August 12, 2020. Former UFO guitarist Michael Schenker announced that he is recording a new Michael Schenker Group (MSG) album. Due to be released on January 8, 2021, the album will feature vocals by ex-Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner and others.
Dubbed “Immortal”: the album “will feature a big list of friends and guests, including the album’s main vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords of Black), alongside Michael Voss (Mad Max), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each. The new album line-up includes Steve Mann on keyboards, Barry Sparks (Dokken) on bass, three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-Toto) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), as well as the brilliance of the man himself, Michael Schenker, on guitars. Guests also include keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian on the opening track.
This super team recorded ten tracks, including the magnum opus “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind”, the first song ever written by Michael Schenker and previously recorded on Scorpions’ debut “Lonesome Crow”. The song was recorded to celebrate Michael’s 50th anniversary and features even more surprises, with singers Gary Barden, Doogie White, Robin McAuley and drummer Simon Phillips joining in this epic celebration.
Also, The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: a Blu-ray of Michael Schenkerfest performance recorded during their headline show at Bang Your Head Festival two years ago.
Michael has been releasing albums steadily since the early 2000s under the names “Michael Schenker Group”, “Temple of Rock” and “Michael Schenkerfest.” His latest release was last year’s “Revelation.” He last toured in the US in 2019 as part of Michael Schenkerfest celebration featuring MSG singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Doogie White and Robin McAuley.
We’re looking forward to the new album and hopefully a tour in 2021.
Have you seen Michael Schenker Group in concert? What songs would you like to hear him play live?