The Michael Schenker Group never really cracked the market huge in North America during the 80s which in reality they should have.
They had opportunities for sure and they could never say their albums weren’t available as I always found Mikey’s records here in Thunder Bay at the record shops.
One MSG record that I never owned was Rock Will Never Die.
My pal Deaner at work was selling some albums last year and in the pile was MSG- Rock Will Never Die, a live album recorded at The Hammersmith Odeon back in 1983 but released in 1984. I was intrigued by this album as I have never owned it on any format.
Rock Will Never Die is a pretty decent live album produced by Jack Douglas (Aerosmith) that has Mikey still retaining the core of the band that being Vocalist Gary Barden, Chris Glenn on Bass and Ted McKenna(RIP) on the drums from the previous year.
Andy Nye was the keyboardist on this record and so is Derek St Holmes(Ted Nugent, Whitford/St. Holmes) on guitar who if you look at the back cover of this record does not have his picture shown!
Hmmm. Wonder went down there?
A pretty good cross-section of Michaels’s career up to this point. Rock My Nights Away is a really good track that like a few other MSG singles should have made a dent in the charts over here back in the day.
Desert Song from what I would say is the best MSG album from 1982 (Assault Attack) is featured and look at that as Klaus and Rudy from the Scorpions show up to the Hammersmith and jam Doctor Doctor with MSG.
Considering Michael currently blames his brother Rudy for everything that went wrong in his career along with Rudy swiping his guitar licks(supposedly) is hilarious. This shit as in drama never gets old. lol
Rock Will Never Die is a pretty decent spin. Not as classic as MSG One Night At The Budokan from 1982 but a good enough listen
Gene Simmons might think Rock Is Dead but myself and Schenker don’t!