Of all the venues available, the dipstick of a booking agent working for Michael Schenker decided to have the only Swiss date at a casino. While having a small venue is of course very nice, the hassle of getting into and around the Grand Casino was just too much. The Metro is unlike most other concert venues and comes off as a last resort option for agents who don't know any better. But enough moaning...
Opening band Absolva were more show than substance and will probably, absent any outside collaborators, vanish in the swamp of low grade rock acts. Schenker could play circles around those guys in his sleep!
If you love rock and have never seen Michael Schenker up close, remedy that! The current Temple of Rock lineup is very tight and all are well traveled work horses who have lost none of their energy.
Much like on previous dates on this tour, the set was heavy on non-MSG tracks and featured lots of UFO and Scorpions tracks. Unlike other bands however it was all action and no talk with these guys. Like fireworks, hit chased hit with hardly a chance to breathe in between.
I mentioned the small venue as Schenker has to be seen up close to be believed. Many can play fast, but only a select few can play as creatively and melodically as him.
Let's hope Bridge The Gap will rock just as hard as Temple so that my recommendation to go see these guys will stand.