liked Billy and he is very talented but he did have a lot to contend with during his very brief stint with UFO...poor guy!
An amazing musician and still one of the best guitarists in the world, without question. I have the deepest respect for Gary and I feel privileged to have worked with him. Enough said!
The first of a line of drummers during my time with Gary, quite a legend and another huge talent. An ‘elder statesman’ of rock, I think he initially thought I was a pain, but we actually got on ok after a while.
A nice man and a solid bass player with a lengthy pedigree (so he says).
Bass geetar..........an 'Elfin' person and a sweet chap. Graig was in the band a while and we played one of his compo's which served as the drum solo feature but for the life of me I can't remember what it was called! Sadly Craig passed away in May 2015, such a pity.
Drums. This guy should have really been in UFO such were the extent of his excesses. Sadly no longer with us, I think his wild ways took their toll in the end but what a character!
Probably the other longest serving member of the band during my time and has since worked with Gary on his blues stuff and originally encouraged him to do the first blues album. I have known Bob for many years now and sadly see little of him as he is living back in Australia but we were quite close and he has a truly infectious sense of humour. Along with that he is probably the best bassist I have worked with.
Short lived drummer with the band but from the mighty Roxy Music who were heroes of mine so lots of respect! Paul was/is a very likeable down to earth guy and, whilst not generally thought of as a 'typical' hard rock drummer, was powerful and did an excellent job.
Equally short lived drummer (‘Run for Cover’ period) but probably the one who fitted the bill the best over the years. Very good musician was Gary and a hell of a player.
This could have been so good! Glenn came in at the time of ‘Run for Cover’ and sang on a few tracks, including doing a vocal for ‘Empty Rooms’ which obviously never made it out of the studio. One of the heroes from my youth but an association doomed to failure due to a number of reasons.
My personal favourite of the drummers. I really liked Eric both as a person and as a drummer and loved playing live with him. He would have been my choice to replace Cozy when it all went pear shaped but Gary felt Chris Slade was the better player. The time Eric was in the band has to be the highlight for me to be sure.
A little weird this, you would have thought it would have been an awesome combination but things did not work out in rehearsals and Chris Slade replaced him before the ‘After the War’ tour began…about five days before as it happens! Sadly Cozy is no longer around but he was quite a powerhouse!
Finally Phil. Over the years our paths crossed quite a bit and he played at a few dates with us around the ‘Out in the Fields’ time and is also on the ‘Emerald Aisles’ video. The ultimate ‘rock god’ I think it’s fair to say that they don’t make them like that any more...
I am currently revisiting the past but alongside some new musicians!
Jonathan Noyce, he of the bass guitar, is a truly great bloke and I like to think very much on my wavelength. He has a wealth of experience and is solid as a rock! A consummate professional and a real laugh to boot!
And the charming Darrin Mooney who I am sure has never quite met anyone quite like me. He is a very genuine, kind man and an excellent drummer. Perfect for the material we are performing and plays with great power and energy.
This is currently what comes to mind…it may change, and feel free to contact me with any questions.