Doogie White

Tue
29
May

SCHUBERT IN ROCK Gathers All Star Cast For June Album Release

Friday, June 29, 2018
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Pure Steel Records are excited to announce the Official release date of the of the new album "Commander OF Pain" , the spectacular, all-star project headed by Austria's rock legend Klaus Schubert,  is set for June 29, 2018. The pre-order phase will begin on June 15th, 2018 through the Pure Steel Records Web Shop. 
 
The album will be made available on CD and other Media formats which will soon be announced.
 
SCHUBERT IN ROCK, inaugurated by Klaus Schubert, lead guitarist and mastermind of NO BROS, is taking what was established and is now going to the next level. 

Back in 2013, Schubert assembled some of the most legendary international rock artists and long-time friends to record new versions of NO BROS' greatest hits. Among those previously featured were Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Biff Byford (SAXON), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE), Marc Storace (KROKUS), Doogie White (RAINBOW), Bernie Marsden (WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, BRIAN MAY) and Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE). The riveting project turned out to be a huge success and culminated in a sensational sell-out show at the Congress concert hall in Innsbruck.
 
Much like the first self-titled album, the new "Commander of Pain" project will feature some of the world's most celebrated Artists and musicians, making for, yet, another milestone in Austrian Rock Music. 

"Commander of Pain" will introduce entirely new songs, all of them tailor-made for each artist while remaining true to SCHUBERTs distinctive sonic signature.
Special Guest Artists Line-Up; Marc Storace (KROKUS), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE), Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK), Carl Sentance (Current NAZARETH Singer), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER), Michael Vescera (Y. J. MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, OBSESSION), Dan McCafferty (Former NAZARETH Singer) as well as Austrian artist Ewald Pfleger from the international chart-breaking band OPUS.
SCHUBERT IN ROCK Main Line-Up: Klaus Schubert (guitars), Walt Stuefer (Vocals), Andy Marberger (Bass guitar, backing vocals), Bernie Welz (drums) and Andy J. Brunner (keyboards).
 
TRACKLIST:
1. Empathy
2. Burning Heart
3. Little Boy
4. Too Late
5. Under The Lights
6. World With No Tomorrow
7. Forgive Me When I Fall
8. Ride The Bullet
9. On The Line
10. It´s Our World
11. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
12. Commander Of Pain
13. My Name Is Judas
 
Total Playing Time: 70:10 min
 
Tracks Featuring Special Guests Artists
1. Empathy – Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) - vocals
2. Burning Heart – Marc Storace (KROKUS) – vocals
4. Too oo Late – Dan McCafferty (Original NAZARETH Singer) – vocals, Martin Seimen – Keyboards, Gery Moder – rhythm guitar
5. Under The Lights – Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER) vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) – keyboards
6. World With Noo Tomorrow – Carl Sentance (Current NAZARETH Vocalist) – vocvocals, Jennifer Batten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK) – guitar solo
7. Forgive Me When I Fall – Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, JOURNEEY, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) keyboards, Ewald Sunny Pfleger (OPUS) – guuitar solo
8. Ride The Bullet – Daniel Haselwanter – Bouzouzouki, Gery Moder – Slide Guitar
9. On The Line – Michaelael Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS) – vocals
10. It´s Ourr World – Dan McCafferty (NAZARETH) – vocals, Jennifer Battetten (MICHAEL JACKSON, JEFF BECK) – guitar solo
12. Commander Of Paain – Marc Storace (KROKUS) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purpleple) – keyboards
13. My Name Is Judas - Doogie White (RAINBOW, MICHHAEL SCHENKER) – vocals, Don Airey (Deep Purple) – keyboardsrds
 
 
Mon
21
Dec

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - MICHAEL SCHENKER, DOOGIE WHITE

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INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL SCHENKER, HERMAN RAREBELL & DOOGIE WHITE (TEMPLE OF ROCK), MAD MAX, GRAVE DIGGER & BLACK TRIP  ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

Listen now at:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-interviews-with-michael-schenker-herman-rarebelldoogie-white-more/

 
Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) and two of his bandmates from Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, Herman Rarebell (ex Scorpions) and Doogie White (ex Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow) are interviewed on this week's show. All 3 members choose songs from their current album 'Spirit On A Mission', along with tracks from previous bands.
 
First up, Michael tells fans what they can expect from the setlist on the band's UK tour in January 2016 (full dates at http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/tour.php ), and also discusses the band's forthcoming third album, and his longterm vision for Temple of Rock. You'll also hear Michael's choice of a classic Scorpions song.

