Michael Schenker to release new MSG album ‘Immortal’ on January 8th
Former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker will be releasing a new MSG album titled Immortal via Nuclear Blast on January 8, 2021.
The following message was posted on Schenker‘s Facebook page back on August 10, 2020:
“Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new MSG album, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8th, 2021. The album title will be “Immortal“, a perfect statement to describe Michael Schenker‘s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician.
“Immortal” will feature a big list of friends and guests, including the 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.
The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: a Blu-ray of Michael Schenker Fest performance recorded during their headline show at Bang Your Head Festival two years ago.”
Wikipedia states the following about the Michael Schenker Group (with slight edits): “The Michael Schenker Group (often abbreviated as MSG) are an English guitar-oriented hard rock band, formed in London in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1993. After that, in 1996 the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.
The music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Schenker is famous for his half-black, half-white Gibson Flying V electric guitar and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. He is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.”