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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP announce US dates for the "50th ANNIVERSARY UNIVERSAL ? WORLD TOUR 2022"[03/21/2022 update]
To celebrate his latest MSG album titled "Universal", which is scheduled for release on May 27th via Atomic Fire Records as well as his 50th career anniversary, Michael Schenker will be going on extended tour in the US in fall 2022.
MSG - US TOUR 2022 LINEUP
Michael Schenker - Lead guitar
Ronnie Romero - Vocals
Steve Mann - Guitar / Keyboards
Bodo Schopf - Drums
Barend Courbois - Bass
w/ Eric Martin, Images of Eden
09/27 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
09/28 - Roseville, CA - Goldfield Trading Post
09/29 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10/01 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theater
10/02 - Las Vegas, NV - Count's Vamp'd
10/04 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater
10/06 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
10/07 - Des Plaines, IL - Des Plaines Theater
10/08 - St Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
10/09 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
10/11 - Hobart, IN - The Art Theater
10/12 - Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's
10/14 - Columbus, OH - The King Of Clubs
10/15 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theater
10/16 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
10/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Jergels
10/19 - New Bedford, MA - The Vault*
10/20 - Plymouth, NH - Flying Monkey
10/21 - Beverly, MA - Cabot Theater
10/22 - New York, NY - Sony Hall
10/23 - Newton, NJ - Newton Theater
10/25 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theater
10/26 - Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho
10/27 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
w/ Damon Johnson & The Get Ready, Images of Eden
10/29 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
10/30 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl
w/ WASP, Armored Saint
11/02 - Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall
11/03 - Corpus Christi TX - Concrete Street Pavillion
11/04 - San Antonio, TX - Eaton Arena
11/05 - Dallas, TX - Amplified Live
11/06 - Tulsa, OK - Tulsa Theater
To all Rock'n'Roll fans out there: The great Robin McAuley will handle vocal duties for the upcoming MSG shows starting on 27 April 2022 in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy.[03/03/2022 update No.2]
Michael Schenker and band can't wait to see everyone live again and rock the stage after such a long time. See you soon!
Here is the full lineup for those shows:
Michael Schenker - guitar
Robin McAuley - vocals
Bodo Schopf - drums
Barend Courbois - bass
Steve Mann - keys and guitar
You will still be able to listen to Ronnie Romero's amazing voice on MSG's new album "Universal", to be released on May 27th via Atomic Fire Records. He will also be MSG's vocalist for all later shows/tours of 2022 including all festivals*.
* Steelhouse Festival on 31 July will also feature Robin McAuley on vocals.
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY UNIVERSAL - WORLD TOUR
27.04.2022 FI - Helsinki, Vanha Yo-talo
29.04.2022 SE - Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
30.04.2022 NO - Oslo, Vulkan Arena
01.05.2022 DK - Copenhagen, Amager Bio
03.05.2022 NL - Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
04.05.2022 DE - Bochum, Zeche
05.05.2022 CH - Pratteln, Z7
06.05.2022 DE - Speyer, Halle 101
07.05.2022 FR - Cleon, La Traverse
10.05.2022 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
11.05.2022 ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1
12.05.2022 ES - Pamplona, Totem
14.05.2022 IT - Fontaneto d’Agogna, Phenomenon
15.05.2022 IT - Rome, Largo Venue
MSG announce new studio album "Universal", to be released on May, 27th![03/03/2022 update]
There are few rock guitarists on this planet who have had such a lasting influence on so many renowned musicians as Michael Schenker. With his outstandingly fluid style, inexhaustible wealth of ideas and instinctive feel for hooks and melodies, Michael Schenker is a living legend who, despite his longstanding and distinguished history, still impresses with his unflagging energy and drive. The blond stringsman from Sarstedt (Germany) began his international career in the early 1970s with the Scorpions, achieved worldwide fame after joining British rock group U.F.O. and then seamlessly continued his exceptional global success story under his own name, as well as with acts such as Michael Schenker Group (MSG for short), Temple Of Rock and Michael Schenker Fest. Schenker and his career, which has spanned more than fifty years, are absolute exceptions in the otherwise short-lived music industry.
Now his latest MSG album is about to be unleashed, scheduled for release on Atomic Fire Records on 27 May 2022 under the programmatic moniker of "Universal". His latest offering will feature all the strengths of this exceptional musician: first-rate songs with anthemic melodies, catchy guitar riffs and inspiring solos. As we have come to expect from him, Schenker has once again enlisted a number of prestigious fellow musicians for the recording of his new studio production, among them, as main vocalist, Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Vandenberg), who will also be MSG's frontman on their upcoming tour, Michael Kiske (Helloween) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), keyboard player Steve Mann (Lionheart), drummers Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow) and Bodo Schopf (Eloy), as well as legendary bassists Bob Daisley (Black Sabbath), Barry Sparks (Malmsteen, Dokken) and Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Zakk Wylde), with Tony Carey as a very special guest. But more about that later.
