Over 40 years on, UFO remain one of hard rock's most treasured, and yet most under appreciated bands ever. Though the band has seen its share of personnel changes over the years, founding drummer Andy Parker and original singer Phil Mogg are clearly in it for the long haul. Thursday night at the Tangier in Akron, Ohio, neither one showed any real signs of wear and tear.
The last time Paul McCartney released a new song (not counting the two originals that showed up on 2012's standards collection 'Kisses on the Bottom'), he was getting all reflective. Even the title of his last album of all original songs, 'Memory Almost Full,' mused on the passing of time and growing old.
Peter Frampton's summer concert caravan, Frampton's Guitar Circus, has proven to be one of the most successful concepts of the season. Taking a page from Ringo's All-Stars and even a bit of Bob Dylan's mid-'70s Rolling Thunder Review, the tour features a rotating roster of legendary players that join Frampton and his reliable band onstage each night.
There have been a host of strong rock documentaries making their way into theaters recently. This past summer has seen the release of '20 Feet From Stardom,' about professional backup singers, and 'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me,' about the cult power-pop band of the early-'70s. And now we can add 'Springsteen & I' to the list.
Paul McCartney's performance of 'Hey Jude' at last summer's Olympics caused some people on social-networking sites to wonder if it was time for him to finally retire that chestnut. But his sold-out concert at Milwaukee's Miller Park on July 16 proved why he shouldn't: Nothing can unite a massive crowd like that famous coda.