The ‘Mad Axeman,’ MICHAEL SCHENKER is excited to release his exclusive Schenker Fest “Live” show, featuring the former members of Micheal Schenker Group and MSG, on CD and DVD this March.
From the Release:
Like a miracle, Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the ’80’s to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum.
Five thousand fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest caliber.
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.
Schenker said, “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.”
The impressive line-up consists of Ted McKenna – Drums, Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards, Chris Glen – Bass with vocalists: Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley.
“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.”
The past three years, Schenker has been happily occupied with his latest outfit, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, consisting of former Scorpions Francis Buscholz on bass and drummer Herman Rarebell, along with former Rainbow vocalist, Doogie White. Their latest release, Spirit on a Mission, released in 2015, was received to high critical and fan acclaim.
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.
As for the past coming together again, Schenker stated, “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.”
- Intro: Searching For Freedom
- Into The Arena
- Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
- Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
- Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
- Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
- Coast To Coast
- Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
- Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
- Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
- Captain Nemo
- This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
- Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
- Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
- Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
- Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
- Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley
Schenker Fest “Live” was filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016 and will be available on all physical and digital formats including CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray on March 24th.