MSG: Band or Venue: According to AC/DC website, the venue for their August 25 live will be Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York. Wondering the rumor about their tour supported by Michael Schenker Group (MSG) might be a talk about the venue? But, if not, MSG at MSG sounds great!
MSG Photos: Photos taken after the MSG Tokyo show have been added to my concert review page.
MSG Bootlegs: Cool lists of MSG bootlegs for sale can be found here.
Bonnet & Schenker: As was already reported by the HardRadio, Official Graham Bonnet site has officially announced that "Michael Schenker and Graham are writing songs together for Graham's upcoming CD to be released by JVC. Schenker is also scheduled to play some blazing guitar". According to the site, there is also talk about Graham and ex-band mate Chris Impellitteri recording a CD together although it is too early to tell what other musicians will be involved.
UFO Tour: According to MGAB, the UFO tour will start on the 2nd of November, in Hannover, Germany. Keep watching the page!
MSG in NY: According to Rob-G in England, he saw an ad for an AC/DC concert supported by MSG on the 25th of August, but there are no details to say where.
Covenant: According to Nippon Crown, Covenant will be released on July 21 as was previously noted in this page.
Michael Schenker: guitars
Phil Mogg: vocals
Pete Way: bass
produced by UFO & Mike Varney
Tracklisting: 1. Love Is Forever, 2. Unraveled, 3. Miss The Lights, 4. Midnight Train, 5. Food Gold, 6. Middle Of Madness, 7. Smell Of Money, 8. Rise Again, 9. Serenade, 10. Cowboy Joe, 11. The World And His Dog.
Limited Edition (2CD) - 30,000 copies
Covenant + Live '98 (total 9 songs including 2 bonus tracks for Japan)
MSG Remaster: According to the Toshiba EMI, the release date of the digitally-remastered "Built To Destroy" has again been postponed to June 7. However, there is no commnet on "UNPLUGGED" Live and ANTHOLOGY, both of which have been slated to be released on the same day.
MSG Live Review: Image files for the Yokohama show and my review of the Akasaka show have been added to my concert review page.
MSG Digital Remastering: The digitally remastered MSG CDs were released on May 24 as scheduled (refer to 05/06 update). Very clear sound and cool bonus tracks.
MSG Live Review: My live review of the Yokohama show has been added to my concert review page. Photos and review of the Tokyo show are soon to follow.
MSG Live Setlist: MSG Japanese tour has been successfully completed. The setlist is as follows:
1. Cry For The Nations
2. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
3. Rock My Nights Away
4. Three Fish Dancing
5. Captain Nemo
7. Into The Arena
8. Written In The Sand
9. Pilot Of Your Soul
10. In And Out Of Time
11. The Mess I've Made
12. Hello Angel
13. Fat City N.O.
14. Looking For Love
15. On And On
16. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
17. Armed And Ready
18. Too Hot To Handle
19. Lights Out
MSG Live In Yokohama: Michael's performance on the MSG live show at Yokohama Bay Hall last night was great!! My review is soon to follow in my concert review page.
MS Fan Club News Letter: I've got the 8th and the last issue of the Michael Schenker Fan Club Newsletter. It talks about:
- Recording of Adventure Of The Imagination
- MSG European tour in 1999
- Car accident
- UFO new album recording
- What's up with the Schenkers including his children: Miky, Esssenz, Chinua, Taro, and Tyson
- Messages from fans
- Michael Schenker 2000 Recording
Also according to the newsletter:
The new UFO album titled Covenant will be released worldwide late July. Tracks will include: 'Love is Forever', 'Unraveled', 'Miss the Lights", 'Midnight Train', 'Food Cold', 'The Middle of Madness', 'Smell the Money', 'Rise Again', 'Serenade', 'Cowboy Joe' and 'The World and His Dog'.
Michael Schenker 2000 will be released on July 1st and only available at the concerts and by mail order.
MSG might tour in Europe after the Japanese tour and Michael will start to tour with UFO in summer.
MS 2000: It's taken from the message posted on the ML: ACCORDING TO THE MICHAEL SCHENKER FAN CLUB HOTLINE, THE MICHAEL SCHENKER 2000 CD WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR AND IT WILL BE RECORDED AT MICHAEL'S NEW HOME STUDIO.
Kelly Keeling Interview: A guy from www.rockreunion.de has informed me that they did the interview with KELLY KEELING. Kelly is talking about his time with BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, JOHN NORUM, MICHAEL SCHENKER, GUITAR ZEUS, MITCH PERRY and his future as a solo artist. Check it out.
UFO Video Re-relase: According to Toshiba-EMI, a video titled HISTORY OF UFO with Michael Schenker will be re-released on June 7. It will be comprised of videos of UFO history during Michael era and include the inteviews with Michael, Phill and Pete as well as Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and three members of Def Lepard plus following songs.
1.INTRODUCTION 2.THIS KIDS 3.OUT IN THE STREET 4.SHOOT SHOOT 5.C'MON EVERYBODY 6.ONLY YOU CAN ROCK ME 7.LOVE TO LOVE 8.DOCTOR DOCTOR 9.CHERRY 10.LETTIN' GO 11.MYSTERY TRAIN 12.LIGHTS OUT 13.TOO HOT TO HANDLE 14.ROCK BOTTOM 15.LET IT ROLL 16.THE COMING OF PRINCE KUJUKU 17.BODERLINE 18.RUNNING UP THE HIGHWAY 19.BACKDOOR MAN 20.THIS KIDSUFO Video 2: I've got a message from Eddie Lee saying that:
Hey, I'm selling a Hong Kong only UFO DVD called "Too Hard To Handle - The Story of UFO" on my web site. It's a No-Code DVD which means you can watch it with any DVD players regardless of where you are:
Take a look if interested.
P.S. It will be great if you can mention it on your webpage, thanks!
It looks like it has the same contents as the above Toshiba video.
MS Playing Techniques: The June issue of Japanese YOUNG GUITAR magazine has an article on Michael's playing techniques on his instrumental materials including Into The Arena, Captain Nemo, Open Gate, Old Man W/ Sheep on Mars, Three Fish Dancing, and Aardvark in A VW Smoking A Cigar.
MSG Remaster Bonus Tracks: The details of bonus tracks for the MSG digital remaster series are as follows:
"The Michael Schenker Group" 3 bonus tracks: Armed & Ready (Live), Into The Arena (Live) (both taken from 12" single), and Cry For The Nations (Radio Edit)
"Assault Attack" 1 bonus track: Girl From Uptown
"Built To Destroy" 5 bonus tracks: Rock My Nights Away, I'm Gonna Make You Mine, The Dogs Of War, Captain Nemo, Still Love That Little Devil, and Red Sky (all taken from the original mix version)
"Rock Will Never Die" 6 bonus tracks: Cry For The Nations, Rock You To The Ground, Courvoisier Concerto, Red Sky, Looking For Love and Armed & Ready (all taken from the 83/10/23&24 Hammersmith Odeon Live Shows)
"Perfect Timing" 1 bonus track: Gimme Your Love (7" Version)
"Save Yourself" 3 bonus track: Save Yourself (Single Edit), Anytime (Single Edit) and Vicious (taken from 12" picture record)
"M.S.G." 1 bonus track: When I'm Gone (Single Edit)
In addition, "One Night At Budokan" will also be released within this year with some unreleased materials as bonus tracks.
MSG Live: According to Bella Piper, the information on the MSG's 05/08 show at 4TH & B is a false rumor and Michael's name was misused by Ticketmaster for unknown reasons.
MSG Live: According to Ticketmaster.com, MSG will play live tomorrow night (05/08 8:00-) at the venue called "4TH & B" in San Diego, CA and ticket is sold at the price of $19.50. However, at the 4th & B's own website, another event is listed for that day's schedule.
MSG Remastering: According to an ad published by Toshima EMI, MSG digital remaster series will be as follows:
(To be released on 05/24)
- The Michael Schenker Group (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
- Assault Attack (incl. 1 bonus track)
- Rock Will Never Die (incl. 6 bonus tracks)
- Perfect Timing (incl. 2 bonus tracks)
- Save Yourself (incl. 3 bonus tracks)
- M.S.G. (incl. 1 bonus tracks)
- Nightmare - The Acoustic M.S.G.
(To be released on 05/31)
- Built To Destroy (incl. 5 bonus tracks)
- "Unplugged" Live
Very fortunately, there will be lots of bonus tracks. I personally guess that The Girl From Uptown will be included in A.A., not-remixed original numbers will be added to B.T.D., and those included in the Hammersmith Odeon live video will be added to R.W.N.D album. However, I don't have any specific information on these bonus tracks at this moment. Only regret is the release of One Night At Budokan seems to be indefinitely postponed.
