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The Michael Schenker Group “The 30th Anniversary Concert – Live In Tokyo” (Inakustik)

The first thing I thought when I heard this album was, “This should’ve been released on DVD.” Then I found out it was. I haven’t seen it yet, but, I have the album, and all I can say is…DAMN! This is a really amazing record. It’s been 30 years since the first MSG album? Really? Wow…that’s hard to believe. If I didn’t know the band or the history and I heard this album…I would’ve said it’s a fresh band…a hungry band…a band that’s tryin’ to make the world stand up and pay attention. After 30 years, one might think the band would simply call this performance in…you know…go through the motions. You’re already a legend. So, why not just kick back and take it easy? I’ll tell you why…because a true legend wouldn’t do that. I could name a band or two that’s been around forever and they no longer give it everything they have. That’s sad. It’s like, why even bother to continue? I can tell you why MSG is still around. It’s because they care. Music still means something to them. You can hear that on this album…and if you have the DVD…I’m sure you can see it as well. This is a two-disc set with eighteen songs…and…wait a minute…when was the last time you heard anything this good? I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked up a double live album that was worth a damn. Even the back of the CD said that Michael Schenker proved to be in peak form. Yeah…no kidding! We can hear that. It’s been said time and time again that rock ‘n’ roll will never die. One listen to this release and you’ll understand why that statement is true. Need I say more?

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