MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
“LIVE” NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

Photo Credit: © Emili Muraki

FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS
GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY AND MSG MUSICIANS – STEVE MANN (GUITAR, KEYS), CHRIS GLEN (BASS), TED MCKENNA (DRUMS).

O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON
THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2017

O2 ACADEMY SHEFFIELD
FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2017

O2 RITZ, MANCHESTER
SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2017

HULL CITY HALL
SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2017

O2 Priority Pre-Sale for London, Sheffield & Manchester: 12 noon Friday 17th March. General on-sale at 10am Monday 20th March.

Tickets on sale for the Hull City Hall concert from 12 noon Friday 17th March from the Hull venue box office.

Photo Credit: © Frank C. Duennhaupt

In recent memory, Michael Schenker’s endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Since the first Michael Schenker Fest concert at Sweden Rock in June 2016 the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a SOLD-OUT Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide.

Today, Schenker is proud to announce that he will be touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017, including four UK concerts taking in O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Thursday 2nd November), O2 Academy Sheffield (Friday 3rd November), O2 Ritz, Manchester (Saturday 4th November) and Hull City Hall (Sunday 5th November).

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take 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 including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”

The Band

Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass

The Vocalists

Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley

Schenker reflects on the Michael Schenker Fest that was performed in Tokyo in August 2016. “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.”

“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.  We plan to continue this when we perform the UK concerts in November 2017.”

Graham Bonnet & Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Frank C. Duennhaupt

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST “LIVE”
NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

Thursday 2nd November 2017
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44677
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:
www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/IEH0211M

Friday 3rd November 2017
O2 Academy Sheffield

O2 Priority (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44676
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005270B87B778E

Saturday 4th November 2017
O2 Ritz, Manchester

O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44675
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005270DEE6A248

Sunday 5th November 2017
Hull City Hall, Hull

On general sale from 12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017:
www.hullboxoffice.com/events//michael-schenker-fest-featuring-original-msg-vocalists-gary-barden-graham-bonnet-and-robin-mcauley

Photo Credit: © Emili Muraki

Michael Schenker Group – 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. Michael Schenker is famous for his black and white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. Michael is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.

Gary Barden & Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Frank C. Duennhaupt

M.S.G. – DISCOGRAPHY

THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (1980) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
M.S.G. (1981) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN (1982) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
ASSAULT ATTACK (1982) Ft. Graham Bonnet (vocals)
BUILT TO DESTROY (1983) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
WRITTEN IN THE SAND (1996) Ft. Leif Sundin (vocals)
THE UNFORGIVEN (1999) Ft. Kelly Keeling (vocals)
BE AWARE OF SCORPIONS (2001) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
ARACHNOPHOBIAC (2003) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
TALES OF ROCK’N’ROLL (2006) Ft. Jari Tiura (vocals)
IN THE MIDST OF BEAUTY (2008) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE IN TOKYO – THE 30th ANNIVERARY CONCERT (2010) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)

Photo Credit: © Emili Muraki

McAuley Schenker Group – Biography

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.

Robin McAuley & Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Frank C. Duennhaupt

MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP – DISCOGRAPHY

PERFECT TIMING (1987)
SAVE YOURSELF (1989)
M.S.G. SCHENKER/MCAULEY (1992)
NIGHTMARE: THE ACOUSTIC M.S.G. (1992)
“UNPLUGGED” LIVE (1992)

OTHER INAKUSTIK ALBUM RELEASES

MICHAEL SCHENKER & GARY BARDEN: GIPSY LADY (2009) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK (2011) Ft. Michael Voss (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE (2012)  Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: BRIDGE THE GAP (2013) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: SPIRIT ON A MISSION (2015) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: ON A MISSION – LIVE IN MADRID (2016) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)

AVAILABLE ON 2CD, 2CD+DVD COMBO, LP, DVD, BLU-RAY, DIGITAL

Photo Credit: © Emili Muraki

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