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Michael Schenker Fest have announced a new album, Revelation. The band's second LP, will be released via Nuclear Blast on August 23.
It was produced by Schenker and Michael Voss, and recorded and mixed by Voss at Kidpool Studio Greven & Kidwood Studio in Münstertal, Germany.

“Based on the fun that we had recording Resurrection, the success of the album and the surrounding tours we undertook that were just fantastic, I was deeply inspired to start on writing new songs for a new Michael Schenker Fest album," Schenker said in a statement. "It is even a step up from Resurrection with amazing input from all singers and all musicians—I could not ask for a better result.

The songs are blazing, snappy, energetic, melodic, and, with drummers like Simon Philips and Bodo Shopf, we got amazing results. This time we even managed to record three great mid-tempo songs with all singers involved, singing their hearts out.“

Of the album's title, Schenker said “The album title and cover concept express things that have happened in my past as well as what is still happening at the present time. It’s about passion and purity versus greed and corruption. There is much to say. It’s about time I let people know about some of this.”

info: www.nuclearblast.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: - Rock Steady, Under A Blood Red Sky, Silent Again, Sleeping With The Light On, The Beast In The Shadows, Behind The Smile, Crazy Daze, Lead You Astray, We Are The Voice, Headed For The Sun, Old Man, Still In The Fight, Ascension


Previewed by the single 'Warrior' on December 1st, »Resurrection« took around five months to piece together, using multiple studios on both sides of the Atlantic. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett appears on the album’s opening track 'Heart And Soul'.

From the light and shade of 'Warrior' to the pacy 'Heart And Soul' via the commercial 'Night Moods' and 'Time Knows When It’s Time' and Michael’s instrumental piece 'Salvation', »Resurrection« is a fine, varied album. “It is snappy and melodic, but it’s also dramatic and fast - all of the elements are there,” states Schenker enthusiastically.

One of the best elements of Resurrection is the suitability for each singer to their chosen song, also the blend of the voices when performing together. “Each has something that the others don’t,” says Schenker.

All of the album’s participants appear in the album’s tongue-in-cheek cover art, a biblical-style concept. Originally Michael wanted to call the album »Michael Schenker Fest In The Studio« with an album cover showing a big banquet table in a recording studio, waitresses with big bosoms, pints of beer and chunks of lamb in medieval style. The thought occurred to Schenker at the very start of the record and gathered pace when Michael Voss-Schoen brought in a song called 'The Last Supper', though in the end they opted for an all-male gathering around a table featuring nothing more than Michael’s trademark black and white Flying V guitar.

info: www.nuclearblast.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: - Heart And Soul, Warrior, Take Me To The Church, Night Moods, The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes, Everest, Messing Around, Time Knows When It's Time, Anchors Away, Salavation, Living A Life Worth Living, The Last Supper


Michael Schenker will release Michael Schenker Fest "Live" Tokyo; a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 24th March 2017.

Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24th 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the '80's to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.

Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”says Schenker.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: Intro: Searching For Freedom, Into The Arena
Attack Of The Mad Axeman, Victim Of Illusion, Cry For The Nations, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Armed And Ready, Coast To Coast, Assault Attack, Desert Song, Dancer, Captain Nemo, This Is My Heart, Save Yourself, Love Is Not A Game, Shoot Shoot, Rock Bottom, Doctor Doctor


During their world tour of 2015/2016, the line-up set up their Temple of Rock in the Joy Eslava theatre in central Madrid. Michael Schenker and his crew chose this unique location with care for the recording of this concert. The historical 3-storey musical theatre creates an especially intimate atmosphere between the musicians and their audience, one that would be felt musically and visually.

On the evening of 19/11/2015, a sold-out Joy Eslava saw convincing evidence of just how powerful and exciting a concert from Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock can be. At the same time – and this was the special feature of this night – it became clear just how close the band and the audience were and how they drove each other on to even better performances. The musicians clapped along with the fans as they sung along to hits old and new with great enthusiasm.

