Michael Schenker - 'Fest Live Tokyo' (CD/DVD)

THE BAND:
Michael Schenker - guitar
Chris Glenn - bass
Steve Mann - guitar/keyboards
Ted McKenna - drums
featured vocalist:
Gary Barden (1980-81, 1982-84, 2008-10)
Graham Bonnet (1982)
Robin McAuley
(1986-94, 2012)


SET LIST:
01."Intro: Searching For Freedom"
02."Into The Arena"
03."Attack Of The Mad Axeman" ft. Gary Barden
04."Victim Of Illusion" ft. Gary Barden
05."Cry For The Nations" ft. Gary Barden
06."Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" ft. Gary Barden
07."Armed And Ready" ft. Gary Barden
08."Coast To Coast"
09."Assault Attack" ft. Graham Bonnet
10."Desert Song" ft. Graham Bonnet
11."Dancer" ft. Graham Bonnet
12."Captain Nemo"
13."This Is My Heart" ft. Robin McAuley
14." Save Yourself" ft. Robin McAuley
15." Love Is Not A Game" ft. Robin McAuley
16." Shoot Shoot" ft. Robin McAule
17." Rock Bottom" ft. Robin McAuley
18." Doctor Doctor" ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley

 

   The Michael Schenker Group (often abbreviated as M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker. In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1993. After that, in 1996 the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.
The music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Schenker is famous for his half-black, half-white Gibson Flying V electric guitar and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. He is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.
Michael Schenker (born Michael Willy Schenker, 10 January 1955) is a German rock guitarist, best known for his tenure in UFO, in addition to his solo band. Nicknamed the "Blonde Bomber", he first rose to fame as an early member of Scorpions, then achieved fame in the mid-1970s as the lead guitar player for UFO. Since leaving UFO in 1978, he has been leading the Michael Schenker Group in various incarnations. He has rejoined UFO three times, producing an album each time. He is the younger brother of Rudolf Schenker, who is still a guitarist with Scorpions. His career has had many ups and downs, partly due to a long history of alcoholism and personal problems; still, Schenker continues to perform and record.  He has been called "a legendary figure in the history of metal guitar."
In 1979, Schenker started a solo career by founding the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). The history of MSG is strewn with personality conflicts and incidents. In 1982, original singer Gary Barden, who sang on the first two studio albums and a live album, was fired in favor of Graham Bonnet. Bonnet lasted one album (Assault Attack) and a single gig, at Sheffield University, where he drunkenly exposed himself and was subsequently fired from the band. Barden rejoined MSG for the rest of the tour. He also appeared on the 1983 studio album (Built to Destroy) and the band's second live album (Rock Will Never Die).
After Barden's second departure, Schenker reorganized the band around himself and new singer Robin McAuley and renamed it the McAuley Schenker Group. The new incarnation of MSG was steered toward a more commercial hard rock sound. After three albums, Schenker and McAuley parted company. In the meantime, he briefly replaced Robbin Crosby in Ratt, appearing on their 1990 MTV Unplugged performance.
In 1993, Schenker rejoined UFO. He co-wrote (with Phil Mogg) nearly the whole of their reunion album, Walk on Water ('95), and toured with them briefly.
He then resurrected the Michael Schenker Group with all new members and recorded three more albums, 'Written in the Sand', 'The Unforgiven', and 'Be Aware of Scorpions' before rejoining UFO for two further releases, 'Covenant' and 'Sharks'.
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    Michael Schenker Fest Live was filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
    The concert opens with an instrumental intro befor original vocalist the legendary Gary Barden hits the stage.  Gram performs all of the M.S.G. hits he recorded with the band.  Some of the songs Gary performs are, "Attack Of The Mad Axeman", "Cry For The Nations" and Armed And Ready".  Like always Gary was in perfect form never missing a cue.  Next up was Granam Bonnet though Graham never got the chance to perform with the band he did record one album with M.S.G.  Next up was Robin McAuley who also performed the legendary hits from his days with the then call McAuley Schenker Group.  In between each vocalist Michael performs one of his signature instrumentals.  Halfway through the show Gary and Robin comes out to perform the song "Dancer".  To round off the show all three vocals perform three UFO songs, "Shot Shot, Rock Bottom and of course "Doctor Doctor.  As Scheker fans we hope this will not be a one of a kind performance!  Of all the Schenker shows I have not only witnessed in person along with watching on DVD this has to be the greatest!!!! This is a must have for all rock and roll fans!!!!