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The great thing about a lot of legendary metal bands is that you can usually find a connection between several groups. In today’s case, the connection sees a member of not one but two all time great rock acts who went on to release more great music under his own terms. I’m talking, of course, about the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker. Schenker, along with his brother, Rudolf, were founding members of the Scorpions and performed their first gig when Michael was only eleven years old. Four years later the band recorded and released their debut album, "Lonesome Crow," which saw them hit the road with UFO, who offered the now eighteen year old guitarist the position of their new lead guitar player, which he accepted, despite the handicap of not being able to speak English. His contribution to the band was immediate and successful, writing the bulk of the music for their major label debut, "Phenomenon," which featured such classic UFO songs as "Doctor Doctor" and "Rock Bottom." Despite his excellent song writing, his attitude and performances left something to be desired and his time with the band has been well documented as rocky and uneasy, thanks to his drinking and habit of walking off the stage, which would sometimes cause the cancellation of concerts. After recording the live album, "Strangers in the Night," Schenker finally parted company with UFO and rejoined with his brother in the Scorpions.
His return to the fold was not as joyous as it perhaps could have been. He teamed up with the band while they were recording their album, "Lovedrive" and performed on three of the album’s songs before the band began touring in support of the album. However, after only three months, he was out of the band once more, this time as a result of alcohol abuse, fatigue and an inability to perform live anymore. Now without either of these big name heavy hitters, he attempted to join even larger names and auditioned for such bands as Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones. After the death of his guitarist Randy Rhoads, former Black Sabbath singer, Ozzy Osbourne thought Schenker would be the ideal replacement, as he was a big influence on the fallen guitar player. Schenker did not join up with Ozzy, though reasons for this differ. Osbourne claims that Schenker made too many demands which bordered on the extravagant, which Schenker maintains that he was the one who made the call after he had a feeling that he would be making a serious mistake. More...
Michael Schenker will release a brand new studio album entitled "Bridge The Gap" in Germany on Friday, November 22nd. Check out the trailer below.
Released by in-akustik, the album features Schenker’s band Temple of Rock, which consists of ex-Scorpions member Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), plus ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features 13 hard-hitting melodic rock’n’roll songs that showcase Schenker’s distinctive and explosive guitar playing, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell, and Buchholz appeared on the same album together since the Scorpions’ 1979 “Lovedrive.” More...
The critically acclaimed guitarist Michael Schenker has just posted the official trailer for his upcoming "Temple of Rock: Live In Europe" CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. Check out the trailer below. Schenker has also launched the official "Temple of Rock Live" microsite right here.
"Live In Europe," set for release in the UK on Monday December 3rd, will also be available as a Limited Deluxe Edition including 2 CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray. The concerts were recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011’s London’s High Voltage Festival. More...
Michael Schenker's “Temple of Rock: Live in Europe” will be released on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and as a Limited Deluxe Edition containing all 3 formats this coming December 3rd, 2012. This release includes songs performed live in Tilburg, The Netherlands in May 2012, and at London’s High Voltage Festival in 2011.
Schenker sees his music as a building block in the construction of the Temple Of Rock. "The Temple is almost finished," explains Michael. “The foundation was laid in the 60s by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. The walls were then built by UFO and others in the 70s. By the 80s it was further reinforced by the likes of the Scorpions, and many more influential rock bands.”
The Tilburg gig features Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass), and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards). London's 2011 High Voltage Festival features Michael Voss (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) 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 (ex-Journey) and Doogie White, who both sing on “Doctor Doctor.” More...
German hard rock/heavy metal legends Scorpions has announced a series of headlining shows in the United States and Canada, where they are rumoured to be joined by the Michael Schenker Group (though no confirmation of this has been made.) The trek is part of their farewell world tour and also in support of their latest album, "Comeblack," a collection of re-recorded songs and cover versions.
The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced): More...
German guitar legend Michael Schenker (Michael Shenker Group, former UFO and Scorpions) has announced that he has formed a new band named, Strangers In The Night with UFO bass player Pete Way, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and singer Michael Voss. The band are currently in a studio in Brighton, England working on their debut album. You can check out the band's song, "Saturday Night" below. More...
German hard rock legends the Scorpions were joined on stage recently in Rosemont, IL by fellow rock legends Carmine Appice and Michael Schenker, who also happens to be the brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolph Schenker. You can check out video footage of the performance below. The Scorpions are currently on tour supporting their new studio album, "Sting In The Tail," which will be the band's final album. More...
German heavy metal guitar legend Michael Schenker will be releasing a brand new live DVD/CD package on October 19th entitled, "The 30th Anniversary Concert - Live In Tokyo." The concert features former AC/DC drummer Simon Phillips behind the kit, as well as vocalist Gary Barden, bassist Neil Murray and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findley.
The tracklisting for the set is as follows: More...
The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.
The lineup now features the following bands: More...
Legendary heavy metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be performing a special concert at London's Sherpherd Bush Empire on June 2nd to celebrate thirty years of the Michael Schenker Group. The concert will feature special appearances by singer Doogie White (Tank, ex-Rainbow,) Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions) and bass player Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) along with other guests who have yet to be announced.
The lineup for Schenker's May/June European tour is as follows:
Michael Schenker - lead guitar
Gary Barden - vocals
Chris Slade - drums (ex-AC/DC/The Firm) - May/June
Pete Holmes - drums (ex- Black N' Blue) - July
Chris Glenn - bass
Wayne Findlay - guitar/keyboards
Legendary German metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be heading to the United States this summer along with his group. The tour is in support of the Michael Schenker Group's latest studio album, "In The Midst Of Beauty" which was released in 2008.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."
The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:
Michael Schenker Group
Pretty Boy Floyd
The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Michael Schenker Group
Pretty Boy Floyd
The organisers of the British festival Hard Rock Hell has announced the first batch of bands for this year's version of the event. The festival will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales and will feature performances from former Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di'anno and Blaze Bayley, as well as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head and Tank. Also on the bill will be Pretty Boy Floyd, Skid Row, Michael Schenker Group, L.A. Guns and Enuff Z'nuff.
Ashland, Kentucky based rockers HYDROGYN have announced a new line up for their next phase of albums and touring. Founding members, Julie 'the voice' and guitarist Jeff Westlake have joined forces with Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth) on guitar and kHz drummer, Joe Migz. A unique element in the band's evolving sound includes one of the world's few master 6-string fretless bassists, Jake Wolf.
Following a recent interview on Jeff's weekly JFL radio show, Westake & The Pig, the possibility of David Ellefson (Angels of Babylon, Hail, ex-Megadeth) adding some bass work on the album was raised. "It would be an awesome treat for the fans if we can all find time to get that classic duo of Ellefson and Young back together on a song or two!" More...
Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:
Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...
Michael Schenker Group has announced the "In the Midst of Beauty—World Tour." The US tour features the following dates:
03/18 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
03/19 - W.Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
03/20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
03/21 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
03/22 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
03/23 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
03/25 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
03/26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
03/28 - San Antonio, TX - River City Bikefest
03/29 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
04/02 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
04/04 - New York, NY - Blender Theater
04/05 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
04/11 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
04/12 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
04/13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04/14 - Victoria, BC - Element
04/15 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
04/17 - Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway
04/18 - Yucipa, CA - Angeles More...
Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
Other artists: More...
Metallica has now revealed the tracklisting for Guitar Hero: Metallica. As previously reported, Guitar Hero: Metallica will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.
Here are the songs on the game, both from Metallica and other bands that they "admire and even call friends": More...
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) has scheduled the following dates:
Jun. 21 - Bilbao, Spain - Kobetamendi - (Kobetasonic Festival)
Jul. 05 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Hornberger Sommer
Jul. 10 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Magic Circle Festival
Aug. 25 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
Aug. 27 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
Aug. 28 - Tokyo, Japan - Nakano Sunplaza
Aug. 29 - Tokyo, Japan - Nakano Sunplaza
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's lineup for the band's upcoming tour will be as follows:
Michael Schenker - Guitar
Gary Barden - Vocals
Chris Glen - Bass
Ted McKenna - Drums
Wayne Findlay – Guitar/Keyboards