The Band

Meet The Band Members

OBSESSION Band Members are Patrick Mallon on Vocals, John Foottit on Lead Guitar, Andy Greig on Bass Guitar, & Tom Benson on Keyboards & Guitar

Patrick Mallon Vocals
Patrick

Patrick Mallon - Vocals

Patrick has been singing in bands (on and off) over quite a number of years and has an extensive microphone collection to prove it! The Sennheiser  e935 being his current favourite. Over that time he has performed with both original and covers bands, with varying degrees of success! He became involved in the world of Tribute Bands when he realised his voice had a  similar timbre to that of Mr Bon Scott! As a result, he spent a number of successful years in a North-East based AC/DC Tribute Band (NE/DC) before moving on to the more “sophisticated” charms of UFO and Phil Mogg!Patrick’s vocal influences are very wide-ranging but great singers like Marvin Gaye, Ian Gillan, Rob Halford, Bon Scott and of course Phil Mogg, always get a mention.
He’s particularly impressed with the distinctive vocal style that Phil has developed and how he has managed to preserve his voice so well over the decades.  Ultimately, this has led him to believe that maybe Phil Mogg isn’t such a bad role model after all!
Jon Foottit
John

John Foottit - Lead Guitar

John has been playing the guitar for over 40 years and his idol when growing up was Michael Schenker. He learned all the UFO songs as a young budding self-taught guitarist at 17 and this has moulded his own style along with other influences including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Randy Rhoads, Nuno Bettencourt and George Lynch.

John has been in a couple of successful original bands over the years and has played at Wembley Arena and many top venues up and down the country. He has also toured with Graham Bonnet. One of John's dreams has been to play the UFO material to a live audience. John not only recreates the tone and feel of Michael Schenker but also dresses similarly to recreate the classic look and pose everyone knows and loves.

 

 

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Andy Greig - Bass Guitar

Andy first had the inspiration to put a UFO tribute band together and, more specifically, a tribute to the classic live album Strangers In The Night, approximately 20 years ago. He started playing bass at the age of 16 having been influenced by legendary UFO bassist Pete Way, probably in more ways than one, eventually forming  a band which ultimately became Cheltenham based Acclaim. Since then, he has played in many other bands over the years, playing the length and breadth of the UK. After a few years of being self-taught, Andy decided he needed to take his musical knowledge to the next level and studied music under Ronaldo Capaldi, one of the top accordion players in the UK. Andy also plays keyboards and spent 12 years in an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band playing some high profile gigs, including one with Whitesnake tribute Company of Snakes, featuring legendary musicians Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Neil Murray and Don Airey.
 
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Andy Webb - Drums

Andy badgered his mum into getting him a drum kit after seeing Cozy Powell playing Dance With The Devil onTV's Crackerjack back in the mid 70s. He has been constantly involved with bands, including Youngblood - which gained a bit of good press through Kerrang magazine. They also released an E.P., Firstblood, narrowly missing out on a record deal before Andy left the band. Among Andy's other previous bands were Smash Alley and Moist, both of which had a good impact on the North East rock scene in the 80s and 90s.
Andy's principal interest has always been centered around rock music and he is still an avid gigger and player, because "only this can Rock me Rock me".

Tom Benson Keyboards and Guitar
Tom

Tom Benson - Keyboards & Guitar

Tom began playing guitar at age 17 serving his apprenticeship in a number of local bands, including Stormwatch, Blue On Blue and Rumblefish. His early guitar influences included Steve Hackett, Gary Moore, Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe and Andy Summers. In his late twenties, Tom bought a Korg M1 keyboard and took piano lessons for 18 months or so, practising on his parents' rather tired 100 year old baby grand piano. Thus followed a dual fascination with guitar and keyboards, the latter having being shaped by his love of British progressive rock bands - an affair which began at around age 11, after hearing early synthesisers played by his keyboard heroes Tony Banks, Rick Wakeman, Jon Lord and Keith Emerson.
After a 13 year hiatus from live performance, Tom began studying for a music degree, which renewed his desire to begin live performance again. When the opportunity to combine both keyboards and guitar arose in the shape of a UFO tribute band, it was simply too good an offer to refuse.