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Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour of Japan, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP is returning to the U.S. and Canada for a summer tour. The legendary guitarist will be performing timeless classics from all stages of his illustrious career, including SCORPIONS, UFO and MSG, to commemorate his "Tales of Rock 'n' Roll", which is out now. Support on all dates will come from San Francisco-based guitar virtuoso Doug Doppler, signed to Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. This tour will run June 15 to July 21. MSG's schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Jun. 15 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
Jun. 16 - Portland, OR - Outlaws
Jun. 17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Jun. 20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Jun. 21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
Jun. 22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Jun. 23 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
Jun. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Hard Rock Live
Jun. 25 - San Diego, CA at - Brick By Brick
Jul. 01 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Jul. 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
Jul. 09 - Chicago, Il - House of Blues (with ENUFF Z' NUFF)
Jul. 12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Jul. 14 - Hartford, CT -Webster Theatre
Jul. 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Jul. 19 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
Jul. 20 - Richmond, VA at Toad's Place
Jul. 21 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
The MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) have confirmed a number of US live dates this summer. The MSG 25 Years Celebration Tour! features the following lineup: Michael Schenker (guitar), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), Jari Tiura (vocals), Bodo Schopf (drums) and Frank Rummler (bass). The band's confirmed live dates currently include:
14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
15 - Portland, OR - Outlaws
17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
23 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
24 - Sacramento, CA - Hard Rock Live
1 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
5 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
6 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
9 - Chicago, Il - House of Blues (with ENUFF Z' NUFF)
12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
14 - Hartford, CT -Webster Theatre
15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
19 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
21 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
27 - Scheltenham, UK - The Night Owl
28 - Derbyshire, UK - Rock & Blues Festival *
29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo *
30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo *
31 - Frome, UK - Cheese & Grain
2 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
3 - Stourbridge, UK - Rockcafe 2000
4 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
* Opening for the SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH
Fates Warning/Warlord drummer Mark Zonder has formed a new band by the name of Slavior. Slavior have recently been signed to Inside Out Music and are scheduled to put out a self-titled debut album early 2007.
Slavior's line-up also features Michael Schenker Group guitarist/keyboardist, Wayne Findlay, and ex-Tribe Of Gypsies singer Gregg Analla.
Zonder stated the following regurading his new band:
"For a long, long time, I've always wanted to put something together that was based on the drum parts it is very difficult to take a crazy drum idea and try to apply it to someone else's idea. Most of the time it turns into a mess. If you start with the drum part, and build from there, it seems to work out. With Slavior, the songs are so accessible and groove-oriented, after 15 seconds, anyone should be able to lock into it."
Slavior originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving the band to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out. Zonder added, "You hear the old saying, 'when one door closes, another opens' and I think that is the case here, Inside Out was always one of our first choices. I've known Jim (Pitulski, Inside Out America President) for 20 years now and to come to his label is certainly something we’re excited about. Even after we inked our deal with Inside Out, we heard from other labels that we were in contact with that congratulated us and said that IO was a classy label. That's always a good thing to hear."
Jim Pitlski, President of Inside Out records said the following regurading Slavior's signing withe label:
"Mark Zonder has been a friend and colleague for many years and I have long admired his incredible skill as a musician," comments Pitulski. "It is with great pleasure and pride that we now welcome Mark and Slavior to the Inside Out family. The release of Slavior represents a unique challenge for Inside Out in that its sound is not necessarily typical of what we've come to be known for as a label. We're looking at this release as an opportunity to push our own boundaries just as Slavior themselves are pushing the boundaries of modern music."
