UFO – New Studio album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ Released 23rd February on SPV

UFO – New Studio album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ Released 23rd February on SPV

New Studio Album ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ Released 23rd February 2015 On Steamhammer / SPV / 17 Date UK & Irish Tour Announced

Multi-million selling veteran classic British hard rock / metal band UFO are set to release their awesome 22nd studio album, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, recorded, produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides, (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy , Gary Moore etc), as a Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case CD, double vinyl LP and download, on Steamhammer / SPV Records, on February 23rd 2015.
‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, the follow up to 2012’s hugely acclaimed ‘Seven Deadly’ album, (which charted at number 1 in the UK rock chart, 63 in the national album chart and 9 in the UK Indie chart), is an even more accomplished body of work than its mighty predecessor. ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’, a powerful collection of eleven compelling compositions, sees UFO prove that past and present can be blended in one glorious, homogeneous whole. Arguably one of the best albums the band have ever made, ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ continues to expand on the more blues infused direction taken on ‘Seven Deadly’, yet also edges ever closer to the ‘classic UFO’ sound of late 1970’s albums such as ‘No Heavy Petting’ and ‘Lights Out’.
The album was recorded by the current line-up (for the first time) of original members Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar) and Andy Parker (drums), plus lead guitarist Vinnie Moore, (who has been a permanent member of the group since 2003), and American bassist Rob De Luca, who joined the fold in 2012.
The majority of the new material was composed by virtuoso guitarist Vinnie Moore, whose expert, fluid licks and superb solos put their mighty stamp on every hook-laden, seductive, melodic hard rocking gem on ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’. The album also features two songs written by bassist Rob De Luca, one written by Paul Raymond, and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca.
All the lyrics were penned by front man Phil Mogg, a man of the people who once again proves his talent as a keen observer of the human species. On brooding opener ‘The Killing Kind’, a punchy, no compromise statement of intent, he opines “Tell a story about love and what lovers find, a story of possession, the killing kind.” On the smoldering song ‘Precious Cargo’, an equally subtle declaration of love, he sings “The scatter rollers coming down, summers been and turned around, it don’t seem so long ago, that you were my precious cargo”.
The lyrics and music for ‘A Conspiracy Of Stars’ were written and composed in summer 2014 at the Barn Room rehearsal studios in Kent, before UFO decamped a few miles further east to Chris Tsangarides’ Ecology Rooms studio, to record and mix the album. Coincidentally, Tsangarides was working at the studio as a 14-year-old trainee when UFO recorded their debut album ‘UFO 1’ in England in 1970.
UFO, an unstoppable act who are clearly firing fully on all cylinders, are scheduled to tour Germany, Poland, The Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland in February and March, prior to an extensive 17 date UK and Irish tour in April and May 2015. Dates are:-
Thu 16th April           Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17th April             Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18th April            Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19th April           Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21st April           Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22nd April         Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24th April             Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25th April            Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26th April           Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28th April           Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30th April           Bristol – O2 Academy
Fri 1st May                 Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 2nd May              Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 3rd May              Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 5th May              Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 6th May             Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 7th May              London – HMV Forum

Line Up:-
Phil Mogg – Vocals
Paul Raymond – Guitar / Keyboards
Vinnie Moore – Guitar
Andy Parker – Drums
Rob De Luca – Bass


A Conspiracy Of Stars
Steamhammer / SPV
23 February 2015

Release Date Scandinavia:         February 18th, 2015
Release Date: Germany:             February 20th, 2015
Release Date Europe:                 February 23rd, 2015
Release Date USA/Canada:        March 03rd,  2015

“A Conspiracy Of Stars”
Format:                    CD + 1 Bonus Track and Poster
Packaging:              Digi Pak
Format:                    CD
Packaging:              jewel case
Format:                    2LP
Packaging:              Gatefold, 1 bonus track, blue vinyl + CD in paper sleeve

01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling
11. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
04. Sugar Cane
05. Devils In The Detail
06. Precious Cargo
07. The Real Deal
08. One And Only
09. Messiah Of Love
10. Rolling Rolling

Tracklisting LP
Side 1
01. The Killing Kind
02. Run Boy Run
03. Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun
Side 2
01. Sugar Cane
02. Devils In The Detail
03. Precious Cargo

Side 3
01. The Real Deal
02. One And Only
03. Messiah Of Love
Side 4
01. Rolling Rolling
02. King Of The Hill (Bonus Track)
TOUR 2015:
Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde

Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  – Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  – Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle

Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy

Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum

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