Superstar rock guitarist Michael Schenker brought the house down on March 14, 2018 at The Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Michael Schenker, younger brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker’s, has had a long and storied career as one of rock’s greatest guitarists. Starting off at age 16 in The Scorpions, playing the lead for UFO, teaming with Robin McAuley to form The McCauley Schenker Band, and now his latest creation Temple of Rock, his career has spanned almost 50 years.
On March 24th, Schenker is set to release “Michael Schenker Fest Live, a celebration of this storied career, which was taped last August in Tokyo, Japan”. To support the release, he has hit the road with McAuley and Michael Schenker Group vocalists Graham Bonnet and Gary Barden.
Michael Schenker Fest as the ensemble is known has MSG vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley with current Michael Schenker Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White taking turns running through his career of hits. The group also features Ted McKenna on drums, Steve Mann on guitar & keyboards, and Chris Glen on bass.
Gary Barden was first up to the stage belting out “Sleeping Dogs” and “Attack of the Mad Axeman”. Then, Robin McAuley made a brief appearance to provide backing vocals on the new tune “Messing Around”. An aspect that would be repeated throughout the night as the contingent of vocalists, jokingly referred to as the “Schenker-rettes”, would take turns providing backing vocals for each other.
Schenker then made reference that over 40 years have passed since he gave his brother Rudolph the song “Coast to Coast” for the Scorpions album Lovedrive. Graham Bonnet was alive and strong as he ran the vocal range on “Desert Song” as well as new songs “Dancer” and “Night Moods” from his latest release Resurrection. Next up on stage was Robin McAuley providing the searing vocals on “Bad Boys” and “Anytime”. Closing the show was a powerful set by frontman Doogie White on “Vigilante Man”, “Take Me to the Church” as well as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio on “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”.
The show closed with all of the vocalists coming together on stage to run through a list of UFO hits including “Rock Bottom”.
Once again, Schenker looked back on his storied career as he again quoted that it had been over 40 years since he recorded “Strangers in the Night” with UFO, an album voted one of the best live rock albums of all time.
The show consisted of over 27 songs highlighting his entire career including a 3-song encore.
Event Date: 14-MAR-2018