Michael Schenker Group has announced the following tour dates for USA and Canada:
Wed 09/27/06 New York, NY, USA @ B.B. King's
Thu 09/28/06 Cleveland, OH, USA @ Peabody's Downunder
Fri 09/29/06 Mokena, IL, USA @ The Pearl Room
Sat 09/30/06 Detroit MI, USA @ I-Rock Nightclub
Tue 10/03/06 Columbia Heights, MN @ Star Central
Mon 10/09/06 Orangevale, CA, USA @ The Boardwalk Rocks
Tue 10/10/06 San Francisco, CA, USA @ Slim's
Thu 10/12/06 Las Vegas, NV, USA @ House of Blues
Sat 10/14/06 Hollywood, CA, USA @ House of Blues
Sun 10/15/06 Anaheim, CA, USA @ House of Blues
Mon 10/16/06 Scottsdale, AZ, USA @ Martini Ranch
Thu 10/19/06 Tulsa, OK, USA @ Cain's Ballroom
Sat 10/21/06 Fort Worth, TX, USA @ Ridglea Theater
Tue 10/24/06 St Petersburg, FL, USA @ State Theatre
Wed 10/25/06 Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA @ Culture Room
Fri 10/27/06 Baltimore, MD, USA @ Rams Head Live
Sat 10/28/06 Springfield, VA, USA @ Jaxx Nightclub
Sun 10/29/06 Hartford, CT, USA @ Webster Theatre
Tue 10/31/06 Toronto, ON, CAN @ The Opera House
Thu 11/02/06 Pittsburgh, PA, USA @ Rex Theatre
Sat 11/04/06 Poughkeepsie, NY, USA @ The Chance Theater
Tue 11/07/06 Allentown, PA, USA @ Crocodile Rock
Thu 11/09/06 Wantagh, NY, USA @ Mulcahy's
Michael Schenker has issued the following message via his website:
“Message to my fans in USA...
I am announcing the cancellation of the MSG USA Tales Of Rock 'N' Roll tour since I did not receive the official letters from Bella Piper and Linda Schenker which I have requested. Unfortunately, I must sacrifice this USA tour to protect myself to be able to keep playing music. I will not come back to America unless Bella and Linda stop threatening me in unfair ways for the sake of money. From now on, I will concentrate on the release of the new MSG album, Tales Of Rock 'N' Roll" as I have planned, and establish my life in Germany. I will now prepare for the Europe Tour 2006.
I am so sorry to the fans who were looking forward to seeing my concerts. I hope someday I will see you and play music for you. Please check out my website, I will keep you posted as what happens for people who are interested about this cancellation.
All the Best, Michael.”
Guitar legend Uli Jon Roth is finally returning to the States after an absence of 19 years. News of the tour was already spreading like wildfire among the many admirers of one of the last great and original guitar heroes before the tour was even announced.
Best known for his ground-breaking work with the German hard rock band Scorpions, of which he was an original founding member, the enigmatic multi-talent is at long last embarking on a US tour, which will continue through September.
The long-awaited tour will start in Los Angeles at the House of Blues on August 26th and ends in Mexico, where Roth is head-lining shows with special guests. In the States U.J.R. is sharing the bill with the Michael Schenker Group.
Roth has often been hailed as a true genius on the guitar, always stoutly defying the conventions of the music industry and forging his own way. It is virtually impossible to categorize his output which is wide ranging from classic rock to full scale symphonic works with orchestras.
Since his time with the Scorpions and his own group Electric Sun, U.J.R. has persistently developed his unique playing style which earned him the reputation of being one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of our time. Always one to push the envelope on the guitar as well as in his symphonic compositions, Uli is seen by many as a musical trend setter who is well ahead of his time. He has been an inspiration to artists world-wide, influencing generations of younger players as well as his peers.
His show will include material from all periods of his career including a new and amazing version of his Scorpions song "The Sails of Charon," which Roth has just recorded with a symphony orchestra. The song features Liz Vandall on vocals. Furthermore Uli¹s set will feature parts of his latest release the critically-acclaimed "Metamorphosis of the Seasons," as well as material from each of his Electric Sun albums.
The format of Uli¹s set is innovative. He will be playing his legendary seven-string Sky Guitar, an instrument he designed himself, which enables him to play a full six-octave range. He will also perform in front of a cinemascope screen with just two other musicians on stage. The screen will show spectacular footage directed by the man himself, which often features the members of his own classical Sky Orchestra as well as other musicians with whom Roth interacts live. The result is a perfectly sounding trip through Space and Time.
Roth has recently toured this format in Europe with great success and is very much looking forward to touring in the US again.
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