Concert Report by Pablo Michael Schenker featuring Robin McAuley @ KALOS Hard & Heavy Melodic Festival, Madrid, Spain May 27, 2017 Added on 06/03/2017
Concert Report by Az Michael Schenker featuring Robin McAuley @ KALOS Hard & Heavy Melodic Festival, Madrid, Spain May 27, 2017 Added on 06/03/2017
Concert Report by Juan Michael Schenker featuring Robin McAuley @ KALOS Hard & Heavy Melodic Festival, Madrid, Spain May 27, 2017 Added on 06/03/2017
this is a copy of original songlist of Michael Schenker in Kalos Fest. 2017
Setlist - MADRID
D tone intro
*Guitar - Retro
1.Searching for freedom ? played live (instrumental)
2.Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
3.Attack Of The Mad Axeman
4.Armed And Ready
*Guitar change - Yin and Yang
6.No Time For Losers
*Guitar change - Black and Red
9.Coast To Coast
11.This Is My Heart
13.Love Is Not A Game
*Guitar change- Power Channel
Encore (if time allows)
Only You Can Rock me
Concert Report by Douglas Michael Schenker featuring Robin McAuley @ KALOS Hard & Heavy Melodic Festival, Madrid, Spain May 27, 2017 Added on 06/17/2017
I am not a religious man but occasionally the stars align or something like that and everything seems to go your way. I have no other explanation for three weeks in May when two things happened that I thought I would never see. Both announced about six months previously, Paul Rodgers doing a set of Free songs and secondly Robin McAuley doing a full show with Michael Schenker ( a first in Europe I believe as previously they had only played support slots). Furthermore if I hadn't lost my job and been given a decent payoff I wouldn't have been able to afford either of these gigs.
So with Lady Luck well and truly on my side I headed for Madrid and Kalos Festival. The first thing I did upon arrival on the advice of a friend who goes to a lot of concerts abroad I went and found the venue, so there wasn't a mad dash at gig time. I had been there about ten minutes when a car drew up and Robin and Chris got out. managed to grab a word with both of them and a photo with Robin. Funnily enough I was actually asked by three people to sign their copies of Save Yourself as they thought I was Steve Mann.
Off to hotel for a freshen up before returning to gig. First three bands were okay without being brilliant - too many sub 1987 Whitesnake riffs. Out for a breath of fresh air and something to eat grabbed a ten minute chat with Taro Schenker - lovely guy. back into venue to catch an excellent set from Hardline which was mainly from their stunning debut album which is now 25 years old.
Schenker time so I push my way to as close to front as I can get - end up about three rows from stage. The band come onto Searching For Freedom and then it's straight into Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. It has to be said that in my opinion this band have an unfair advantage - they have the best rhythm section in rock, the best guitarist and one of the few vocalists over 60 who doesn't struggle singing anymore. Not forgetting the multi talented Steve Mann
Three more Gary Barden era songs follow with Attack of the Mad Axeman, Armed and Ready and Captain Nemo. It is apparent the whole band are cooking and are having a really good time together. Next up is the first McAuley Schenker song in No Time For Losers and again Robin in fine voice with yelps as well. Two UFO numbers are up next with Shoot Shoot and Lights Out with Robin again doing an excellent job.
Coast to Coast by the Scorpions which now seems to be a staple for Michael in whoever he is with follows giving Robin a much deserved breather. As usual these days Michael seems delighted to be on stage laughing and smiling and interacting with the audience and needless to say his guitar playing is out of this world.
Robin bounces back on stage and we now get 4 McAuley era songs, Bad Boys, This is My Heart, Save Yourself and Love is Not a Game. The band finish off with Natural Thing and Rock Bottom which Michael seems to play his solo better every time.
First encore is Doctor Doctor and Only You Can Rock Me before the band leave stage but come back again to finish with Too Hot To Handle.
Concert over and I grab a pint because I have been bouncing and singing along with every number before I stagger out into night air realising I have just witnessed the best concert I have ever been to. it appears I am not alone in this thought as a lot of people outside seem to be of the same opinion.
Next morning back at Madrid airport and I am on same flight as Ted McKenna and Chris Glen. Having coffee with them they both seem a bit surprised when I tell them how good I thought it was as apparently the sound on stage wasn't that good. Back in Edinburgh Ted wanders off to get a bus (rock n roll lifestyle eh) and I chat to Chris for ten minutes before a big hug and I get my bus home.
I shall leave the final word to Chris. "Michael is unbelievable, he just gets better and better, he is like a fine wine"