Doogie White then celebrates the 20th anniversary of the album he recorded with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, 'Stranger In Us All', choosing 2 songs and looking back on how he came to join the band, giving an insight into the writing, recording and tour for the album. Doogie also pays tribute to original Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and chooses 2 of his favourite songs from Ronnie's tenure with the band.
 
The Temple of Rock triple threat concludes with drummer Herman Rarebell, who begins the first in a series of 7 interviews covering the newly released remastered reissues of 8 classic Scorpions albums on SPV Records. Herman tells how he came to join the band in 1977 and shares his memories of the recording and tours for the 'Taken By Force' and 'Tokyo Tapes' albums and Uli Jon Roth's departure from the group. Herman also selects two songs from each record.
 
The show concludes with quickfire interviews with bands who have released some of Rich's favourite albums of 2016; Michael Voss talks about Mad Max's 'Thunder Storm and Passion' collection of re-recorded 80s classics, Joseph Tholl from exciting new Metal band Black Trip discusses their album 'Shadowline', Grave Digger mainman Chris Boltendahl looks at their newly re-recorded compilation of 80s classics 'Exhumation-The Early Years', and heartland Rocker Melissa Etheridge drops in for a chat about her live cd/dvd/blu ray 'A Little Bit of Me - Live In LA'
 
For the latest in Rock & Metal news, check out www.bravewords.com www.melodicrock.com www.metalshockfinland.com
 
 
Tue
28
Apr

MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces January 2016 UK Tour

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his band Temple of Rock starting at the Bilston Robin in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 20th January 2016.
A 48-Hour Planet Rock ticket pre-sale starts at 9am on Wednesday 29th April at www.planetrock.com. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday 1st May via www.thegigcartel.com and the 24-hour box office: 0844 478 0898.
 

Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album Spirit On A Mission which features the singles Vigilante Man and Live and Let Live.
Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
 

Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman
The new album features twelve classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.
 
 
Thu
22
Jan

MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces Spring North American Tour

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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LEGENDARY GUITARIST MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!

 
Few rock guitarists have as impressive a resume as Michael Schenker does - as he has supplied his six-string talents to such world-renowned acts as the Scorpions, UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group over the years. And it is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of his killer new disc, 'Spirit on a Mission,' released March 24, 2015.
 
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane" rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
 
The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA (the day after the release of 'Spirit on a Mission'), and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th. 
 
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of 'Spirit on a Mission.' "Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote 'Spirit On A Mission.' I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock." To get a taste of the new line-up, view the video for the tune "Vigilante Man" here: youtube.com/watch?v=21EaEwU4szU
 
Undoubtedly, this set of North American dates are the first step towards establishing Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock as a global force.

Temple Of Rock - Spirit On A Mission - World Tourour  
Featuring:

Michael Schenker (guitar)
Doogie White (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (7 string guitar/keyboards)

MAR 25 2015 @ Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA
MAR 27 2015 @ Tonic in Portland, OR           
MAR 28 2015 @ Studio Seven in Seattle, WA           
APR 01 2015 @ Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
APR 02 2015 @ Yoshi's in Oakland, CA           
APR 03 2015 @ Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA           
APR 04 2015 @ M-15 Concert Hall in Corona, CA
APR 07 2015 @ Vamp'd in Las Vegas, NV           
APR 08 2015 @ Livewire Concert Hall in Scottsdale, AZ           
APR 10 2015 @ Trees in Dallas, TX           
APR 11 2015 @ 210 Kapones Live in San Antonio, TX           
APR 12 2015 @ 18th Street in San Leon, TX           
APR 15 2015 @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY           
APR 16 2015 @ Eclipse in Binghamton, NY
APR 17 2015 @ Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ
APR 18 2015 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ           
APR 20 2015 @ Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA           
APR 22 2015 @ Rockpile West in Toronto, Ontario Canada
APR 23 2015 @ Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
APR 24 2015 @ Harpos Concert Hall in Detroit, MI           
APR 25 2015 @ Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)        
APR 26 2015 @ Freaksters in Pontiac, IL           
APR 28 2015 @ Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO           
APR 30 2015 @ Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA           
MAY 01 2015 @ Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA           
MAY 02 2015 @ Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (Special Guest Don Dokken)

Gundriver opening act for entire tour.
 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:  www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

MEET & GREET PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT:
www.michaelschenkerstore.com

 

 
Tue
13
Jan

MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces New Album 'Spirit On A Mission'

Monday, March 23, 2015
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Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled "Spirit On A Mission" in the UK on Monday 23rd March.  Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band - ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
 
The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive
Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album - "A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression."
 

