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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.
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.
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 M�nstertal, 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.�
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.
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.
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.
Tracklist: Ocean Odyssey - Intro,
Live And Let Live,
Where The Wild Winds Blow,
Before The Devil Knows You'Re Dead,
Victim Of Illusion,
Coast To Coast,
Rock My Nights Away,
Too Hot To Handle,
Only You Can Rock Me,
Lord Of The Lost And Lonely,
Rock You Like A Hurricane,
Attack Of The Mad Axeman,
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.
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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