Michael Schenker Tour Information and News
Information updated in 2019


[12/19/2020 update No.2]
Michael Schenker on Burrn! Magazine: Apparently Michael Schenker will be featured on the next issue of the Burrn! magazine which is to be out on January 7, 2021. Thanks, Mak!!

[12/19/2020 update]
MSG - 'Immortal' Archives Part 3 - Michael Voss & 'After The Rain' (OFFICIAL TRAILER): Michael Schenker has released a new tariler for the new MSG albumon youtube. On the video Michael Voss explains how their second single, the power ballad 'After The Rain', was written and where the idea for the song came from.



[12/12/2020 update]
MSG - After The Rain (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO): Michael Schenker Group has released a new single and music video of "After The Rain"

Michael Schenker Group release new single and music video 'After the Rain'.

Watch the full video now on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kLMn1nPqANM

Michael Schenker comments: "The song 'After The Rain' was coming out of the blue. A power ballad I have never done before. Michael Voss wrote some lyrics and vocal melodies, after I had put down my musically composition on backing track for this song. The next morning Michael Voss played me what he had sang to it and I said: This is so beautiful, only you can sing this song and it turned out amazing."

Michael Voss adds: "This is an outstanding mellow tuned power ballad with some unique Michael Schenker clean picking guitarstyle. When I first listened to Michaels rough sketches, I was singing a kinda 'lala' melody that automatically drove me into the line 'say have you been lonely,...' - from there I felt it must deal about a sad loss and a departure of a big love... but there will be sun and light... after the rain."

Listen to the power ballad 'After the Rain' on the platform of your choice: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal-DSP

The new MSG album 'Immortal' will be out on January 29th, 2021. Pre-order your copy now at: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal

[12/04/2020 update]
MSG - 'Immortal' Archives Part 2 - About The Logo (OFFICIAL TRAILER): Michael Schenker Group revealed their second album trailer in which Michael Schenker discusses using the famous MSG logo.

Watch the full trailer here: https://youtu.be/gcWTT_nKp0w

The new album 'Immortal' will be released on January 29th, 2021, via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order it here: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal

Listen to the first single 'Drilled to Kill', and pre-save/pre-add the album here: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal-DSP

[12/02/2020 update]
New Michael Schenker European Tour Dates: Those dates have been confirmed on Michael Schenker's facebook.

We are now happy to announce the new European dates of the "50th Anniversary - IMMORTAL" tour.

Michael Schenker

"50th Anniversary - IMMORTAL"
performed by the current MSG/Michael Schenker Group

02.11.2021 NL - Zoetermeer, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer
https://www.ticketmaster.nl/event/251641

03.11.2021 CH - Pratteln, Konzertfab rik Z7 - Pratteln
http://www.z-7.ch/programm.php

04.11.2021 IT - Turin, Audiodrome Live Club

05.11.2021 ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz
https://ticketmadness.es/.../537-michael-schenker-fest...

06.11.2021 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
https://ticketmadness.es/.../538-michael-schenker-fest...

"A new show with my great new MSG lineup celebrating my 50th Anniversary of recording and the new album - IMMORTAL. I'm excited. Can't wait to play it live to all rock n roll fans out there. Don't miss the shows - we're well overdue to be live and together again."

[11/27/2020 update No.3]
Michael Schenker European Tour Rescheduled in October 2021 (cont'd): Those dates have been confirmed on Michael Schenker's facebook.

As promised, here are the new dates for the Michael Schenker "50th Anniversary - IMMORTAL" tour in the UK.
Some words from Michael about the tour:
"A new show with my great new MSG lineup celebrating my 50th Anniversary of recording and the new album - IMMORTAL. I'm excited. Can't wait to play it live to all rock n roll fans out there. Don't miss the shows - we're well overdue to be live and together again."
Michael Schenker
"50th Anniversary - IMMORTAL"
performed by the current MSG/Michael Schenker Group
with special guest DORO

28.10.2021 UK - Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds

29.10.2021 UK - Newcastle, O2 City Hall Newcastle

30.10.2021 UK - Wolverhampton, KK'S Steel Mill - Live Music

31.10.2021 UK - London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/michael.../artist/890401

* Tickets bought for the Michael Schenker Fest shows in December 2020 are still valid.
[11/27/2020 update No.2]
Michael Schenker European Tour Rescheduled in October 2021: According to Ents24.com, it appears Michael Schenker's European tour has been rescheduled in October 2021. (cf. 11/18/2020 update)



[11/27/2020 update]
MSG - 'Immortal' Archives Part 1 - Recordings (OFFICIAL TRAILER): Michael Schenker discusses the recording of the new MSG album 'IMMORTAL', out January 29th:

Today we release our first album trailer, in which Michael discusses the recordings of "Immortal".

Watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/cDQ9VICJZyc

The new MSG album, "Immortal", is the perfect statement describing Michael Schenker's legacy and celebrating his 50th anniversary as a musician.

If you haven't watched the video for 'Drilled To Kill', check it here: https://youtu.be/bcrU9ZS6CZA

"Immortal" will be available in the following formats:

- CD
- CD/Blu-ray Digipak (incl. "Michael Schenker Fest Live @ Bang Your Head Festival)
- Earbook (incl. album CD + live Blu-ray & live 2CD)
- Picture LP
- LP (black, black/white marbled, red/black marbled)
Pre-order the album here: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal
[11/20/2020 update]
MSG - Drilled To Kill (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): Here's a video clip from Michael Schenkers' new MSG album 'IMMORTAL', out January 29th:

Michael Schenker Group has released a lyric video for their first single "Drilled to Kill"; a heavy up-tempo track which is also the opening song of "Immortal".

Watch the full video for 'Drilled to Kill' here: https://youtu.be/bcrU9ZS6CZA

The track features the legendary Primal Fear singer Ralf Scheepers on vocals, whilst Michael Schenker and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion etc.) engage in an exciting battle of guitar vs. keyboard.

Michael Schenker brand new MSG album, "Immortal", will be released via Nuclear Blast on January 29th, 2021. The album title is a perfect statement describing Michael Schenker's legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician.

Pre-order "Immortal", and listen to the new single "Drilled to Kill" here: http://nblast.de/MSG-Immortal

Pre-save or pre-add the album digitally here: http://nblast.de/MSGimmortalPreSave



[11/18/2020 update]
Michael Schenker Fest European Tour Rescheduled Again: Here's a message posted on Michael Schenker's official website:

The Current Pandemic Doesn't Allow the MSF Shows in Dec 2020

To all the Michael Schenker fans looking forward to the live shows:

You have been asking and unfortunately it doesn't come as a surprise: the current pandemic doesn't allow the MSF shows in Dec 2020 as planned.

The new dates are already set and will be announced very soon. It will be a great new show: Michael Schenker "50th Anniversary -- IMMORTAL" performed by the current MSG/Michael Schenker Group in fall 2021, featuring the upcoming new album.

Tickets will remain valid for the new shows in 2021. If you wish to give your ticket back, please check the procedure with your ticket seller. , Michael Schenker Fest's European tour dates originally slated for later this month have been rescheduled in December 2020.

[10/16/2020 update]
Preorder of Immortal: You can now preorder the special limited editions of the brand new MSG album "Immortal" for Japan at the Ward Records webiste. They include a set of CD, a Blu-ray and 2 CDs of live at Bang Your Head festival 2019, a T-shirt and a photo card of album jacket autograophed by Michael Schenker himself.

[09/13/2020 update]
Michael Schenker to Play at Glaspop 2021: According to Michael Schenker's facebook and Glaspop Metal Meeting's facebook, Michael Schenker will be performing at Graspop Metal Meeting on June 19, 2021. Michael will be joined on stage by Ronnie Romero (vocals), Steve Mann (keyboards, guitars), Michael Voss (bass & vocals) and Bodo Schopf (drums).
Graspop Metal Meeting has just announced the first 102 bands for the 25th anniversary 4-day XL edition of the festival in 2021.
We are very excited to announce Michael Schenker will celebrate 50 years in music at the festival. He will be joined on stage by Ronnie Romero (vocals), Steve Mann (keyboards, guitars), Michael Voss (bass & vocals) and Bodo Schopf (drums) to perform classics from his career and songs from the upcoming album "Immortal".
[09/06/2020 update]
Michael Schenker Interview on Burrn!: The October 2020 issue of the Burrn! magazine has a 9-page article titled truth about MSG which is comprised of an exclusive interview with Michael Schenker and photos. He talks about how MSG was formed, preparation for the cancelled Japan tour, and an upcoming album. Thanks, Mak!!

