Let Sleeping Dogs Lie – The Michael Schenker Group – Armed & Ready. The Best Of The Michael Schenker Group

  • Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:07 AM

Big thanks to our sponsor Neil ! The twenty second festival possibly had a more attractive let Sleeping Dogs Lie – The Michael Schenker Group – Armed & Ready. The Best Of The Michael Schenker Group than 1981, at least if one was a heavy rock devotee. The headliners were also a tad more prestigious. Jeff Beck- as well as delivering more predictable hard rock fare -gave Sunday night a touch of class .

Budgie and Iron Maiden were guaranteed to deliver an exciting hard rock show, regardless of whether one thought of them as innovators within the genre or not. Maiden’s credentials were reinforced by the presence of Bruce Dickinson , the erstwhile Samson lead vocalist , who had taken over the vocal spot from Paul Di’Anno . All three of these artists were recorded by the venerable BBC and broadcast on the Radio One Friday night rock show in 1983 . Once again, Reading delivered a mid range experience for the punters , no top end acts like Pink Floyd or the Stones which needed a mega crowd to return the organisers a profit, but a solid workmanlike bill that would leave the attendees satisfied in the main . The site in 1982, as one can see the arena was not full to bursting by any means .

This release featured tracks from various years -not just 1982 . 1982 Reading Festival, taken from the official festival program. Trust was never there but Manowar were scheduled to play on the Friday. Diamond Head replaced Manowar with short notice. Lew Lewis was added on Sunday. Audience recordings seem rare for 1982,almost all the sets out here seem to be sourced from BBC fm. If you know of any sets that exist we have missed please send us details.

Released in 1992 – The Friday Night Rock Show sessions- Live At Reading. 50 minute Audience recording also exists- looking for full setlist . FM- Released as a legit CD together with Budgies set at Reading 1980. The BBC archive disc is not the complete show. DVD format sometimes entitled ” Forever ” . For this MSG show, vocalist Graham Bonnet had been recently replaced by Gary Barden. Apparently Bonnet had collapsed on stage at a show only days before this recording and Barden was brought back to stand in for the indisposed Bonnett.

Can we get a witness ? We need more info on this and the other Reading festivals, we are now in the curious situation of having better documentation on some of the earlier festivals, so c’mon headbangers, get yer photos out and fire up whats left of the aging braincells . Send your recollections and scans to us NOW ! Reading in the 80s to date- Fat Regs excellent site covers Reading from 1982 onwards . Photos of Reading in the 80s at the Reading Musuem. Thanks to photographer Alan Perry for allowing us to use his excellent photos of Reading 1980, you can purchase copies of these pix at his website where he has oodles of top photos of metal bands from the 70s to date.

You can find out the complete line ups of the first festivals if you follow the links below . Festivals 1965-1990 Most of these have fairly complete documentation . But new contributions of any sort are always welcome regarding any of the festivals. This site is non profit making , its a site for die-hard fans- and run as a source of information for those interested in Rock music of the past . We are completely against the sale of bootlegged artefacts , especially musical ones .

We attempt to obtain permission to use articles and photos wherever possible, but on occasions , due to the age and obscure origin of some items , we have not been able to ascertain the owner of the copyright . 1970 – At age 15 – Michael records his first album with the Scorpions creating instant international recognition. 1972 – At age 17 – Michael joins the British Rock Band UFO for 6 Albums reaching their highest success ever. 1978 – At age 23 – Michael leaves UFO after recording Strangers in the Night becoming one of the most successful rock live albums of all time.