There are only a few rock legends that have had a career spanning over 40 years, who continue to write music and play live with the same enthusiasm and vigour as Michael Schenker.
My first introduction to guitar legend, Michael Schenker was via my brother, when I was 12 years old and heard MSG’s first album Armed and Ready. From that moment I was hooked and Michael Schenker is, and always will be, my first true guitar hero.
The release of the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is a fantastic reflection on the highlights of MSG’s existence. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the finest tracks brought to life again with the original vocalists and band members of the time. With Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley on vocals and the band made up of Ted McKenna (Drums) Chris Glen (Bass) and Steve Mann (Guitars and Keyboard) delivering the ever solid platform for Michael’s melodic virtuosity!
The grand intro music of ‘Searching For Freedom’ provides a fitting backdrop to the bands entrance as they burst straight into a Schenker instrumental classic, ‘Into The Arena’. With the excitement tangible and evident on every band members face, the Tokyo crowd were in for a night to remember.
Gary Barden is the first of the original vocalists to take the singing and chanting crowd through those early MSG classics such as ‘Attack Of The Mad Axeman’ and ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’. Michael Schenker was clearly relishing every moment and demonstrating the tone, feel and fretboard finesse that defines him as one of the finest guitarists in rock history.
The Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo gives us a rare glimpse of Graham Bonnet and Michael Schenker reunited to perform the hits off the album ‘Assault Attack’, including ‘Dancer’ and ‘Desert song’. The UK tour supporting that album was the first time I had seen MSG live, but alas not with Graham. With the classic Bonnet smooth demeanour of suit, shades and slick back hair easing through his set.
Michael’s instrumental interludes give fans more opportunity to witness his amazing ability to write well crafted songs with soaring guitar melodies that captivate all budding guitar players, old and new!
Robin McAuley takes to the stage and rifles through the ‘McAuley Schenker Group’ era songs including the brilliant ‘Save Yourself’ and ‘Love is Not A Game’ with his strong and powerful vocal style. He then took the crowd back to those instantly recognisable UFO classics of ‘Shoot Shoot’ and ‘Rock Bottom’.
The grand finale of the night, the legendary UFO song ‘Doctor Doctor’ sees all three vocalists performing together, a hearty rendition of an all time classic, leaving the Tokyo crowd in awe of what they had witnessed.
Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is a must for all MSG fans everywhere, bringing you the best of the MSG years. Michael Schenker continues to prove that his class is timeless.
Rock Will Never Die!
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST “LIVE” TOKYO
FEATURING THE ORIGINAL MSG VOCALISTS
GARY BARDEN, GRAHAM BONNET AND ROBIN MCAULEY
Released Friday 24th March 2017
Available on 2CD, 2CD+DVD combo, LP, DVD, Blu-ray, Digital
http://www.arfm.co.uk – The Unchained Rock Show – Mondays from 9pm.