So it’s Saturday night and I just finished MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK’S live DVD On a Mission Live In Madrid (out now, Inakustik) and man, oh man was this a fun concert to see/hear! When a band records a live DVD/CD set it can be hit or miss. When it’s done right you feel the heat coming off of the TV screen or CD player. When it’s not, it just plods along and you sit there waiting for it to end as soon as possible. No one is a bigger proponent of live albums than me, so I always get excited at the prospect of one of the bands I love putting one out.
Having seen this line-up in person I knew sight unseen that this was gonna be a great one. With Doogie White’s awesome vocals, the guitar duo of Schenker and Wayne Findlay, and the incomparable rhythm section of Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz, this band is ready to rock from note one. Filmed at Joy Eslava in November of 2015, you can immediately see the intimacy of the venue and also wish you were there. The group tears through the songs of yesterday and today, and they transition with ease. UFO, SCORPIONS, MSG, and the current kickass tunes are all well-represented.
Highlights for me right away were “Doctor Doctor”, “Live and Let Live”, “Vigilante Man”, and of course, my absolute favorite tune “Lord of the Lost and Lonely.” Other songs that really got the crowd going were SCORPIONS numbers “Coast to Coast” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, as well as “Lights Out” and “Natural Thing” from the UFO days. The setlist is perfectly balanced over 21 songs and I’m sure there wasn’t a dissatisfied patron in the house when all was said and done. The camera angles very much add to the intimate feel of this gig. Too often these things try to be overly big productions, and that’s not the case here.
The show closes with “Communion” from latest album Spirit on a Mission and SCORPIONS classic “Blackout” which really sets the Madrid crowd alight. When it was all over I really felt the same energy watching this DVD as I did seeing the band a year ago in Sellersville, PA. If you’re a fan of kickass rock bands captured live on DVD and CD, then add this one to your collection with a quickness. You’ll loved it just as much as I did.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Vigilante Man”, “Lights Out”, “Lord of the Lost and Lonely”, “Doctor Doctor”, “Blackout”, “Live and Let Live”, “Saviour Machine”, “Coast to Coast”