MS Interview: The June issue of Japanese player mangzine has an interview with Michael. There seems no new or intriguing information because recently almost all major Japanese hard rock maganizes have conducted interviews. Michael mentioned that he originally planned to tour Japan with both Keith Slack and Kelly Keeling, but due to the delay of Kelly's work on his solo album, only Keith will accompany MSG.
UFO New Album (Correction): According to Shinjuku Records, the corrected information is that UFO's new album titled "Covenant" will be released on July 21 (instead of 26). Only for the first press, the double CD would be also available (a new album coupled with a live album recorded at Buffalo in 1998 instead of the greatest HITS album).
UFO New Album: According to Mr. Toda's news page (in Japanese), he got the information from Shinjuku Records that UFO's new album will be released on July 26 from Nippon Crown label. Only for the first press, it will be a double CD (a new album coupled with the greatest-hit album).
MSG Remastering: According to Toshiba EMI, the release date of the MSG digitally-remastered titles except One Night At Budokan will be slipped for one week to May 24. The date for Budokan has yet to be fixed because the negotiation on making it double CD is not going well. In the worst case, it would be released as the original is in terms of the track listing. Only the Budokan might be released after MSG's Japanese tour.
UFO New Album: According to the information posted on U.F.O. 2000 mailing list, their new album is due out in July/August and will be titled Covenant.
MS Fanclub (Cont'd): The following is the message from Linda/MSR. It doesn't mention anything about the reasons behind the closing.
WE ARE SORRY TO INFORM YOU THAT WE ARE CLOSING OUR FAN CLUB AFTER APRIL 30TH 2000. WHEN WE ARE READY TO REOPENING AGAIN IN THE FUTURE, WE WILL SEND YOU AN INVITATION. IF YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER THE END OF APRIL YOU'LL BE RECEIVING OUR NEWSLETTER. THIS IS WILL BE OUR LAST ISSUE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SUPPORTING OUR FAN CLUB.
MS Fanclub: It looks like the official Michael Schenker Fanclub established inside MSR will be closed on April 30.
MS Inteview In Guitar Magazine: The May issue of Japanese Guitar Magazine has an interview with Michael. He spoke about AOTI and other things including the following:
- Aynsley Dunber participated in the recording of AOTI because he was Michael's favorite drummer when MS practiced drum by copying Aynsley's playing. That was when MS was 17.
- When asked how many Flying Vs does MS have, he answered three: #1 (the one he uses as a main guitar on the stage), #2 (the one with drum stick inside the neck of the axe, i.e., repaired with the stick), and #3 (the one with clearner-tone pick-up).
- His own stuidio in Scottsdale, AZ will be completed late May.
MSG Digital Remastering Cont'd): The digitally-remastered One Night At Budokan album is slated to be a double-CD, which makes us expect some bonus tracks.
MS Inteview In Young Guitar: The May issue of Japanese Young Guitar magazine has an interview with Michael. He spoke about AOTI and other things including the following:
- On his way to the studio where the UFO's next album was being recorded, Michael got slightly injured in a car accident. He was talking on the cellular phone while driving. One of his guitars was broken and his van was crushed like a crushed alminium Cola can. He said he was about to repeat the tragedy ocurred on Cozy Powell.
- Unique titles of the songs in AOTI were taken from Mike Verny's jokes.
- Michael's part of the recording of UFO's next album was already finished.
- He is now in the midst of songwriting of his next electric instrumental album called Michael Schenker 2000.
- At the Japanese gigs in coming May, he will play some songs from AOTI and The Unforgiven.
Michael Schenker Tribute Live in Tokyo: This is somewhet off topic and only for those who live in Japan. Some Japanese amateur bands are planning a Michael Schenker Tribute Live on May 13. In this event, Michael tribute band called Assault Attack will play about 20 MSG/UFO materials. Please check out the information page (in Japanese) and their playings at the reheasal studio (RealAudio).
MSG Digital Remastering: The folloing titles of digitally-remastered MSG CDs will be released on May 17 in Japan:
- THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (Yen 1,800)
- MSG (Yen 1,800)
- ONE NIGHT AT BUDOKAN (Yen 3,000)
- ASSAULT ATTACK (Yen 1,800)
- BUILT TO DESTROY (American Remix) (Yen 1,800)
- ROCK WILL NEVER DIE (Yen 1,800)
- PERFECT TIMING (Yen 1,800)
- SAVE YOURSELF (Yen 1,800)
- M.S.G. (Yen 1,800)
- NIGHTMARE (Yen 1,800)
- UNPLUGGED LIVE (Yen 1,800)
- MICHAEL SCHENKER ANTHOLOGY (Yen 3,000)
Some of them will have bonus tracks, but, the detail has not yet be disclosed.