All musical phases of Michael Schenker‘s career were included and the evening became a joyful party as well as a clear message of how positively Michael Schenker‘s music can enrich the listener‘s life. Just as the name of the venue in Madrid promises.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: Ocean Odyssey - Intro, Doctor Doctor, Live And Let Live, Lights Out, Where The Wild Winds Blow, Natural Thing, Before The Devil Knows You'Re Dead, Victim Of Illusion, Lovedrive, Coast To Coast, Vigilante Man, Rock My Nights Away, Saviour Machine, Too Hot To Handle, Only You Can Rock Me, Lord Of The Lost And Lonely, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Rock Bottom, Horizons, Attack Of The Mad Axeman, Communion, Blackout


Michael Schenker has released a new studio album entitled "Spirit On A Mission" on Tuesday, March 24nd. released by in-akustik. The album features classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker's distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell.

Scottish vocalist Doogie White soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker's classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.

Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock. A well balanced album which combines many years of Michael Schenker's emotions in one.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: Live And Let Live, Communion, Vigilante Man, Rock City, Saviour Machine, Something Of The Night, All Our Yesterdays, Bulletproof , Let The Devil Scream, Good Times, Restless Heart, Wicked, Searching for Freedom (Bonus Track)


Michael Schenker has released a new studio album entitled "Bridge The Gap" on Friday, November 22nd. released by in-akustik, the album features Schenker's Temple of Rock band which consists of ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

The new album features 13 hard-hitting, adrenalin fuelled melodic rock 'n' roll songs that showcase Schenker's distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rythym section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz appeared on the same album since the Scorpions' 1979 Lovedrive. Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song and stamps his enthusiatic personality with every note and phrase.
Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.

Bridge The Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: Neptune Rising, Where The Wild Winds Blow, Horizons, Lord Of The Lost And Lonely, Rock`n Roll Symphony, To Live For The King, Land Of Thunder, Temple Of The Holy, Shine On, Bridges We Have Burned, Because You Lied, Black Moon Rising, Dance For The Piper


Inakustik is pleased to announce the December 3rd release of Michael Schenker’s “Temple of Rock: Live in Europe” that will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and as a Limited Deluxe Edition containing all 3formats. This essential live rock’n’roll release includes songs performed live in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and at London’s High Voltage Festival in 2011.

A concert from Tilburg, the Netherlands was recorded in May 2012 that noticeably distinguishes itself from previous releases due to the line-up that includes Michael Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards).

In addition to this Tilburg concert, fans can experience extracts from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), featuring awe-inspiring guest appearances from Schenker’s friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker who plays rhythm guitar on “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Hanging On” and “Doctor Doctor”, UFO’s Pete Way who plays bass guitar on “Doctor Doctor”, and vocalists Jeff Scott Soto, and Doogie White, who jointly sing on “Doctor Doctor”.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting Live in Tilburg: Into The Arena, Armed And Ready, Lovedrive, Another Piece Of Meat, Hanging On, Cry For The Nations, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Coast To Coast, Assault Attack, Before The Devil Knows You´Re Dead, Lights Out, On And On, Let It Roll, Shoot Shoot, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Rock Bottom, Holiday, Blackout, Doctor Doctor

Tracklisting Live at High Voltage: Armed And Ready, Another Piece Of Meat, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Hanging On, Doctor Doctor


Michael Schenker has returned with his group to add a new jewel to his creative work. And he has produced so many surprises that your senses will be overwhelmed! These surprises bring together Michael Schenker's past and present perfectly. The old times are reflected in many of the guitarist's contemporaries from the various epochs. Names such as Pete Way, Wayne Findlay, Neil Murray or Chris Slade still represent the highest of standards and get the aficionados' heartbeats racing. One of the biggest treats is his collaboration with the former Scorpions drummer, Herman “the German” Rarebell, as well as his beloved brother Rudolf, on several of the songs.

