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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
By M. W. Spaulding
Great to see Graham Bonnet again. He actually sounds pretty good for his age and singing style. Gary Barden was just on a recent MSG DVD but still sounds good, and Robin Macaulay still has it as well. (I just saw him live in Vegas a few years ago at the Rock Vault show at the LVH)
Michael sounds good as always as does the original rhythm section from the 80's.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
Michael Schenker Fest, is a musical feast for the viewer!
By Brad Renzi
I know what some people might be thinking, another live album from Schenker... Well, yes he does have a lot of those, and I own almost all on dvd or Cd and I can attest that each is well worth the money. This one is actually one of my absolute favorites of his. There really isn't much vintage video concert recording of Schenker out there. So this is really a must have for fans of the classic era. It's the first time you'll hear Bonnet performing live his songs from the amazing and Classic Assault Attack album. And it's the first time you'll hear Robin Mcually live and amped up, as the only live album he did with schenker was the acoustic album. As for the concert itself, it's a heck of a venue and I like the stage setup with the amplifiers and the backdrop of Michael on the guitar. What was really cool was seeing him play and then having the backdrop behind in, as he strikes basically the same pose. All the performers looked to be having a good time, and having fun, which is not always the case with these things. Graham Bonnet actually makes a joke/gesture about the incident that got him fired from MSG in the 80's. It's a small blink and you miss it thing, but it's there. Also Bonnet is having so much fun, he laughs a bit and flubs one of the lines in desert song. The flub is not a bad thing and just shows how relaxed and loose they are. About the performances... Schenker is king of live performances and had another amazing outing. Gary sounds really good, but honestly not much that you haven't already seen from him in any of the many live albums and concert films he has with Schenker. However, Cry for the Nations is amazing on this on. The audience really gets into it on the chorus, and also I think Schenkers end solo does a nice job differentiating it from past renditions. Bonnet does seem to struggle at times, but for the most part he did a very good job. I think while at times with Assault Attack he missed a few notes, he nailed Desert Song. Yeah, he did laugh and flub a line near the end, but still a great job. Although I've never been a fan of the song Dancer, it really might be one of the best songs of the night. Gary and Robin sing backup on it, and Bonnet Just nails it on this one. I do wish they would have done one more Bonnet song, but as is... Great to hear what we got. As for Robin he was amazing. I don't think he missed a single note. His era with MSG was always my least favorite, so I'm not to upset that he only did three songs from his time. His version of Shoot Shoot was really dang good. And I know a lot of people are going to be like, how many versions of Rock Bottom and Doctor, Doctor do we need... Well, these renditions, while no Strangers in the Night, are certainly worth a listen. As always Schenker's solo on Rock Bottom has the basic core, but he does change it up and makes it fresh with each performance, and Robin's voice really nails it. Great rendition... And that brings me to the end song. Doctor, Doctor. This version I feel is a must listen for any Schenker fan. I'd put this in the very top 5 versions of the song. Yes, there are that many good and different versions of this song. All the singers come out for this song and sing a part in it. The bass sounds also really sounds great on this album, and the rest of the backing section sound good too. This was a great gig by a great band. And lastly I think on this one, its great to hear schenker on the mic. He even does a little bit of backing vocals from time to time. If you like Schenker, then you'll love this concert.
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Michael Schenker rocks Japan hard.
By juan carlos tovar
to review Mr Schenker I feel like i must mention that before Eddy , Rhoads , Satriani , Vai , and others that claim that playin fast is the way to fame well the only to two players in rock history Mr Alvin Lee , and Mr Richie Blackmore before Schenker the play fast but melody , no matter how loud or heavy , its a pleasure to hear Michael play with so much power again and with his formal band mates of the Scorpions , and MSG , this its great live album the playin it s fantastic the selection of songs covers all Michael s career from the Scorpions , UFO , MSG , to solo and it sounds great and it was record in Japan one the greatest places in the world for rock music . Mr Schenker rocks that all it matter.