Michael Schenker Group Premiere New Song “A King Has Gone”

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a new song titled “A King Has Gone.” This track is from the band’s new album “Universal,” which will be released on May 27.

The following was said about the song:

“The rock anthem “A King Has Gone”, taken from MSG’s new album “Universal”, and its intro “Calling Baal”, also available on “Universal”, both have a special significance: The track, sung by Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, is a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on the 1976 hard rock classic “Rainbow Rising”. For this reason, Michael Schenker has brought together an original Rainbow rhythm section consisting of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley.

Michael Schenker additionally enlisted keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on “Rainbow Rising”, for the terrific Moog synth intro “Calling Ball” – a direct reference to the iconic intro of the 1976 album opener “Tarot Woman”. The impressive result “Calling Baal”/”A King Has Gone” is already considered to be one of the most important and successful songs in Schenker’s career to date, both musically and lyrically, and can be enjoyed in its entirety on MSG’s new studio album “Universal”!

Michael Schenker Group Premiere “Emergency” Music Video

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a new video for their new song “Emergency.” This track is from the band’s new album “Universal,” which will be released on May 27. Schenker commented:

“‘Emergency’ is quite a complicated song with different rhythms but catchy at the same time. It’s fun to play and to listen to. Enjoy and keep on rocking.”

Michael Schenker Group Announce Fall U.S. Tour

The Michael Schenker Group have announced a fall U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Universal,” which is set to be released on May 27.

Tour Dates:

With Eric Martin and Images Of Eden:

09/27 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
09/28 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
09/29 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/01 Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
10/04 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
10/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
10/07 Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theater
10/08 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
10/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
10/11 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
10/12 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/14 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
10/15 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/16 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
10/19 New Bedford, MA – The Vault (MSG only)
10/20 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
10/21 Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
10/22 New York, NY – Sony Hall
10/23 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
10/25 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
10/26 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho
10/27 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

With Damon Johnson & The Get Ready and Images Of Eden:

10/29 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/30 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

With W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint:

11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/03 Corpus Christi TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena
11/05 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

Michael Schenker Group To Release New Album “Universal” In May

Michael Schenker will be releasing a new Michael Schenker Group album, titled “Universal,” on May 27. A number of artists contributed to the record including: Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), Michael Kiske (Helloween), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Steve Mann (Lionheart), Simon Phillips (ex-Toto), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow), Bodo Schopf (ex-Eloy), Bob Daisley (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Barry Sparks (ex-Dokken), Barend Courbois (ex-Blind Guardian), and Tony Carey (ex-Rainbow). You can find the cover art for the effort below:

AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place across two days, June 12 and July 17, and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

June 12:

  • AC/DC – “Through The Mists Of Time” / “Witch’s Spell” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 5000) (Columbia Records)
  • Alestorm – “Sunset On The Golden Age” (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Napalm Records)
  • Alkaline Trio – “From Here To Infirmary” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Vagrant Records)
  • Anti-Flag – “20/20 Division” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Spinefarm)
  • Avatar – “Hunter Gatherer” (2xLP) (limited to 1200) (eOne Music)
  • Beastie Boys – “Aglio E Olio” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Capitol)
  • Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Black Sabbath – “Heaven & Hell” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Def Leppard – “Live In Oxford” (2xLP) (limited to 4000) (Island/Mercury)
  • Deftones – “Digital Bath” (Telefon Tel Aviv version) / “Feiticeira” (Arca remix) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • The Doors – “Morrison Hotel Sessions” (2xLP) (limited to 7500) (Elektra)
  • Electric Wizard – “Time To Die” (2xLP) (limited to 3000) (Spinefarm)
  • Escape The Fate – “Chemical Warfare: B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Better Noise Music)
  • Gruntruck – “Push” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Real Gone Music)
  • The Hu – “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) & “Wolf Totem” (7″ picture disc) (limited to 2200) (Better Noise Music)
  • Ihsahn – “After” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Integrity – “Cradle To The Grave” (7″) (limited to 700) (Organized Crime)
  • King’s X – “Tape Head” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • King’s X – “Please Come Here… Mr. Bulbous” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • L7 – “The Beauty Process” (25th Anniversary Triple Platinum Edition) (limited to 2300) (Real Gone Music)
  • Lamb Of God – “As The Palaces Burn” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Mark Lanegan – “Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras And Oddities)” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Beggars Banquet)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (2xLP) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • Mötley Crüe – “40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set” (feat. “Too Fast For Love“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Theatre Of Pain“, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood“) (limited to 1750) (Better Noise Music)
  • Motörhead – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (10″ picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning / One Of These Days” (7″) (limited to 2500) (Sub Pop)
  • Negative Approach – “Tied Down Demo” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (TAANG!)
  • Opeth – “Morningrise” (2xLP) (limited to 3500) (Spinefarm)
  • Orange Goblin – “Eulogy For The Damned” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Pepper – “In With The Gold” (vinyl) (limited to 2100) (Volcom Entertainment)
  • Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle Of Mexico City” (2xLP) (limited to 12350) (Legacy)
  • Joey Ramone – “Don’t Worry About Me” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (BMG)
  • Michael Schenker Group – “Live In Manchester 1980” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Senses Fail – “Let It Enfold You” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Vagrant Records)
  • Sigh – “Heir To Despair” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Sleeping With Sirens – “How It Feels To Be Lost (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (Sumerian Records)
  • Stryper – “God Damn Evil” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Frontier Records)
  • The Sword – “Age Of Winters (15th Anniversary Edition)” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Kemado Records)
  • Thrice – “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere” (vinyl) (limited to 3000)(Vagrant Records)
  • UFO – “Mother Mary/This Kid’s” (10″) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Uriah Heep – “The Magician’s Birthday” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Triumph – “Allied Forces (40th Anniversary)” (vinyl box set) (limited to 1200) (Round Hill Records)
  • VAST – “Music For People” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Real Gone Music)

