Michael Schenker Fest

Fri
15
Mar

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Currently Recording 2nd Album + Announce New Drummer

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US Tour Kicks Off On April 15th At The Whisky A Go Go
 
Following the release of their successful first album Resurrection, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording their second album, co-produced by Michael Schenker & Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.
 
The news is bittersweet as the band recently mourned the passing of beloved MSF drummer Ted Mckenna.
 
Michael comments, "We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna - our amazing drummer and dearest friend - passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.  Rest in peace Ted, we will miss you x.”
 
The band also announced they will be welcoming back Simon Philipps and Bodo Schopf - who each played drums in MSG - to the Michael Schenker Fest line-up.  Simon who played on the MSG debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming US tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. With the sudden passing of Ted Mckenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the US tour.
 
Michael states, "We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for Michael Schenker Fest. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue Michael Schenker Fest."
 
Bodo comments, "I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances, and I'm proud to rock for him and all the Michael Schenker fans. RIP Ted.”
 
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off their US tour on April 15th at the Whisky A GO GO.  The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18th in Austin. TX!
 
Before this kicks off, the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST family is going to tour North America:
 
4/15/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA
4/21/2019 Revolution Hall - Portland, OR
4/22/2019 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019 The Palace (formerly Flames Central) - Calgary, AB CANNADA
4/27/2019 Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
4/28/2019 The Truman - Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019 Bourbon Hall - Louisville, KY
5/03/2019 The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
5/05/2019 Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
5/09/2019 The Egg - Albany, NY
5/10/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
5/11/2019 Irving Plaza - New York City, NY
5/12/2019 The Space at Westbury - Westbury, NY
5/14/2019 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019 The National - Richmond, VA
5/16/2019 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019 Empire Garage - Austin, TX
 
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Wed
28
Jun

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Signs Worldwide Deal with Nuclear Blast

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MSF signs worldwide record deal with Nuclear Blast;
announces new studio album for spring 2018
plus North American tour!
 
Michael Schenker is one of the most significant rock guitarists in the history of music. He has mesmerised the rock community since the 70's with his characteristic guitar play and contributed not only to SCORPIONS classics such as 'Lovedrive', 'Coast To Coast' and 'Holiday', but also constructed himself a monument during his time in UFO by writing hits like 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom' among others. His playing has influenced several generations of guitar players enormously.

Back in 1979, the "German Wunderkind" decided to be his own boss. He founded the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP aka M.S.G. and released the masterpieces »Assault Attack« and »Built To Destroy«, the live legacy »One Night At Budokan« as well as the McAULEY SCHENKER GROUP pearls »Perfect Timing« and »Save Yourself«. Around that time, outstanding musicians such as Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG etc.), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.), Cozy Powell (ex-JEFF BECK etc.), Chris Slade (AC/DC), Pete Way (UFO etc.) and Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE) were all invited by Schenker to play with him. M.S.G. also became home of great vocalists, most notably Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet (ex-RAINBOW etc.) and Robin McAuley. Those guys were also a part of the comprehensive MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, whose celebrated Tokyo show was released as live CD, DVD and Blu-ray this March recently passed.

Now the time has come for Michael Schenker to move another step forward: He fulfills the long-awaited dream of all hard rock fans by etering the studio as MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. The band have just started the recording process for a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. Its release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.

Comments Schenker, "I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will bring together past and present in the form of 3 original M.S.G. singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley - and the current MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK vocalist Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW). Keep on rockin'!"

With this latest signing, a long-desired dream came true for the South Germany-based label. Owner Markus Staiger grew up with Michael Schenker's music and is also one of his greatest admirers. "I'm proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he's the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13 years old. But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead. It's a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to »Lovedrive« and »Michael Schenker Group« for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!"

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be playing several shows this year, including two German performances at Bang Your Head!!! Festival and Capitol Offenbach.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - Tour Dates:

2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
featuring 3 original M.S.G singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley

15.07.  D         Balingen - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
15.10.  J           Tokyo - Loud Park Festival
25.10.  D         Offenbach - Capitol
27.10.  E          Santander - Escenario Santander
28.10.  E          Pamplona - Auditorio de Burlada
29.10.  E          Barcelona - Razzmatazz
31.10.  NL        Zoetermeer - De Boerderij
02.11.  UK       London - o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
03.11.  UK       Sheffield - o2 Academy
04.11.  UK       Manchester - o2 Ritz
05.11.  UK       Hull - City Hall

Meet & Greets: www.michaelschenkerfest.com

2018

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
featuring 3 original M.S.G. singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK)

03/06  USA     Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
03/07  USA     Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall
03/09  USA     Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
03/10  USA     New York, NY - Irving Plaza
03/11  USA     Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
03/12  CDN     Montreal, QC - Club Soda
03/14  USA     Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
03/16  USA     Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
03/17  USA     Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
03/18  USA     Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
03/19  USA     Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
03/22  USA     Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
03/24  USA     San Jose, CA - Events Center
03/25  USA     Anaheim, CA - The Grove
03/26  USA     Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
03/27  USA     Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
03/29  USA     Denver, CO - Cervantes Ballroom
03/31  USA     San Antonio, TX - Vibes Event Center
04/01  USA     Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
04/03  USA     Tampa, FL - The Ritz

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More info:
www.michaelschenkerhimself.com
www.facebook.com/michaelschenkerrocks
www.twitter.com/MW_Schenker
www.nuclearblast.de/michaelschenkerfest

 

 
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