Back in 1979, the "German Wunderkind" decided to be his own boss. He founded the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP aka M.S.G. and released the masterpieces Assault Attack and Built To Destroy, the live legacy One Night At Budokan as well as the McAULEY SCHENKER GROUP pearls Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. Around that time, outstanding musicians such as Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG etc.), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.), Cozy Powell (ex-GARY MOORE etc.), Chris Slade (AC/DC), Pete Way (UFO etc.) and Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE) were all invited by Schenker to play with him. M.S.G. also became home of great vocalists, most notably Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley. Those guys were also a part of the comprehensive MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, whose celebrated Tokyo show was released as live CD, DVD and Blu-ray this March recently passed.
Now the time has come for Michael Schenker to move another step forward: He fulfills the long-awaited dream of all hard rock fans by entering the studio as MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. The band have just started the recording process for a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. Its release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.
Comments Schenker, "I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will feature 3 original M.S.G. singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley - plus Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK). Keep on rockin'!"
With this latest signing, a long-desired dream came true for the South Germany-based label. Owner Markus Staiger grew up with Michael Schenker's music and is also one of his greatest admirers. "I'm proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he's the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13 years old. But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead. It's a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to Lovedrive and Michael Schenker Group for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!"
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be playing several shows this year, including two German performances at Bang Your Head!!! Festival and Capitol Offenbach.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - Tour Dates:
2017 MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
Featuring 3 original M.S.G singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley
07/15/2017 D Balingen - Bang Your Head!!! Festival
10/15/2017 J Tokyo - Loud Park Festival
10/25/2017 D Offenbach - Capitol
10/27/2017 E Santander - Escenario Santander
10/28/2017 E Pamplona - Auditorio de Burlada
10/29/2017 E Barcelona - Razzmatazz
10/31/2017 NL Zoetermeer - De Boerderij
11/02/2017 UK London - o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
11/03/2017 UK Sheffield - o2 Academy
11/04/2017 UK Manchester - o2 Ritz
11/05/2017 UK Hull - City Hall
2018 MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST
Featuring 3 original M.S.G. singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK)
03/06/2017 The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD
03/07/2017 Carnegie Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
03/09/2017 Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
03/10/2017 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
03/11/2017 Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
03/12/2017 Club Soda - Montreal, QC CANADA
03/14/2017 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
03/16/2017 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
03/17/2017 Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
03/18/2017 Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
03/19/2017 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
03/22/2017 Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA
03/24/2017 Events Center - San Jose, CA
03/25/2017 The Grove - Anaheim, CA
03/26/2017 Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
03/27/2017 House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
03/29/2017 Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO
03/31/2017 Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
04/01/2017 Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
04/03/2017 The Ritz - Tampa, FL