Michael Schenker Group, has released a new single, A King Has Gone. The track and its intro, Calling Baal, are available on the band’s forthcoming album Universal, both have a special significance: sung by Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, it 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, Michael Schenker has brought together an original Rainbow rhythm section consisting of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob DaisleySchenker additionally enlisted keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on Rising, for the terrific Moog synth intro Calling Ball — a direct reference to the iconic intro of the 1976 album opener Tarot Woman.

Listen to A King Has Gone below.

To read more details about, Universal, which will be released on May 27th, please click here. To listen to the previously released song, Emergency, please go here.

As previously reported MSG will also be hitting the road, the tour dates are as follows.

With Eric MartinImages Of Eden:

Sep. 27 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA 
Sep. 28 – Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA 
Sep. 29 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA 
Oct. 1 – Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA 
Oct. 2 – Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV 
Oct. 4 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO 
Oct. 6 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL 
Oct. 7 – Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL 
Oct. 8 – Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL 
Oct. 9 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI 
Oct. 11 – The Art Theater – Hobart, IN 
Oct. 12 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN 
Oct. 14 – The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH 
Oct. 15 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH 
Oct. 16 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI 
Oct. 17 – Jergels – Pittsburgh, PA 
Oct. 19 – The Vault – New Bedford, MA * MSG only 
Oct. 20 – Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH 
Oct. 21 – Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA 
Oct. 22 – Sony Hall – New York, NY 
Oct. 23 – Newton Theater – Newton, NJ 
Oct. 25 – Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA 
Oct. 26 – Tally Ho – Leesburg, VA 
Oct. 27 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

With Damon Johnson & The Get ReadyImages Of Eden:

Oct. 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH 
Oct. 30 – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

With W.A.S.P.Armored Saint:

Nov. 2 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX 
Nov. 3 – Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX 
Nov. 4 – Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX 
Nov. 5 – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX 
Nov. 6 – Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK

MSG U.S. tour 2022 lineup:

Michael Schenker – lead guitar 
Ronnie Romero – vocals 
Bodo Schopf – drums 
Steve Mann – keyboards, guitars 
Barend Courbois – bass

4 Responses

  1. It’s like they are writing lyrics to 16 yr Olds, why in the f__* would I listen to this ? This singer can sound very close to dio , why not cover long live rock n roll ? Or heaven n hell ? Or any great dio tune – what a shame .. where is the insight … I’m so disappointed in schenker … why can’t the man write a decent song …..

    1. Michael Schenker probably can’t write a decent song cuz all he does is focus negative energy on publicly bashing his older brother, Rudolf, and defending himself from being labeled as the “European Eddie Van Halen”….at least EVH got along well with his older brother….

      Michael Schenker….great guitarist, but may need work on being a better person.

  2. I have seen Michael bashing Rudolph quite a bit , very sad ..
    Even if you’re a public figure handle your family issues privately…
    I think its hard to write a great rock tune if your consciously trying to write for a core audience of people who are now in their 40s 50s or 60s who can’t handle or appreciate dumbed down lyrics they might have liked as teenagers , then add to that the hunger for success is gone , and ets face it,, it’s also hard to top lights out , love to love, mother Mary, too hot to handle , but mike… you have to try a little harder ….

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