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12th July 2017

tony mottram

I first became aware of UFO early in their career at a youth club in Harlow in Essex where I grew up. We had a great rock room known as 'the blues room' away from the main hall playing chart and pop music.

I had been learning to play bass guitar at the time and met up with a few like minded youths and we formed a band. Influenced by the 'real' originals, Status Quo, which we had all seen at our local theatre, we started writing our own material from the outset.

The next influence on me was a bloke called Pete Way and the band UFO.

My hair grew to the length of the then UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker, and I ran around on stage like Mr Way.

Years later when I had studied photography and started working for Sounds, the features editor at the time, Garry Bushell, started working with me on a regular basis. He had written about UFO, so when Waysted were formed he introduced me to a hero of mine.

When we did some live reviews I got to know Pete Way relatively well and shared and enjoyed his drinking and antics, which the 1980s music scene certainly embraced.

On one particular coach trip excursion organised by Music For Nations to see Waysted support Ozzy, things were taken to the max. I was working with journalist Mark Putterford, RIP, for Sounds and after the gig we got together with Ozzy in the Waysted dressing room. Somehow, boxer John Conteh had hooked up with Pete Way.

A party ensued...

On our return trip the coach was awash with Special Brew etc and if my memory serves me correctly, when we reached Kilburn, London, John Conteh had become a bit 'redundant and surplus to requirements'.

When Little Brown Books contacted me for images for the Pete Way biography recently, I sent a set they had chosen from my files. When published, this story was not in the book and so these photos were not used.

I hope you like the set I am showing and hope you enjoy reading this fantastic book. You can win a copy in our competition below.

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Ozzy, Pete Way, Andy Parker
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John Conteh and Pete Way on the coach
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Fin Muir, Tonka Chapman, Mark Putterford, John Conteh and a young Phil Alexander

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MetalTalk has two copies of Pete Way's rip-roaring biography, 'A Fast Ride Out Of Here', to give away to our lucky readers in an exclusive competition. You can check out the book right here.

To win a copy then correctly answer this question.

A band carries Pete Way's name, but he never played in them. They are:

A) Nature's Way
B) Fastway
C) Way Of The Warrior

Competition closes at midnight July 31st and usual MetalTalk competition rules apply.



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Click here for Tony's previous Shot Of The Month columns

Limited edition art prints are available on Tony's site by clicking here. Tony is also happy to speak with anyone who needs images...



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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