Michael Schenker has been influencing guitarists since the 70s, the mark he left on people like Dave Mustaine and James Hetfield, and subsequently passed on to their disciples can not be calculated. I’ve talked to more than one guitarist over the years and said “I know you’re a huge Mustaine fan, but didn’t realize you liked Michael Schenker” at which time I’ve been informed that they’ve never listed to him before, to which I’ve informed them that what they just finished playing sounds a hell of a lot like “Love To Love” by U.F.O., which was a huge influence on the Megadeth mainman.
We have just been informed that Michael Schenker Fest is readying their second release, here is the info we were sent:
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.”
Today, 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! check out the tour trailer here:
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 116 West Jefferson St 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 20 Market Place Baltimore, MD
5/15/2019 The National – Richmond, VA
5/16/2019 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019 Empire Garage – Austin, TX