temple of rock

Michael Schenker – Temple Of Rock: Live In Europe (2012)”

A Live Concert

Amos Lassen

Michael Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar and keyboards) bring us a love concert from Tilberg, the Netherlands now on DVD. It was recorded in May, 2012 so it is almost brand new. This is Michael Schenker at his best in a real tour de force performance. He is right on everything, note for note and the band is with him all the way. Joining Schenker are ex-Scorpions and the music has rarely been better.

I am not often at a loss for words in describing a DVD but I must say that I am struggling here. I would go so far as to say that this is probably the most amazing DVD of a concert I have ever seen.

Michael Schenker, one of the planet’s greatest guitar players, sounds better than most people on any given night. He has a multitude of live recordings to enjoy and his talent is always amazing. There haven’t been many of those live recorded moments of Michael Schenker’s when he was captured on a truly “ON” night and on this DVD, all is out and it may very well be the greatest “on” moment of his career.

Technically the sound is excellent and the shots of Schenker doing solos are incredible. Also we see Schenker take liberties with some of his more traditional songs and breathe new life into them. The DVD also includes bonus tracks from the 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), plus awe-inspiring guest appearances from Schenker’s friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions), ex-Journey singer Jeff Scott Soto, and UFO bassist Pete Way.

I read where one reviewer here referred to this as Schenker’s swan song and I must say that I hope that is not the case. We never want to see his music stop.