Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Michael Schenker's "Temple of Rock" UK/Ireland Tour Dates - April/July 2013

Michael Schenker's current group goes under the banner 'Temple of Rock' and includes ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass); Wayne Findlay (keyboards/guitar) and Doogie White (ex Rainbow/Yngwee Malmsteen) on vocals.

The 'Temple Of Rock 2013' concerts will include hits spanning Michael Schenker’s artistic career such as UFOs 'Rock Bottom' and 'Doctor Doctor' (I hope Michael includes a few more), MSGs 'Armed and Ready' and 'Into the Arena' ('Desert Song' would be great), and the Scorpions classics 'Another Piece of Meat' and 'Rock You like a Hurricane.' Songs from the Temple of Rock album (released in September 2011) will be included in the set. So expect 'Before the Devil Knows You´re Dead', 'Miss Claustrophobia' and 'Hanging On.'

I've read reviews disparaging the quality of some of the songs, vocals, and production on the Temple of Rock album. I believe that most of the tracks will stand the test of time. As will Michael's guitar riffs, strong song melodies, guitar solos and guitar tone. Michael's past continues to shine in his music. Catch him in performance while you can. The guy's a genius. A truly magnificent guitar player.

No Belfast date: Am I surprised? No. Just another in a long list of artists who play shows in the Irish Republic but don't include Northern Ireland in their tour schedule. 

Temple of Rock Tour Dates:

09 April - Stockton ARC  
10 April - Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
11 April - Edinburgh HMV Picture House
12 April - Newcastle O2 Academy
13 April - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
14 April - Warrington Parr Hall
16 April - Falmouth Princess Pavilion
17 April - Bristol O2 Academy
18 April - Salisbury City Hall  
19 April - Oxford O2 Academy
20 April - Nottingham Rock City
21 April - Norwich The Waterfront
22 April - Vicar Street , Dublin
31 May - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 
19 July - 53 Degrees, Preston 
20 July - The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
27 July - Sheffield Plug, Matilda Street, Sheffield