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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP In Hobart, Indiana
Shelly HarrisChicago Contributor
Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 9:07 AM
|The Universal 50th Anniversary World Tour arrives at the Hobart Art Theater on October 11|
At this, the last of three shows in the Chicago area on the 50th Anniversary “Universal” World Tour, Michael Schenker continued its upward trajectory of live gigs of the past decade.
Indeed, rumors had spread rapidly around this tour in advance – and particularly among Schenker’s longtime cult following in this part of the Midwest – that he was performing at a level approaching even his earliest days. as the famous lead guitarist of UFO. Yes, even the fiercely loyal aficionados who buy anything and everything Michael Schenker related recordings and albums. and often attend multiple shows along his touring routes – and who consider him the premier melodic hard rock genius guitarist of all time (just like me) – had plenty to whisper happily with this tour and stop at the whistle.
If he always had the ability to give goosebumps with his famous solos and improvisations while he was plagued by classics such as “Rock Bottom”, “Doctor, Doctor”, “Lights Out”, and many others, key aspects of Schenker’s live performances that continue to evolve for the better, in addition to his consistently new reliability, are his elevated stage presence and showmanship that induces interaction and engagement. increased by the public. The Mad Axeman of old is ethereal as he radiates to the audience and to himself while demonstrating his otherworldly aura and instrumental agility. Indeed, this obvious joy of acting makes celestial vibrations ricochet around the room in a physically palpable way, especially in an intimate theater like this.
Although the pit front line (mostly made up of men who had waited a long time in the rain for the honour) was less than a yard from the stage, and all had been warned in advance not to not touch Schenker when he was at the front of the game, Schenker himself showed no suspicion or concern on numerous occasions when he came to the fore and leaned towards the public while brandishing his mark Flying V. However, he also engaged the back of the room, both through eye contact and gestures, and the back is where many (who couldn’t stand the whole show) preferred be, although, oddly enough, the pit prevented most of them from seeing without standing.
In addition to all this, the other element that makes this edition of MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP particularly excellent is the addition of Ronnie Romero as lead vocalist and co-leader. Romero, who frequently joins GMS watches Steve Mann (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Bodo Schopf (battery), and recent addition Berend Courbois (bass), is co-author of the new GMS songs, which have been strategically mixed with the older classics from this tour, and Romero definitely has the pipes and the stage presence to pull off all the tunes with conviction, no matter if they’ve been sung before by a variety of diverse singers. well known, including Phil Mog.
With a recording career that began 50 years ago with the SCORPIO on lone crow (hence the heading “50th anniversary tour), Michael Schenker surprised even his most dedicated fans with his continued metamorphosis, stamina, and perseverance. Based on his gigs around the Chicago area like this, it seems the accomplished guitar maestro still has a lot more in the tank and that’s a pretty good thing for those who are excited to see a true genius. musical at work in a live setting.
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