Photo-report UFO at Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival 2017.

Photo-report UFO at

Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival 2017.
The Prison stage Sunday 13 12:00 to 12:50

Opgericht in 1969, is UFO een van de oudste hardrockbands die nog actief zijn.
Met zanger Phil Mogg en drummer Andy Parker heeft UFO nog twee originele leden die de act mee oprichtten in de line-up, terwijl oudgediende Paul Raymond ook al een eeuwigheid zijn ding doet op keyboards.

Als je weet dat Raymond de kaap van de zeventig al voorbij is, mogen we gitarist Vinnie Moore en bassist Rob De Luca de snotneuzen van de band noemen. Met hen erbij beleeft UFO overigens zijn tweede jeugd, al was de topperiode van deze act toch in de jaren zeventig te situeren. Enfant Terrible Michael Schenker tekende toen voor enkele van de grootste successen van deze act en songs als ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘Lights Out’, ‘Only You Can Rock Me’ en ‘Rock Bottom’ mogen tot het erfgoed van de hardrock gerekend worden. Maar ook in de jaren tachtig was UFO één van de toonaangevende bands binnen het genre en hun recentste cd’s laten horen dat deze oude knarren nog steeds kunnen rocken. De impact van deze act op veel artiesten is van onschatbare waarde geweest en bands zoals Judas Priest en Iron Maiden lieten zich maar al te graag beïnvloeden door deze pioniers. Verleden zondag lieten deze door gewinterde rockers nogmaals zien dat ze nog steeds scherp staan als nooit te voren… Bekijk hier de foto’s en “Relife your Gig here”

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Photo Frank HSJ

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Live report – British Hard Rock band UFO at The Spirit of ‘66.

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Live report – British Hard Rock band UFO at The Spirit of ‘66.

Since its formation in 1969, British rock band UFO has been entertaining audiences around the world with infectious hard rock songs. Over twenty albums later, and with only a few original members left, UFO is still continuing to rock audiences and create new music. The band’s most successful period was in the seventies when Michael Schenker was part of UFO. But since several years Schenker has returned to his solo career and has been replaced by the equally talented string wizard Vinnie Moore.

The Spirit of ‘66 was fully packed when UFO took the stage around 20h30. The sound in this little venue was perfect

the band played all classics including “Only You Can Rock Me”, “Lights Out”, “This Kids” and of course “Doctor Doctor”. Piece de resistance however was “Rock Bottom” where a brilliant-as-ever Vinnie Moore showed off his talent and excellent technique. While Mogg took care of his voice, the rest of the band entertained us with an extra-long instrumental passage with Vinnie Moore in a leading role.

vnnie_peAlso the return of Paul Raymond and Andy Parker was a good decision. Raymond is often the quiet guy on stage but his rhythm guitar and keyboard playing was indispensable and more than just filling gaps. And the original grooves that skin beater Parker laid down was a joy of recognition. Still suffering from a liver disease bass legend and original member Pete Way had to leave UFO last year but has since been replaced by Barry Sparks, who already did the same with Ted Nugent, Dokken and Malmsteen. Together this unit played straight from the heart and sounded tighter and better than ever. The set list contained no surprises but the positive and enthusiastic reactions proved that the fans got what they came for, despite the sore voice of Mogg.

Great gig at the Spirit of 66.

Report/Video, Frank HSJ

Photo, Jan Florens

 

 

Mike Campese signs with Into The LimeLight Records.

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Mike Campese joins Into The LimeLight Records for upcoming releases

Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He was exposed to a variety of music thanks to his father who is a virtuoso violinist. With influences like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola and Van Halen, Mike became obsessed with the guitar. He attended lessons with a Jazz guitarist and refined his technical skill through listening to Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Yngwie amongst others.
Being a very versatile guitarist, he has played with an African band, Pop groups and Jazz bands. His core style however revolves around Rock fusion. Mike appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth In The Wilderness” which was an international release and has performed with many international acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, The members of YES and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more.

Into The LimeLight Records will re-release some of Mike’s previous albums together with a “best of”. Mike is also working on a brand new album to be released spring 2017 on the LimeLight Records label.
Please check out the 9th solo album of Mike named “Chapters” and is available from July 2016.

 

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Mike Campese tekent bij Into The LimeLight Records voor aankomende releases

Mike Campese, een in New York geboren gitarist, begon met gitaar spelen toen hij dertien was. Hij werd blootgesteld aan een verscheidenheid aan muziek met dank aan zijn vader, die ieen virtuose violist is. Met invloeden als Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola en Van Halen, werd Mike geobsedeerd met de gitaar. Hij volgde lessen bij een Jazz gitarist en verfijnd zijn technische vaardigheid door te luisteren naar onder andere Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart en Yngwie Malmsteen.

Omdat hij een zeer veelzijdig gitarist is, heeft hij gespeeld met een Afrikaanse band, popgroepen en Jazz bands. Zijn roots liggen echter bij Rock fusion. Mike verscheen op de Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth in the Wilderness” een internationale release en trad op met vele internationale acts, zoals Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52’s, Lou Reed, de leden van YES en Azië , KC and The Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett van Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra en nog veel meer.

Into The LimeLight Records zal opnieuw een aantal “oude” cd’s uitbrengen voor de Europese markt samen met een “best of”. Mike werkt ook aan een gloednieuw album dat voorjaar 2017 zal worden uitgebracht op het LimeLight Records label.

