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Micheal Schenker's Temple Of Rock - On A Mission.

On a Mission DVD (Live in Madrid) Release date 6th May 2016.

OK, so this is a first – a review for a music DVD, from non other than Mr. Michael Schenker who we’ve had the pleasure of seeing perform live, twice now and he is a guitar god, there’s no disputing it.

Back on the 15th of November 2015 Schenker and co. thought it apt to perform in front of a wild Spanish crowd in Madrid at the Joy Eslava Theatre, to be precise! The theatre was chosen for its unique relationship between the artists on stage and the crowd in attendance, which is probably true for the people who attended, but does that translate as well on this DVD?

On opening the packet, I can see the presentation for this DVD is very good. Within the sleeve, we have a presentation booklet, which holds a short description of the night that this DVD was recorded, both in English and in Schenker’s native German, which I think is a nice touch to be honest! We have a two page spread of various images of the band, shot by various photographers in the business. Then we have the twenty two track listing, which you can skip to a specific song on the DVD, via it’s chapter function and finally, we have a credits page.

As I put the DVD into my player, I noticed there was no sound so I flicked through the various menu’s, with each page having the same issue. Dubiously, I thought I’d start the full concert to see if that had any issues and sadly it did as it appears that the sound codex this particular DVD uses isn’t installed on my ‘less than 12months old” DVD player! Thankfully, as this DVD version that I’d been given to review was a standard DVD, I could play it on my computer which is linked to my stereo, so I knew I would get good sound should it work and thankfully it did.

It’s also worth noting that this DVD was recorded in 4K quality, which is great, but you need a 4K TV to appreciate the full extent of the recording quality, a compatible DVD player that allows you to play the DVD, which you can hear and don’t buy the standard DVD – this doesn’t allow 4K playback as only a Blue Ray DVD can give you the full 4K experience. I tried to see if there’s a blue ray option of this release available but gave up after 5mins as both Schenker’s website and Facebook page states the DVD is available worldwide, but neither have a link option to purchase this ‘On A Mission” title?

As for the shows recording, I found the constant flicking between angles a little irritating and focusing in on subjects questionable at times. The sound however, which is the most important part in my book, is excellent! That was until I encountered a problem with tracks 11 and 12 which didn’t play due to the DVD being damaged.

As for the show itself, the first ten tracks that I saw were exceptional with Schenker stealing the show, which is only to be expected! Hit after hit rolls effortlessly into one another and for true fans of Schenker, this is a must and does give fans the opportunity to experience a live ‘Temple of Rock” show, in all it’s glory and I’m sure it will get the viewer chanting Ole, Ole, Ole, along with the crowd that was in attendance in Madrid, last winter.

I’m sure, if you purchase this DVD, you’ll not encounter the same issues I have, that’s if you can find somewhere to buy it! As a reviewer though, I was very disappointed with the copy of the DVD that I received and on this occasion, sadly I can’t give a better opinion, due to the poor quality!

Track Listing:

1. Ocean Odyssey – Intro 2. Doctor Doctor 3. Live and Let Live 4. Lights Out 5. Where the Wind Blows 6. Natural Thing 7. Before The Devil Knows Your Dead 8. Victim of Illusion 9. Lovedrive 10. Coast To Coast 11. Vigilante Man 12. Rock My Nights Away 13. Saviour Machine 14. Too Hot To Handle 15. Only You Can Rock Me 16. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely 17. Rock You Like A Hurricane 18. Rock Bottom 19. Horizons 20. Attack Of The Mad Axeman 21. Communion 22. Blackout

Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Michael Schenker

Rock City Nottingham 12th December 2014.

What with Christmas being only twelve days away, I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do than go to a good ol’ Rock and Roll Show, it sure as hell beats Christmas shopping, or wrapping presents!

Tonight’s show was pre-booked months ago as me and a friend had already organised to buy tickets to this show anyway, so I was going regardless! Having seen both these acts at HRH 8 last month, it had prepared me a little for tonight, as I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to photograph and review tonight’s show.

