Michael Schenker will enter the studio as Michael Schenker Fest to record a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. The release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.
Also, a new American tour will take place in March and this sees the return of Doogie White to the Schenker ranks, which means four vocalists will be participating as Michael Schenker Fest also features the three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.
Per Metaltalk.net : Michael told us:
"I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer Michael Schenker Fest studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will bring together past and present in the form of three original MSG singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley - and the current Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). Keep on rockin'!"
South Germany-based Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger is calling his latest signing a long-desired dream came true:
"I'm proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he's the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13-years-old.
"But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead.
"It's a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to 'Lovedrive' and Michael Schenker Group for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!"
Michael Schenker Fest will be playing several shows this year, including four UK show dates in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Hull.
2017 dates, featuring three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.
15th July (DE) – Balingen, Bang Your Head!!! Festival
15th October: (JPN) – Tokyo, Loud Park Festival
25th October: (DE) – Offenbach, Capitol
27th October: (ES) – Santander, Escenario Santander
28th October: (ES) – Pamplona, Auditorio de Burlada
29th October: (ES) – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
31st October: (NL) – Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02nd November: (UK) – London, o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
03rd November: (UK) – Sheffield, o2 Academy
04th November: (UK) – Manchester, o2 Ritz
05th November: (UK) – Hull, City Hall
Tickets for UK dates are available right here.
2018 dates featuring Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock)
6th March: (USA) – Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore
7th March: (USA) – Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Music Hall
9th March: (USA) – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
10th March: (USA) – New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11th March: (USA) – Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
12th March: (CAN) – Montreal, QC, Club Soda
14th March: (USA) – Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
16th March: (USA)– Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre
17th March: (USA) – Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
18th March: (USA) – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
19th March: (USA) – Minneapolis, MN, Cabooze
22nd March: (USA) – Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
24th March: (USA) – San Jose, CA, Events Center
25th March: (USA) – Anaheim, CA, The Grove
26th March: (USA) – Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre
27th March: (USA) – Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
29th March: (USA) – Denver, CO, Cervantes Ballroom
31st March: (USA) – San Antonio, TX, Vibes Event Center
1st April: (USA) – Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
3rd April: (USA) – Tampa, FL, The Ritz