The German Hard Rock Guitar Virtuoso Returns To America
With Gipsy Lady and His Highly-Skilled Group Of Musicians
Gipsy Lady, the first album from the Michael Schenker-Gary Barden Acoustic Project, will be available on CD and vinyl on May 19 (just before the US tour begins). Gary Barden’s vocals give the cleverly arranged songs just the touch of soul they need for full impact The long-term Schenker collaborator wrote the lyrics virtually off the top of his head. Also on board is Michael Voss, an experienced producer and second guitarist, who also provides background vocals. Kai Luennemann on percussion completes the team.
With such a distinctive, soft sound from Michael Schenker’s guitar, this album distinguishes itself easily. In this way, using a flamenco guitar with castanets in “Dance Lady Gipsy” conjures up a hot-blooded gipsy dancing before your eyes, while the fiddle and flutes in “Fight for Freedom” transport you to beautiful Ireland. The new album from Michael Schenker-Gary Barden Acoustic Project is more than an acoustic album; it demonstrates all Michael Schenker’s expertise as a guitarist and songwriter.
The live Michael Schenker experience will come to fruition through the “In the Midst of Beauty World Tour” headed for the United States.
The line up for the US Tour is:
Michael Schenker – Guitars
Gary Barden – Vocals
Chris Slade – Drums
Wayne Findlay – Guitar & Keyboards
Robbie Crane – Bass
The tour begins on Tuesday, June 9th in Hollywood:
06-09 – Key Club – Hollywood, CA
06-10 – Fat Cat – Modesto, CA
06-12 – Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA
06-16 – Club 101 – El Paso, TX
06-18 – Pontiac Garage – Dallas, TX
06-19 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
06-20 – Camargo Park – San Antonio, TX
06-21 – Aces – Austin, TX
06-24 – Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY
06-25 – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
06-30 – Pops – Sauget, IL
07-03 – Vinnies – Concord, CA
07-04 – 19 Broadway – Fairfax, CA
07-07 – Element – Victoria, BC
07-08 – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
07-10 – Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
07-11 – Galaxy – Theater Santa Ana, CA
Schenker is truly a legend From helping form the Scorpions to his stint with UFO, his guitar prowess has been electrifying from the beginning. “In the Midst of Beauty perfectly captures the MSG aesthetic and mystique, which makes sense as 4/5ths of the original MSG are back in the fold!
Singer Gary Barden and the rest of the band make this one of their best (and most highly anticipated) recordings and a return to classic MSG form. Pushing the boundaries of hard rock, heavy metal and blues rock to the limits which his old fans love and which will impress a wide range of new fans.
“In the Midst of Beauty was the first runner-up for Best Metal Album of 2008 on IGN.com – http://bestof.ign.com/2008/music/4.html
“…Rock and roll with a certified master guitarist.”
– Ralph Greco, VINTAGE ROCK
“Every song is well written, every band member’s performance is solid, and the axework is pure classic Schenker. “
– Steve Angulo, HEAVY METAL ADDICTION
Some of the best work Schenker has done in years.”
– Allan Athans, THE RIGHT TO ROCK