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MICHAEL SCHENKER - IMMORTAL

Right in time for his 40th anniversary as a solo artist and his 50th birthday as a musician, he resurrects the immortal Michael Schenker Group. “Immortal” is also the name of his new album, recorded by likely the strongest line-up in his long history.

Its a lightning bolt of an album that sounds fresh, bloodthirsty and agile. “Immortal” showcases the gargantuan vocal talents of Chilean hard rock prodigy Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), backed by singers Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple) as well as Schenker’s brother in arms, Michael Voss (Mad Max) who again produced the record alongside Michael Schenker – flawlessly, punchy and at full steam as if their very lives depended on it.

Next to Michael Schenker caressing his iconic black and white Dean Flying V, we hear bass player Barry Sparks (Dokken), keyboard player Steve Mann as well as the three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Phillips (ex-Toto) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake) pumping gallons of fresh blood through the tracks. And that’s not all, keyboard wizard extraordinaire Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) gives the listener a baptism of fire in the blistering, heavy hitting opener “Drilled to Kill”, powered by Ralf Scheepers’ unbelievable vocal tornado. “These are all very skilled people with their own studios,” Schenker says in his typical dry down-to-earth manner.

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


Tracklisting: - Drilled To Kill, Don´t Die On Me Now, Knight Of The Dead, After The Rain, Devil's Daughter, Sail The Darkness, The Queen Of Thorns And Roses, Come On Over, Sangria Morte, In Search Of The Peace Of Mind


MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - REVELATION

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


MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - RESURRECTION

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 FEST "LIVE" - TOKYO

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


MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK - ON A MISSION LIVE IN MADRID

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'S TEMPLE OF ROCK - SPIRIT ON A MISSION

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'S TEMPLE OF ROCK - BRIDGE THE GAP

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
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GIG INFORMATION
Upcoming Shows:

October
Leeds, UK - Oct 28 2021 - O2 Academy
New Castle, UK - Oct 29 2021 - O2 City Hall
Wolverhampton, UK - Oct 30 2021 - KK Steel Mill
London, UK - Oct 31 2021 O2 - Shepherd's Bush Empire


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Concertreviews and photo's from MSG's past shows can be found at:
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BAREND COURBOIS ON BASS   NEW!

According to Michael Schenker's official website, Michael Schenker will have Barend Courbois on bass on the upcoming tours and concerts in 2021/2022. The Dutch bassist Courbois counts as one of the big European names in bass playing.

During his professional career, he has performed with a.o. Blind Guardian, Sir PierreCourbois, Michael LeeFirkins, Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Steve Fister(Steppenwolf), Doogie White (Rainbow), DonnaGrantis (Prince), Vengeance, White Lion, Tank and many more

MICHAEL SCHENKER AT HELLFEST!

Michael Schenker is playing at HellFest 2022! which will take place on Sunday the 19st of June 2022 at Clisson, France. hellfest.fr.


UFO SPECIAL RELEASE

Limited Edition Clear vinyl. RSD Exclusive. Two previously unreleased studio recordings made for the 'Strangers In The Night' Live album. Originally dub with live audience for the album, these are newly mixed at studio tracks.

A: “Mother Mary [Strangers In The Night Studio Version]”
B: “This Kid's [Strangers In The Night Studio Version]”

RUSSIA TOURDATES ANNOUNCED!

Russian dates of Michael Schenker's 50th anniversary "Immortal" tour have been announced on michaelschenkerhimself.com.


GRASPOP METALMEETING POSTPONED

Gras Pop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium has postponed their festival until 2022 due to COVID-19 concerns. The festival was originally set to take place June 17 to 20 this year, however will now occur on June 16 to 19, 2022.


‘IN SEARCH OF THE PEACE OF MIND'

Michael Schenker releases his new MSG album, “Immortal” via Nuclear Blast. The album title is a perfect statement describing Michael Schenker’s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician. To commemorate the occasion, MSG have released a new music video for their single ‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind’.
‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind’ had to be my 50th anniversary celebration song. It means so much to me, because it was my very first musical composition I wrote at the age of 15. And it was also the first song I had ever put on a record, also at the age of 15.
I wanted to re-record this song for „Immortal“, making it an epic and put an additional long solo on the end of the song, which turned out so amazing. The sound describes my 50-year journey expressed on lead guitar. Again it ended up so amazing, like an inner conversation throughout my life – questions and answers; making choices expressed on lead guitar.

