Rock Chain #10: Flying Saucers

phil mogg

This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here at the blog.

Phil Mogg, lead singer with UFO, is reported to have been a boxer once and that’s why he could take care of himself when he was entangled in fistfights with the band’s bassist, Pete Way.

Pete Way that when fist exited UFO formed Waysted that once had in its ranks, vocalist Danny Vaughn.

Danny Vaughn is more known as being Tyketo lead singer. When he exited the band, they had to keep the name due to record company pressure, because their next album, “Shine” was a total departure from the previous sound and presented as a new singer, former Tall Stories, Steve Augeri.

Steve Augeri then proceeded to replace Steve Perry in Journey.

Steve Perry, whose first solo album, “Street Talk”, had Randy Jackson – who was once Journey bass player – at the helm.

Randy Jackson, who would go on to find fame fortune as one of the judges on “American Idol” for 12 seasons, also played in an All-Star Band formed for the soundtrack of a comedy called Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The band was assembled by no other than Keith Richards.

Keith Richards, had his share of movies appearances, but none so notorious than on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, acting along Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp is a huge Rock and Roll, fan having guesting more than once to play guitar with Aerosmith.

Aerosmith who (believe it or not) was once, along with Queen, an opening band for an American tour of Mott The Hoople.

Mott The Hoople had their career saved by a composition from David Bowie called All The Young Dudes. Later on, this song was covered by a lot of bands including Bruce Dickinson, Tesla and Angel.

Angel’s keyboardist Gregg Giuffria didn’t stop when the band folded. He formed his solo project Giuffria and later House of Lords, with singer James Christian.

James Christian is married to Robin Beck, whose album “Trouble or Nothin’” opens with the classic “Hide Your Heart”, also recorded by Molly Hatchet, Bonnie Tyler and Ace Frehley, but made famous by Kiss. It was written by Desmond Child, Holly Knight and Paul Stanley.

Paul Stanley whose son called him one morning from college to let him know he as having breakfast with Jimmy Page.

Jimmy Page is now busy overseeing the re-releases of all Led Zeppelin albums.

Led Zeppelin once had as tour manager a guy called Richard Cole, who after the band disbanded, went on to work with the Quireboys.

The Quireboys first single was released independently and almost reached the British Top 30. Their bassist was a kid called Nigel Mogg.

Do you know who was Nigel’s uncle? UFO’s Phil Mogg.

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