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28th June 2017

michael schenker

Michael Schenker will enter the studio as Michael Schenker Fest to record a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. The release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.

Also, a new American tour will take place in March and this sees the return of Doogie White to the Schenker ranks, which means four vocalists will be participating as Michael Schenker Fest also features the three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

Michael told us:

"I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer Michael Schenker Fest studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will bring together past and present in the form of three original MSG singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley - and the current Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). Keep on rockin'!"

South Germany-based Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger is calling his latest signing a long-desired dream came true:

"I'm proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he's the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13-years-old.

"But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead.

"It's a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to 'Lovedrive' and Michael Schenker Group for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!"

Michael Schenker Fest will be playing several shows this year, including four UK show dates in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Hull.

michael schenker

2017 dates, featuring three original MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

15th July (DE) – Balingen, Bang Your Head!!! Festival
15th October: (JPN) – Tokyo, Loud Park Festival
25th October: (DE) – Offenbach, Capitol
27th October: (ES) – Santander, Escenario Santander
28th October: (ES) – Pamplona, Auditorio de Burlada
29th October: (ES) – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
31st October: (NL) – Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
02nd November: (UK) – London, o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
03rd November: (UK) – Sheffield, o2 Academy
04th November: (UK) – Manchester, o2 Ritz
05th November: (UK) – Hull, City Hall

Tickets for UK dates are available right here.

2018 dates featuring Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock)

6th March: (USA) – Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore
7th March: (USA) – Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Music Hall
9th March: (USA) – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
10th March: (USA) – New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11th March: (USA) – Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
12th March: (CAN) – Montreal, QC, Club Soda
14th March: (USA) – Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
16th March: (USA)– Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre
17th March: (USA) – Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall
18th March: (USA) – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
19th March: (USA) – Minneapolis, MN, Cabooze
22nd March: (USA) – Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
24th March: (USA) – San Jose, CA, Events Center
25th March: (USA) – Anaheim, CA, The Grove
26th March: (USA) – Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre
27th March: (USA) – Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
29th March: (USA) – Denver, CO, Cervantes Ballroom
31st March: (USA) – San Antonio, TX, Vibes Event Center
1st April: (USA) – Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory
3rd April: (USA) – Tampa, FL, The Ritz




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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