New Album of Re-Imagined Deep Purple Songs Lands At
#6 on Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums And #43 on The Top Current Album Charts In The U.S.
Tour Kicks Off on May 28th
Rock icons Whitesnake continue to show why they are a musical force to be reckoned with. The Purple Album was released last week via Frontiers Music Srl and has stormed the charts around the globe. In the US, the latest release landed at #6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, #15 on Top Current Rock Albums, #43 on Top Current Albums and #83 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. Around the globe, you can also find The Purple Album at #18 in the United Kingdom, #9 in Finland, #17 in the Czech Republic, #11 in Switzerland, #34 in Norway, #18 in Sweden (#1 on the Hard Rock Charts in Sweden), #13 in Germany, #24 in the Netherlands and #8 in Japan.
“The Snakes & I are thrilled with the incredibly positive response to The Purple Album. Our sincere thanks to ALL for the amazing support we’re receiving for the album & The Purple Tour!!” exclaims David Coverdale.
The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available on Amazon in a deluxe edition format (http://geni.us/WSPurpleDLXamz) featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind the Scenes feature on the recording of the album. A standard edition is also available and can be ordered here: http://radi.al/WSPurpleREGamaz and digitally via iTunes at: http://radi.al/WSPurpleiTunes.
Whitesnake is also planning to release a limited edition box set of The Purple Album on June 30th. The box set includes the deluxe edition of the CD alongside a 180-gram, 2 LP vinyl version, a poster and sticker as well as a limited edition lithograph and can be ordered here: http://radi.al/WSLtdEditionBoxSet. The 180-gram vinyl, also available as a stand-alone piece and can be ordered here: http://radi.al/WSPurpleLPamaz.
Whitesnake have released four different videos (a combination of traditional music videos and static YouTube clips) for songs from The Purple Album. Added together, these videos total have received over a million plays and counting, showing that fans new and old still love this iconic material, band and vocalist. From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. A video for the first single “Stormbringer” can be seen here: http://youtu.be/Xk9wWj8Wh30. The track “Burn” can be heard at: https://youtu.be/q7UxOrBb0Is and “Lay Down Stay Down” can be heard at: https://youtu.be/I7_j7Qn2FSs. The video for “Soldier Of Fortune” premiered on CraveOnline.com (http://www.craveonline.com/music/articles/853381-video-premiere-whitesnake-return-stoic-soldier-fortune), and is now live and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/z69sxDq3Ybc.
Whitesnake will also be hitting the road this month in support of The Purple Album. The upcoming world tour kicks off in the U.S. on May 28th in Airway Heights, WA. The 42-city trek runs through the summer wrapping up on August 16th in St. Charles, MO. The tour will be making stops in Las Vegas, NV; Beverly Hills, CA; Atlantic City, NJ; and Orlando, FL among others. The band will be performing songs from The Purple Album as well as countless hit songs from their catalogue including “Here I Go Again,” “Is This Love,” and “Still Of The Night.” Tickets for all shows are on sale now and more information and purchase links can be found at: http://whitesnake.com/WS2013/features/purplealbum/index_dates.php.
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.”
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Asher Alexander and Peter Noble at Noble PR Consultancy
AUDIOTOPSY, the powerhouse new band featuring guitarist Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne, Hell Yeah), drummer Matt McDonough (Mudvayne), vocalist Billy Keeton (Skrape) and bassist Perry Stern have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. Their debut album is scheduled for release in late summer 2015.
“AUDIOTOPSY is the band that has been waiting to happen,” says Greg. “All the stars aligned and here we are. It’s some of the best music I’ve been a part of. We all cannot wait for everyone to hear it and we’re excited to join forces with Napalm to make it all happen! See ya on tour!”
“We are thrilled to announce that AUDIOTOPSY has signed with Napalm Records! All of the members have already left their mark on the music scene with different groups before and we’re glad to be part of the AUDIOTOPSY story that will certainly follow suit! The debut record will be released later this year and leave no doubt that this is a highly creative and innovative group of musicians,” states Napalm Records Vice President Thomas Caser.
Extensive tour plans are in the works for what will undoubtedly be a very busy remaining 2015 and beyond in support of the new album. So expect much more news from these guys in the weeks and months ahead.
Matt prophetically adds: “Sometimes your world only changes once. Sometimes your world changes forever. Sometimes we get to change together. AUDIOTOPSY welcomes you, the change and the future. Thanks for joining us on our journey.”