Tonight was a shorter affair than usual, with Western Sand being the only support band. On some of the previous dates of this tour there had been another support band who are now know as Faster Inferno and who feature no other than Tyson Schenker, yep, you guessed it, Michaels son. Sadly, they weren’t scheduled to play in Nottingham, but now I’ve seen the master, I have to see the protégé!

Western Sand

Western Sand kicked things off tonight and as the intro music kicked in, the band all huddled around their drummer Nathan, as it reached its climax, the three front men, Jimmy – guitar, Findlay – bass and Tyler – guitar and vocals burst into life and into their first song “Dark Horse”. On stage these guys look very comfortable as they rocked the room with confidence. Formed in 2008, they’ve had time to master their on stage persona and they’ve got it down to a fine art. At every opportunity, they engaged with the crowd and got them to raise their hands, shake their fists, but above all, made the crowd, myself included, feel as though we were at a live concert, fantastic! What with being the only support tonight, they gave us a forty minutes set on the hallowed stage at Rock City, which must have felt good, but to be supporting the legend that is Michael Schenker, it must of felt even better?

Tyler Hains

As we’ve spoken to these guys in an interview recently, which you can find on our You Tube channel, I know these guys are no strangers and have featured on many tours with other great artists. Watch out for these guys, as they are going places, they may be young, but they are amassing a huge following and people are sitting up and taking note.

Tonight’s Set list:

1.Dark Horse 2.Doing Me Wrong 3.Black Water Resolution 4.Broken Bones 5.Cut You Down To Size 6.Welcome to the Badlands 7.Nothing to Lose

What else can I say about the man, the legend, that hasn’t already been said, a thousand times over! Everyone regards Schenker as one of the all time greatest living guitarists of the modern rock and roll era. Again, tonight, as when I saw him last month at HRH8, Scheker gave us a master class in rock and roll. One thing I noticed tonight, as I had longer to observe him, was how well Schenker can command a room, when he says cheer, everyone says “How high”!

Michael Schenker

Having first performed live at the tender age of eleven, he went on to play lead guitars for the German band Scorpions, he then went on to perform lead guitar for the English band UFO. Having written many of UFO’s greatest hits, Schenker, for what ever reason, formed the MSG group way back in 1978 (ish) and has continued to record and perform his tracks in the band, modeled around him ever since. Tonight was a hit list and a best of as far as anything that’s good in Rock and Roll and everyone in attendance were singing every word back at Schenker, all night long.

Doogie White

A touching moment was when lead vocalist, a legend in his own right, Doogie White (ex Rainbow, La Paz, Yngwie Malmsteen and Praying mantis) said that a song, they were about to perform (I think it was Victim of Illusion, but I’m not too sure) was written in memory of their fallen brother “Ronnie James Dio” who will never be forgotten.

The rest of the band are also all well known members of the rock and roll world and make up and complete the MSG/Temple of Rock group. On drums, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell, on bass it’s another former Scorpions member, Francis Buchholz, and the lineup is completed by Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards.

Francis Buchholz

I’ll never forget tonight’s gig, for the simple fact that when I was trying to photograph Schenker, he came to the edge of the stage, right in front of me, and as I was looking through my camera I couldn’t quit gauge how close he was to me, but when he started to swing that distinctive black and white split Dean Guitar at me, I though I was gonna get smashed in the face by a legendary guitarist, so I dropped to my knee, in fear! The fact is, he was know where near me but my perspective was distorted, what with looking through the camera. A memory I will cherish forever but subsequently, that particular image looked rather blurred!

Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock

Set List Tonight:

1.Intro (D-Tone) 2.Doctor Doctor 3.Where the Wild Winds Blow 4.Armed and Ready 5.Natural Thing 6.Victim of Illusion 7.Lovedrive 8.Coast to Coast 9.Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead 10.Lord of the Lost and Lonely 11.Let It Roll 12.
Shoot Shoot 13.Into the Arena 14.Vigilante Man 15.Too Hot to Handle 16.Rock You Like a Hurricane 17.Rock Bottom 18.Encore (Strangers) 19.Lights Out 20.Blackout

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)