Fans of German metal will be in for an early Christmas present this December with a live performance by Michael Schenker in Newcastle’s O2 Academy. Schenker, who turns 60 in January, is a former member of UFO (as well as the younger brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolf) and opens his nine date UK trek in Newcastle, finishing up just before Christmas, with a performance at London’s prestigious Shepard’s Bush Empire.
While his material spans several decades and Schenker himself has been citied as “a legendary figure in the history of metal guitar” – his infamous performance at Bang Your Head 2014 is still the subject of discussion. Michael is touring in support of ‘Bridge The Gap’ – which was released in December 2013 – and the continuing tour in support of this album will feature the new live single “Lord Of The Lost & Lonely” as well as a number of Scorpion, UFO and MSG classics – throughout their various incarnations. And don’t forget a possible performance of Schenker’s own version of ‘O Christmas Tree’
Providing vocals on the tour is Doogie White, better known to NWOBHM fans as lead singer of Tank and also known in his native Scotland as the former lead vocalist of Rainbow. He’ll be joined by former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell, bassist Francis Buchholz (also former Scorpions) and Slaviour keyboardist Wayne Findlay, the trio sure to round off an already fairly impressive line-up of metal excellence.
For that extra special “Christmas” experience, MSG is offering the chance for a small number of fans to meet the guitarist himself, as well as obtaining a signed photo from the band, lanyard and witnessing the full sound check in the venue on your chosen evening. At the moment you can take advantage of a special priced offer which cuts this cost in half, to a financially reasonable £99 – although you must purchase a separate concert ticket if you’re planning to avail of any Meet and Greet.
The guitarist will also headline a special festival event, four days before the commencement of this tour, at Planet Rockstock in South Wales. Also appearing at this festival is Joe Elliot’s Down N Outz, Voodoo Six, The Answer and Magnum.
Previewer: Wayne Madden
Photographer: Steve Brinkman