Paul Chapman


Paul Chapman was in the band UFO during the 80's and he took the band to a completely different level. He is one of the greatest guitarists I have ever heard.  He was famous for his band Lone Star, but he got a whole new audience when he joined UFO.  He took to over for Michael Schenker, and that is a huge task to take. He did an amazing job for sure. He was one the albums No Place To Run, The Wild The Willing And The Innocent, Mechanix, and Making Contact.  His style is a little bit flashier than Schenker, but he is also so full of feeling.  His guitar solo on "Anyday" is one of the most influential guitar parts for me. It is fantastic.  If I had to pick my favorite riff by him, I would choose "Dreaming" because that is such a rocking riff, and it is so catchy.  It was very sad that Chapman had to leave the band, and I wish he would've done more work with them.  If you want a guitar hero, then he is most definitely one for sure.  His material is so underrated, and you should definitely check it out.

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  1. I agree with you on all accounts with Paul Chapman!!! I actually have been listening to some Lone star-stuff too and I really like that band too!!! I would say that Tonka is vastly underrated, he should be really appreciated for his playing!!! Maybe too many people just see him as Schenker´s substitute... I think Paul is much more than that!!!

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  2. I so agree! He was a lot more than a substitute. When I think substitute I'll think some of the GNR guitarists, or Ozzy's new guy, but not chapman. He may be the most underrated guitarists ever!

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  3. - Yes, Paul is so underrated both as a player and a writer with his time in UFO. The concerts that I saw during "No Place To Run" and "The Wild, The Willing and The Innocent" tours were very memorable for me. Even though I am not a Rock guitarist, Paul was a big influence on my playing and listening.

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    1. That's so neat. He really is a huge talent

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  4. Great guitarist he is! I love UFO's Chapman era. My faves are: Profession of Violence, The Writer and When it's Time to Rock. Would like to investigate his work in Lone Star.

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    1. Great picks. He is phenomenal for sure

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  5. I agree with ALL of the comments above about Chapman. The guy was (is) a great guitarist and had one hell of a stage presence (unlike Schenker who just stood there).

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  6. Schenker is not only one of the greatest guitarists ever, he is also of my all time favorites. Having said that, I'd much rather see TONKA in concert.

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  7. Have long been into UFO, since about 1974. Saw UFO with Schenker and then with Chapman. The high standard of albums was maintained in the Chapman era. The Wild The Willing and The Innocent has always been a favourite and for me ranks with Force It so that's saying something. But all the Chapman era albums are good, favourites: title track of "No Place To Run" still sounds fresh, "Profession Of Violence", "Chains Chains", "Doing It All For You", We Belong To The Night", "Blinded By A Lie" "When Its Time To Rock".

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  8. We saw UFO in the states--in Chicago with Paul Chapman. Paul Chapman was, to say the least, phenomenal. His mid-range chords were so spiritual, we were pining ecstasies from the arena floor, and Pete Way kept our hearts throbbing--one of UFO's best gigs with Paul Chapman. And, the entire band was wonderful, but Paul Chapman took us there...you know...

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