The fact that Michael not only plays the guitar on “Scene of Crime”, but also the flute as well, will raise quite a few eyebrows. Let's be honest: who would ever have thought that there would ever be another collaboration with Robin McAuley? “Lover's Sinfony” makes many a fan of their most successful period as the “McAuley and Schenker Group” feel that their dream has come true as well. And yet the list is even longer – Doogie White, Super drummer Carmine Appice or Elliott Tichy have also left their musical calling cards. The new voice on the microphone is Michael Voss. His voice is outstandingly suited to the punchy and compelling new tracks on “Temple of Rock”. Whether listening to the unadorned, melodious hard rock exemplified by “Saturday Night” or “How Long”, as well as bluesy sounds such as those on “With You”

The new album is largely distinguished by an immense enthusiasm for playing the guitar, its rich variety and the participation of international superstars. This album will finally induct MSG into the “Temple of Rock”!

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting:Intro, How Long, Fallen Angel, Hanging On, The End Of An Era, Miss Claustrophobia, With You, Before The Devil Knows Your'e Dead, Storming In, Scene Of Crime, Saturday Night, Lover's Sinfony, Speed, How Long (3 Generations Guitar Battle Version)


The first album from Michael Schenker - Gary barden Acoustic Project is due to appear at the end of April All the experts say that you can tell a really great musican when he performs his music without the need of any technical props. Just at the point when playing by rote comes to an end and is surpassed by the emotion in each song. Michael has achieved all this with his congenial partners on 'Gipsy Lady' in a most impressive style. Long-term collaborator, Gary barden's vocals give the clevery arranged song just the tough of soul they need for full impact. He wrote the lyrics virtually off the top of his head. And with Michael Voss, Schenker has an experience producer, a second guitarist as well as a background vocalist on board, who delivers an outstanding performance as usual. Kai Luennemann on drums completes the team.

What is the specilal appeal of Gipsy Lady? First of all, you clearly have to emphasise the warm and emotional sound. With such a distinctive, soft sound from Michael Schenker's guitar, this album distinguishes itself far beyond other flat products. In addition to this is the fabulous selection of acoustic instruments which give all the songs the final kick. In this way, using a flamenco guitar with castanets in 'Dance Lady Gipsy' conjures up a hot-blooded gipsy dancing before your eyes, while the fiddle and flutes in 'Fight For Freedom' transport you to beautiful Ireland. The strings form just the right counterparts to Michael's guitar in the wonderful balled 'All Of My Life', while a mouth organ in 'Can't live On Love Alone' gives it a hint of the blues. All in all, the new album from Michael Schenker - Gary Barden Acoustic Project is more than an acoustic album, it demonstrates all Michael's expertise as a guitarist and is ideal for escaping the stress of everyday life by candlelight. Just listen and enjoy.

info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: Lost, Dance Lady Gipsy, All Of My Life, Fight For Freedom, El Grande, Starting Over, Can't Live On Love Alone, Another Melody, Travelled So Far, Hungry, Night Of The Stare, The Journey


Michael Schenker returns to his very own musical roots with Gary Barden joining him as the first MSG singer in 'In The Midst Of Beauty'. Incidentally, Michael wrote all twelve songs together with him, but that is by no means everything. Other wellknown international musicians will accompany Michael on his long awaited comeback. None other than Don Airey from Deep Purple is on keyboards. Neil Murray from Whitesnake strums the bass strings and Simon Phillips from Toto works the drums. On an occasion like this we can quite rightly talk about an international, star-studded line up of world class format. This combines an extraordinary feel for melody with Michael's impressive guitar playing. Michael recovers his former strength with 'In The Midst Of Beauty'. The result is a fine mixture throughout the entire album. A healthy dose of hardrock and plenty of lyrics melodies distinguish his new cd, which his old fans love and wich will impress a wide range of new fans.
info: www.in-akustik.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Tracklisting: City Lights, Competition, I Want You, End Of The Line, Summerdays, Night To Remember, Wings Of Emotion, Come Closer, Cross Of Crosses, Nana, The One, This Time