 
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.
Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.
 

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Laurence Harvey
 
"After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album," says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November."
During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?
"Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it," recalls Schenker. "Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger."
 

Wayne Findlay, Michael Schenker & Francis Buchholz. Photo Credit: © Jay Hawkins
 
For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.
Says Schenker - "I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days."
"Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing," adds Schenker. "Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better."
 

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Steve Johnston
 
"I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience."
The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.  
Says Schenker - "I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept." The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions."
 

Doogie White & Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © John Bull.
 
Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.
"All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, "recalls Schenker. "Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.

The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.

"Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999," says Schenker. "In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing."
 

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Steve Johnston
 
"I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock."
 
"Coincidentally," says Schenker, "former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock’n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Sprit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.
Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an "extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops". "How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?" says Schenker.  "He’s a real trooper."
 

Wayne Findlay, Michael Schenker & Francis Buchholz. Photo Credit: © Adam Kennedy.
 
What are Schenker’s favourite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?
Says Michael – "I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Saviour Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart - I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock."
 
What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album?  Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?
"Promotion is definitely the next step," says Schenker. "and tour-wise, including Festivals, we will play wherever we can to promote "Spirit On A Mission". I want to make Temple Of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘Temple Of Rock’.
 

Wayne Findlay, Francis Buchholz, Doogie White, Herman Rarebell & Michael Schenker.
Photo Credit: © John Bull.
 
"BRIDGE THE GAP" - TRACK LISTING
 
1. LIVE AND LET LIVE
2.COMMUNION*
3. VIGILANTE MAN
4.ROCK CITY
5.SAVIOUR MACHINE*
6.SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT
7.ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
8.BULLETPROOF*
9.LET THE DEVIL SCREAM*
10.GOOD TIMES
11.RESTLESS HEART
12.WICKED*
 
Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition:
Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)
 
All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss
 
All songs are written by:
Music - Michael Schenker
Lyrics - Doogie White

Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay
 
MICHAEL SCHENKER ONLINE
 
Thu
27
Nov

MICHAEL SCHENKER December 2014 UK Tour Date

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Categories: 


PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS WESTERN SAND and TYSON SCHENKER’S BAND STATE VILLAINS*
*LONDON O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE SHOW ONLY

24 HOUR BOX OFFICE – 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE – www.thegigcartel.com

FEATURING SONGS FROM THE NEW ALBUM
"BRIDGE THE GAP"
PLUS ALL THE MSG, UFO
AND THE SCORPIONS ROCK CLASSICS

The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy from 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898 or from www.thegigcartel.com.

Michael Schenker is proud to announce specials guests for the "Bridge the Gap" tour will be Bournemouth Rockers Western Sand.

At O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 20th December - in addition to Western Sand - the phenomenal State Villains featuring Michael’s son, Tyson Schenker on guitar, will be opening up the show.

The State Villains track "Done Crawling" is available to download from SoundCloud HERE


State Villains (L-R) Pat Casey, Tyson Schenker, Lee Downs, Nik One-Take

Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album "Bridge The Gap" which features the new single "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely".

Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note and phrase. Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.

Bridge the Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.


Photo Credit: © Diana Fabbricatore

MICHAEL SCHENKER
DECEMBER 2014 UK TOUR

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS WESTERN SAND and
TYSON SCHENKER’S BAND STATE VILLAINS*

*LONDON O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE SHOW ONLY

24 HOUR BOX OFFICE – 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE – www.thegigcartel.com

NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER 2014

Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SW
www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk

GLASGOW O2 ABC
THURSDAY 11th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA
www.o2abc.co.uk

NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 0845 413 4444, 0844 478 0898
Book Online:www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com, www.alt-tickets.co.uk
8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG
www.rock-city.co.uk

MANCHESTER RITZ
SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets £24.75
Box Office 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NQ
www.hmvritz.com

LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
MONDAY 15th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
55 Cookridge Street, LS2 3AW
www.o2academyleeds.co.uk

BILSTON THE ROBIN
TUESDAY 16th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 01902 401211
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ
www.therobin.co.uk

NORWICH WATERFRONT
WEDNESDAY 17th DECEMBER

Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 01603 508050
Doors: 7:30pm Stage: 8:00pm
Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com
University of East Anglia’s Box Office: www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk
139-141 King St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QH

BRISTOL O2 ACADEMY
FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER
2014
Tickets: £24.75
Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA
www.o2academybristol.co.uk

LONDON O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE
SATURDAY 20th DECEMBER 2014

Tickets: £27.50
Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online: www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com
London Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, London, W12 8TT
www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

PLANET ROCKSTOCK
PRESENTS MICHAEL SCHENKER
SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER
2014
TICKETS: www.planetrock.com/rockstock
TRECCO BAY, PORTHCAWL, WALES, CF36 5PW

Photo Credit: © Tallee Savage

Bridge The Gap features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

The new LP includes thirteen adrenalin-fuelled melodic rock’n’roll songs that showcase Schenker’s distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz have appeared on the same album since the Scorpions’ 1979 Lovedrive

Vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note.  Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.

Bridge the Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light.  Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.


Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

The album, recorded at Kidroom Studios, Germany, was produced by Schenker and co-produced and engineered by Michael Voss.

"I sent material to Doogie in the New Year and he started writing melodies and lyrics," says Schenker.  There was a lot of energy flying about during the recording process. I had the same drive making this album as I had when I was 16.  I wanted it fast, heavy and melodic.  It felt like bridging the gap from my teenage and Lovedrive years to what I am doing now.  I’m back to where I was a long time ago and I love it."

"Never having really written with Michael before, apart from When the Devil Knows You’re Dead (from 2011’s Temple of Rock album), I didn’t know how flexible he would be writing wise," recalls Doogie."  I recorded some vocal tracks as ideas and when Michael heard them we were off and running.  Within two weeks we were in the studio laying down tracks."

Schenker admits that when he wrote this album, he tried to get a balance between songs that are heavy, fast and melodic, complimented by his signature guitar solos.

"I wanted to combine the old with the new," says Schenker. "That’s why the album’s called Bridge The GapWith Wayne playing 7 string guitar we created some low, heavy modern sounds.  Since I play and experiment on a regular basis, I always have some new, fresh sparks to share when I record a new album.  I am inspired from within.  It’s infinite like a kaleidoscope."

"As former members of the Scorpions, Herman, Francis and I have been out of the loop of rock’n’roll for quite a while.  Getting together for the first time since the Lovedrive album is an incredible jump. We’re connecting the past with the present. We’re bridging the gap."

Schenker remains philosophical about the name of the new album.  He believes the name reflects what is going on in the fast-moving world around him.

"Everything that is currently going on in this world is showing that people are desperate for change. We need to bridge the gap of poverty. There are too many innocent people getting killed in terrorist attacks. We need to leave all of this chaos behind us.  We have to be strong. We have to continue moving forward, working together in a balanced way."

Schenker is amazed how melodic the new album turned out, but he still insists the songs still feature a bit of darkness as well.

"I came up with the name of the album, before I even started writing. When Doogie started writing the lyrics to the new songs he had something to go by."

Photo Credit: © Kevin Estrada

"BRIDGE THE GAP" - TRACK LISTING

1. NEPTUNE RISING
2. WHERE THE WILD WINDS BLOW
3. HORIZONS
4. LORD OF THE LOST AND LONELY
5. ROCK'N'ROLL SYMPHONY
6. TO LIVE FOR THE KING
7. LAND OF THUNDER
8. TEMPLE OF THE HOLY
9. SHINE ON
10. BRIDGES WE HAVE BURNED
11. BECAUSE YOU LIED
12. BLACK MOON RISING
13. DANCE FOR THE PIPER
14. FAITH (VOCALS: DON DOKKEN) (BONUS TRACK)

All songs produced by:
 Michael Schenker and Michael Voss

All songs are written by:
Music - Michael Schenker
Lyrics - Doogie White
Except: ‘Neptune Rising' (Michael Schenker)
Bonus track "Faith" appears on the Special Edition,
featuring Don Dokken (vocals)


Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK
THE MAKING OF THE NEW ALBUM

Michael Schenker and Herman Rarebell met on and off over the years and eventually decided to do something together.  Schenker hadn’t performed UFO material for a while, and decided to put a touring project together with Best of Michael Schenker material.  Pete Way showed up at one of Schenker’s MSG Shows and appeared to be in good spirit, and was invited to Brighton to jam together. At the same time, Schenker was about ready to start working on a new album. He went to a studio in Muenster to record a demo. Michael Voss was engineering and laid down guide vocals.

