Sunday, May 8, 2016

Blu-ray/DVD Review: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock Is "On A Mission" With New Live Video

Legendary hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker has been playing the instrument professionally for almost five decades. He was a pivotal member of bands like the Scorpions and UFO and continues releasing albums with his latest band, Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock. Last year they released the studio album "Spirit On A Mission" to rave reviews ( and on May 6th, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock will release a brand new live Blu-ray/DVD/CD titled "On A Mission: Live In Madrid."

The show was filmed last November in Madrid, Spain and features Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock covering the guitarist entire career, featuring songs from the Scorpions and UFO as well as songs from MSG. The music is outstanding as former Scorpions bandmates Herman Rarebell (drummer) and Francis Bucholz (bassist) lay down the rhythm for well-known songs like "Lovedrive"  "Rock My Night Away" and "Rock You Like A Hurricane." Singer Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen) breathes new life in the Schenker classics "Doctor, Doctor" and "Victim Of Illusion." The new songs "Live And Let Live" and "Vigilante Man" fit perfectly alongside many older songs as this live document does an amazing job covering his entire forty-plus year career.

Watching Michael Schenker work his magic on the guitar, up close, is the perfect reason to get this Blu-ray/DVD. It is filmed in high-definition (4K) as you feel as if you are on stage with the band. The small venue only enhances the experience as there are no sweeping crowd shots and you are able to get up close, even right next to these artists as they perform live. Being able to watch Schenker perform his solos during songs like "Attack Of The Mad Axeman" and give a renewed energy to UFO's "Rock Bottom" and the Scorpions' "Blackout" are worth the price alone for this new amazing live video.

For bonus features, you get a glimpse into the band's soundcheck and a two-minute interaction with fans outside of the theater before the show. This live document will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and double-CD. Their is also a "Collector's Edition," which is limited to only 5,000 copies that includes 2CDs, 2 Blu-rays (with extensive bonus material) and a booklet containing exclusive biographies written by the musicians. To find out more about this latest release from Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock tiled "On A Mission: Live In Madrid," please visit

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