The annual summer concert season is officially winding down an all the kids are headed back to school. But just because the seasons (both literal and figurative) are changing and the year is slowly winding down, the concerts don’t necessarily have to end. Early this past May, Michael Schenker released his latest live Temple of Rock recording to the masses to enjoy any time in the form of On A Mission: Live in Madrid. This recording, which came a little less than a year after the release of Schenker’s latest Temple of Rock album Spirit on A Mission, is worth at least one watch for fans of the former Scorpions guitarist. That is due in part to the concert’s twenty-two song set list. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as notable as the show’s set list. This will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note in the recording’s presentation is the concert’s production values (I.E. its video and audio mix). Each element is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation. Altogether they make On A Mission: Live in Madrid worth at least one watch by any of Schenker’s fans and by fans of Temple of Rock.
On A Mission: Live in Madrid is not Michael Schenker’s first ever live Temple of Rock recording. It is, though another recording that Schenker’s fans and Temple of Rock fans alike will find to be worth at least one watch. That is due at least in part to the concert’s extensive twenty-two song set list. The set list pulls from every era of Schenker’s career, from his days with UFO to his days as a member of Scorpions all the way up to his work with Temple of Rock. No fewer than seven of the set’s songs come from both of Schenker’s Temple of Rock albums—Bridge The Gap (2013) and Spirit on a Mission (2015). The other songs lift from his rich body of work including the fan favorite ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane.’ Whether for his Scorpions classics, those he recorded with UFO, or even his work with Temple of Rock, the set list in whole offers a wide variety of songs for Schenker’s fans to enjoy. That variety of musical offerings is just one element to note in examining the overall presentation of On A Mission: Live in Madrid. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note as the show’s set list.
The set list that is featured in Temple of Rock’s new live recording is important in its own right to the recording’s overall presentation. That is because it presents a good variety of songs from Schenker’s still successful career. It is just one of the recording’s most notable elements. The band’s stage presence throughout the concert is just as important to note here as the concert’s set list. Front man Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) is just as powerful in his presence as ever as he belts out hit after hit. He impresses just as much as he chats with the audience between songs, too. It is in those moments that he shows his prowess as a front man. Meanwhile Schenker is just as impressive even without using any words. His riffs and energy as he performs said riffs couples with White’s performance to give the band’s stage presence even more impact. Drummer Herman Rarebell is just as enjoyable to watch whether keeping the time or singing the beloved Scorpions hit ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane.’ Even Francis Bucholz impresses in his own right, too. When each man’s performance is set against that of his band mates, the end result is a performance that in whole is just as fun to watch as the set list is to take in. It still is not the last of the recording’s key elements. The recording’s production values are just as important to note here as the band’s stage presence (its performance) and the show’s set list.
The set list that was chosen for On A Mission: Live in Madrid and the band’s performance of said set list are both pivotal in their own right to the concert’s presentation. While each element is important in its own right there is still one more element to note in examining the concert’s presentation. That element is the concert’s collective production values. Joy Eslava, the venue where the concert was recorded was a rather intimate venue. It isn’t a club by any means. But it is still a very intimate setting. The ceiling is high and the orchestra area is just as close to the stage as are the venue’s multiple balconies. What this means is that there are not many spots from which to capture the concert on camera. It also means that the sound is just as much of a challenge to manage. It doesn’t have much space in which to go out and dissipate. This is all so important to note because there are those who have spoken out about the work of the concert’s camera crew in capturing the concert. Given it would have been nice to have had more angles and for longer. But again, the venue’s relatively intimate setting made capturing the experience slightly difficult. And the camera crew did its best doing that given the setting. Those who handled the concert’s audio mix (again considering the venue’s setup) should be applauded for their efforts, too. The sound simply didn’t have time or space to spread out. Considering the challenge that this posted the concert’s audio mix still turned out relatively impressive. When it and the concert’s video mix were finalized and set against the concert’s set list and the band’s performance the end result of these elements’ combination is a concert that Schenker’s fans will enjoy just as much as fans of Scorpions and even UFO fans.
On A Mission: Live in Madrid, the latest live recording from Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, is a recording that Schenker’s fans will enjoy just as much as fans of Temple of Rock, Scorpions, and UFO. That is due in part to the concert’s extensive set list. The set list pulls from every era of Schenker’s storied career. The band’s collective performance of those songs makes for even more enjoyment as each man shows his years of experience through his own performance. Altogether the band’s members make for one whole performance that takes audiences right back to that former era of bombast and more in rock and roll. The concert’s collective audio and video mix put the finishing touch on the recording. That is even considering the concert’s venue. It posed its own challenges because of its setup. But the camera crew and sound engineers met the challenge, turning out a concert that looks and sounds as best as it can in the end. When this is set against the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the end result is yet another Temple of Rock live recording that is worth at least one watch. It is available now in stores and online. More information on On A Mission: Live in Madrid is available online now along with all of the latest Temple of Rock news at:
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