The original MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) pairing of Gary Barden (STATETROOPER) and Michael Schenker, responsible for such classic songs as "Armed & Ready" and "Cry for the Nations", recently spent time in the studio recording a track for Gary's forthcoming solo album. Michael played guitar on a track called "Let Me Down", from the album entitled "Songs from the Thai Room". Gary also contributed some vocals for the MSG anniversary album (on the track entitled "Walls of Steel"), which prompted current MSG singer Chris Logan to say that it was "the best thing that he had heard for 10 years," according to a posting on STATETROOPER's web site.

STATETROOPER, which also features Jeff Summers (WEAPON), Bruce Bisland (SWEET), Gavin Cooper (KILLERS) and Martin Mikkels, recently played four shows in the U.K., supported by British melodic rock band DEADLINE. The tour was in support of their new single, "Don’t Say Goodbye", which is taken from their critically acclaimed album "The Calling". The single is released on October 31.


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