MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA, DATES ANNOUNCED
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 michaelschenkerfest.com.
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.
Michael Schenker Fest North American 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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Michael Schenker never ceases to amaze. He’s written some of the most badass hard rock riffs ever and to have this group of musicians all in one studio together recording songs is pretty damn cool.
Special thanks to Eddie Trunk for performing bass and background vocals on WARRIOR. I’m going to check out the Irving Plaza show. Great vocalists along with an all time great guitar player. MSG from 1982 was maybe the most underrated metal album of the 1980s. It even had Cozy Powell on drums. This song reminds me of CRUSADER which is my favorite SAXON song.
I didn’t realize that Michael auditioned for the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Ozzy. He’s been touring the states for so long, he probably knows his way around the country better than many US citizens.