UFO, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh ***
It’s uncertain whether the unusual presence of crash barriers in the Queen’s Hall was strictly necessary, but the band – at 67, Parker is a baby compared to the seventy-something elder members – still managed to pack the venue and inspire pockets of furious headbanging. “I’m doing this as quick as I can!” offered Mogg after a serrated version of Run Boy Run, although in truth he’s a relaxed frontman, with the most un-metal combination of bald head and braces. Raymond’s virtuosic piano also added a proggy depth to these meaty, riff-strewn songs.
Instead the newer recruits, sometime Alice Cooper guitarist Vinnie Moore (long since taken over from Michael Schenker) and bassist Rob De Luca, handled the macho rock poses at the front of the stage during signature tracks like Lights Out, Makin’ Moves and the mountainous, extended double entendre that is Rock Bottom.
Closing on their most widely-known tracks Doctor Doctor and Shoot Shoot, this Last Orders tour has been billed as Mogg’s – and therefore most likely the band’s – final outing; if so, it was a confident and strident way to go. - David Pollock