Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (UFO, Scorpions, MSG) and two of his bandmates from Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, Herman Rarebell (ex Scorpions) and Doogie White (ex Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) are interviewed on this week’s show. All 3 members choose songs from their current album “Spirit On A Mission”, along with tracks from previous bands.
First up, Michael tells fans what they can expect from the setlist on the band’s UK tour in January 2016 (full dates at http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/tour.php), and also discusses the band’s forthcoming third album, and his longterm vision for Temple of Rock. You’ll also hear Michael’s choice of a classic Scorpions song.
Doogie White then celebrates the 20th anniversary of the album he recorded with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, “Stranger In Us All”, choosing 2 songs and looking back on how he came to join the band, giving an insight into the writing, recording and tour for the album. Doogie also pays tribute to original Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and chooses 2 of his favourite songs from Ronnie’s tenure with the band.
The Temple of Rock triple threat concludes with drummer Herman Rarebell, who begins the first in a series of 7 interviews covering the newly released remastered reissues of 8 classic Scorpions albums on SPV Records. Herman tells how he came to join the band in 1977 and shares his memories of the recording and tours for the “Taken By Force” and “Tokyo Tapes” albums and Uli Jon Roth’s departure from the group. Herman also selects two songs from each record.
The show concludes with quickfire interviews with bands who have released some of Rich’s favourite albums of 2016; Michael Voss talks about Mad Max’s “Thunder Storm and Passion” collection of re-recorded 80s classics, Joseph Tholl from exciting new Metal band Black Trip discusses their album “Shadowline”, Grave Digger mainman Chris Boltendahl looks at their newly re-recorded compilation of 80s classics “Exhumation-The Early Years”, and heartland Rocker Melissa Etheridge drops in for a chat about her live cd/dvd/blu ray “A Little Bit of Me – Live In LA”.
Listen to the show here: