Michael Schenker Group Announces Fall 2022 US Tour

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUPthe group led by the legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker, will embark on a US tour this fall. The trek will begin September 27 in San Juan Capistrano, California and end November 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tour dates:

With Eric Martin, PICTURES OF EDEN:

September 27 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA

September 28 – Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA

September 29 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

October 01 – Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA

October 02 – Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV

October 04 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO

Oct. 06 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL

October 07 – Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, Illinois

October 08 – Arcada Theater – St. Charles, Illinois

October 09 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI

October 11 – The Art Theater – Hobart, IN

October 12 – Pier’s – Ft. Wayne, IN

October 14 – The King of Clubs – Columbus, OH

October 15 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH

October 16 – Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

October 17 – Jergels – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

October 19 – The Vault – New Bedford, MA *MSG only

October 20 – Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH

October 21 – Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA

October 22 – Sony Hall – New York, NY

October 23 – Newton Theater – Newton, NJ

October 25 – Keswick Theater – Glenside, Pennsylvania

October 26 – Tally Ho – Leesburg, Virginia

October 27 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA

With DAMON JOHNSON AND GET THEM READY, PICTURES OF EDEN:

October 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, Ohio

October 30 – Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN

With WASP, SAINT IN ARMOR:

November 02 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

Nov 03 – Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX

November 04 – Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX

November 05 – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX

November 06 – Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK

GMS Programming of the 2022 American tour:

Michael Schenker – lead guitar

Ronnie Romero – voice

Bodo Schopf – drums

Steve Mann – keyboards, guitars

Barend Courbois – bass

There are few rock guitarists on this planet who have had such a lasting influence on as many renowned musicians as Michael Schenker. With his remarkably fluid style, his inexhaustible wealth of ideas and his instinctive sense of hooks and melodies, Michael Schenker is a living legend who, despite his long and distinguished history, still impresses with his tireless energy and dynamism. The blond shoemaker from Sarstedt, Germany, began his international career in the early 1970s with the SCORPIOrose to worldwide fame after joining a British rock band UFO then smoothly continued his outstanding worldwide success under his own name, as well as with acts such as MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (GMS to shorten it), ROCK TEMPLE and MICHAEL SCHENKER FESTIVAL. Schenker and his career, which spans more than fifty years, are absolute exceptions in the otherwise short-lived music industry.

Now its last GMS the album is about to be released, its release is scheduled for Atomic fire records on May 27 under the programmatic name of “Universal”. His latest offering will feature all the strengths of this exceptional musician: top notch songs with anthemic melodies, catchy guitar riffs and inspiring solos. As we would expect of him, Schenker has once again enlisted a number of high-profile fellow musicians for the recording of his new studio production, among them as lead vocalist. Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, VANDENBERG), which will also be GMSthe leader of their next tour, Michael Kiske (HELLO) and Ralf Scheeper (PRIMARY FEAR), keyboardist Steve Mann (LIONHEART), drummers Simon Phillips (TOTO, WHO), Brian Tichy (WHITE SNAKE, FOREIGNER), Bobby Rondinelli (RAINBOW) and Bodo Schopf (ELOY), as well as legendary bass players Bob Daisley (BLACK SABBATH), Barry Spark (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DOKKEN) and Barend Courbois (BLIND GUARDIAN, ZAKK WYLDE), with Tony Carey as a very special guest.

Like its predecessor “Immortal” (2021) and the MICHAEL SCHENKER FESTIVAL scrapbook “Resurrection” (2018) and “Revelation” (2019), “Universal” was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (LESSMANN/VOSS, MADMAX) at Vossit’s Children’s Studiowhich has become something of a creative home away from home for Schenker.

Michael Voss is happy to wait until I’ve worked out an idea and take the time to really get to know the song, while developing ideas for the vocals,” Schenker describes the successful collaboration that has one cog entangled with the other. “Then we work the drums, bass and some keyboard parts together. He always has plenty of good ideas up his sleeve.”

Compositional highlights abound on “Universal”haunting opening “Emergency” and more “Attack” with his laid-back groove for “The Universe”with an atmospheric duo of Ronnie Romero and Gary Bard, “Wrecking ball”performed brilliantly by Ralf Scheeperand “London Calling” with its tribute to the musical spirit of the British capital.

The rock anthem “A King Has Gone” and its introduction “Call Baal” both have a special meaning: the piece, sung by HELLO leader Michael Kiskeis a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dioespecially for his performance on the 1976 hard rock classic “Rising Rainbow”. For this reason, Schenker reunited an original RAINBOW rhythm section composed of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisleyalso enlisting the keyboardist Tony Careywho also played on “Rising Rainbow”for a great Moog synth intro – a direct reference to the iconic 1976 album opener intro “Woman Tarot”. The impressive result “Call Baal”/“A King Has Gone” is already considered one of the most important and successful songs of Schenkerto date, both musically and lyrically.

In line with all these highlights, the spectacular album cover designed by Zsofia Dankova (POWERWOLFamong others) characteristics Schenker in a futuristic spaceship, floating high in orbit. The work is based on the guitarist’s own visions.

“I had the original idea for the album cover a few years ago, but it’s only now that it seems to fit perfectly,” he says. “So I sent some older sketches to my label Atomic fire recordsand based on this, the final artwork and title of the album was created.”

Photo credit: Tina Korhonen

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