[08/28/2020 update]
Artwork for Immortal: The artwork for the brand new MSG album "Immortal" is now revealed on Michael Schenker's facebook.
To be released by Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021, "Immortal" features a constellation of rock stars alongside guitar legend Michael Schenker.

"We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make the album an exceptional success", says Michael Schenker. He also adds: "First of all I want to say that I am very grateful to any musicians that have helped to create a fitting tribute to my long career on this special release. I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution."
[08/14/2020 update]
Iconic Bass Player Pete Way Died at 69: Rest in Peace, Pete.
TIME: 16:34 BST
DATE: FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST 2020

PRESS RELEASE

Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.

He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.

Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete's energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO's reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with "Fast" Eddie Clarke from Motorhead - the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete's keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, "Walking On The Edge" with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses "Appetite For Destruction" amongst many more.) He had a biography published "A Fast Ride Out Of Here" in 2017 and an album "Amphetamine" which is currently out on Cargo Records.

Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.
[08/10/2020 update]
New MSG Album titled "Immortal" Relased on January 8, 2021: According to Michael Schnker's Facobook, Michael Schenker is now in the final stages of recoring a new MSG album titled "Immortal", which is to be released on January 8th, 2021. The new album will feature mucisians including Ronnie Romoro as a main singer, Michael Voss (Mad Max), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each. The new album line-up includes, Steve Mann, Barry Sparks, three drummer Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps and Briay Tichy.
Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021. The album title will be "Immortal", a perfect statement to describe Michael Schenker's legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician.

"Immortal" will feature a big list of friends and guests, including the the album's main vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords of Black), alongside Michael Voss (Mad Max), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each. The new album line-up includes Steve Mann on keyboards, Barry Sparks (Dokken) on bass, three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-Toto) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), as well as the brilliance of the man himself, Michael Schenker, on guitars. Guests also include keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian on the opening track.

This super team recorded ten tracks, including the magnum opus "In Search Of The Peace Of Mind", the first song ever written by Michael Schenker and previously recorded on Scorpions' debut "Lonesome Crow". The song was recorded to celebrate Michael's 50th anniversary and features even more surprises, with singers Gary Barden, Doogie White, Robin McAuley and drummer Simon Phillips joining in this epic celebration.

The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: a Blu-ray of Michael Schenker Fest performance recorded during their headline show at Bang Your Head Festival two years ago.
[05/14/2020 update]
Michael Schenker Fest Baltimore Show Photos: Shane has kindly shared the photos he took at Michael Schenker Fest's Baltimore, MD show which took place on this day last year. Thanks, Shane!!!

[04/06/2020 update]
Michael Schenker Fest European Tour Rescheduled: According to Michael Schenker's facebook, Michael Schenker Fest's European tour dates originally slated for later this month have been rescheduled in December 2020.
Thank you for being patient with our announcement for the scheduled Michael Schenker Fest European tour.

We have been working hard to reschedule these, rather than cancel the tour; so we are happy to announce new dates for the UK tour:

15.12.2020 UK - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

16.12.2020 UK - Leeds, O2 Academy

17.12.2020 UK - Newcastle, O2 City Hall

18.12.2020 UK - Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill

19.12.2020 UK - Troon, Troon Concert Hall

Special guest for the first 4 shows will be - as originally confirmed - Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons.

The special guests for the Scotland date in Troons will be Heavy Pettin'.

All tickets for the original April dates will remain valid.

We will announce new dates for the mainland European tour in the coming days.

Please stay safe everyone!
[04/05/2020 update]
Michael Schenker New Interview on Burrn!: The latest issue (May 2020) of Burrn! magazine has an interview with Michael Schenker which was conducted just after the cancellation of Michael Schenker Fest's Japan Tour 2020 was announced. Michael said he wanted to make it happen but received requests from fans and a promoter to cancel it. He consulted with his lawyer and made a decision. As he sent a request to the promoter that it's not a cancellation but a postponement, when the situation becomes OK, he is sure to be back to Japan. Set A and Set B include 25 songs (for 2.5 hours) respectively. Contents will be a secret until when it happens. He intended to use a screen which shows deceased ex-MSG members such as Ted, Paul and Cozy to show respects to them. In any case, it was supposed to be special shows. When new dates are fixed, he hopes many fans would come to see. As a 50th anniversary, he is thinking of doing a project called Michael Schenker Special. Its setlist would be a surprise to many fans. Thanks, Mak!!

