Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker was recently interviewed by "The Five Count" radio show in Mankato, Minnesota. You can now listen to the chat below.
Speaking about his current tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, which sees him teaming up with four different vocalists — Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White — Schenker said: "The funny thing is the older I get, the more I work. It's incredible. It used to be the other way around 50 years ago. People [would] get pension and stuff like that. But it's different today. So, for me, I didn't do any commercial stuff or wasn't in the machine in the middle years, so I guess I'm making up for it now, and celebrat[ing].
"As they say, if you're true to yourself, everything else will be added on to you and more, and that's exactly what happens to me," he continued. "So I guess that's why it's celebration time, with all the four singers.
"All my energy I've spread over on to the different eras or sections of my life, it's all combined onto one stage. It's like having one band but instead of one singer, it's four singers. And so it's all the people from the past. And it's just fantastic. It's something that I only was able to do with each individual singer in that particular time when it happened — with Gary in the early '80s and so on, and then with Robin McAuley in '85, '86 and '87, and then with Graham, of course, in between, in '82 and '81. And now you have them all on stage together — on one stage in one night in one show. Seeing the audience and seeing their eyes and their reaction, it says 'celebration.'"
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST project will release its second studio album, "Revelation", on August 23 through Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss and was recorded and mixed by Voss at Kidpool Studio Greven & Kidwood Studio in Münstertal, Germany between December 2018 and March 2019.
The follow-up to 2018's "Resurrection", "Revelation" was mastered by Christoph "Doc" Stickel for CS Mastering in Vienna, Austria. Additional recordings were completed as follows: Simon Phillips's drums were recorded by Jason Mariani at Brotherynstudios in Ojai, California. Bodo Schopf's drums recorded by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany. Graham Bonnet's and Robin McAuley's vocals were recorded by Jimmy Waldo at Where's That Track Studio in Los Angeles, California.
MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will kick off its U.S. tour on April 15 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18 in Austin, Texas.