Paul Chapman

Musician + Guitarist + Songwriter
Born Jun 9, 1954

Paul William "Tonka" Chapman is a Welsh rock guitarist best known for his work in bands such as UFO and Lone Star. Chapman is well known by his nickname "Tonka", allegedly acquired because of his indestructible qualities.

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1954 Birth Born on June 9, 1954.


1972 18 Years Old 1 More Event
His tenure was fairly short and only lasted until July 1972.


1974 20 Years Old Chapman first joined UFO in 1974 as a second guitarist to augment their live sound having answered an advert in UK's music paper, Melody Maker. … Read More
1975 21 Years Old He left UFO in January 1975 due to personal differences with the band, and went on to form Lone Star, where he remained until June 1978.
1977 23 Years Old In 1977, he filled in for Michael Schenker in UFO when they were on tour with Rush in the United States during one of the German guitarist's absences.
1978 24 Years Old After resuming with Lone Star following the tour, Chapman later rejoined UFO in December 1978 on a full-time basis after Schenker and UFO parted company. … Read More
1980 26 Years Old Chapman recorded his first album with UFO – No Place To Run - with ex-Beatles producer George Martin; which was released in January 1980. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Chapman remained in UFO until 1983 and played on another three albums, The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent (1981); Mechanix (1982); and Making Contact.


1993 39 Years Old In 1993, Chapman was lined-up as the guitarist for a reformed UFO, but Michael Schenker was employed instead. … Read More


2001 47 Years Old He played on a Nazareth tribute album released in 2001, Another Hair Of The Dog, on two tracks "This Flight Tonight" and "Let Me Be Your Dog".
2002 48 Years Old His next appearance was in late 2002, when he guested with former Virgin Steele guitarist Jack Starr's new band project, Jack Starr and the Guardians of the Flame, for the February 2003 album, Under A Savage Sky. Following this Chapman and Pete Way reformed Waysted along with original singer Fin. After completing a new album Chapman resigned from the band in November 2004.


2006 52 Years Old Nothing was heard from Chapman (he became a music instructor at Florida Discount Music in Melbourne, Florida) until May 2006, when he announced he was planning to re-record classic UFO songs. … Read More
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