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Following the release of their successful first album ResurrectionMICHAEL SCHENKER FEST is currently recording their second album, co-produced by Michael Schenker & Michael Voss, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in August.

The news is bittersweet as the band recently mourned the passing of beloved MSF drummer Ted Mckenna.

Michael comments, “We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna – our amazing drummer and dearest friend – passing away. It’s a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly. He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.
Rest in peace Ted, we will miss you x.”

Today, the band also announced they will be welcoming back Simon Philipps and Bodo Schopf – who each played drums in MSG – to the  line-up. Simon who played on the MSG debut album will return as the main drummer on the upcoming second album. Due to his schedule, he is unable to be the live drummer for the upcoming US tour. This role will be completed by Bodo Schopf, who played on Perfect Timing and Save Yourself. With the sudden passing of Ted Mckenna, Bodo will be featured on the upcoming record but in a smaller role as he had the important job of preparing for the US tour.

Michael states, “We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for . It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue Michael Schenker Fest.”

Bodo comments, “. I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances and I’m proud to rock for him and all the Michael Schenker fans. RIP Ted”

will kick off their US tour on April 15th at the Whisky A GO GO. the trek will include performances in Vancouver, Chicago, and New York before concluding on May 18th in Austin. TX! check out the tour trailer here:

Before this kicks off, the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST family is going to tour North America:
4/15/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/16/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/17/2019  Whisky A Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
4/19/2019  Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, CA
4/20/2019  Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
4/21/2019  Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
4/22/2019  Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/24/2019  The Palace formerly Flames Central – Calgary, AB CANADA
4/27/2019  Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO        
4/28/2019  The Truman – Kansas City, MO
4/30/2019  Bourbon Hall 116 West Jefferson St Louisville, KY
5/03/2019  The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
5/04/2019  Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
5/05/2019  Piere’s – Fort Wayne, IN
5/07/2019  Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
5/09/2019  The Egg – Albany, NY
5/10/2019  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/11/2019  Irving Plaza – New York City, NY         
5/12/2019  The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY
5/14/2019  Ram’s Head Live 20 Market Place Baltimore, MD        
5/15/2019  The National – Richmond, VA
5/16/2019  Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
5/18/2019  Empire Garage – Austin, TX

More on Resurrection:
“Take Me To The Church” (official video) https://youtu.be/9o34ooePv-E
“Warrior” (official video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2VtSdZHKbE
“Heart And Soul” (official lyric video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rJkc6jGTzg

Order Resurrection physically, here: http://nblast.de/MSFResurrection
Order Resurrection digitally, here: http://nblast.de/MSFResurrection
Order the 12′ single “Warrior” here: http://nblast.de/MSFHeartAndSoul

 

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