UFO Drummer Andy Parker - "We Have People In The Band Now That
Actually Want To Go Out And Play Rather Than Abuse Substances And Throw
drummer Andy Parker
is featured in a new interview with Mark Kadzielawa at 69 Faces Of Rock. An excerpt is available below:Q:
This by far is the longest running incarnation of UFO. What is in place now in order to achieve such consistency?Parker:
"I think it’s the lack of crazy people (laughter.) We have
people in the band now that actually want to go out and play rather than
abuse substances and throw tantrums. It’s great, the band is getting
along, and let’s face it, we’re here for the music. Sometimes the other
things take over, but it’s a very strong band. I’m real happy, and I
think everyone else is." Q:
One band member who is still missing in action is Pete Way. Any
updates on Pete’s whereabouts, or a possibility of him re-joining the
"He’s the substance abuse factor. No, but he is surviving as
Pete survives. I believe he’s made a solo album, but I don’t think it
hit the streets yet. Pete had plenty of opportunities to straighten
himself up, and come back. But, he doesn’t seem to be willing to do it.
And we’re not really willing, I mean, we love Pete. But he’s not really
capable of playing to the level that we want to perform right now.
That’s about the best thing I can say. He doesn’t seem to want to make a
change, so right now I don’t see him back. I mean the door is always
open, if he wants to make some life changes. He doesn’t seem to feel
Since UFO r
egrouped with Vinnie Moore
on guitar in 2004, there’s
been a new album every two years. All of you live apart from each other,
so how do you make it happen?Parker:
"So far so good. Yeah, that’s kind of difficult, and if you
noticed I didn’t have much of an input on the last album, pretty much
nothing. And that’s because I’ve had a lot of stuff going in my personal
life. It is difficult! What seems to happen is guys put their ideas
together when we’re off the road, and then we meet and check them
around. Phil will sort through them, and make the selections. He picks
the ones he feels he can work with, and he’ll go out and do his stuff,
and then we come back together and record. The last three albums I’ve
recorded in Germany, and Phil’s done his vocals in Germany too. Vinnie
tends to do all his work from his home in Delaware. It works for him. In
a way it works because it’s a lot less expensive to do it that way, and
it gets done very quickly. I miss the process where you feed off each
other. I’m usually in the studio on my own just playing to scratch
tracks, which is OK because there isn’t any pressure on me, but you miss
that connection with the other guys. So it has its ups and downs."
Go to this location for the complete interview.The tracklist
's latest album, Seven Deadly
, is as follows:'Fight Night'
'Year Of The Gun'
'The Last Stone Rider'
'Burn Your House Down'
'Waving Good Bye'
'Other Men's Wives'
(bonus track)'Bag O' Blues'