Kelly Keeling: Kelly Keeling has informed me that he has his own website at http://homepages.go.com/~heelingfeeling/index.html. Please cheke it out.
Mailing Lists created by Jonas Andersson from Sweden:
UFO Recording: According to Tim's and Tristan's sites, UFO is now recording a new album at the Prairie Sun studio in Cotati, California where the Unforgiven was recorded. A lineup is Michael, Mogg, Way and Aynsley Dunbar.
Adventures of The Imagination: A long-awaited new album titled "Adventures Of The Imagination" has been released in Japan (official release date is March 1, though).
1. Actung Fertig, Los!
2. Open Gate
ADVENTURES PART ONE
3. Three Fish Dancing
4. Michael Schenker Junior
ADVENTURES PART TWO
5. Aardvark In A VW Smoking A Cigar
6. I Want To Be With You
ADVENTURES PART THREE
7. Old Man With Sheep On Mars
8. At The End Of The Day
9. Hand In Hand
MSG Japanese Tour & New Release: Tickets for the shows in Tokyo & Yokohama can now be online-booked via UDO's webpage and can be booked via telephone from March 3.
I have confirmed that Adventure of the Imagination is to be released in Japan on March 1st as scheduled from Nippon Crown label.
MSG Japan Tour: According to UDO's webpage, tour date and line up are as follows:
May 23 (Tue) 19:00- Diamond Hall (Nagoya)...all standing
May 24 (Wed) 19:00- Umeda Heat Beat (Osaka)...all standing
May 25 (Thu) 19:00- Yokohama Bay Hall (Yokohama)...all standing
May 27 (Sat) 17:00- Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)...1F standing, 2F reserved seats
[02/21/00 update No.2]
MSG Singer: According to Barry Sparks, AS FAR AS HE KNOWS, MSG lineup for the planned Japanese tour will be the same as the last tour, with Keith Slack on vocals.
MSG Japan Tour (Cont'd):
May 24: Umeda Heat Beat (Osaka)
May 25: Yokohama Bay Hall (Yokohama)
May 27: Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)
More info to come.
MSG Japan Tour: According to a source close to the promoter in Japan, rumored MSG's Japan Tour has become official. They plan to play in Tokyo, Yokohama and other places around May 25.
Michael Interview: A March issue of Burrn magazine has a 2-page long interview with Michael. He talked about Adventure Of The Imagination, its conception, concept, song writing, recording, etc. He also speaks about future activity and his new studio. Michael said in his letter he sent to the magazine after the interview, "The 1st of July 2000 I will be releasing my second Electric Instrumental CD titled - Michael Schenker 2000 - and will only be available through Michael Schenker Records by mail order and at my concerts."
Michael New Releases: According to Shinjuku Record's homepage (in Japanese), Michael's self-made new album called "MICHAEL SCHENKER 2000" will be released on July 1st. The page says it will be again an instrumental album released under the MSR label.
Barry Sparks: Barry Sparks has kindly informed me that he has a new website clled Walk Down The Road - www.barrysparks.com . Check it out! His Latest News page says MSG will tour in Japan in May!!
Michael New Releases: According to Shinjuku Record's homepage (in Japanese), the release date of "Adventure Of The Imagination" has been slipped to March 1st and according to Toshiba-EMI lable, the release date of the Japanese UFO remastered CD series has been postponed again to February 16 which includes Phenomenon (TOCP-53114 1,800yen), Force It (TOCP-53115 1,800yen), No Heavy Petting (TOCP-53116 1,800yen), Lights Out (TOCP-53117 1,800yen), Obsession (TOCP-53118 1,800yen), No Place to Run (TOCP-53119 1,800yen), TWTWATI (TOCP-53200 1,800yen), Mechanix (TOCP-53121 1,800yen), Making Contact (TOCP-53122 1,800yen) and Misdemeanor (TOCP-53123 1,800yen) and Strangers In The Night Expanded Edition (TOCP-65355 2,548yen).
Michael New Releases: According to Shinjuku Record's homepage (in Japanese), Michael's new electric instrumental album called "Adventure Of The Imagination" will be released in February and another new album (untitled) will also be released in March. The latter will be recorded under the MSR label. Also, the release date of the Japanese UFO remastered CD series including Strangers In The Night w/ bonus tracks has been postponed to January 26.