Revelation Michael Schenker Fest
- 1Rock Steady (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)04:41
- 2Under a Blood Red Sky (feat. Doogie White)03:54
- 3Silent Again (feat. Robin McAuley)04:11
- 4Sleeping with the Light on (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)04:02
- 5The Beast in the Shadows (feat. Graham Bonnet)05:02
- 6Behind the Smile (feat. Doogie White)04:31
- 7Crazy Daze (feat. Gary Barden)03:53
- 8Lead You Astray (feat. Robin McAuley)03:31
- 9We Are the Voice (feat. Ronnie Romero)03:23
- 10Headed for the Sun (feat. Gary Barden)03:21
- 11Old Man (feat. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley & Doogie White)05:00
- 12Still in the Fight (feat. Graham Bonnet)03:58
- 14Armed and Ready (Live)04:41
- 15Bad Boys (Live)04:06
- 16Rock Bottom (Live)15:40
Info for Revelation
Michael Schenker is a legendary figure in rock, one of the most gifted and influential guitarists of all time. His work with Scorpions, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group made him a hero to millions of fans and inspired a generation of musicians, including Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Slash of Guns N’ Roses. And with Michael Schenker Fest, an ambitious and unorthodox project featuring four singers with whom he has worked since 1979 – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White – the drive to create new music is based on the same ethos that has shaped Schenker’s whole career, ever since he recorded his first album ‘Lonesome Crow’ with the Scorpions in 1970 at age 15.
Emotions were running high during the making of ‘Revelation’. On January 19, 2019, just a month before Ted McKenna was scheduled to record his drums he passed away at the age of 68. McKenna had first played for Schenker way back in 1982 on the Michael Schenker Group’s album ‘Assault Attack’, on which McKenna was reunited with another former member of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, bassist Chris Glen. McKenna and Glen had also served as the rhythm section on the first Michael Schenker Fest album, Resurrection, released by Nuclear Blast in 2018. Schenker says of the blueprint for Revelation: “We had the Resurrection album as a reference, but this time I wanted more songs with all the singers, and I had a big list of guests I wanted on the album.But because we had our hands full trying to finish the album on deadline, we ended up with only one guest – which was (current Rainbow vocalist) Ronnie Romero.”
In the wake of McKenna’s passing, the Revelation album was completed with two different fantastic drummers, both trusted friends of Schenker’s. Simon Phillips had played on the Michael Schenker Group’s self-titled debut album from 1980, and in a long and distinguished career has also worked with Jeff Beck, Mike Oldfield, The Who and Toto. The other drummer on Revelation is Bodo Schopf, who was a member of the McAuley Schenker Group, fronted by Robin McAuley, in the late ’80s. “Energy and emotion are words that Michael Schenker keeps coming back to, and those qualities run deep in ‚Revelation“, from the first song and single „Rock Steady“, an anthem lit up by those four great voices, all the way through to the finale „Ascension“, an archetypal Schenker instrumental in the tradition of his 1980 tour de force „Into The Arena“.
Schenker sums it up simply: “I always wanted fulfilment over fame. For me it was all about being myself. It was about the pure joy in playing guitar. And after all these years, it still is.”
Michael Schenker, guitars
Gary Barden, vocals
Graham Bonnet, vocals
Robin McAuley, vocals
Doogie White, vocals
Steve Mann, guitar, keyboards
Chris Glen, bass
Simon Phillips, drums
Bodo Schopf, drums
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