The fans of the Mad Axeman Michael Schenker will be drooling onto their tablature pages once they learn about the latest tour plans by the legendary guitar slinger as he announces the arrival of “The Michael Schenker Fest” to the US Shores. Check out the poster, full press release and dates down below. I’ll add some editorial closing at the end. Here we go.
The Press Release:
Few rock guitarists have proven to be as influential and enduring as the great Michael Schenker. And March will be a busy month for Schenker, as he will be issuing his latest album on the 2nd, ‘Resurrection,’ as well as launching a North American tour in support of it – kicking off on the 6th at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD, and wrapping up on April 3rd at the Ritz in Tampa, FL.
And what makes this tour truly unique is that it is being billed as “Michael Schenker Fest,” and will be featuring three classic Michael Schenker Group vocalists (Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley), plus the singer of Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock (Doogie White). And in addition to Schenker supplying guitar, he will be joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Chris Glen, and drummer Ted McKenna. Meet and greet packages are also available for purchase via the website linked at the close.
First bursting on the scene in the early ‘70s with the Scorpions, the German guitarist and his seemingly always present Flying V were also a crucial reason in UFO becoming one of the world’s top rock bands that same decade (on the strength of such classic recordings as 1977’s Lights Out, 1978’s Obsession, and 1979’s Strangers in the Night), as well as supplying guitar on a Scorpions album that made important inroads into the American market (1979’s Lovedrive). But since 1980, Schenker has been best known for his work with MSG – including such further classic recordings as 1980’s self-titled debut (featuring Barden), 1982’s Assault Attack (featuring Bonnet), and 1987’s Perfect Timing (featuring McAuley).
And soon, lucky North American fans will get the chance to experience all eras of MSG, on a nearby concert stage!
The Tour Dates:
03/06/2018: The Fillmore – Silver Springs, MD
03/07/2018: Carnegie Music Hall – Munhall, PA
03/09/2018: Berklee Performance Center – Boston, MA
03/10/2018: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/11/2018: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
03/12/2018: Club Soda – Montreal, QC CANADA
03/14/2018: Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/16/2018: Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
03/17/2018: Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
03/18/2018: Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
03/19/2018: Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
03/22/2018: Neptune – Theatre Seattle, WA
03/24/2018: Events Center – San Jose, CA
03/25/2018: The Grove – Anaheim, CA
03/26/2018: Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
03/27/2018: House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
03/29/2018: Cervantes Ballroom – Denver, CO
03/31/2018: Vibes Event Center – San Antonio, TX
04/01/2018: Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
04/03/2018: The Ritz – Tampa, FL
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I never managed to see MSG and UFO back in the early heyday, I’ve done my best to catch them whenever they come around in today’s ever-shifting musical landscape. Thinking back on it, I feel as though I’ve seen Michael Schenker doing his thing about “10” times now since adding the title of “scribe” to my stationary. I’ve even been able to see most of these singers with him in concert with the exception of Bonnet who I actually just saw as a solo artist. It’s always a great time and you’ve probably never seen so many air guitars get pulled out of the closet than at an MSG show. I’m a drummer and I really love what he does up there and am pretty psyched for this since its going to be interesting and very different. The new material sounds great and I’m hoping that you’ve found some time to hear the single that came out with “Warrior”. If not, be sure to give it a listen and read our overview of it by clicking the name as its time well spent. Closing up I wonder what you head bangers and shredders think about this tour. You can let me know down in the comments section below.
Official Website: http://www.michaelschenkerfest.com