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Michael Schenker Fest - Recording Second Album


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MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST - Currently Recording 2nd Album + Announce New Drummer

US Tour Kicks Off On April 15th At The Whisky A Go Go

Following the release of their successful first album Resurrection, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording their second album, co-produced by Michael Schenker & Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.

The news is bittersweet as the band recently mourned the passing of beloved MSF drummer Ted Mckenna.

Michael comments, "We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna - our amazing drummer and dearest friend - passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.  Rest in peace Ted, we will miss you x.”

The band also announced they will be welcoming back Simon Philipps and Bodo Schopf - who each played drums in MSG - to the Michael Schenker Fest line-up.  Simon who played on the MSG debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming US tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. With the sudden passing of Ted Mckenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the US tour.

Michael states, "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."

Bodo comments, "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 fans. RIP Ted.”

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off their US tour on April 15th at the Whisky A GO GO.  The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18th in Austin. TX!

Before this kicks off, the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST family is going to tour North America:

4/15/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019 Whisky A Go Go - West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019 Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019 Ace of Spades - Sacramento, CA 
4/21/2019 Revolution Hall - Portland, OR 
4/22/2019 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC 
4/24/2019 The Palace (formerly Flames Central) – Calgary, AB CANADA
4/27/2019 Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO 
4/28/2019 The Truman - Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019 Bourbon Hall - Louisville, KY
5/03/2019 The Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
5/05/2019 Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2019 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
5/09/2019 The Egg - Albany, NY
5/10/2019 The Palladium - Worcester, MA
5/11/2019 Irving Plaza – New York City, NY
5/12/2019 The Space at Westbury - Westbury, NY 
5/14/2019 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019 The National – Richmond, VA
5/16/2019 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019 Empire Garage – Austin, TX

A Decade of the Mad Axeman - Michael Schenker Fest

Reader Comments (4)

I will be at the Vancouver date \m/
Looking forward to it !

The last time I saw MSG was when they did a tour with Lynch Mob and Sister Sin, what a killer line up that was !!
March 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCanadianMetal
Respectfully, I think the success of this new iteration of the MS Diaries is due to the fact that he has established a fairly consistent (and relatively recent) streak of playing well and playing the classics that people want to hear (charitably, the new music isn't going to gain new fans and might even make some longtime fans go "meh").

His verbal slap fights with his brother and the Scorps? Background noise, so long as he doesn't go off the deep end again. And, by all accounts, he is keeping his 'crazy' limited to the comments he hurls every now and again (his interviews come across as mystical Uli Jon Roth coupled with a decidedly paranoid streak). So the fans win. I saw him a few years back and he was surprisingly good! As long as he has the band to back him up, he is guaranteed a run of smaller venues and lower-peg festival slots. Again, the fans win.
March 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHim
. . . by the way, CanadianMetal, what is your favorite metal band from your country? Just curious.
March 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Such a tragedy to lose their drummer the way they did yet I’m sure he is happy looking down from Rock & Roll Heaven to see not one but two ex-MSGers returning to play and record with Schenker, which brings me to this ...

Why not just call his band MSG or just roll out with Michael Schenker or just Schenker in big chrome capital letters?

Michael Schenker Fest? You can explain away all you want but it just doesn’t sound like the name of a band.

Dude is SO mega-talented, yet cluesless to the obvious when it comes to marketing himself. Kinda reminds me of how Santana went so UNROCK with the tie dye sh*t when the man used to be a total bada*s, dripping in black leather from head to toe!

Still, there’s no denying his natural virtuosity and I’m glad to see he’s seemed to have beat his demons who once held him back for so long, even if it does mean he’s gonna come up with goofball names for his bands now.
March 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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