Michael Schenker Fest announce new album “Revelation” - due out in August 2019

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Following on from the release of their successful debut album, “Resurrection”, Michael Schenker Fest have completed the recordings for their second studio album, which is scheduled to be released on August 23rd, 2019, worldwide through Nuclear Blast.

“Based on the fun that we had recording "Resurrection", the success of the album and the surrounding tours we undertook that were just fantastic, I was deeply inspired to make a start on writing new songs for a new Michael Schenker Fest album”, says Michael Schenker and explains: “It is even a step up from "Resurrection" with amazing input from all singers and all musicians - I could not ask for a better result. The songs are blazing, snappy, energetic, melodic and with drummers like Simon Philips and Bodo Shopf we got amazing results. This time we even managed to record three great mid-tempo songs with all singers involved, singing their hearts out”.
The album will be titled “Revelation”. “The album title and cover concept expresses things that have happened in my past as well as what is still happening at the present time. It’s about passion and purity versus greed and corruption. There is much to say. It’s about time I let people know about some of this…”, comments Michael Schenker.

“Revelation” was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss (Casanova, Mad Max). It was recorded and mixed by Michael Voss at Kidpool Studio Greven & Kidwood Studio Münstertal, Germany (December 2018 - March 2019). “Michael Voss is a fantastic musician with great input as a co-producer. Our chemistry is something else. We have a way of working together that is extremely creative”.

The album was mastered by Christoph “Doc” Stickel for CS Mastering/Vienna, Austria. Additional recordings were completed as follows: Simon Phillips’ drums recorded by Jason Mariani at Brotherynstudios in Ojai, CA. Bodo Schopf’s drums recorded by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios, Bensheim, Germany. Graham Bonnet’s and Robin McAuley’s vocals recorded by Jimmy Waldo at “Where’s That Track Studio” in Los Angeles, CA.

Besides the four vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White, Michael Schenker also reveals a guest singer on one track. “An incredible thing happened; we had this song that was ready to be worked on and Michael Voss suggested Ronnie Romero from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, who Voss had worked with in the past, to sing on this song as a guest. What came out of it was classic. Amazing vocals with blazing music that absolutely rocks! We are ready to present this unique album to the world and I am very much looking forward to getting this album out there. Our label Nuclear Blast is totally happy with this record and I was especially happy getting a message from Markus Staiger, the founder of Nuclear Blast, saying how much he loves this album”.

Recently, the band announced that after they will be welcoming back Simon Phillips and Bodo Schopf - who each played drums in MSG - to the Michael Schenker Fest line-up. Simon who played on the Michael Schenker Group debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule however, 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 Schenker 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 smoothly 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”.

Michael Schenker Fest will kick off their 24 show US tour (incl. two Canadian dates) on April 15th with three nights at the Whisky A Go Go in LA. You can find dates/tickets here.

North American Tour Dates 2019:
15.04.  USA  West Hollywood, CA - Whisky a Go Go
16.04.  USA  West Hollywood, CA - Whisky a Go Go
17.04.  USA  West Hollywood, CA - Whisky a Go Go
19.04.  USA  San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts
20.04.  USA  Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
21.04.  USA  Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
22.04.  CDN  Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
24.04.  CDN  Calgary, AB - The Palace Theatre
27.04.  USA  Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
28.04.  USA  Kansas City, MO - The Truman
30.04.  USA  Louisville, KY - The Bourbon Hall
02.05.  USA  Kalamazoo, MI - State Theatre
03.05.  USA  Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater
04.05.  USA  Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
05.05.  USA  Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere’s Entertainment Center
07.05.  CDN  Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
09.05.  USA  Albany, NY - The Egg
10.05.  USA  Worcester, MA - Palladium
11.05.  USA  New York, NY - Irving Plaza
12.05.  USA  Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury
14.05.  USA  Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
15.05.  USA  Richmond, VA - The National
16.05.  USA  Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
18.05.  USA  Austin, TX - Empire Garage

MSF also have a couple of European dates confirmed currently this year.

Festivals 2019:
11-13.07  DE  Balingen - Bang Your Head!!!
12.07  FR  Saint-Julien-en-Genevois - Guitare-en-scene