[03/04/2020 update]
MSF Japan Tour Cancelled: It has been announced by Tokyo Onkyo that Michael Schenker Fest's concerts in Japan which are scheduled for March 10-13 have been cancelled due to the widespread coronavirus. It's totally unfortunate, but I support their decision to prioritize the health and safety of the concerned people including fans, artists and support staff.

[03/01/2019 update No.2]
MSF Japan Tour as Scheduled: According to Tokyo Onkyo, as of today, Michael Schenker Fest's concerts in Japan which are scheduled for March 10-13, will be held as scheduled since sufficient precautionary measures against infectious diseases will be taken. Those who choose not to attend the shows will get a refund. I am not sure how sufficient measures would be possible, though. More or less at your own risk.

[03/01/2020 update]
Michael Schenker on Masa Ito's Rock TV: The next week's program (March 7) of Masa Ito's Rock City show on tvk TV will air an interview with Michael Schenker and MSF's Sleeping With The Light On video clip. Thanks, Mak!!

http://www.tvk-yokohama.com/rockcity/

[02/08/2020 update No.2]
A New Interview on Guitar World: The guitar world has published a new interview with Michael Schenker on their website.

[02/08/2020 update]
A New Interview on Rock Candy: The latest issue (February-March 2020) of the Rock Candy magazine has an interview with Michael Schenker. The introductory page can be viewed for free from here. You can also check out a blabbermouth's news article.

[01/26/2020 update]
2 New Guests Added to MSF's Upcoming Japan Tour: Tokyo Onkyo has announced that two new guests have been addd to Michael Schenker Fest's Japan tour which will take place in coming March, that are Ronnie Romero (guest singer on Revelation) and Barry Sparks (ex-MSG). (cf. 09/13/2019 update No.4 update)

Tour Lineup for Japan Tour (March 2020):
Michael Schenker - Guitar
Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley, Doogie White - Vocals
Steve Mann - Guitar / Keyboards, Chris Glen - Bass
Bodo Schopf, Simon Phillips - Drums

NEW GUESTS: Ronnie Romero - Vocals, Barry Sparks - Bass

[01/25/2020 update]
Mook On Michael Schenker To Be Published: A new 'Mook' (bOOK-Magazine) titled "Michael Schenker featuring MSG" is to be published by Shinko Music on March 13, 2020. It can be considered as a companion volume to "UFO featuring Michael Schenker which was publised in 2018 (cf. 03/02/2018 update No.6 et al).

Price: Yen 2,800 plus consumption tax
256 pages
ISBN:978-4-401-64905-1

Contents (Planned)

- Anniversary pinup collection including many unused cuts
- History of Michael Schenker
- Album reviews with detailed data (Comprehensive coverage of Scorpions/MSG/McSG/solo titles)
- 7-inch & 12-inch Analog Record Collection
- Complete gallery of "Obi" for Japanese Record Editions (Scorpions/UFO/MSG)
- Commentary on major related musicians (Biography/Related bands/works)
- Profile of players he has played with during his career
- Collection of rare & reprinted interviewsw & reports
- Entire record of his shows in Japan (date/set list/member/ticket stub etc.)
- Playing analysis (riffs/backing/lead plays)
- Other columns

[01/11/2020 update]
70000tons of Metal Cruise 2020: Robin McAuley was unable to join the performance of Michael Shenker Fest onboatd of the 70000tons of Metal Cruise as he became ill and was diagnosed with sepsis. According to a facebook post by his wife, Robin got the clear to leave the hospital on January 10th and "He will remain on IV antibiotics, which will be administered at home".

During the cruise, Michael Schenker's 65th birthday was celebrated on January 10.



[01/01/2020 update]
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock to Play @ Graspop Festival: Michael Schenker and mates will play for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in June 2020 in the name of Temple of Rock.

Michael Schenker - Lead / Rhythm Guitars
Doogie White - Vocals
Steve Mann - Guitar / Keyboards
Chris Glen - Bass
Bodo Schopf - Drums

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