SAXON/UFO in Montreal earlier this week

Date:2017-10-08 20:19:53
Edited:2017-10-08 20:21:52
In Reply To:SAXON/UFO in Toronto earlier this week by palms
On Tuesday night Rob K and I went to see the Saxon/UFO show in Toronto at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. It was my first time seeing Saxon since Rob and I went to see them six years, and it was my first time ever seeing UFO.

Saxon were excellent again. That was my fourth time seeing them and every show has been great. Biff messed up during 'The Power and Glory' and had a laugh with the guitarist about it - good to see they still enjoy themselves. I was a little bit bummed that they didn't play Dallas 1 PM, but I have seen them play it twice previously.

UFO really surprised me. First, at how old Phil Mogg and Paul Raymond look. Raymond in particular looks really frail, but still played well. Phill Mogg now looks just like Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films. It took Mogg about four songs to find himself, but when he did his voice was really impressive. Their versions of "Love To Love" and 'Rock Bottom" were ace. I was very skeptical about how Vinnie Moore would fill Schenker's role in the band, especially as I really disliked a number of their early 2000s albums, but his playing was really excellent.

This show was well worth going to work on four hours sleep the next day
Saw the tour last Wednesday in Montreal. Biff didn't mess anything and was just great. The guy is 66 and sings better than when he was 30! Full of energy! Saxon were awesome. One of the very best live bands IMO. They never disappoint and this was my 5th time seeing them since 2010.

UFO were very good, but a bit of a letdown after Saxon's energetic set. Saxon should close this tour. Would be better for UFO, as many people left after Saxon. That being said, yes, Phil Mogg looks old (he's 69!), the same for Paul Raymond (he's 71!), but the whole band was excellent. Mogg's voice didn't really change after 40 years and his vocals were spot one most of the show. Really enjoyed Love To Love and opener We Belong To The Night, among others. No thanks to the stupid fuck on the balcony who started to spill beer to the floor 3 times more than once, making me and the people around soaked in beer... So, I really enjoyed my 1st ever UFO show.

Venue of 925 and I'd say the crowd was at least 600, which was quite good, even more for a Wednesday.

Biff said that Saxon will be back in 2018 to promote the new album, I'll be there.
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