July 17:

  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3xLP) (limited to 2000) (New West Records)
  • Amigo The Devil – “Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Liars Club)
  • Bad Omens – “Live + Unplugged” (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Sumerian Records)
  • Bush – “Sea Of Memories” (10th Anniversary) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (eOne Music)
  • Cro-Mags – “The Age Of Quarrel” (vinyl) (limited to 3600) (Rock Hotel/Astor Place)
  • Dio – “God Hates Heavy Metal” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 3500) (BMG)
  • Evanescence – “The Open Door” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Fallujah – “The Harvest Wombs” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (Unique Leader)
  • Fear – “The Record” (LP/7″) (limited to 3500) (Run Out Groove)
  • From First To Last – “Dear Diary, My
  • Teenage Angst Has A Body Count” (original mix) (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Epitaph)
  • God Forbid – “Determination” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (M-Theory Audio)
  • Green Jellÿ – “333” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Say-10 Records)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle – “Heavy Metal (Live)” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2000) (BMG)
  • Hawkwind – “Greasy Truckers Party” (2xLP) (limited to 4500) (Parlophone)
  • (hed)p.e. – “Best Of Suburban Noize Years” (vinyl) (limited to 750) (Regime Music Group/Suburban Noize Records)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of” (eOne Music) (2xLP) (limited to 2000) (eOne Music)
  • King’s X – “Manic Moonlight” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • Mastodon – “Fallen Torches” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 6500) (Warner)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (12″ vinyl) (limited to 18500) (Legacy)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (cassette (limited to 6300) (Legacy)
  • Ramones – “Triple J Live At The Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia, July 8, 1980” (vinyl) (limited to 6000) (Sire)
  • St. Vincent – “Piggy” (Nine Inch Nails cover) / “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) (7″) (limited to 3200) (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Soen – “The Undiscovered Lotus” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Silver Lining Music)
  • Tad – “Inhaler” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Real Gone Music)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (LMLR)

[via The PRP]

Michael Schenker Premieres New Video For His Version Of Scorpions’ “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind”

Michael Schenker has premiered a new video for his version of Scorpions’ “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind.” This track is from the Michael Schenker Group’s new album “Immortal,” which was released today (January 29).

Schenker commented:

“‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind’ had to be my 50th-anniversary celebration song. It means so much to me, because it was my very first musical composition I wrote at the age of 15. And it was also the first song I had ever put on a record, also at the age of 15. In addition, this song from the original ‘Lonesome Crow’ Scorpions album, the very first album the Scorpions had ever recorded, has a solo on it that that was so perfect I would never change a note in 1000 years. I have no idea where it came from, alongside the other solos on ‘Lonesome Crow’, where you can hear that I am an amateur, young and developing as a kid. But this lead break came from somewhere else. I have no idea how it happened.

I wanted to re-record this song for ‘Immortal’, making it an epic, and put an additional long solo on the end of the song, which turned out so amazing. The sound describes my 50-year journey expressed on lead guitar. Again, it ended up so amazing, like an inner conversation throughout my life — questions and answers; making choices expressed on lead guitar.

With Gary Barden, Ronnie Romero, Robin McAuley and Doogie White making a contribution to my 50th anniversary, it turned out complete. Not to forget the amazing contribution of Simon Phillips on drums, Barry Sparks on bass, as well as Steve Mann on keyboards. Fantastic.

This is the fourth single for ‘Immortal’ — 50th anniversary of Michael Schenker.”

Michael Schenker Group Premiere “Sail The Darkness” Lyric Video

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Sail The Darkness.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immortal,” which will be released on January 29. Vocalist Ronnie Romero commented:

“Since I listened the demo, I got the feeling that this would become in a great song, because it sounds like the great old hard rock songs and the riff is just Michael Schenker at his best. And to me, it’s even more special because I had the chance to write the lyrics. I’m pretty sure the fans gonna love this one.”

Michael Schenker Group Premiere “After The Rain” Video

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a new video for their new song “After The Rain.” This track is from the band’s new album “Immortal,” which will be released on January 29.

Schenker commented:

“The song ‘After The Rain’ was coming out of the blue. A power ballad I have never done before. Michael Voss wrote some lyrics and vocal melodies, after I had put down my musically composition on backing track for this song. The next morning, Michael Voss played me what he had sang to it, and I said, ‘This is so beautiful, only you can sing this song.’ And it turned out amazing.”

Michael Voss added:

“This is an outstanding mellow-tuned power ballad with some unique Michael Schenker clean picking guitar style. When I first listened to Michael’s rough sketches, I was singing a kinda ‘lala’ melody that automatically drove me into the line, ‘Say have you been lonely.’ From there, I felt it must deal about a sad loss and a departure of a big love… but there will be sun and light… after the rain.”

Michael Schenker Group Premiere New Song “Drilled To Kill” Featuring Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers

The Michael Schenker Group have premiered a new song titled “Drilled To Kill.” The track, which features Primal Fear’s Ralf Scheepers on vocals, finds Schenker taking on Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) in a battle of guitar vs. keyboard. You can find a lyric video for the song below. As previously reported, the Michael Schenker Group’s new album “Immortal” will be released on January 29.

Cover Art Revealed For New Michael Schenker Group Album “Immortal”

Michael Schenker has revealed the cover art for the new Michael Schenker Group album “Immortal.” That effort will be released on January 8, 2021 and Schenker had the following to say about it:

“We have a lot of guest musicians, who will undoubtedly help to make the album an exceptional success. First of all I want to say that I am very grateful to any musicians that have helped to create a fitting tribute to my long career on this special release. I want to thank all of them for their incredible contribution.“