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`Michael Schenker Group` are a Hard Rock band from England. Here they are photographed & captured in Analog from the stage & pit area during concerts in America in 1980 & 1984. For more information & to follow the band on social media use the following external links.

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Michael Schenker Group concert pictures ~ Bill O’Leary

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Michael Schenker embarked on a solo career after leaving the band UFO in 1978. As one of my favorite guitar players of all time, I was very excited to get the opportunity to photograph him on his very first solo tour in 1980. I also got to photograph him once again in 1984 while supporting his “Built to Destroy” album.

Solo images

These early solo images from 1980 were taken at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. In one of the oddest concert pairings, Michael Schenker was the opening band for Molly Hatchet. Opening with Armed and Ready, he ran through a quick opening set, including a few classic UFO songs. Great to see Paul Raymond as well, who had played in UFO with Michael.

1984 tour

In 1984 he was headlining his own tour with his fourth album, “Built to Destroy” along with a new band, the exception being the return of vocalist Gary Barden. These images were taken at the legendary Rainbow Music Hall in Denver, Colorado. After four albums, the set was a virtual best of classic Michael Schenker Group songs with of course classic UFO tracks Rock Bottom and Doctor Doctor closing out the show.

Capturing images of Michael Schenker during this early solo period of his career was a thrill for me. The Mad Axeman with his signature Flying V guitar is truly a highlight I will never forget.

Location and date of these concert captures 

Capitol Theater / New Jersey /1980 & Rainbow Music Hall / Colorado / 1984 /America

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