Hard-rock guitar veteran Michael Schenker is squeezing one New York appearance into his upcoming North American tour, his first metro area appearance in years.
The German-born Mad Axeman is coming off a series of shows in Europe with the Michael Schenker Group and a special set of dates with the Scorpions, the band he started off with as a teenager. His brother Rudolf Schenker still plays with the Scorpions. Schenker’s career, which has seen him release more than three dozen albums – most as a solo artist – also includes a stint with British rockers UFO.
The Big Apple show is scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at the Blender Theater at Gramercy. The Blender is at 127 East 23rd St., between Lexington Ave. and Park Ave. South. Tickets are now on sale for the 8 p.m. show, and word is Schenker might do a second performance on his own afterward. Check with the theater.
The current MSG lineup includes Gary Barden, the band’s original singer; drummer Simon Phillips, another original band member who has played with everyone from Jeff Beck to Toto over his career; former Whitesnake bass player Neil Murray; and onetime Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey.
Schenker told me last month that he was working on a New York date for the tour, which kicks off March 18 in Vegas and concludes on April 18 in California. The tour takes him into Chicago for one show, and features mostly dates in Texas and California — his usual U.S. haunts. So this local gig is a rare treat for fans.