Singer Robin McAuley will reunite with legendary guitarist MICHAEL SCHENKER (SCORPIONS, UFO) for their first full tour together in almost 20 years.
The full band lineup for the trek will be as follows:
- Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO) – guitar
– Robin McAuley (SURVIVOR) – lead vocals
– Elliot Rubinson (Dean Guitars) – bass
– Wayne Findlay – keyboards, guitar
– Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE) – drums
The dates are as follows:
15 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
16 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Last Day Saloon
17 – Portland, OR – Dantes (w/ Anvil)
18 – Tacoma, WA – Backstage Live
19 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
20 – Victoria, BC – 9 One 9 Nightclub
21 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
23 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
24 – Corona, CA – Marquee 15
25 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
26 – San Diego, CA – 4 Th And B Concert Theatre
1 – Libertyville, IL – Austins
3 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
4 – Etobicoke, ON – The Rock Pile
5 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
7 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
8 – Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
9 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
10 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
11 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
16 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
17 – Dallas, TX – Trees
21 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
22 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
23 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
56 Year old Michael Schenker has released a new solo CD, Temple of Rock. I had no expectations for this CD when I picked it up. I didn’t read any reviews or see any press about it. I picked it up solo because Schenker is a legendary guitarist who always delivers quality music. Temple of Rock continues that tradition with more killer fret work, and a band featuring some of the biggest veterans in hard rock, Pete Way, Herman Rarebell, and Michael Voss.
Michael Voss is the singer from Mad Max and Cassanova. I am not familiar with the music from those bands, so the voice of Voss is new to me. His voice definitely works well with the insane licks from Michael Schenker.
“Fallen Angel” almost has a hair metal like vibe to it, but Schenker’s riffs give it a heavy enough spin to made it stand out.
“The End of An Era” is a high-speed rocker that rocks on all counts. Michael Voss delivers a great vocal, and Schenker cranks out another great guitar solo!
I love the middle eastern influence in the Schenker’s riffs on “Miss Claustrophobia”. This song is one of the many highlights on Temple of Rock.
Doogie White handles the vocals on the song “Before the Devil Knows Your Dead”. You won’t want to miss this killer cut.
“Lover’s Sinfony” reunites Schenker with former MSG vocalist Robin McAuley. If there was ever a Yin to the Yang that is Michael Schenker, McAuley would be the one. His voice is the perfect match for Schenker’s stellar playing. I would love to see these two reunite for another MSG Album.
“Saturday Night” is the ultimate weekend anthem that get lots of airplay. This song is catchy as hell!
The CD is closed out with an extended version of “How Long” that features a guitar battle with Michael Schenker, Leslie West and Michael Amott. Very cool stuff indeed!
The Temple of Rock is a must own CD for all Michael Schenker fans. You won’t be disappointed! Check it out! You can pick it up at this link.
01. Intro (Speech Performed by William Shatner)
02. How Long
03. Fallen Angel
04. Hanging on
05. The End of An Era
06. Miss Claustrophobia
07. With You
08. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
09. Storming In
10. Scene of Crime
11. Saturday Night
12. Lover’s Sinfony
14. How Long (3 Generations Guitar Battle Version)
Michael Schenker Band is:
Michael Schenker – Guitar
Michael Voss – Vocals
Herman Rarebell – Drums
Pete Way – Bass
Wayne Findlay – Keyboards
Other featured musicians:
Elliott “Dean” Rubinson
Northern Light Orchestra highlights majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true ‘guitar hero’ status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock!
Combined with the talents of executive producer and longtime record mogul Russ Regan, (responsible for over 800 million record sales with such artists as Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Barry White as well as soundtracks such as Flashdance and Jesus Christ Superstar), NLO is slated to become a seasonal live performance and recording entity that provides the very best in entertainment!
The brainchild of re-mix keyboardist/writer Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, POE) and produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (House Of Lords, Trik Turner, Alice Cooper, Beach Boys), NLO is designed to create a total musical experience combining the powerful drama of Webber and Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar with the emotionally moving musical styles of Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Kansas. Vocalists and musicians appearing on NLO have been responsible for the sale of over 200 million albums worldwide and include members and former members of household names such as the Beach Boys, Sly And The Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Survivor, Steely Dan, Firehouse, Megadeth, Sister Sledge, Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge, Winger, Bob Carlisle, Guns N’ Roses, Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, House Of Lords, and Whitesnake, just to name a few. Live performances will highlight a spectacular light and video presentation, theatrical movements, as well as incredible musicianship all assembled to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago.
The new nine-track release of Northern Light Orchestra, The Spirit Of Christmas, provides merely a hint of what is to come, with nine additional tracks already in production for next year
Phil Bardowell (Beach Boys, Magdalen)
Bob Carlisle (‘Butterfly Kisses’)
Eddie James (gospel singer)
Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson)
Robin McAuley (Survivor)
Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge)
Rose Stone (Sly And The Family Stone)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel)
Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords)
Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob)
Elliot Randell (Steely Dan)
David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge)
Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords)
Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper)
Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses)
Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe)
For more info visit www.myspace.com/northernlightorchestra.