Michael Schenker is celebrating his 25th anniversary in 2006 and fitting with this, a new album titled "Tales Of Rock’n’Roll" with 19 brand new songs is to be released.
All previous MSG singers have participated on the album; Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Leif Sunding, Kelly Keeling, Chris Logan and also the current singer Jari. All original MSG vocalists have delivered fantastic performances, Schenker enthuses. Sometimes we got the feeling that time stood still, that's how good the vocal parts have come out. The most important new discovery in the MSG camp is of course Jari Tiura from Finland, who contributed the vocal parts to 13 of the 19 tracks. Coincidentally, the Michael Schenker Group not only features brilliant vocalists on Tales Of Rockn`Roll - 25 Years Celebration: UFO member Pete Way, among others, turned up at the studio to record bass parts, while none other than Jeff Martin manned the drum kit.

info: www.armageddonmusic.de and www.metaltix.com

Tracklisting: The Ride, Setting Sun, Angel Of Avalon, Dreams Inside, Dust To Dust, Voice Of My Heart, Journey Man, Big Deal (False Alarms), Stann, Shadow Lady, Love Trade, Human Child, Bitter Sweet, Blind Alley, Freedom, Life Vacation, Rock 'N' Roll, Tell A Story, Life Goes On (Instr.)


Music Video Distributors and Metal Mind Productions have announced the release of "The Michael Schenker Group – Live in Tokyo 1997" for U.S. distribution on DVD.
this DVD features two supreme performances of MSG. Twelve songs from The Michael Schenker Story Live video and the bonus show footage is an excerpt from the Michael Schenker Live in Japan video. Both videos were released from Michael's own label (MSR) a couple of years ago.

DVD Special Features: fully animated menu, weblinks, desktop images, 26-minute interview in which Michael talks about his career, 5.1 Surround Sound.

Line up: Michael Schenker, David Van Landing (vocals), Keith Slack (vocals), Wayne Findlay (keyboards/rythm guitar/ backing vocals), Barry Sparks (bass / acoustic guitars, backing vocals), Seth Bernstein (rhythm / acoustic guitars, keyboards, backing vocals), Shane Gaalaas (drums / acoustic guitar), Leif Sundin (vocals / rhythm / acoustic guitars)
Release date: June 22th, 2005 (Japan), June 28th 2005 (USA and Europe)


This DVD features a supreme performance by The Michael Schenker Group at Metalmania Festival 2004. The track list includes highlights of all stages of Schenker's career: from UFO hits, through MSG classic tracks, to his solo compositions! DVD Special Features: fully animated menu, weblinks, artist's biography, photo gallery, and 25-minute interview in which Michael talks about his whole career, 5.1 Surround Sound.

Track listing: Are You Ready to Rock, Mother Mary, Assault Attack, Let it Roll, Lights Out, Rock 'N' Roll Believer, Arachnophobiac, Into the Arena, Only You Can Rock Me, On and On, Too Hot to Handle, Attack of the Mad Axeman, Armed and Ready, Doctor Doctor, Rock Bottom
Release date: October 26th, 2004 (US and Europe)


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Rescheduled Europe 2020 tour dates can be found at Michael's Official site; michaelschenkerhimself.com.


