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.”
During Michael Schenker’s (UFO etc.) show in San Jose, CA last night (May 3), he was joined onstage by Metallica legend Kirk Hammett. The two shredded covers of UFO’s “Natural Thing” and Scorpions’ “Blackout.” Check out some fan-filmed footage of “Blackout” below: