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Michael Schenker Hits the Classics at the Palace of Fine Arts


Michael Schenker
Palace of Fine Arts
April 19, 2019

Photos by Raymond Ahner

One part legend and one part virtuoso, Michael Schenker has recently gotten back out on the road for leg two of The Michael Schenker Fest Resurrection tour, and he and his band recently pulled into the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco for a night filled with classic Michael Schenker songs, and classic Michael Schenker riffs. And judging from his fans that nearly sold out the venue, Schenker is still just as loved as he ever was.

Michael SchenkerOpening the 31-song set with the Scorpions classic “Holiday,” Michael Schenker wasted no time playing some of his most well-known songs right off the bat. With a cast of rotating vocalists including Gary Barden, Graham Bonnett, Robin McAuley, and Doogie White, as well as bassist Chris Glen, drummer Bodo Schopf, and guitarist Steve Mann, the band tore through “Doctor, Doctor,” “Into the Arena,” and “Rock My Nights Away,” all while Schenker took to the front of the stage to interact with his fans and strike his classic poses with his Flying V.

Michael SchenkerAfter running through nearly ten songs with little more than an introduction to each, Schenker took a few minutes to throw a little shade towards his brother Rudolf (Scorpions founding member and guitarist) before a ripping version of the Scorpions “Coast to Coast.”

Michael SchenkerWhen it finally came time to wind things down, Schenker and his band ended the set with a handful of U.F.O. songs, including “Rock Bottom,” “Shoot Shoot,” and “Lights Out.” It was the perfect way to cap off the evening and showcase what a career of making music Michael Schenker continues to have.

Here’s a slideshow with more photos of Michael Schenker by Raymond Ahner:

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Setlist: Holiday | Doctor Doctor | Into the Arena | Are You Ready to Rock | Attack of the Mad Axeman | Rock My Nights Away | Messin’ Around | Armed and Ready | Coast to Coast | Dancer | Searching for a Reason | Desert Song | Night Moods | Assault Attack | Captain Nemo | Bad Boys | Save Yourself | Anytime | Heart and Soul | Love Is Not a Game | Vigilante Man | Lord of the Lost and Lonely | The Girl with the Stars in Her Eyes | Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead | Take Me to the Church | Live and Let Live | Warrior | Rock Bottom | Shoot Shoot | Natural Thing | Lights Out

Find out more about Michael Schenker on his website.


About Author

Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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