Schenker liked his voice and asked Voss if he wanted to do the singing.  When Schenker finished the demo he played it to Pete and Herman. They liked what they heard and immediately offered to become the rhythm section. The result was 2011’s "Temple Of Rock" album which featured guest musicians including Star Trek’s Captain Kirk (William Shatner) who recorded the spoken word intro on the album.  Schenker ended up playing on Shatner’s solo album. Vocalist Doogie White also appeared on the album. Schenker wrote a song specially suited for Doogie’s vocals - "Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead".

The song became a favourite on the album and was A-listed on Planet Rock radio in the UK. When it was time for Schenker to go on tour, Michael Voss wasn’t available, so he had to find a replacement.

Having Robin McAuley singing on one song, Schenker thought about having different line-ups between Voss, McAuley and Doogie (based on their availability). Voss toured with Schenker in Japan, McAuley toured with Schenker in the USA, and Doogie toured with Schenker in Europe. 

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

The song became a favourite on the album and was A-listed on Planet Rock radio in the UK. When it was time for Schenker to go on tour, Michael Voss wasn’t available, so he had to find a replacement.

Having Robin McAuley singing on one song, Schenker thought about having different line-ups between Voss, McAuley and Doogie (based on their availability). Voss toured with Schenker in Japan, McAuley toured with Schenker in the USA, and Doogie toured with Schenker in Europe. 

When Schenker was getting ready for the European tour, he learned that Pete Way was not well so he asked Herman Rarebell what Francis Buchholz was up to due to the fact that Schenker performed several Scorpions songs in his set.  Francis was happy to join for our European tour with Doogie on vocals and Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards. The tour was so successful that Schenker decided to film one of the concerts for a live DVD.  The band got stronger and stronger and completed their European tour, but more offers were coming in to perform additional gigs.

Schenker seized the opportunity to record an album after the end of the first leg of their European tour. There was a six month window. Doogie was ready to go for it and so was the rest of the band. Schenker started laying down tracks and gave the material to Doogie so he could start writing the lyrics. Off they went recording with Michael Voss as their engineer/ co-producer. Everything went like clockwork and was finished before the set off to tour Russia in April 2013. 

The band toured for another three months in Europe and grew stronger. After finishing the second part of the tour, they got back together and remixed and re-mastered the album.  Entitled "Bridge The Gap", the album will be released December 2nd 2013.  In 2014, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock will embark on a North American tour. "We’re ready to rock," says Schenker.


Photo Credit: © Sakura Henderson

Michael Schenker Essential Web Links

Michael Schenker - Official Website
www.michaelschenkerhimself.com

Michael Schenker - Official Facebook
www.facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

inakustik - Official Website
www.in-akustik.com

 
Tue
16
Sep

MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces UK Tour Dates

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy from 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office 0844 478 0898 or from www.thegigcartel.com.
 
Schenker will perform tracks from his current studio album "Bridge The Gap" which features the new single "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely".
Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock Festival at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December
 

 
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his enthusiastic personality with every note and phrase. Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.
 
Bridge the Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.
 
Thu
05
Jun

MICHAEL SCHENKER VOCALIST JOINS EDEN'S CURSE ONSTAGE IN LONDON

Artist: 
Thursday, June 5, 2014
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Video : Michael Schenker vocalist joins Eden's Curse onstage in London

 

Multinational Melodic Metal band and AFM Records act, Eden's Curse, were joined onstage at Camden Underworld, London by former Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and current Michael Schenker vocalist Doogie White.

White, who contributed guest backing vocals to the groups 2007 self-titled debut and 2008's sophomore release, "The Second Coming", joined new Curse vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia, Dreyelands) for a duet on their 2011 YouTube hit "No Holy Man".

A fan filmed video can seen here : "No Holy Man" : http://youtu.be/RaiPgO-oUlI

"No Holy Man" was the lead single from the groups third album, "Trinity", which featured Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie on guest lead vocals.

Eden's Curse have just completed a successful seven date debut headline club tour of the UK in support of their latest album "Symphony Of Sin", with the grand finale being the show at the infamous club in the English capital. 

More fan filmed footage from the show can be seen here :

"Symphony Of Sin" : http://youtu.be/bOJDY6q_VLY

"Trinity" : http://youtu.be/lScnIve6fhk

The band, consisting of Nikola Mijic (vocals), Thorsten Koehne (guitar), Paul Logue (bass) and John Clelland (drums), will begin writing their fifth studio album towards the end of the Summer and are already putting plans in place to return to the UK towards the end of the year, as well as working on additional European dates.

 
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