MICHAEL SCHENKER: “My First Musical Composition “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind”, Which I Actually Wrote All By Myself In My Mother’s Kitchen And The SCORPIONS Credited Themselves For It, Naughty Guys!”

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST (Live at the O2 Academy, Newcastle, U.K., November 9, 2018)
Photo: Mick Burgess

50 Years of Incredible Music Celebrated

Few guitarist have influenced so many musicians or left such a mark in the history of Heavy Metal the way that Michael Schenker has. From his first recordings with The Scorpions to UFO, MSG, McAuley Schenker Group, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock and Michael Schenker Fest he has always played with a level of emotion that continues to inspire and amaze. To celebrate 50 years of making music, Michael is releasing a new Michael Schenker Group album Immortal featuring 4 singers and a long list of other guest musicians. Michael took the time to talk to MER’s Bryce Van Patten about the new album, the touring lineup, the way it all came together and what’s next for MSG and Michael Schenker Fest.

Michael Schenker Group – Immortal Lineup

Michael Schenker – Guitars
Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW) – Vocals
Michael Voss (MAD MAX ) – Vocals
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) – Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE) – Vocals
Barry Sparks (Dokken) – Bass
Steve Mann – Keyboards
Brian Tichy (ex-WHITESNAKE) – Drums
Bodo Schopf – Drums
Simon Philips (ex-TOTO) – Drums

First Edition Bonus

The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: Michael says “We have the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Bang Your Head – Blu-ray, recorded during our headline show in Balingen/Germany two years ago: Unfixed, raw, pure and great! There’s a couple of small mistakes, but because the show and recording went so well, I decided to keep it the way it went on the night. It’s live, magic and pure“.

Michael Schenker Group Immortal album art


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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