Michael Schenker, one of music’s most iconic rock guitarists, will embark on a worldwide tour with “Michael Schenker Fest” in 2017/2018. This tour features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to tour the world with his past original singers from the '80's to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley.
Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this is taking place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”
Continues Schenker, “It's an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the '80's performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with
Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar
Chris Glen – Bass
Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST’s world tour continues on from a 2016 tour in Japan where ‘MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST "LIVE" TOKYO’ was recorded at a sold-out Tokyo show (international Forum Hall A) with 5000 fans. This DVD & live recording was released in Japan February 22nd & worldwide on 24th March 2017. About the Japan tour and DVD recording, Michael adds;
“It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”
Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo.
“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”
Michael Schenker Biography
Michael Schenker started his professional career as a recording Artist in 1970 as a young hopeful talent in the Scorpions and followed this with a stint in the British hard rock institution UFO and then his own Michael Schenker Group before moving on to forming The Temple of Rock.
Over the years, Michael has not just experienced the highs and lows of life; but his development as a guitarist has been consistent, from a German Wunderkind to an experienced and technically highly skilled guitarist.
The Michael Schenker Group (abbreviated as M.S.G.) are a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker.
Michael Schenker's solo career instantly took off right from the start 1980 when the eponymous debut album, "Michael Schenker Group", featuring Gary Barden on vocals, entered the top 5 UK Album and Single Charts with Armed and Ready, followed by the release of Live At The Budokan.
In 1982, Graham Bonnet who had just left Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was temporary replacing Gary Barden and recorded with M.S.G. the album Assault Attack which was to become many musicians’ favorite featuring Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums.
In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1992.
M.S.G.’s music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Schenker is famous for his black and white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. Schenker is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.
McAuley Schenker Group was a multi-national band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar), a successor (and eventual predecessor) to Schenker's earlier band Michael Schenker Group. McAuley was initially contacted to replace singer Gary Barden in MSG. However, the strong partnership immediately formed between McAuley and Schenker led to the change of the name from Michael Schenker Group to McAuley Schenker Group, retaining the same initials of the previous band “M.S.G.”.
Their debut album Perfect Timing, released in 1987, included their first hit Gimme Your Love. Two years later, Save Yourself was released, giving this incarnation of M.S.G. its biggest hit with the power ballad Anytime (co-written by
McAuley and the band’s guitarist, keyboard player Steve Mann), the album M.S.G. Schenker/McAuley followed in 1992, followed by "Unplugged" Live in 1993.
After that Schenker and McAuley went their separate ways. Michael decided to withdraw from the spotlight of the rock scene (doing occasional recordings with UFO and MSG, but focused mainly on experimenting with music, building a recording studio and had his own record company while also focusing on his development on a personal level.
2008 was Michael's return into the loop of rock’n’roll with a reunion album with Gary Barden "In the Midst of Beauty" on inakustik and from then on Michael developed step by step all the way back to the top again.