Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman
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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Briton jailed over Trump rally scare - 2 months
British tourist Michael Sandford has been jailed for a year and a day on weapons and disruption charges following an incident at a Trump rally. Paul Chapman reports.
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Tiny Pacific island soaks up Chinese gambling cash - 2 months
The sleepy Pacific island of Saipan is the latest hotspot for floods of Chinese cash after a casino set up by a former Macau junket operator started operations last year. Paul Chapman reports.
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Countdown to Trump inauguration - 3 months
Preparations are underway in Washington DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Paul Chapman reports.
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LA commuters on alert - 3 months
Los Angeles commuters say they're concerned after authorities warned of a threat against the city's Red Line rail system. Paul Chapman reports.
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Guest tells of Pakistan hotel blaze drama - 3 months
One of the guests at a hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi describes her ordeal when a fire swept through the building. Paul Chapman reports.
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Iraqi commander: 'IS killed my cousins' - 3 months
One of the top commanders in the offensive against IS in Mosul says it's a personal fight against the militants who killed his cousins. Paul Chapman reports.
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Manhunt after France retirement home death - 3 months
French police are hunting an armed man after the body of a woman was found with stab wounds at a home for retired missionaries. Paul Chapman reports.
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Grisly body find in Mexico - 3 months
Mexican authorities are trying to identify nine men whose decapitated bodies were found on Sunday showing signs of torture. Paul Chapman reports.
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Hundreds join Walnut the whippet's last walk - 3 months
Hundreds of wellwishers joined an ageing dog on his final walk after an appeal on social media. Paul Chapman reports.
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Indian villagers hit by banknote switch - 3 months
Villagers in India are swarming to banks to exchange notes which have now been banned to thwart black marketeers. Paul Chapman reports.
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New wave of protests sweeps U.S. - 3 months
There's been another day of demonstrations across the U.S to protest Donald Trump's presidential election victory. Paul Chapman reports.
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British ex-banker guilty of HK murders - 4 months
British former banker Rurik Jutting is starting a life sentence after a jury convicted him of murdering two women in Hong Kong. Paul Chapman reports.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Chapman
  • 2006
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He enlisted the help of Robin McAuley who sang on versions of "No Place To Run", "Wild, Willing & Innocent" and "The Writer" cut at Garudio Studios in Palm Bay. The project has yet to see the light of day. In July 2006, Chapman joined the American southern rock band Gator Country, a seasoned collection of Molly Hatchet veterans due to the passing of the original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland. Currently, Chapman teaches music one-on-one at his studio in downtown Melbourne, Florida.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 46
    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".
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  • 1993
    Age 38
    In 1993, Chapman was lined-up as the guitarist for a reformed UFO, but Michael Schenker was employed instead.
    More Details Hide Details Chapman released an album, Anthology Volume One, on his own Paul Chapman Enterprises label, which covered his career from Lonestar through to Ghost. A solo instrumental track, "The Bells of Berlin" appeared as part of the December 2000 archive Waysted collection Your Prayers Are Saved.
  • 1983
    Age 28
    In 1983, after numerous line-up changes UFO decided to call it a day and the tour was promoted as a farewell tour (although they subsequently reformed the following year).
    More Details Hide Details UFO released a compilation album later that year incorporating songs featuring various of their members in other bands. Chapman was represented by a Lone Star song. The album was completed by several songs recorded live on the farewell tour. After the tour, Chapman went to Florida, United States to form a new band DOA. He later hooked up with former UFO band member Pete Way in Waysted and recorded the albums The Good the Bad the Waysted and Save your Prayers. After this Chapman founded Ghost in 1993, fronted by another Welshman, Carl Sentance.
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 25
    Chapman recorded his first album with UFO – No Place To Run - with ex-Beatles producer George Martin; which was released in January 1980.
    More Details Hide Details UFO undertook a tour to promote it culminating in a five night sell out at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
  • 1978
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By this time UFO were an international success, and were about to release their live album, Strangers in the Night which would increase their profile even further. Chapman is acknowledged on the album.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He auditioned at the Unity Theatre in London. Although Chapman did not record an album during this period, he did join in time to tour and promote the Phenomenon album. However, he can be heard with the band on several tracks on the BBC live sessions album that was released retrospectively.
  • 1972
    Age 17
    His next band was Kimla Taz, with whom he was guitarist from December 1972 to May 1974.
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    His tenure was fairly short and only lasted until July 1972.
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  • 1954
    Born on June 9, 1954.
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