March 25, 2022

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP release first single/video “EMERGENCY”

Kick off pre-order for their new studio album “UNIVERSAL”

“Emergency” is the haunting opening track of MSG’s upcoming new studio album “Universal”. The first single comes along with an official music video, produced by Justin Griffiths. “‘Emergency’ is quite a complicated song with different rhythm’s but catchy at the same time. It’s fun to play and to listen to. Enjoy and Keep On Rocking”, comments Michael Schenker.

Watch the video here:

Listen/stream/download “Emergency” here:

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

CD + LP + Digital

01. Emergency
02. Under Attack
03. Calling Baal
04. A King Has Gone
05. The Universe
06. Long Long Road
07. Wrecking Ball
08. Yesterday Is Dead 
09. London Calling
10. Sad Is The Song 
11. Au Revoir 

CD + Earbook bonus tracks: 

11. Turn Off The World 
12. Fighter

The pre-order has started and is available here: 

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.

Now his latest MSG album is about to be unleashed, scheduled for release on Atomic Fire Records on 27 May 2022 under the programmatic moniker of “Universal”. His latest offering will feature all the strengths of this exceptional musician: first-rate songs with anthemic melodies, catchy guitar riffs and inspiring solos. As we have come to expect from him, Schenker has once again enlisted a number of prestigious fellow musicians for the recording of his new studio production, among them, as main vocalist, Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Vandenberg), who will also be MSG’s frontman on their upcoming tour, Michael Kiske (Helloween) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), keyboard player Steve Mann (Lionheart), drummers Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner), Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow) and Bodo Schopf (Eloy), as well as legendary bassists Bob Daisley (Black Sabbath), Barry Sparks (Malmsteen, Dokken) and Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Zakk Wylde), with Tony Carey as a very special guest. 

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

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

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
10/06/2022     St. Louis, MO   – Ready Room
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


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


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

MSG is:

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

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