May 2, 2022
Michael Schenker Group, 2021. Photo Credit: Tina Korhonen

The rock anthem A King Has Gone, taken from MSG’s new album Universal, and its intro Calling Baal, also available on Universal, both have a special significance: The track, sung by Helloween frontman Michael Kiske, is a tribute to the immortal Ronnie James Dio, in particular to his performance on the 1976 hard rock classic Rainbow Rising. For this reason, Michael Schenker has brought together an original Rainbow rhythm section consisting of Bobby Rondinelli and Bob Daisley.

Michael Schenker additionally enlisted keyboardist Tony Carey, who also played on Rainbow Rising, for the terrific Moog synth intro Calling Ball – a direct reference to the iconic intro of the 1976 album opener Tarot Woman.

The impressive result Calling Baal/A King Has Gone is already considered to be one of the most important and successful songs in Schenker’s career to date, both musically and lyrically, and can be enjoyed in its entirety on MSG’s new studio album Universal!

Universal will be released on May 27th, 2022, via Atomic Fire Records and is available as Digipak CD (incl. 2 bonus tracks), coloured vinyl, Earbook (CD incl. 2 bonus tracks) and digital album, featuring the following tracks:

Universal

  1. Emergency VIDEO | LISTEN
  2. Under Attack
  3. Calling Baal
  4. A King Has Gone
  5. The Universe
  6. Long Long Road
  7. Wrecking Ball
  8. Yesterday Is Dead
  9. London Calling
  10. Sad Is The Song
  11. Au Revoir

CD + Earbook bonus tracks:

  1. 12. Turn Off The World
  2. 13. Fighter

MSG just kicked off their European leg of the 50th anniversary Universal – World Tour!

MSG EU TOUR 2022

Michael Schenker * Robin McAuley * Steve Mann * Barend Courbois * Bodo Schopf

  • 27.04.2022 FI – Helsinki, Vanha Yo-talo
  • 29.04.2022 SE – Stockholm, Tyrol
  • 30.04.2022 NO – Oslo, Vulkan Arena
  • 01.05.2022 DK – Kopenhagen, Amager Bio
  • 03.05.2022 NL – Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
  • 04.05.2022 GER – Bochum, Zeche
  • 05.05.2022 CH – Pratteln, Z7
  • 06.05.2022 GER – Speyer, Halle 101
  • 07.05.2022 FR – Cleon, La Traverse
  • 10.05.2022 ES – Madrid, La Riviera
  • 11.05.2022 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 1
  • 12.05.2022 ES – Pamplona, Totem
  • 14.05.2022 IT – Mailand, Phenomenon
  • 15.05.2022 IT – Rom, Largo Venue

MSG US TOUR 2022

Michael Schenker * Ronnie Romero * Steve Mann * Barend Courbois * Bodo Schopf

with ERIC MARTIN, IMAGES OF EDEN

  • 09/27/2022     San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
  • 09/28/2022     Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
  • 09/29/2022     San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
  • 10/01/2022     Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater                    
  • 10/02/2022     Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
  • 10/04/2022     Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
  • 10/07/2022     Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theater
  • 10/08/2022     St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
  • 10/09/2022     Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
  • 10/11/2022     Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
  • 10/12/2022     Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
  • 10/14/2022     Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
  • 10/15/2022     Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
  • 10/16/2022     Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
  • 10/17/2022     Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
  • 10/19/2022     New Bedford, MA – The Vault*
  • 10/20/2022     Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
  • 10/21/2022     Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
  • 10/22/2022     New York, NY  – Sony Hall
  • 10/23/2022     Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
  • 10/25/2022     Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
  • 10/26/2022     Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho
  • 10/27/2022     Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

* No Support

w/ DAMON JOHNSON & THE GET READY, IMAGES OF EDEN

  • 10/29/2022     Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
  • 10/30/2022     Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

w/ WASP, ARMORED SAINT

  • 11/02/2022     Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall
  • 11/03/2022     Corpus Christi TX – Concrete Street Pavillion
  • 11/04/2022     San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena
  • 11/05/2022     Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
  • 11/06/2022     Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

There are few rock guitarists on this planet who have had such a lasting influence on so many renowned musicians as Michael Schenker. With his outstandingly fluid style, inexhaustible wealth of ideas and instinctive feel for hooks and melodies, Michael Schenker is a living legend who, despite his longstanding and distinguished history, still impresses with his unflagging energy and drive. The blond stringman from Sarstedt (near Hanover) began his international career in the early 1970s with the Scorpions, achieved worldwide fame after joining British rock group U.F.O. and then seamlessly continued his exceptional global success story under his own name, as well as with acts such as Michael Schenker Group (MSG for short), Temple Of Rock and Michael Schenker Fest. Schenker and his career, which has spanned more than fifty years, are absolute exceptions in the otherwise short-lived music industry.


MSG is:
Michael Schenker | Lead Guitar
Ronnie Romero | Vocals
Bodo Schopf | Drums
Steve Mann | Keyboards/Guitars
Barend Courbois | Bass


MSG online:

Official Website

Atomic Fire Records/Michael Schenker