MICHAEL SCHENKER USA 50th ANNIVERSARY V

In close collaboration with Michael Schenker, USA costom shop have created a truly amazing V that celebrates 50 years of Michaels legendary career. The stunning gold, black, and white finish adorns an all mahogany body and neck.

A set of signature Michael Schenker, DMT Lights Out Humbucking pickups are used to generate the elusive tone of this amazing sounding guitar.
More info here: deanguitars.com.

MICHAEL SCHENKER INTERVIEW

Adam Onslaught talks to Michael Schenker about his unique and fascinating life and the upcoming album "Immortal" releasing on 29th January via Nuclear Blast.
Listen to the interview here: mmhradio.co.uk.


TRACKLISTING FOR MSG'S NEW ALBUM 'IMMORTAL'

The tracklisting for Michael Schenker’s new album ‘Immortal’ - released 8th January 2020 via Nuclear Blast - is as follows:
01-Drilled To Kill, 02-Don't Die On Me Now, 03-Knight Of The Dead, 04-After The Rain, 05-Devil's Daughter, 06-Sail The Darkness, 07-The Queen Of Thrones And Roses, 08-Come On Over, 09-Sangria Morte, 10-In Search Of Piece Of Mind, 11-Fighter (bonus)

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (DELUXE EDITION)

The original double Strangers In The Night album was compiled from recordings made at six shows during in October 1978 on an American tour. This new 8CD box set includes all 6 complete original concerts for the first time (5 previously unreleased) as well as a newly remastered version of the original album.
Four of the shows have been newly mixed from the original tapes. The packaging is a 2-part rigid slipcase, 8 mini-LP style sleeves along with a 24-page booklet containing new sleeve notes by Michael Hann who has interviewed Phil Mogg, Andy Parker and Michael Schenker. The boxset will be released on the 20th of November 2020!

MICHAEL UNVEILS NEW ALBUM ARTWORK

Michael Schenker reveals the cover artwork of "Immortal", created by Zsofia Dankova (Powerwolf, Elvenking, Fifth Angel).
According to Michael's facebook; „We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make the album an exceptional success“, says Michael Schenker. He also adds: „First of all I want to say that I am very grateful to any musicians that have helped to create a fitting tribute to my long career on this special release. I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution.“

UFO BASSIST PETE WAY DEAD AT 69   Rest in Peace, Pete.

Iconic bass player Pete Way, founder of UFO, WAYSTED and, more recently, THE PETE WAY BAND, has died at the age of 69. He sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35 a.m. BST today (Friday, August 14). His wife, Jenny, was at his side.

Way was a much-loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete's energetic live performances were at the heart of the band's countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalog of enduring rock classics upon which UFO's reputation and legacy were founded.

NEW MSG ALBUM IN THE FINAL PROCESS

According to Michael's facebook; Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021. The album title will be "Immortal".
"Immortal" will feature a big list of friends and guests, including the album's main vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords of Black), alongside Michael Voss (Mad Max), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each.
The new album line-up includes Steve Mann on keyboards, Barry Sparks (Dokken) on bass, three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-Toto) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake). Guests also include keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian on the opening track.

NEW INTERVIEW ON GUITAR WORLD

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

Photo by:C Brandon/Redferns

ROCK BOTTOM AT ARROW ROCK FESTIVAL / ZWOLLE

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
pic by Sander Mondria
will see over 11 bands on two stages, set to pay tribute to... Read More >>

IRVING PLAZA, NEW YORK PHOTOS

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

PAUL RAYMOND DIES AGED 73

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.

TED McKENNA DIES AGED 68

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.

2 X 2 TICKETS TO WIN RIGHT HERE!

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

WHAT STRINGS DO YOU USE?

The German rock god answers essential questions. Guitar Techniques
Photo: ddconcertphotography

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...>>

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW
This time, the mad german axeman presents a new instrumental release. ADVENTURES OF THE IMAGINATION was recorded with the help of Aynsley Dunbar (many many bands and now also UFO) on drums and John Onder (Artension, Joey Tafolla) Unlike on Schenker's last instrumental opus THANK YOU, which was entirely played on acoustic guitars, this time Mikey shows us how to shred.   read more >>