North American Tour With Fear Factory Announced & Lyric video for “The Bridges You Burn” Released
The wait is finally over and COAL CHAMBER have released their first new album in over 13 years! Rivals is available now via Napalm Records. This is the band’s first new album in over thirteen years. With producer Mark Lewis at the helm, Rivals makes it seem as if COAL CHAMBER never took a break at all. They picked up right where they left off and have delivered what some may consider their best work to date. “Rivals… features some of the most diverse material they have ever recorded. It will not only please the old school fans, but it is guaranteed to make them a lot of new fans, too,” says SkullsNBones.com
Pick up your copy of the Best Buy Exclusive Edition at all Best Buy locations, online HERE and via iTunes HERE.
Front man Dez Fafara on the new album:
“It’s been 13 years since COAL CHAMBER put out a record. We all worked so hard on this music to make sure the whole album was a stellar push forward for the band and not some nostalgia trip! If you like it heavy and unique you’ll love Rivals! This record is full of crushing huge hooks and big down tuned riffs to move ya! Support Heavy music in all its forms!”
As the band heads over to The UK for a headlining tour, they have just confirmed that they will hit the road in North America this summer. COAL CHAMBER will be on tour with Fear Factory (All Dates), Devil You Know (Select Dates), Jasta (Select Dates), Saint Ridley and Madlife (All Dates). The tour kicks off July 24th in Tucson, AZ and will wrap up in Santa Ana, CA on August 22nd. A complete list of dates can be found below.
COAL CHAMBER is offering VIP Packages for every date on the tour HERE. The VIP package includes a meet and greet with the band, exclusive t-shirt, exclusive poster, souvenir laminate and early entry (where applicable).
The band cannot wait to hit the road in North America again:
“COAL CHAMBER is coming to the USA for another killer tour, this time bringing along some great friends Fear Factory who have a new record coming and my good buddy Jasta with his solo project! Get ready and get your tickets because this tour is gonna sell out and be a good time”, says Fafara
The band has released a new lyric video for the song “The Bridges You Burn”. Check it out HERE.
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
7/24: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
7/25: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
7/26: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Jasta, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
7/28: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
7/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
7/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
7/31: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
8/1: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/2: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
8/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
8/4: Columbia, SC @ Music Farm
8/6: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
8/8: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
8/10: London, ON @ London Music Hall
8/11: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/12: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
COAL CHAMBER w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley and Madlife:
Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349 and cult death metal pioneers NECROPHAGIA have announced special guests for different regions of the new North American “Chaos Raids” tour. The “Chaos Raids” tour kicks off on May 30 and includes VATTNET VISKAR. Added to the tour are BLACK ANVIL for the performances in Baltimore and Brooklyn, ATRIARCH in Seattle and Portland, and EARLY GRAVES will be performing in Oakland and San Diego respectively. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
1349 is touring in support of their new album, ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’. The album, which has been called a “another career-defining release which will surely confirm their place among black metal’s more promising groups.” (Sputnik Music), and a “musical, versatile effort that should earn 1349 a high degree of respect going forward” (Metal Injection) is streaming here.
NECROPHAGIA is touring in support of their new album, ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral. The album, which has been called “Simple, sick and heavy” (Metal Injection), and “career-defining, solid, consistent work which brings together thirteen tracks, drawn from one source of inspiration yet each performed to stand out among one another.” (Sputnik Music), is streaming here.
1349 and NECROPHAGIA are currently available for interviews upon request. To speak with the bands, please contact Enrique Sagarnaga via email or telephone (215-625-8400). Updates will be made available through the Season of Mist website.
1349 and NECROPHAGIA tour dates:
May 30 Baltimore, MD@ Ottobar W/BLACK ANVIL Ticket Link
May 31 Brooklyn, NY @St. Vitus W/BLACK ANVIL Ticket Link
June 01 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques Ticket Link
June 02 Toronto, ON @Mod Club Ticket Link: Ticket Link
June 03 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall Ticket Link: Ticket Link
June 04 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge Ticket Link
June 05 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar Ticket Link:
June 06 Des Moines, IA @ Hell Over Iowa Fest – Val Air Ballroom Ticket Link
June 07 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre Ticket Link
June 09 Boise, ID @ The Crazy Horse
June 10 Seattle, WA @ Club SUR W/ATRIARCH Ticket Link
June 11 Portland, OR @ Panic Room W/ATRIARCH
June 12 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House W/EARLY GRAVES
June 13 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick W/EARLY GRAVES
June 14 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
June 15 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
June 16 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
June 18 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
June 19 Orlando, FL @ The Haven
Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT released their new album Haven last week worldwide (excl. Asia) on Napalm Records/Universal and Napalm Records/ADA/Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band’s KAMELOT MUSIC LLC. The album entered the prestigious Billboard Charts this week at the following positions:
The video for the song “Insomina” which ventures into a cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven can be seen HERE.
A lyric video for the song “Veil of Elysium” can be viewed HERE.
