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Monday, November 2, 2015

Live review: Michael Schenker Group & '77 at Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, 30 October 2015

I arrived at the Cultuurpodium Boerderij in Zoetermeer just a few minutes before the concert was scheduled to start, but when I finally entered the venue, there was already music coming from the PA’s. On the stage were the Spanish guys from ’77, promoting their fourth album, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us”, released that very same day. Though they looked very young, the band plays an energetic rock n’roll with a huge influence of AC/DC and something of Kiss in the mix. The place was already packed with rockers, and the crowd was more than pleased with their set. The brothers Armand (vocals and guitars) and LG Valeta (guitars) are real showmen.

When ’77 left the stage, I tried to search for a better spot to watch the main act, but the place was so full there wasn’t much I could do. It took some time but finally Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock entered the stage playing the all-time classic Doctor Doctor (UFO). The band formed by the amazing guitar player Michael Schenker, along with the ex-Scorpions, Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar and keyboards) and the seasoned singer Doogie White, looked very happy and enthusiastic with the response coming from the crowd.

The setlist was filled with classics from UFO, Scorpions and MSG: Lights Out, Too Hot To Handle, Natural Thing, Rock Bottom, Victim of Illusion, Lovedrive, Rock You Like a Hurricane, Blackout and Coast to Coast, as well as with songs from their own albums - including the new one, Spirit on a Mission. Doogie White had ups and downs during the concert but it was a good performance overall. However, the biggest star of the night was Michael Schenker himself. What a guitar player!

It was a very fun concert with a nice setlist. Some songs by Temple of Rock are also good, especially Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, written as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

Written by Anderson Tiago

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