Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest project have officially finished the recording process for their new album “Revelation.” The effort will be released on August 23 via Nuclear Blast.
“Based on the fun that we had recording ‘Resurrection’, the success of the album and the surrounding tours we undertook that were just fantastic, I was deeply inspired to make a start on writing new songs for a new MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST album. It is even a step up from ‘Resurrection’ with amazing input from all singers and all musicians – I could not ask for a better result. The songs are blazing, snappy, energetic, melodic and with drummers like Simon Philips and Bodo Shopf we got amazing results. This time we even managed to record three great mid-tempo songs with all singers involved, singing their hearts out.
The album title and cover concept expresses things that have happened in my past as well as what is still happening at the present time. It’s about passion and purity versus greed and corruption. There is much to say. It’s about time I let people know about some of this.”
Schenker also added the following about co-producer Michael Voss:
“Michael Voss is a fantastic musician with great input as a co-producer. Our chemistry is something else. We have a way of working together that is extremely creative.“
He went on to reveal that Ronnie Romero contributed guest vocals to one song:
“An incredible thing happened; we had this song that was ready to be worked on and Michael Voss suggested Ronnie Romero from Ritchie Blackmore’s RAINBOW, who Voss had worked with in the past, to sing on this song as a guest. What came out of it was classic. Amazing vocals with blazing music that absolutely rocks! We are ready to present this unique album to the world and I am very much looking forward to getting this album out there. Our label Nuclear Blast is totally happy with this record and I was especially happy getting a message from Markus Staiger, the founder of Nuclear Blast, saying how much he loves this album.”
Michael Schenker has recruited drummers Bodo Schopf and Simon Phillips for his Michael Schenker Fest project. Schopf will serve as a permanent replacement for the late Ted McKenna, but will only have a limited role on their new album due to him taking extra time to prepare for tour. Phillips will serve as the main studio drummer for the effort.
“We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST.”
“I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances and I’m proud to rock for him and all the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST fans. RIP Ted.”
Michael Schenker has announced that Michael Schenker Fest are currently recording a new album and that it will be released in August. He said the following:
“Thank you to my fans all around the world for all the birthday messages I have received today. I’d like to take this opportunity to repay your kind birthday messages by announcing that I am currently in the studio with Michael Voss recording a second MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST studio album. With great pleasure, we will once again have Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White on vocals with Chris Glen (bass) Ted McKenna (drums) and Steve Mann (keys / guitar). It’s great to keep the family together for another studio album and it’s already sounding great.”
Michael Schenker Fest have premiered a new video for “Take Me To The Church.” This track appears on the album “Resurrection.“
“Today we are releasing the new video for ‘Take Me To The Church’, released from Michael Schenker Fest’s debut album, ‘Resurrection’. We filmed the video in an old church in St Petersburg, Russia as well as at our live show there that same evening. The process was an interesting experience. The fans in Russia were great for the video, too.”
Doogie White added:
“‘Take Me To The Church’ was the obvious choice, given the terrific response in the live arena and from fans and reviewers alike, so we decided to bite the bullet and shoot a video. This was the first of three songs Michael and I wrote for the ‘Resurrection’ album, continuing the partnership we started with ‘Temple Of Rock’.
“It is always fascinating to see how others interpret lyrics and bring them to life visually. We also knew that fans would want to see live footage of the lineup; we added some of that too. So once you have watched the video and learned your lines, you can sing along when we come to a town or city near you. ALRIGHT…”
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and Robin McAuley are both featured on a new Michael Schenker Fest track titled “Heart And Soul.“ That song will appear on the new album “Resurrection,“ which will be released on March 2.