Episode #261 of the Iron City Rocks Podcast features an interview with guitarist Michael Schenker about his new upcoming release Spirit on a Mission. He also discusses his gear, his long career and reuniting with former Scorpions’ band mates Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz.
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Schenker will release the new studio album, Spirit On A Mission, in the UK on Monday, March 23rd, and in North America on March 24th.
It is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of the new album. The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA, and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th.
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of Spirit On A Mission. “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there 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.”
Tour dates (with support act Gundriver):
25 – Rockbar Theater – San Jose, CA
27 – Tonic – Portland, OR
28 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
1 – Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
2 – Yoshi’s – Oakland, CA
3 – Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4 – M-15 Concert Hall – Corona, CA
7 – Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
8 – Livewire Concert Hall – Scottsdale, AZ
10 – Trees – Dallas, TX
11 – 210 Kapones Live – San Antonio, TX
12 – 18th Street – San Leon, TX
15 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
16 – Eclipse – Binghamton, NY
17 – Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ
18 – The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
20 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
22 – Rockpile West – Toronto, ON
23 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
24 – Harpos Concert Hall – Detroit, MI
25 – Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
26 – Freaksters – Pontiac, IL
28 – Buffalo Rose – Golden, CO
30 – Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
1 – Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
2 – Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA (Special Guest Don Dokken)
Spirit On A Mission, the album of all-new material, features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band including ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards). The album will be released on CD, Deluxe Edition (CD+DVD), Deluxe 180 gram vinyl (special DMM-Cut), and digital download.
The album features 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.
Spirit On A Mission tracklisting:
“Live And Let Live”
“Something Of The Night”
“All Our Yesterdays”
“Let The Devil Scream”
Check out the promo video of the new single “Vigilante Man” below.