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'Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock - On A Mission'
(Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock / DVD+CD / NR / 2016 / Inakustik)

Overview: A sold-out theatre saw convincing evidence of just how powerful and exciting a concert from Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock is. The musicians clapped along with the fans as they sung along to old and new songs where all musical phases of Michael Schenker's career are included.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock is a solo project of MSG (Michael Schenker Group) and former UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker, where he's reunited with other Scorpions alumni.

A line-up that leaves connoisseurs of the international music scene rapturously clicking their tongues in appreciation, this sold-out Joy Eslava theatre in Madrid, Spain on November 19th, 2015 witnessed a incredible coming together of talent. Featuring ex-Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz, along with ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White, Wayne Findlay on guitar and keyboards, and of course, the great Michael Schenker himself, Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock - On A Mission: Live In Madrid is a lesson in rock music that, one watched, or even just listened to, school's you quite like no other you have ever seen/heard.

Playing both old and new songs from throughout all those incredible phases of Michael Schenker's career, and now released via Inakustik as both a stand alone DVD and CD, they open with the classical opus 'Ocean Odyssey,' before heading into 'Doctor Doctor,' 'Live And Let Die,' 'Lights Out,' and then both 'Where The Wild Winds Blow' and 'Natural Thing.'

Throughout, Schenker's tone is spot on, and his soloing work is note perfect. The crowd is up for it, which is always a great sign. Even the old UFO stuff is greeted enthusiastically, so to Schenker;s new material, which is (again) great to see. A set of wonderful vocal performances from Doogie White doesn't do this double CD any harm either, for he leads them alongside Schenker's guitar work, just brilliantly.

Other great rock tracks along for the ride include 'Coast To Coast,' 'Rock My Nights Away,' 'Only You Can Rock Me,' 'Rock You Like A Hurricane,' 'Attack Of The Mad Axeman,' and the set finale barnstormer, 'Blackout.'

Watching the DVD, sure, how the camera changes every 1-3 seconds, switching out back and forth from one musician to the other DOES get on your last frayed nerve very quickly, true! Just trying to keep up with the cameramen is another to have you pause the DVD just to let your eyes settle down! Personally, I like to watch a performer for more than 2 seconds doing a riff, or a drum sequence, or a keyboard solo, or a wide pan of the band jamming. It honestly is the only thing "wrong" with this great DVD+CD, but that said, it is still a rock musical experience, that's for damn sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.