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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP- UNIVERSAL

Michael Schenker announces the release of his new album, scheduled for release on Atomic Fire Records under the programmatic moniker of “Universal”. As we have come to expect from him, Schenker has once again enlisted a number of prestigious fellow musicians for the recording of his new studio production, among them, as main vocalist Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, VANDENBERG),who will also be MSG's frontman on their upcoming tour,
Michael Kiske (Helloween) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), keyboard player Steve Mann, drummers Simon Phillips, Brian Tichy, Bobby Rondinelli and Bodo Schopf, as well as legendary bassists Bob Daisley, Barry Sparks and Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian),with Tony Carey as a very special guest.

Compositional highlights abound on "Universal", from the haunting opener "Emergency" and the subsequent "Under Attack" with its casually driving groove to "The Universe", featuring an atmospheric duet by Ronnie Romero and Gary Barden, "Wrecking Ball", performed as brilliantly as ever by Ralf Scheepers, and "London Calling" with its homage to the British capital's musical spirit.

The rock anthem "A King Has Gone" and its intro "Calling Baal" both have a special significance: The track, sung by Michael Kiske, is a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on the 1976 hard rock classic "Rainbow Rising". For this reason, Schenker has brought together an original RAINBOW rhythm section consisting of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley, additionally enlisting keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on "Rainbow Rising", for a terrific Moog synth intro — a direct reference to the iconic intro of the 1976 album opener "Tarot Woman". The impressive result "Calling Baal"/"A King Has Gone" is already considered to be one of the most important and successful songs in Schenker's career to date, both musically and lyrically.

info: www.atomicfire-records.com and www.michaelschenkerhimself.com


Tracklist: - Emergency, Under Attack, Calling Baal, A King Has Gone, The Universe, Long Long Road, Wrecking Ball, Yesterday Is Dead, London Calling, Sad Is The Song, Au Revoir


MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP - 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


Tracklist: - 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


Tracklist: - 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

Tracklist: - 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

Tracklist: 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

Tracklist: 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

Tracklist: 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)

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GIG INFORMATION
Upcoming Shows:

July
Aberbeeg, UK - Jul 31 2022 - Steelhouse Festival


August
Glasgow, UK - Aug 26 2022 - Queen Margaret Union
Newark, UK - Aug 27 2022 - Stonedead Festival


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Concertreviews and photo's from MSG's past shows can be found at:
R.B Araki's site

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MSG's new album titled "Universal" is scheduled for release on Atomic Fire Records on May 27, 2022



MSG - RELEASE NEW VIDEO “FIGHTER”   NEW!

Michael Schenker Group have shared the video for 'Fighter' of their latest album 'Universal'.

MS CONFIRMED FOR MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE

Michael Schenker is confirmed for 2023 Monsters Of Rock Cruise. The five-day/five-night full-ship music charter will set sail April 29 through May 4, 2023 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and depart out of Port Canaveral.

Confirmed bands include Tesla, Vandenberg, Winger, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Extreme, Faster Pussycat, Great White, Kix, DORO, Loudness, Lee Aaron and Stryper.

MICHAEL SCHENKER INTERVIEW

A new interview with Michael Schenker conducted by Andrew Daly can be read on vwmusicrocks.com

MICHAEL SCHENKER GRASPOP SHOW RELIVE

Relive the entire Michael Schenker concert from Saturday 19 June at Graspop Metal Meeting at: events.pickx.be


MSG - JAPAN TOUR ANNOUNCED



MSG - RELEASE NEW VIDEO “UNDER ATTACK”

Michael Schenker Group have shared the video for 'Under Attack' of their new album 'Universal', OUT TODAY, May 27, via Atomic Fire.

MICHAEL SCHENKER INTERVIEW & UNIVERSAL ALBUM REVIEW BY JOE MILLER

A new interview with Michael Schenker can be read at: defendersofthefaithmetal.com A review of MSG's new album 'Universal' can be found HERE.


UNIVERSAL ALBUM REVIEW

An album review of Universal can be found on www.therockpit.net.

Review by Mark Diggins

UNIVERSAL ALBUM REVIEW BY MARKUS

A review of MSG's new album 'Universe' can be found on markusheavymusicblog.org.

Review by Markus

MSG ZOETERMEER SHOW REVIEW

A review of Michael Schenker's Zoetermeer, NL show which took place on May 3 can be found on arrowlordsofmetal.nl.
Review and photos by Erik Boter

SPEYER CONCERT WILL BE FILMED

According to Michael Schenker's facebook, the entire Speyer, Germany concert on May 6 will be recorded by a film crew.

MSG - RELEASE NEW SINGLE “A KING HAS GONE”

A new video from MSG's upcoming album "Universal" has been released. The rock anthem “A King Has Gone”, sung by Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, is a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dio

MSG - VIDEO CLIPS HELINKI SHOW

A couple of video clips from Michael Schenker Group's Helsinki show which took place on April 27, can be found on YouTube.
Into The Arena, Sail The Darkness,
Armed And Ready, Looking For Love

MICHAEL SCHENKER - ROCK SHOCK

This album contains some highlights from Schenker's distinctive and dynamic guitar playing. A well balanced CD which combines many years of Michael Schenker's emotions in one. The albums will be released on 8 April 2022
Tracklist: Feels Like a Good Thing, A Night to Remember, Rock My Nights Away, Attack of the Mad Axeman, Ride on My Way, Doctor Doctor, City Lights, Wings of Emotion, Come Closer, End of the Line, Lost Horizons, Into the Arena

MSG - EMERGENCY (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

The first official video from MSG's upcoming album "Universal" has been released.

USA TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Michael Schenker's USA tour dates of 2022 have been announced on his Facebook and on this site.

WORLD TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Michael Schenker's 14 leg of the European Tour 2022 has been announced on Michael Schenker's Facebook and on this site.

BAREND COURBOIS ON BASS

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]”

‘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!

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.

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 >>

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 >>