Suffocation, Ihsahn, The Agonist, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aether Realm, The Agonist, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Axxis, Bloodbound, Candlemass, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Grave Digger, Haggard, Ihsahn, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, Trollfest, Venom, and Wintersun.

Michael Schenker Fest, Grave Digger, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Candlemass, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Flotsam And Jetsam, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Origin, Soen, Sortilège, Trollfest, Venom, and Wintersun.

Michael Schenker Fest Premiere “Behind The Smile” Lyric Video

Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest have premiered a lyric video for their song “Behind The Smile.” This track is from their new album “Revelation,” which was released today (September 20).

Michael Schenker Fest Premiere “Sleeping With The Light On” Music Video

Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest have premiered a new video for their new song “Sleeping With The Light On.” This track is from their new album “Revelation,” which will be released on September 20. Schenker commented:

“Many people in my interviews expressed how much they like this song and I tell them: wait till you see the video. It brings it to a whole other level. By the way, the making of the video was a lot of fun and sometimes even spooky. I hope you enjoy it.”

Michael Schenker Fest Premiere “Rock Steady” Music Video

Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest have premiered a new video for their new song “Rock Steady.” This track is from the band’s new album “Revelation,” which will be released on September 20.

Schenker commented:

“This song almost did not make it on the album. It developed from a ‘maybe’ into a definite, after we swapped things around like an added solo, psychedelic pieces, the lyrics, the slide plus all the other goodies and sprinkles. It turned out to be a party song telling my story, capturing many aspects of music. It was originally a song for guest musicians to be featured on the album, the ones I had in mind were Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; it had that kind of feel. Ronnie actually introduced his family to me in my dressing room in Hammersmith back in the ’80s and I’ve heard he’s a fan! So, I had asked my son Taro to knock on Ronnie’s door, since they both live in Barcelona, and tell Ronnie to bring Mick with him. The Beatles and The Stones were two of the first bands I got into. I had the pleasure to jam with Paul McCartney on an MSG album. Ronnie and Mick would have closed the cycle, but when Ted [McKenna, drums] passed away we had to focus on other things instead. We ended up scrapping the whole guest idea!”

“Revelation” Track Listing:

01. “Rock Steady”
02. “Under A Blood Red Sky”
03. “Silent Again”
04. “Sleeping With The Light On”
05. “The Beast In The Shadows”
06. “Behind The Smile”
07. “Crazy Daze”
08. “Lead You Astray”
09. “We Are The Voice”
10. “Headed For The Sun”
11. “Old Man”
12. “Still In The Fight”
13. “Ascension”

Bonus Tracks:

14. “Armed And Ready” (live)
15. “Bad Boys” (live)
16. “Rock Bottom” (live)

Michael Schenker Fest To Release New Album “Revelation” In August

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.

Schenker commented:

“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 Fest Announce New Drummer

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.

Schenker commented:

“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.”

Schopf added:

“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.”