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COLDSPELL to support Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock in February 2016

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Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock for the Nordic leg of their Spirit on a Mission world tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.

ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire. And was warming up a US audience as runner‐up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

Micke Larsson, guitarist and founder of ColdSpell, says ”Michael Schenker’s guitar playing was a great inspiration growing up and listening to UFO. The ’79 live album Strangers In The Night got spin after spin on the turntable, two got so many scratches so I am now on my third copy. It is great honour to share stage with Michael Schenker for these shows.

Gig dates February 2016February 3 Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)February 4 Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE)February 5 KB, Malmoe (SE)

February 3 Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)

February 4 Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE)

February 5 KB, Malmoe (SE)

February 6 Union Scene, Drammen (NO)

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more info: http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/tour.php

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Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album titled “Spirit On A Mission”.

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will release a new studio album titled “Spirit On A Mission” in the U.K. on March 23. Released by in-akustik, the collection of all-new material features Schenker‘s TEMPLE OF ROCK band — ex-SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, ex-RAINBOW singer Doogie White and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

“Spirit On A Mission” features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the SCORPIONS‘ 1979 album “Lovedrive”.

The official video for the song “Live And Let Live” from “Spirit On A Mission” can be seen below.

Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album: “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.'”

Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean seven-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.

“Spirit On A Mission” is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.

The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios in Münster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s “Bridge The Gap” album was laid down. The CD was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.

“After the ‘Bridge The Gap’ Japan tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the ‘Spirit On A Mission’ album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”

During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?

“Yes, we got robbed [some guitars and some music] and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately, it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”

For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for “Spirit On A Mission” was very different from the 2012’s “Bridge The Gap” album.

Says Schenker: “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take ‘Spirit On A Mission’ to the next level by adding more seven-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”

Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.

“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his seven-string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”

The writing process and overall concept for “Spirit On A Mission” proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.

Says Schenker: “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept. The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double-bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the seven-string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”

Michael‘s TEMPLE OF ROCK shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.

“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, “recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding their amazing ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.”

The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player Wayne Findlay taking on a bigger role.

Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a seven-string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”

“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the seven-string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s seven-string guitar on ‘Bridge The Gap’ as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called ‘Neptune Rising’ on the ‘Bridge The Gap’ album, and now on ‘Spirit On A Mission’Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of TEMPLE OF ROCK.”

“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former SCORPIONS members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock ‘n’ roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s ‘Bridge The Gap’ album, we had not played together since the SCORPIONS‘ ‘Lovedrive’ album (1979). ‘Sprit On A Mission’ is the second TEMPLE OF ROCK album to feature the former SCORPIONS rhythm section.

Former RAINBOW singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an “extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops”. “How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?” says Schenker. “He’s a real trooper.”

What are Schenker’s favorite songs from “Spirit On A Mission”, and why?

Says Michael: “I love ‘Live And Let Live’ because it has everything. I love ‘Vigilante Man’ because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. ‘Something Of The Night’ turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. ‘Saviour Machine’ is an epic. ‘Rock City’‘Bullet Proof’‘Restless Heart’ — I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other seven-string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”

What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?

“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. “and tour-wise, including festivals, we will play wherever we can to promote ‘Spirit On A Mission’.

“I want to make TEMPLE OF ROCK its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘TEMPLE OF ROCK‘.”

“Spirit On A Mission” track listing:

01. Live And Let Live
02. Communion*
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
08. Bulletproof*
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
12. Wicked*
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)

All songs are written by:

Music – Michael Schenker
Lyrics – Doogie White

Except* music and lyrics by Michael SchenkerDoogie WhiteWayne Findlay

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Bron:blabbermouth.net

 

Spiritual Beggars- Earth Blues CD eerbetoon aan Deep Purple.

Met de komst van voormalig Firewind zanger Apollo Papathanasio is Spiritual Beggars definitief overgestoken van de stoner naar de gerontorockEarth Blues, het tweede album met Papathanasio, is daar zeker eens te meer het bewijs van. Vermoedelijk is zijn komst echter eerder het resultaat van die stijlwijziging dan de oorzaak ervan. Misschien wel de belangrijkste aanwijzing is de toegenomen rol van Per Wibergs toetsen.

Op Earth Blues zijn diens toetsenpartijen één groot eerbetoon aan  de overleden Jon Lord. Een track als “One Man’s Curse” had niet misstaan op een Deep Purple-album uit de tijd van de bezetting met Steve Morse en Jon Lord. De hele band speelt strak en draagt volop bij aan een warme sound zonder poespas, waarbij  Wiberg  de ster is van dit album.Naast Papathanasio, trouwens.

De man is met zijn krachtige uithalen zeldzaam goed op zijn plek in deze band. Het is overigens niet alléén Deep Purple wat de klok slaat. Het gitaarintro van “Hello Sorrow” ademt Michael Schenker en ook Uriah Heep is goed vertegenwoordigd. Een heel groot pluspunt is dat de sound ook lekker heavy is gebleven. Waar Deep Purple de afgelopen jaren nog wel eens érg veel gas terugnam op dat punt, blijft Earth Blues een lekker vette sound houden. Voorganger Return To Zero was lekker, maar Earth Blues is vele malen beter. De heren hebben een heldere keuze gemaakt voor gerontorock en slagen erin Purple en Heep naar de kroon te steken. Niet in originaliteit, maar wel in uitvoering.

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