Michael Schenker will release his new MSG album, Immortal, on January 29th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast. The album title is a perfect statement describing Michael Schenker’s legacy and to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a musician.
Today, the band reveal a music video for their new power ballad After The Rain.
“The song After The Rain was coming out of the blue. A power ballad I have never done before. Michael Voss wrote some lyrics and vocal melodies, after I had put down my musically composition on backing track for this song. The next morning Michael Voss played me what he had sang to it and I said: This is so beautiful, only you can sing this song and it turned out amazing”, comments Michael Schenker.
This is an outstanding mellow tuned power ballad with some unique Michael Schenker clean picking guitar style. When I first listened to Michaels rough sketches, I was singing a kinda ‚lala’ melody that automatically drove me into the line ‚say have you been lonely,…’ – from there I felt it must deal about a sad loss and a departure of a big love… but there will be sun and light… after the rain”, adds Michael Voss.
“50th Anniversary –
performed by the current MSG/Michael Schenker Group
with special guest DORO
28.10.2021 UK – Leeds, O2 Academy
29.10.2021 UK – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
30.10.2021 UK – Wolverhampton, KK Steel Mill
31.10.2021 UK – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Michael Schenker – Immortal
- “Immortal” will be available in the following formats:
- CD/Blu-ray Digipak (incl. „Michael Schenker Fest Live @ Bang Your Head festival)
- Earbook (incl. album CD + live Blu-ray & live 2CD) *SOLD OUT
- PIC-LP*SOLD OUT
- LP (black, black/white marbled, red/black marbled)
The album was predominantly recorded at the Kidroom Studio in Germany, with Michael‘s long time partner Michael Voss who co-produced the album and also sings on two tracks. The cover artwork of Immortal was created by Zsofia Dankova (POWERWOLF etc.).
Immortal will continue the tradition of the previous two MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST records Resurrection and Revelation featuring a big list of friends and guests. The album’s main vocalist will be uprising Chilean born talent Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW etc.), along with Michael Voss (MAD MAX etc.), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW etc.) singing on two tracks each. Besides Michael Schenker himself, the album was recorded with Steve Mann (keyboards), Barry Sparks (bass, DOKKEN etc.), as well as the three drummers Bodo Schopf, Simon Philipps (ex-TOTO) and Brian Tichy (ex-WHITESNAKE). The newest addition to the record is keyboard player Derek Sherinian (ex-DREAM THEATER, ex-KISS etc.), who plays on the album’s opening track, featuring German power machine Ralf Scheepers on vocals.
Immortal will feature ten tracks, including the magnum opus In Search Of The Peace Of Mind ” wrote this song when I was 15 years old, it was my first ever written piece of music which I recorded with SCORPIONS on our first studio album Lonesome Crow in 1970, getting released in 1972. We re-recorded this song for my 50th anniversary as a celebration and it turned out to be an epic; with an extra extension at the end of the song, which turned out absolutely fantastic with Simon Phillips on drums, doing his usual amazing stuff.” The result is a true highlight and features even more surprises: “Gary Barden sings the first verse, continued by Ronnie Romero – and in the end we have Ronnie, Doogie White and Robin McAuley screaming their heads off, as a tribute to my 50th anniversary. Absolute amazing. Thanks to the guys for doing this!”
The limited first edition of this upcoming MSG album will feature another unique extra: “It will include the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Bang Your Head – Blu-ray, which was recorded during our headline show in Balingen/Germany two years ago: Unfixed, raw, pure and great! There’s a couple of small mistakes, but because the show and recording went so well, I decided to keep it the way it went on the night. It’s live, magic and pure.”