Outside, temperatures were the coldest we have have in almost 50 years in Pa. In the town of Sellersville, inside the Sellersville Theater it was a different story, as temperatures were blistering hot when Michael Schenker took the stage. Schenker, who is a former lead guitarist for the Scorpions and UFO also has a long and successful solo career. He is on a short tour of North America to "Introduce Doogie White to America", he said in an interview, which you can read here.
Schenker's music is best when listened to loud. His concerts are like comets, they don't happen very often. At least in this area,. During Comet Schenker's show in Sellersville, he took the stage and the crowd was seated. They remained seated for three songs and that was not acceptable to the band. Front man Doogie White got everyone on their feet and people in the sold out show remained standing the entire show. This is a show that you do not sit down for. Certain shows are made to be viewed when seated. Schenker is not one of them. People have a better time when standing to rock shows. Fans from the front to the back were dancing and punching their fists in the air in time with the music. Just like in 1982.
From classics from the Scoprions such as "Love Drive" to UFO standards like "Too Hot To Handle" and "Lights Out", Schenker's band blasted through the songs. The show lasted almost two hours but it seemed like 20 minutes. That's when you know you are having a good time.
Schenker is on tour in support of his new CD Bridge the Gap,which features former Scorpions members. Schenker is coming back to the USA later in the year and bringing the Scorpions members with him. You can get that info first at Michael Schenker's website.
During the show, Schenker did not speak with the crowd. He left that to Doogie. Towards the end of the set, Schenker did manage to slap hands with a few of the fans down front. That was about as much interaction as people got with the guitar legend, unless they purchased the meet and greet package. Schenker was just mere inches away from those seated on the right side of the hall. They got to see first hand Schenker's guitar technique, if they could keep up with his fingers.
Schenker has a great catalog of songs to chose from. Of course, he did "Armed and Ready" as well as "Attack of the Mad Axeman". Other gems such as "Anytime" or "On and On" were not played. Hopefully,they will be when he comes back.
Opening the show were Gundriver, a band out of California. They are a young band with promise and talent. they have a CD out which the members were selling at the gig. Their set list included such songs as "Nothing to Lose" and "Warrior". Live, they are more than acceptable to get the crowd going. You can learn more about them here. They are a young band trying to get a following. Live, lead vocalist Scott Siegel can deliver the goods but needs to lose the plain white t shirt in favor of a more rock & roll look. A Gundriver T shirt would be great., since the band does not have a backdrop, fans are looking at the bands logo for the time he is on stage. The grunge look of baggy jeans and t shirt is gone and hopefully never coming back..
You can go to either bands website and see when they are coming to your town. There are gigs to be played in Oklahoma, Ohio and other places out west.
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