Monday, March 21: Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (March 21) to drummer Andy Parker of UFO. He's 64. Other rockers celebrating include Eddie Money (67), drummer Robert Sweet of Stryper (56), and bassist Share Pedersen (now Share Ross) of Vixen is 53.
English hard rock band UFO was formed in 1969 by Andy Parker along with singer Phil Mogg and bassist Pete Way. With the addition of guitarist Michael Schenker and a signing to Chrysalis Records, the band would experience International success. 1974's Phenomenon would feature a harder-edged sound for the band with songs like "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom". The band would recruit keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Paul Raymond in 1976 and record 1977's Lights Out. The albums was a pinnacle for the band with the title track "Lights Out" and "Too Hot Too Handle".
Current members include Phil Mogg vocals, Andy Parker on drums, Paul Raymond on keyboards and rhythm guitar, Vinnie Moore on guitar, and Rob De Luca on bass. UFO’s latest album A Conspiracy of Stars was released in 2015. For more on the band UFO, check out their official website here.