Legendary hard rockers UFO have issued the following update:
"We are very sorry to announce that last Wednesday Andy Parker [drums] broke his ankle by slipping on a wet floor. After two hospital appointments Andy had surgery today and now has a plate and some screws in his ankle. Needless to say, he won't be ready to play the UFO tour in March. We are all very upset about this.
"After much discussion between Andy and the other bandmembers the decision was taken to go ahead with the tour and play the March dates with a replacement drummer. Our good friend Simon Wright (DIO, ex-AC/DC) was kind enough to step in immediately — thanks mate!
"As many of you will know, Simon toured with UFO on the 'Walk On Water' tour (no pun intended!) and we're sure you'll join with us in thanking Simon for keeping the tour on schedule and in wishing Andy a speedy and comfortable recovery.
"Get well soon, Mr. Parker!"
UFO's new album, "The Monkey Puzzle", came out in September via SPV Records. The follow-up to 2004's "You Are Here" was recorded at Area 51 Studios with producer Tommy Newton, who also worked with the band on their last CD and who recorded the material for the band's "Showtime" live album.
UFO's "Showtime" live CD/DVD was recorded at Pumpwerk in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on May 13, 2005.
UFO tour dates:
Mar. 01 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik *
Mar. 03 - Worpswede, Germany - Musichall *
Mar. 04 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club *
Mar. 05 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum *
Mar. 07 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
Mar. 08 - Vienna, Austria - Planet Music
Mar. 09 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Divadlo Arena
Mar. 10 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
Mar. 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset *
Mar. 14 - Malmö, Sweden - KB *
Mar. 16 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgar'n *
Mar. 17 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Arena *
Mar. 21 - Inverness, Scotland - Ironworks
Mar. 22 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Carling Academy
Mar. 23 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
Mar. 24 - Dublin, Ireland - Ambassador
Jul. 01 - Chepstow, UK - Chepstow Castle Festival
* w/ MOB RULES supporting