First, let's talk about the basic parameters of the new recording: Like its predecessor "Immortal" (2021) and the Michael Schenker Fest albums "Resurrection" (2018) and "Revelation" (2019), "Universal" was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (Lessmann/Voss, Mad Max) at Voss's Kidroom Studio, which has become something of a creative home-away-from-home for Schenker. "Michael Voss is happy to wait until I have worked out an idea and takes the time to really get to know the song, simultaneously developing ideas for the vocals," Schenker describes the fruitful collaboration which has one cog intermesh with the other. "Then we work out the drums, bass and some keyboard parts together. He always has plenty of great ideas up his sleeve." Compositional highlights abound on "Universal", from the haunting opener 'Emergency' and the subsequent 'Under Attack' with its casually driving groove to 'The Universe', featuring an atmospheric duet by Ronnie Romero and Gary Barden, 'Wrecking Ball', performed as brilliantly as ever by Ralf Scheepers, and 'London Calling' with its homage to the British capital's musical spirit.
The rock anthem 'A King Has Gone' and its intro 'Calling Baal' both have a special significance: The track, sung by Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, is a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on the 1976 hard rock classic Rainbow Rising. For this reason, Schenker has brought together an original Rainbow rhythm section consisting of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley, additionally enlisting keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on Rainbow Rising, for a terrific Moog synth intro ? a direct reference to the iconic intro of the 1976 album opener 'Tarot Woman'. The impressive result 'Calling Baal'/'A King Has Gone' is already considered to be one of the most important and successful songs in Schenker's career to date, both musically and lyrically.
In line with all these highlights, the spectacular album cover designed by Zsofia Dankova (Powerwolf, among others) features Schenker in a futuristic spaceship, floating high up in orbit. The artwork is based on the guitarist's own visions: "I had the original idea for the album cover a few years ago, but only now does it seem to fit perfectly. So I sent some older sketches to my label Atomic Fire Records, and based on this the final artwork and album title were created."
No doubt about it: The title, artwork and new songs suit MSG as perfectly as his characteristic Flying V suits Michael Schenker!
Welsh classic rock festival Steelhouse Live has announced Michael Schenker as special guests for Sunday, July 31st, 2022.[02/07/2022 update]
"It's great to be back at Steelhouse Festival, this time with the new MSG lineup".
Michael will be joined by vocalist Ronnie Romero, guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Barend Courbois, and drummer Bodo Schopf. The setlist will include a variety of classics from Schenker's successful career.
More info and tickets: https://www.steelhousefestival.com/
Michael Schenker will take his 50th career anniversary celebrations to Russia! We are the first artist to be announced for "Герои Мирового Рока", to be held on July 16, 2022 in Kemerovo. We are looking forward to perform with the current MSG/Michael Schenker Group lineup for our Russian fans.[01/21/2022 update]
The third and most long-awaited festival "Heroes of World Rock" will be held on July 16, 2022 in Kemerovo!
This was discussed at the meeting of the Governor of Kuzbass Sergey Tsivilev and the General Director of Stroyservis JSC Dmitry Nikolaev. The venue for the celebration will be Moscow Square, located near the ice palace "Kuzbass". It can accommodate up to 80 thousand people at a time, and we promise that our event will be the most grandiose event that Kuzbass has ever seen!
The organizer of the festival is the Stroyservice Group of Companies , and the organization is still (as in 2018 and 2019) carried out by the NCA company , which holds large-scale festivals throughout the country, including: "Rock over the Volga", GreenFest, "Petersburg live", " SAM.FEST ", "Rock over the Amur" and many others.
The show will last approximately 9 hours and will feature a team of the best sound engineers, lighting artists and pyrotechnicians in the country who have been involved in world-class shows, including events on Red Square and the Sochi Olympics.
One of the participants of the festival will be the Michael Shenker Group - a solo project of the legendary guitarist Michael Shenker, a member of the cult bands Scorpions and UFO, as well as a man included in the list of the greatest guitarists in the history of hard rock, compiled by the authoritative British magazine Classic Rock.
Moreover, one of the brightest rock vocalists of our time, Ronnie Romero, the owner of a stunning voice, the frontman of the cult band Rainbow and a member of the Lords of Black band, will appear on the stage of the festival as part of Michael's group.
Soon we will tell you about other details of our holiday: about the grandiose stage, special effects, the team working on the event, and, of course, we will name the names of other participants, legendary musicians who will have to remind each of us what a really heavy metal!
If the current restrictions continue, then we are ready to hold the festival in the COVID-FREE format, and admission to it, as before, will be free.
Get ready for the brightest Saturday of the year, which you will definitely remember for a long time!
May the power of coal and metal be with you!