Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock | On A Mission: Live In Madrid
Michael Schenker has, over the course of almost 45 years, written, recorded, and played with multiple line-ups of multiple bands. But what’s remained throughout are his uniquely melodic playing style and ability to craft gargantuan hooks – which unite the four decades of music presented throughout this hot, sweaty, in your face Madrid show.
So, fresh material from the guitarist’s current band, Temple Of Rock, sits comfortably alongside classics from Scorpions, UFO, and MSG, all performed with the enthusiastic joy of a crack band feeding off the energy of a raucous audience.
Apart from being the perfect cheerleader, Ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White is just as comfortable belting out galloping opener ‘Doctor Doctor’ or the piledriving climax ‘Blackout’ as the brand new songs he and Schenker co-wrote for 2015’s ‘Spirit On A Mission’. Drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz live up to their reputation of Scorpions’ finest – and most charismatic – rhythm section.
And Wayne Findlay switches seamlessly from the keyboard orchestrations of Ronnie James Dio tribute ‘Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead’ to the athletic guitar solo of ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’.
But it’s a relaxed Schenker, stage right, who dominates. Clearly having the time of his life, there’s a broad smile on his face regardless of whether he’s laying down the instantly recognisable ‘Too Hot To Handle’ riff, tearing up the ever accelerating solo of Temple of Rock’s ‘Live and Let Live’, or high-fiving audience members.
It’s all captured up close on multiple 4K-definition cameras – on the stage and within the Spanish audience – that throw you into the midst of a masterclass in old school rock virtuosity and showmanship.