ROCK legend Michael Schenker rolled back the years at Warrington Parr Hall last night.
The guitarist known as the “mad axeman” came to prominence as a guitar player with the Scorpions and UFO in the seventies.
During the eighties he led the Michael Schenker Group where he cemented his reputation as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. Lineup changes, legal shuffles and well documented substance abuse sidelined him for much of the nineties before he stepped back into the limelight to celebrate MSG’s 25th Anniversary in 2005. Today Michael Schenker is a changed man clean, lean and sober.
The reinvigorated guitarist brought his “Temple of Rock” tour to Warrington’s Parr Hall for a blistering night of hard rock.
From the opening Scorpion’s track “Lovedrive” to the set closing UFO number “Doctor Doctor”, the 58 year old Schenker belied his age and didn’t hold back from delivering a crowd pleasing twenty song set filled with classics from his long career.
In front of a Marshall stack, and swapping periodically between a selection of four custom Dean Flying Vs, Schenker looked blissfully happy as he prowled across the front of the stage, crouched over his guitar and scanning the audience and slapping outstretched hands. Backed by former Scorpions rhythm section, Herman Rarebell, drums Francis Bucholz, bass, guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findley and vocalist Doogie White the band delivered a powerful performance.
Standout numbers were “Only You Can Rock Me”, “Rock You like A Hurricane”, “Lights Out” and an immense version of “Rock Bottom”.
Support came from young power trio Virgil & The Accelerators whose riff laden blues rock went down well with the crowd.
Michael Schenker Setlist: Lovedrive, Another Piece Of Meat, Assault Attack, Armed And Ready, Into The Arena, Rock My Nights Away, Attack Of The Mad Axeman, Coast To Coast, Lost Horizons, Before The Devil Knows Your Dead, Lights Out, Only You Can Rock Me, Shoot Shoot, Let It Roll, Too Hot To Handle, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Holiday, Rock Bottom, Blackout, Doctor Doctor.
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