Scorpions, UFO, and MSG guitarist Michael Schenker recently embarked a UK tour with his project, The Temple of Rock in support of their new album Bridge The Gap.

The band features two of Schenker’s former Scorpions band mates Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), along with ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White, and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

Opening the show was the excellent Western Sand, who were definitely up for the challenge of supporting such a legend. The band was hard rocking and looked like they were enjoying themselves in the process. Front man Tyler Hains engaged the audience throughout their performance. The band easily got the crowd warmed up on a cold Newcastle night to tracks like “Broken Bones” and “Cut You Down To Size,”  from their new EP of the same name, leaving the crowd ready for the man himself, Michael Schenker.

A great turnout for a school night. Michael Schenker and The Temple of Rock taking to the stage to the UFO classic “Doctor Doctor.” Michael “Armed and Ready” with his trusty Dean Guitar, playing with one arm raised in the air demonstrates such showmanship and flare, the guitar almost becoming an extension of his body, he is truly a joy to watch. The Scorpions connection of bass player Buchholz and Schenker is still clearly there, the pair playing off each other during a superb rendition of “Into The Arena.”

The band played an excellent well thought out set list of classics spanning Michael’s extensive career, including fan favorites like, “Love Drive” and “Let It Roll,” as well as newer tracks like, “Where the Wild Winds Blow” from the band’s latest album Bridge The Gap.

Of course the evening would not be complete without the Scorpions hit, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and the crowd hung on every word as the former Scorp’s drummer Herman Rarebell led the audience into the chorus. The band is tight. They closed their main set with the classic “Rock Bottom,” which included a monumental Schenker solo, and left the crowd  desperately wanting more.

For the encore the guys returned to the stage to give the fans what they wanted… “Lights Out,” this is melodic rock and guitar mastery at it’s best.

Recently, the band has just released the video for “Vigilante Man,” the first track from their upcoming album Spirit On A Mission, which drops on March 23. If this show is any indication, fans are in for more of what they love from Michael Schenker.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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