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Michael Schenker on New CD, Universal – My Songwriting Is Like a Kaleidoscope; It’s Always a New Picture After You Shake It!

Interview and Live Photos by Robert Cavuoto


Michael Schenker is about to be unleashed his newest album, Universal, onto the universe on May 27th via Atomic Fire Records.

The universe will never be the same after Michael has put forth this sonic guitar assault. Universal delivers precisely what you would expect from this legendary guitarist; crushing and memorable riffs, tastefully melodic solos, terrific guitar tone, and soaring vocals by Ronnie Romero [Rainbow, Vandenberg], Michael Kiske [Helloween], and Ralf Scheepers [Primal Fear].

After 50 years, Michael is still dazzling fans with his fluid-like playing and bluesy vibrato runs. Songs like the haunting opener “Emergency,” the rock anthem “Under Attack,” and “Wrecking Ball” showcase Michael’s unbridled passion for rock and love of the guitar. Universal continues to strengthen his title as one of the greatest guitar players of our time with his fierce fretboard wizardry, which has influenced an army of guitarists like Kirk Hammett, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag Darrell, and Richie Faulkner, to name just a few. Universal will be available as a CD digipak (two bonus tracks), Earbook (two bonus tracks), vinyl, and digitally. Preorders are available here:

To celebrate the release of Universal and Michaels’s 50th anniversary of recording, he and his band Ronnie Romero [vocals], Bodo Schopf [drums], Steve Mann [keyboards, guitars], and Barend Courbois [bass] will embark upon on a tour this Fall. The trek will run from September 27th through November 6th.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael to discuss the creation of Universal, his affinity for melody-driven music, never repeating himself, why he will never write a career-spanning book, and if he feels he has given his fans everything musically possible! Please be sure to follow My Global Mind on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Photo Credit: Tina Korhonen
Photo Credit: Matthias Rethmann

Universal will be released on May 27th on CD digipak (including two bonus tracks), Earbook (CD including two bonus tracks), on vinyl, and digitally. Find preordering options at THIS LOCATION.

To celebrate the release of Universal, as well as SCHENKER’s 50th anniversary of recording, MSG will embark upon an extended US tour this Fall. The trek will run from September 27th through November 6th. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.
MSG w/ Eric Martin, Images Of Eden:
9/27/2022 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
9/28/2022 Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
9/29/2022 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2022 Saban Theater – Los Angeles, CA
10/02/2022 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
10/04/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
10/06/2022 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
10/07/2022 Des Plaines Theater – Des Plaines, IL
10/08/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
10/09/2022 Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
10/11/2022 The Art Theater – Hobart, IN
10/12/2022 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
10/14/2022 The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
10/15/2022 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
10/16/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/17/2022 Jergels – Pittsburgh, PA
10/19/2022 The Vault – New Bedford, MA * MSG only
10/20/2022 Flying Monkey – Plymouth, NH
10/21/2022 Cabot Theater – Beverly, MA
10/22/2022 Sony Hall – New York, NY
10/23/2022 Newton Theater – Newton, NJ
10/25/2022 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA
10/26/2022 Tally Ho – Leesburg, VA
10/27/2022 Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
w/ Damon Johnson & The Get Ready, Images Of Eden:
10/29/2022 Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
10/30/2022 Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN
w/ W.A.S.P., Armored Saint:
11/02/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
11/03/2022 Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX
11/04/2022 Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX
11/05/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
11/06/2022 Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK
MSG US Tour 2022 Lineup: Michael Schenker * Ronnie Romero * Steve Mann * Barend Courbois * Bodo Schopf

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