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michael schenker

Anyone who witnessed the alcoholic and mental breakdown of the versatile German guitarist in 2007 could be forgiven for never wanting to see the mad axeman in action ever again. Schenker was to quote one of his own signature tunes in UFO, Rock Bottom!

Ze six string stinger who has astounded fans worldwide with his amazing fret work from his time with the Scorpions as a young teenager, then throughout the seventies with UFO and then his own MSG was constantly topping the polls as the best guitarist in the world. These past five years Schenker has had to work from from the bottom to the top all over again.

Getting his act back together again, a clean shaven and minded Schenker had to go back to the clubs to rebuild his reputation. With help from his friends, Schenker has made two well received albums, 'In The Midst Of Beauty' from 2008 and last year's 'Temple Of Rock'. Metal Mickey has once again proved the doubters wrong by spellbinding concert goers at venues that he rightly deserves to be playing once again.

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For anyone who had given up hope of our guitar hero ever capturing his former greatness then this live DVD is immortalized proof that Schenker is here to stay, playing in my opinion better than ever before.

Fully focussed and determined, Schenker is the king of the Flying V.

This DVD was filmed at the O13 in Tilburg Holland, the home of the Roadburn Festival, one of Europe's best live venues. I was lucky to catch Schenker and co the very night before at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in a storming and mind blowing gig and despite playing seven gigs in a row and travelling overnight to the Netherlands, the band show no sign of Metal fatigue here.

With a wide range of camera angles, you get the full set that featured Scotsman Doogie White on vocals plus former Scorpions buddies Herman 'ze German' Rarebell and Francis Bucholz, along with the loyal keysman/guitarist Wayne Findlay. Plus Michael Voss appears here to sing on 'Hanging On'.

It's a colossal set list taking in Michael's solo career plus the very best of his time in the Scorpions and UFO. Although Michael wasn't in the Scorps when they recorded 'Rock You Like A Hurricane', this track is rightly included as it was written by Herman ze other crazy German and is gloriously cheesy and magnificent. They certainly don't write them like that any more and that is a shame.

With a bonus concert of the appearance at the High Voltage Festival in London from 2011 which featured guests Rudolf Schenker, Pete Way and Jeff Scott Soto this is a must have purchase for any Schenker devotee.

Most folks will have already asked for Led Zep's 'Celebration Day' on their Christmas wish list but be nice and ask Santa to put some Schenker in yer Christmas Stocking.


Tuesday 9 April 2013: Stockton on Tees ARC
Wednesday 10 April 2013: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Thursday 11 April 2013: Edinburgh HMV Picturehouse
Friday 12 April: Newcastle o2 Academy
Saturday 13 April 2013: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Sunday 14 April 2013: Warrington Parr Hall
Tuesday 16 April 2013: Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Wednesday 17 April 2013: Bristol o2 Academy
Thursday 18 April 2013: Salisbury City Hall
Friday 19 April 2013: Oxford o2 Academy
Saturday 20 April 2013: Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 21 April 2013: Norwich Waterfront
Friday 31 May 2013: London o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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For a review of this year's gig last May, click here and to hear an interview Mark Taylor did with Michael Schenker last January click here.

You can see's Mark Taylor's many reviews and interviews right here. It's an impressive list...




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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