MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – sign worldwide deal with NB; new album and tour

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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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