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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rock News Update for Wednesday 21st December, 2011

The McAuley / Schenker Group is back!!!

Robin McAuley (Left) and Michael Schenker (Right)
(Robin McAuley Photo by Alun Williams)

It's something that really should've happened a long time ago, but yes, the great news is that the legendary Michael Schenker has reunited with vocalist Robin McAuley, after the latters parting of the ways with Survivor - Good call Robin! - to reunite the McAuley Schenker Group partnership again!

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, these guys put out some great work in 'Perfect Timing,' 'Save Yourself' and 'M.S.G.' and they also had a tasty acoustic album too, called 'Nightmare.'


For many rock fans, this is something that has been wished for, for so long after Gary Barden's return to M.S.G. had it's moments, but to be honest I think his performance on the 30th Anniversary double CD set and live DVD, were quite disappointing.
Michael Voss stepped in to record the bulk of the vocals on 'Temple of Rock' and Michael also had two other guest vocalist's on there, Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Praying Mantis) and a certain Robin McAuley, whose background includes Grand Prix, Far Corporation and most recently Survivor.

No word on if there's an album they'll do or not, let's hope so but for now, I'm excited to see a massive US tour announced for February and March of next year!
No clue on that touring band either at this time, for the US dates in support of 'Temple of Rock,' although at his site for the Japanese dates that will follow the US tour, he has named the band as:

Michael Schenker - Guitars
Michael Voss - Vocals
Herman Rarebell - Drums
Elliott 'Dean' Rubinson - Bass
Wayne Findlay - Keyboards / Guitars

Check out the single "Miss Claustrophobia" here:
Item Info / Tracklist:

I have to say, this kind of surprises me that Michael Voss would do the Japanese dates, after being snubbed for the US tour, but who knows?
More information on all live dates:

I wonder if Michael would do a new interview with me, the last one he and I did was a few years back now, when I wrote for, almost three years back:

Meantime, here's those tour dates ...

February 2012
02/15/12 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
02/16/12 - Santa Rosa, CA - The Last Saloon
02/17/12 - Portland, OR - Dantes – With Anvil
02/18/12 - Tacoma, WA - Backstage Bar & Grill
02/19/12 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
02/20/12 - Victoria, BC - 9 One 9 Nightclub
02/22/12 – Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
02/23/12 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
02/24/12 - Corona, CA - Marquee 15
02/25/12 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
02/26/12 - San Diego, CA – 4th and B Concert Theatre
02/28/12 – T.B.A.

March 2012

03/01/12 - Libertyville, IL - Austins
03/03/12 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
03/04/12 - Etobicoke, ON - The Rockpile
03/05/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
03/07/12 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
03/08/12 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
03/09/12 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
03/10/12 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
03/11/12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
03/15/12 – T.B.A.
03/16/12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
03/17/12 - Dallas, TX - Trees
03/18/12 – T.B.A.
03/20/12 – T.B.A.
03/21/12 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
03/22/12 - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp'd
03/23/12 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon Club
03/24/12 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House

Official Michael Schenker site:

 Maybe this news piece explains more about about Michael Voss' situation ...

- New studio album and tour 2012 -

25 years after the release of the legendary "Night Of Passion" album, german hard rock band MAD MAX return with the original line-up and will release their new studio album "Another Night Of Passion" by the end of March 2012.

Michael Voss (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitars), Jürgen Breforth (Rhythm Guitars), Roland Bergmann (Bass, Vocals) and Axel Kruse (Drums) captured the spirit of 1987 and deliver their masterpiece worldwide through SPV / Steamhammer.

The album was recorded at the Kidroom-Studios which are owned by Michael Voss and where also albums from Michael Schenker, Vengeance and Gary Barden were produced.
The cover artwork was designed by the belgian artist Eric Philippe (Rhapsody, TNT) and the photos were shot by the famous german based photographer Martin Huch (Duesenberg Guitars).

Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer): "I saw the band back in 1987 where they supported Stryper and they blew me away. "Night Of Passion" is a hard rock gem and I´m sure that also "Another Night Of Passion" will not disappoint any fan who likes classic melodic hard rock."

Jürgen Breforth (Guitarist Mad Max): "Exactly 27 years ago we were close to sign a deal with SPV/Steamhammer and I´m totally glad that we could fix this now in 2011.
With SPV on our side, the new studio album and the original line-up we are ready to burn the stage again!"

And the band will prove that in April/May 2012 because they are confirmed as the special guest on the


"Circle Of The Oath"-Tour 2012 AXEL RUDI PELL special guest: MAD MAX
20.04. D-Hannover - Capitol
21.04. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
22.04. GB-London - Underworld
24.04. D-Langen - Neue Stadthalle Langen
25.04. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
27.04. D-Nürnberg - Hirsch
28.04. D-Kaufbeuren - All-Karthalle
29.04. CH-Pratteln - Z7
01.05. D-Erfurt - HsD
02.05. D-Berlin - Columbia Club
04.05. D-Bochum - Zeche
05.05. D-Bochum - Zeche

Ticket-Hotline Germany: METALTIX +49-(0)4627/183838,
Touragency: Continental Concerts

MAD MAX released 9 studio albums since 1982 and toured through whole Europe with bands like Uriah Heep, Stryper, Yngwie Malmsteen and Pretty Maids.
Highlight of their career was the special guest slot on the sold out Deep Purple/Alice Cooper tour in 2006.
They also played on many festivals for example two times at the prestigious "Rocklahoma Festival" in the USA as well as on the "Rock Of Ages Festival" and "Wacken Open Air" in Germany.

Photo from left to right:
Roland Bergmann (Mad Max), Axel Kruse (Mad Max), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer), Michael Voss (Mad Max), Jürgen Breforth (Mad Max)



The holiday season is upon us, and so are year-end awards! We're excited to share the new that Chickenfoot has earned a GRAMMY nomination for the “Best Recording Package,” for the creative 3D design of the new album. 

For those of you who downloaded the album digitally, you may not be aware of all of the cool aspects of the packaging. Here's a quick overview of what you may be missing out on!
Click on the album cover to learn more ...

Yngwie Sharpies? Whatever next!!!

As I scour the various artists / musicians websites, looking for news update items to share with you, every now and then I get something like this ... Can you believe this, seriously?!
I've heard of endorsements, but this is ridiculous, I even did a double take on todays date ...!

Yngwie Malmsteen gets honored by Sharpie!

Sharpie president Ben J. Gadbois not only did the honors, he had this to say  "I have followed Yngwie (Malmsteen) since high school and am a huge fan. It was fantastic to meet one of the greatest guitar players of all time and talk about music and several of our common interests. It was also an honor to present Yngwie with his own personalized Sharpies. It means a lot that he chooses our markers to sign autographs. He's definitely made an indelible mark on music, and in some small way, we hope Sharpie has helped him make a lasting impressions with his fans."

For more on this and other - no doubt - interesting stories from Yngwie, go to:

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