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April 26, 2006

Hello everyone. It has been quite a while since I have given an update, thought it was finally time to let ya know what I have been up to. Long overdue actually……sorry, I have never been a good multi-tasker!

Or maybe I have…….. I have 2 new recordings in the works. For the last month or so I have been deep into the new UFO record which is due to come out in September on SPV Records. Phil Mogg and I got together for ten days here at my studio in February to start to put some ideas together and the band started rehearsals in Germany in March. Things went really well and we are all excited about the new material. This record is gonna rock! I truly believe that we have some real good songs. We have all written some tunes for this one. I have just finished recording all of my rhythm guitars here at my studio and will be starting on the solo guitars tomorrow. Andy, Paul, and Pete have all finished their parts at Area 51 Studios in Germany with Tommy Newton behind the mixing board. Tommy also produced You Are Here. Phil is about half way through the vocal recording.

Many people have asked why I always choose to record at home. The answer is that I feel much more in tune with things when I am in my own workspace. I do my best work when I am alone in my own little space in the universe. (Well, not totally on my own….. I don’t mind sharing with an occasional spider as long as he keeps his distance). I find that I get way more into a creative headspace when I am in isolation. Maybe I am a bit of a recluse anyway. It is an amazing world we live in now technologically and I am so happy to be able to utilize this digital revolution. (In fact, me and Al Gore took the time to create the internet….. hahahaha….. perhaps a joke only understood by Americans.. sorry to the rest of you) There are also less distractions at home. And who could possibly get any work done when Pete Way’s around? Hahaha. So, all is splendid in the UFO universe and we are right on our timeline with this CD. We have some festival shows coming up in the summer and the official tour will start soon after the record is released. I will be finishing the guitar within the next few weeks and will then utilize the down time and shift gears to my solo record.

The solo record………. Actually, the guitars for this are about 90 percent finished at the moment. I am really elaborate with the recording process as I am writing new songs. It would be pointless for me to try to re-record things that I have created spontaneously. It never comes out as good when you try to recapture a moment. When I recorded my earlier records I always dreamed of a day when I would be able to record at home while I am actually creating the music. Going back and re-recording everything for the second time was always a bummer or me. So much more inspiring and creative to capture the moment when it is happening. Just me and the spiders. I have been doing so since The Maze in 1999. I have about 12 songs written and am in the middle of writing 2 others. I will be finishing up the writing and then will choose the best 10 songs. Will be thinking about and planning the recording sessions in the near future. I don’t know yet where I will be recording and who will be playing on it. I have some ideas but haven’t decided or talked with anyone at this point. If everything goes as planned, I will be recording the other instruments over the summer. At the moment, I have decided to record and then look at record label options after it is finished. I feel that doing it this way will give me more freedom to do whatever I wanna do. So…to all you dwellers at the VM forum, feel free to post some of your thoughts on players. Ya never know, I may get some good ideas from you.

Another thing I wanted to mention is that I have just become an endorser for ENGL tube amps which are made in Germany. I first heard one in September when I jammed with Steve Morse.

Steve sounded great and it just so happened that one of the guys from ENGL was at this particular show. We rapped a little and came up with the idea for me to try out a head in my studio. After checking it out, I liked the head and wanted to explore things further and try the amps out while playing with a band. The perfect opportunity presented itself when we rehearsed in Germany just a couple of hours from where the amps are made. I used a CLASSIC head and a special edition during these rehearsals and was really impressed. Thick tones and the versatility of just the SPECIAL EDITION alone is awesome. I have been playing the POWERBALL also on the new UFO record. I have been using a few different amps over the years but never really wanted to do an official endorsement thing because for whatever reason, it just never really felt “right”. I was initially hesitant with ENGL but after hearing them and then talking to the guys there, it just felt good to me, so I jumped onboard. I am excited to have these new sonic tools in my studio and can’t wait to crank ’em up on the tour.

That’s it for now. Sorry to be long winded but then again……. I have always been full of a lot of hot air. I will keep you updated on the progress of the UFO and solo CD’s as things progress.

Thanks so much to all of you for your support and patience.

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