The first leg of the band’s North American tour in support of Haven is going on now and will stop tomorrow night in San Francisco, CA and will run through May 23rd in Orlando, FL. Dragonforce are special guests on both legs of the North American tour. KAMELOT then heads over to Europe for a full tour and festival appearances. Then the band will round out 2015 with a second North American leg of the Haven tour, which begins November 13th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and goes through December 12th in Tampa, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Produced by acclaimed music producer Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, Haven is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Additional guests include Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). The breath-taking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.
KAMELOT North American Tour With Special Guest Dragonforce:
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center
5/15: Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
5/16: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
5/18: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
5/20: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
5/21: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Civic Theater
5/22: Birmingham, IL @ Iron City Live
5/23: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
North American Leg 2 With Special Guest Dragonforce
Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, ” I didn’t want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn’t be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.” Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday like”.
The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records. Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).
Recently, heavy metal supergroup HELLYEAH announced their “Blood For Blood” 2015 US Tour, featuring support from special guests Devour The Day and Like A Storm. The tour kicks off on Friday, February 6th in Las Vegas, NV and visits 23 markets through early March.
January is National Blood Donor Month! To raise awareness about the cause, HELLYEAH invites you to give blood through the “BLOOD FOR BLOOD” National Blood Drive. Fans who pledge to give at http://sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/HELLYEAH-BLOOD-FOR-BLOOD-Campaign this location (or make a financial donation) will not only receive a signed poster from HELLYEAH, but will also be entered to win tickets, Meet + Greet package, signed merch + more!
Join HELLYEAH and let’s make a difference in the lives of those in need.
HELLYEAH w/ Devour The Day and Like A Storm:
2/6 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
2/7 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/8 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
2/10 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex- Grand Room
2/14 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/15 Wichita, KS @ The Cotilion
2/17 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
2/18 Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
2/20 Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
2/21 Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/24 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
2/25 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
2/27 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
2/28 Uncaseville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
3/1 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/3 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
3/4 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse @ The International
3/6 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
3/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
3/8 Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage
HELLYEAH’s most recent album, Blood For Blood, is a welcome return to form. It leaves a mark, thanks to songs like the “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” and “Demons In The Dirt.” Then there is moodier, more contemplative fare like the current hit radio single, “Moth” which connects on an emotional, cellular level. “HELLYEAH lock and load their most crushing and catchy salvo yet with ‘Blood for Blood’. Its unmitigated, unbridled, and unique energy makes for one of the best heavy records of 2014 and the band’s definitive offering to date. It will leave you bloody and smiling” says Rick Florino of ARTIST DIRECT.
Special Brooklyn, NY Show on February 12th
MOTOR SISTER is comprised of a veritable super group; a team of musicians whose
collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist,
and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl
Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums. The group
was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party. Thanks
to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother
Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and
the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set
list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the
concert at my house,” Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.
Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs,
Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought
it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy MOTOR SISTER generated
at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly. “He said, ‘Yeah,
we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.’ So that’s
what we did,” Ian says. “A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over
a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio and the set-up
was at my house.”
“[Mother Superior] frontman Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a
huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey
Vera (Fates Warning/Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) to
be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation
they said, ‘We’re in.'”
Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn’t played
since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000’s after releasing eight albums
and playing as Henry Rollins’ backing band. “I definitely didn’t need any arm-twisting,”
he says. “I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it
would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established
in order to move forward.”
The recordings from those two days are what became to be known as MOTOR SISTER’s
Ride. Today, the first single from those sessions, “This Song Reminds Me of You,”
is available for to stream, along with a featurette video on the formation of the
band and the process behind the record, at metalblade.com.
In support of the project MOTOR SISTER have scheduled a special show on February
12th in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the show can be purchased HERE.
Ride Track Listing:
2. This Song Reminds Me Of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
12. Devil Wind
Re-recorded in it’s entirety, #STANGER2015 is a project from Daryl G. and Chris D. (from Grace The Skies) and Dave C. (of Adust), and is a brand new version of Metallica’s 2003 album St. Anger.
Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.
Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.
The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.
*Absolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favourite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular youtube video.
Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled “Spirit On A Mission” Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features twelve 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.
Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album – “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.’”
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.
Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.
“After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”
During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?
“Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”
For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.
Says Schenker – “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”
“Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.”
“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”
The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.
Says Schenker – “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept.” The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”
Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.
“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, “recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.
The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.
“Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”
“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock.”
“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock’n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Sprit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.
Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an ‘extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops.’ “How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?”, says Schenker. “He’s a real trooper.”
What are Schenker’s favourite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?
Says Michael – “I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Saviour Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart – I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”
What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. “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’.
“BRIDGE THE GAP” – TRACK LISTING
1. LIVE AND LET LIVE
3. VIGILANTE MAN
6.SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT
7.ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
9.LET THE DEVIL SCREAM*
Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition:
Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)
All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss
All songs are written by:
Music – Michael Schenker
Lyrics – Doogie White
Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay