MAY 14th 2016

Review by Ruben Mosqueda

It’s amazing what a lifestyle change can do for an aging rocker that was once ‘hit and miss’ with studio efforts and unpredictable at best live. Michael Schenker has turned his life around having quit drinking; he continues to reflect and celebrate the 3rd stage of his career he’s not only playing better but writing some of the best material of his career. Schenker and Temple of Rock issued their 3rd effort ‘Spirit on A Mission’ in March of 2015 and promptly hit the road. Joining Schenker in ‘Temple of Rock’ are Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was sitting writing a review for Temple of Rock’s last DVD ‘Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock: Live in Europe.”  The aforementioned is a killer DVD that documents the Schenker’s stellar play and the powerhouse band that is the Temple of Rock. Fast forward to the present and we have a live document from the last tour promoting ‘Spirit on A Mission.’
The performance ‘On A Mssion: Live In Madrid’ was shot in (as the titled describes) Madrid, Spain; in a historic theater packed to the gills with Schenker disciples. You can’t go wrong with the set list as per usual Schenker adds some new material sprinkled within the set of UFO, Scorpions and MSG classics such as; “Doctor Doctor,” “Lights Out,” “Natural Thing,” “Lovedrive,” “Coast to Coast,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “Only You Can Rock Me,” “Rock Bottom,” and “Attack of the Mad Axman.” The only tracks I questioned when I saw the show live and on this DVD are; “Blackout” and “Rock You Like A Hurricane” which Schenker didn’t play on.

It would have been wonderful to have included something like; “Is there Anybody There?” or “Can’t Get Enough” which are Scorpions classics that he did play on. Or even bring back “Another Piece of Meat” which had been included in the set previously. Overall you can’t lose with this concert DVD which is also available in audio form which is a big plus. It captures Temple of Rock at the top of their game and an audience that is giving back just as much as they are receiving. Mark this one as essential for any Schenker fanatic and a great companion to the ‘Temple of Rock: Live in Europe’ DVD or Bluray.