Kelly Keeling from the bands Baton Rouge and MSG handles the vocals on all tracks with the exception of the song, ‘Gladrags & Limozenes” which features another former MSG front man, Robin McAuley.
On this disc you also have appearances by George Lynch (Dokken), and Chris Poland (Megadeth). This is a short CD, only clocking in at 28 minutes in length. It is a very good 28 minutes, and well worth your time.
I have always liked Kelly Keeling’s vocals, and he sounds great here. The disc starts off with the title track, “Long Live Me“. This song is a very cool rocker that has a pretty impressive solo by Gus G. from Firewind.
George Lynch provides the guitar solos on “Halo”, and funny enough, this sounds just like a Lynch Mob song, albeit a very good one.
On the tune “Evil” , Screamin’ Lords guitarist Jason Gile proves to have some pretty impressive guitar chops himself.
Former Megadeth axeman Chris Poland dishes out the guitar solos on “Fire In The Blue Sky”. This is easily my favorite song on “Long Live Me”. It is good to hear Poland playing again, and although his part on this album is minimal, his guitar work is excellent.
Remember the classic Fastway tune “Say What You Will“? The Screamin’ Lords cover it here, and do a good job with it. Their version is very true to the original song.
Robin McAuley takes over the lead vocals on “Gladrags & Limozenes” This is a cool upbeat tune, and one of the highlights on this CD.
Although this disc is short, it is good. Hopefully with CD #2 the guests will be fewer so the true talent of The Screamin’ Lords can shine.
The Screamin Lords are:
Jose Ferro – Bassist
Dustin Boyer – Guitar
Jason Gile – Guitar
Chris Collier – Drummer
Kelly Keeling (TSO, MSG, Baton Rouge) – Vocals
Robin McAuley (Survivor, MSG) – Lead Vocals
George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken, Souls of We)- Lead Guitar
Chris Poland (Ohm, Megadeth)- Lead Guitar
Gus G. (Firewind, Dream Evil) – Lead Guitar
Loren Molinare (Little Caesar) – Rhythm Guitar
Boston native, David Vaccaro returns in 2008 with his second output called New Machine. On this release he gets a little bit of help from former MSG front man, Robin McAuley, who sings on four tracks on this disc.
Vaccaro wrote and plays the majority of the music on this disc. While New Machine may not be a true band offering, it certainly sounds like it is.
Robin McAuley does a fine job on the songs he sings on, in fact his presence really gives the songs on New Machine a lift.
Exit Sign is a really good opener and shows off Vaccaro’s six string talents.
Somebody Like You has a cool 70’s rock vibe about it.
The Stake is a cover of the Steve Miller band song. I can’t say that I am familiar with the original, but this song has a cool Foghat style to it.
Disclaimer is a well written, catchy tune about product disclaimers. You have to hear this song to appreciate it.
Time To Move On is a simple but infectious tune that has a Beatles feel to it.
I am not really sure what to make of Desert Run. Some of guitar parts sound synthesized, and mixed with a lead Spanish guitar. This instrumental track is interesting but not essential.
Robin McAuley takes back over the vocals on You Don’t Care. This song has a flamenco style about it, with a keyboard mix. A good song but not great.
McAuley’s final appearance on New Machine is on the song, Tangled In Your Web. This song has a funky groove that gets its hooks into you.
The guitar riff on the song, On Yer Way, reminds me a lot of the Bad Company song, Feel Like Making Love. Vaccaro mixes a little bit of slide guitar in, for this cool sounding tune.
Back to My Baby is a another pleasing rocker, with an upbeat swing. This song has a little bit of saxophone mixed in. All in all, this is an enjoyable tune, and a good way to close out this disc.
The Bottom line: V-Project is a solid disc, with some very good guitar work, and excellent vocals by Robin McAuley. This disc is not too hard, and not too heavy, but has enough in common with 80’s classic rock to make it listenable for most rock fans. Diehard McAuley fans will want to pick this up. Others may want to check the tunes out before buying.
You can preview V-Project’s music, and purchase their CD, at this link for DMV Music.com
1. Exit Sign
2. Somebody Like You
3. The Stake
5. Time To Move On
6. Desert Run
7. You Don’t Care
8. Tangled In Your Web
9. On Yer Way
10. Back To My Baby
David Vaccaro – Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Drum Machine programming
Robin McAuley – Vocals (Exit Sign, Somebody Like You, You Don’t Care, Tangled In Your Web)
This band has been assembled by Jose Ferro, a previous member of AOR heroes Agentz. Their one-off beauty ‘Stick To Your Guns’ still remains a compulsory addition to melodic rockers collections. However, The Screamin’ Lords are a far cry from the 80’s era of Agentz, Jose preferring to leave history at the doorstep for a more riff orientated classic hard rock sound. For an eight-tracker, this album is 100% switched on. No time or room for soppy ballads, just head-on rock n roll. Taking riffs out of the yesteryear songbooks, you’ll feel right at home if classic rock a la Judas Priest, AC/DC, Aerosmith and Ted Nugent is your bag. KELLY KEELING of MSG / BATON ROUGE fame handles the lead vocals on 7 tracks, while ROBIN MCAULEY takes his spot at the remaining tune “Gladrags & Limozenes”. Highly recommened for classic hard rock fans !