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28th June 2017

michael schenker

Michael Schenker will enter the studio as Michael Schenker Fest to record a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. The release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.

Also, a new American tour will take place in March and this sees the return of Doogie White to the Schenker ranks, which means four vocalists will be participating as Michael Schenker Fest also features the three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

Michael told us:

"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 bring together past and present in the form of three original MSG singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley - and the current Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). Keep on rockin'!"

South Germany-based Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger is calling his latest signing a long-desired dream came true:

"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 four UK show dates in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Hull.

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2017 dates, featuring three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

15th July (DE) – Balingen, Bang Your Head!!! Festival
15th October: (JPN) – Tokyo, Loud Park Festival
25th October: (DE) – Offenbach, Capitol
27th October: (ES) – Santander, Escenario Santander
28th October: (ES) – Pamplona, Auditorio de Burlada
29th October: (ES) – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
31st October: (NL) – Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02nd November: (UK) – London, o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
03rd November: (UK) – Sheffield, o2 Academy
04th November: (UK) – Manchester, o2 Ritz
05th November: (UK) – Hull, City Hall

Tickets for UK dates are available right here.

2018 dates featuring Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock)

6th March: (USA) – Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore
7th March: (USA) – Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Music Hall
9th March: (USA) – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
10th March: (USA) – New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11th March: (USA) – Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
12th March: (CAN) – Montreal, QC, Club Soda
14th March: (USA) – Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
16th March: (USA)– Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre
17th March: (USA) – Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
18th March: (USA) – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
19th March: (USA) – Minneapolis, MN, Cabooze
22nd March: (USA) – Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
24th March: (USA) – San Jose, CA, Events Center
25th March: (USA) – Anaheim, CA, The Grove
26th March: (USA) – Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre
27th March: (USA) – Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
29th March: (USA) – Denver, CO, Cervantes Ballroom
31st March: (USA) – San Antonio, TX, Vibes Event Center
1st April: (USA) – Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
3rd April: (USA) – Tampa, FL, The Ritz

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It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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