The fans of the Mad Axeman Michael Schenker will be drooling onto their tablature pages once they learn about the latest tour plans by the legendary guitar slinger as he announces the arrival of “The Michael Schenker Fest” to the US Shores. Check out the poster, full press release and dates down below. I’ll add some editorial closing at the end. Here we go.
The Press Release:
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 the website linked at the close.
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The name Graham Bonnet is familiar to fans of Rainbow and Impelliteri and tonight he is setting sights on Queens with his only area appearance. This is going to be a special night of Rock for sure.
Artist: Michael Schenker Fest
Title: “Warrior” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 12/1/2017
Genre: Hard Rock
The name of Michael Schenker has long been respected among Hard Rock and Metal fans for the level of guitar influence that he has laid down for so many years. Over the course of his storied career, he’s performed with some incredible singers and if you’ve ever wondered what a group with a few of them in one band would sound like then allow me to introduce you to the Michael Schenker Fest project. The group finds the legendary guitarist joined by singers Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Gary Barden and Robin McAuley and we’ve just given a listen to their debut single “Warrior” which hails from the forthcoming “Resurrection” album that will be delivered by Nuclear Blast Records. Here are some thoughts about the track.
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Title: “Monsters Of Rock Live At Donnington 1980”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 4/22/2016
Genre: Hard Rock
Fans of Rainbow and even the legendary Deep Purple should be giving continual thanks to the folks over at Eagle Rock Entertainment because their offerings have allowed them to build up a seriously stocked audio and video library for these bands. This latest release brings us back to the year 1980 where Rainbow was playing the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington. This was a headlining set for the group and it was the first ever Monsters Of Rock event so historically speaking it’s a big deal for sure. Dio had moved on and now in his place was singer Graham Bonnet and based on the timing of the recording would still be showcasing material from “Down To Earth” and the forthcoming “Difficult To Cure”. Rainbow was a band that had quite a few members over the years and for this particular offering we have Don Airey (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums) in addition to Blackmore and Bonnet. I’ll be speaking about the DVD/CD version of this particular release so let’s discuss the DVD part first.
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Title: “The Very Best of Rainbow”
Label: Polydor Records
Release Date: 7/15/1997
Genre: Hard Rock
After moving on from Deep Purple, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would form the band Rainbow and really deliver some amazing music to all of the fans that might have wondered just how good his new enterprise would be. It’s been said that the bands name was derived from the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood and that makes sense since the joint is known for being host to many a Rock star. The sound of Rainbow was epic at times and commercially successful at others and during the band’s existence would feature a number of different musicians and no less than four lead vocalists. This compilation gives you a great sample of some of the bands glory but in some sense this leaves you with only a healthy taste that will find you hungry for more. With three unique vocalists being presented on the collection (Dio, Bonnet and Turner), I decided to break up my thoughts on each of their contributions to the band.
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