Guitar World has published a new interview with Michael Schenker, which can be found on: guitarworld.com

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Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing ROCK BOTTOM (UFO / Michael Schenker Tribute Band) at Arrow Rock Festival in IJsselhallen/Zwolle (NL). This unique type festival
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will see over 11 bands on two stages, set to pay tribute to... Read More >>


Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock will be performing at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on the 20th June. pic by Scott Braun



Professional photographer Scott Braun uploaded some truly magnificent pics of the Irving Plaza, New York show on Saturday 11th May 2019 which can be found on: www.scottbraunphotography.com.
pic by Scott Braun
Photo by: Scott Braun


A review and pics of Michael Schenker Fest, Whisky A Go Go | Hollywood show on April 17 can be found at vintagerock.com Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock in Hollywood
Review by Shawn Perry | Photos by Joe Schaeffer


Paul Raymond, longtime guitarist and keyboardist of UFO, ex-Michael Schenker Group guitarist/keyboard player, died of a heart attack Saturday, April 13th. He was 73 years old.
Paul's sudden and unexpected passing has left the rock world shocked and saddened. Our thoughts go out to Paul Raymond’s family, friends, and bandmates during this difficult time.


Michael Schenker Fest will be headlining Bang Your Head Festival on 11th July 2019!
Check out at: bang-your-head.de.


Ted McKenna, has died at the age of 68. He passed away during complications with his operation for his hernia.
McKenna's sudden and unexpected passing has left the rock world shocked and saddened. My deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P. Ted.


Michael Schenker announces on his birthday that Michael Schenker Fest are back in the studio recording for a second studio album to follow up 2018's release 'Resurrection'.
Photo by: Damian John Photo   Info: nuclearblast.de


Axeslinger uploaded some truly magnificent pics of the Michael Schenker Fest North American Tour, which can be found on: https://www.axeslinger.com/

Photo by: Axeslinger


Michael Schenker Fest recently completed the recordings for a new record, entitled 'Resurrection', out on March 2, 2018, on Nuclear Blast Records. Besides Michael Schenker and the three M.S.G. singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, you can also hear Doogie White as well as musicians Steve Mann (guitars, keyboards), Ted McKenna (drums) and Chris Glen (bass).

In addition, there are also some guest appearances from Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schoen included.


Chrysalis will release the classic albums The Michael Schenker Group (1980), MSG (1981), Assault Attack (1982) and Built To Destroy (1983) as 12" Picture Disc LPs all as pre sell exclusives to pledge music

At the same time, these four classic LPs will also be available on heavyweight 180g quality black vinyl.


Professional photographer Rob Sneltjes uploaded some truly magnificent pics of the Boerderij, Zoetermeer show on Friday 31th October 2014 which can be found on: flickr.com.
pic by Rob Sneltjes
Photo by: Rob Sneltjes


Professional photographer Marcus Hagner uploaded a bunch of magnificent pics of the Kulturetage, Oldenburg show on May 9th. at markus-hagner-photography.com. Michael Schenker at Kulturetage
Photo by: Marcus Hagner


ECI Cultuurfabriek/ Roermond, NL is giving us 2 x 2 tickets to giveaway to two lucky Michael Schenker fans, ECI cultuurfabriek tickets
so if you like to be there this evening with a friend, just answer my question correctly! Enter the competition HERE


The German rock god answers essential questions. Guitar Techniques
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Each month, Guitar Techniques asks a great guitarist all those little questions you really do want the answers to. This time it's the turn of Michael Schenker...>>


I'm happy to be back online again after a six-week shutdown due to hacking error! I’m not sure exactly when it happened, or how, but somehow, someone got in and inserted a bunch of nasty code to my htm files. It took a lot of time and work to fix the malware problems and clean all the bad stuff out. Anyway.. Thanks for your patience while I'm busy to get this work done!


I recently had the opportunity to speak with Wayne Findlay. In this brief interview, we talk about the recording process of No Sky Today's debut album,song-writing and lyrics,
Wayne Findlay
future touring plans, the possibility of European dates, and more. Check it out >>


Wayne Findlay's band 'No Sky Today' have now released their self-titled debut album. I've posted my full review of the album, which you can read here.
Hard copies of the CD will be available through Reverbnation and CDBaby.com. Pick up a copy of their album now!

Much to everybody’s surprise somebody glued the pieces together and suddenly comes the release of a new UFO album "Sharks". Slanting matches and fistfights appear to be a source of inspiration. read more >>