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Encyclopedia > Michael Schenker

Born January 10, 1955 (1955-01-10) (age 52)
in Sarstedt, Germany
Genre(s) Hard rock
Heavy metal
Affiliation(s) MSG
UFO
Scorpions
Notable guitars Gibson Flying V
Dean V Signature model
Years active 1974 - present
Official site Official Website

Michael Schenker (born January 10, 1955) is a German hard rock and heavy metal guitarist and former member of UFO and a founding member of Scorpions and the Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G). He is the younger brother of Rudolf Schenker, guitarist with Scorpions. Image File history File links Michael_schenker. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location within Germany Sarstedt is a town in the district of Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... Scorpions are a hard rock/heavy metal band from Hannover, Germany, best known for their 80s rock anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane and their singles Wind of Change, No One Like You, and Still Loving You. The band has sold over 70 million records worldwide. ... The Gibson Flying V is a popular electric guitar first released in 1958 by Gibson. ... Dean Guitars is a manufacturer of musical instruments. ... January 10 is the 10th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Heavy metal (sometimes referred to simply as metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... Scorpions are a hard rock/heavy metal band from Hannover, Germany, best known for their 80s rock anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane and their singles Wind of Change, No One Like You, and Still Loving You. The band has sold over 70 million records worldwide. ... The Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. ... Rudolf Schenker (born August 31, 1948 in Hildesheim, Germany) is a German guitarist and founding member of Scorpions and the rhythm/lead guitarist of the band. ...

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Career

Born in Sarstedt (also known as Savstedt), Germany, Schenker has had a long career that has seen him rise to become one of the most influential and respected rock guitarists working today. He started playing in his early teens when his brother Rudolf brought home a Flying V guitar, which captured Michael's imagination. Schenker debuted with Scorpions on their debut album Lonesome Crow at age 16 and was lauded at the time for his mature technique. Location within Germany Sarstedt is a town in the district of Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... The Gibson Flying V is a popular electric guitar first released in 1958 by Gibson. ... Lonesome Crow is the 1972 debut album of the German Hard rock band Scorpions produced by Conny Plank. ...


Schenker joined UFO under unusual circumstances. The band left the UK to play some dates in Germany. Their guitarist at the time, Bernie Marsden, forgot his passport and was unable to make the first gig. At the venue UFO spotted Michael playing a soundcheck with the Scorpions and managed to persuade him into playing that evening's show. Bernie Marsden is a guitarist most famous for playing for Whitesnake. ...


Schenker had a turbulent career with UFO, often walking out mid-song and causing shows to be cancelled. Despite having a series of successful albums and tours, Schenker finally left UFO in 1979.


Schenker re-joined the Scorpions in late 1978,when they were recording the album Lovedrive,thus resulting him to contribute lead guitars on 3 songs ("Another Piece Of Meat","Coast To Coast" and "Lovedrive").In 1979,Schenker toured with the band in support for the album but 3 months later, after numerous occasions he could not perform on stage (due to fatigue and alcohol problems), he finally left the band and was permanently replaced by Matthias Jabs (who originally joined the Scorpions before Schenker's return, and recorded the rest of the lead guitars apart from the three pieces which Michael played.) Scorpions are a hard rock/heavy metal band from Hannover, Germany, best known for their 80s rock anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane and their singles Wind of Change, No One Like You, and Still Loving You. The band has sold over 70 million records worldwide. ... Lovedrive is an album by the German rock band The Scorpions, released in 1979. ... Matthias Jabs (born October 25, 1955) is a German guitarist and songwriter. ...


Schenker was offered jobs with Aerosmith (detailed in their biography Walk This Way) and Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne said in a 1982 Hit Parader interview that he did contact Schenker following the death of Randy Rhoads: Aerosmith is a prominent American rock band, regarded by some as Americas Greatest Rock and Roll Band. [1][2] Although they are known as the bad boys from Boston[3], none of the bands members are actually from that city. ... Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne, December 3, 1948 in Aston, Birmingham, England) is the lead vocalist of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, a popular solo artist, and the star of the reality show, The Osbournes. ... Randall William Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who is best known for playing with Ozzy Osbourne. ...


It so happens I did contact Michael Schenker, but he wanted a king's ransom before he'd do anything...I don't need that annoyance.


Schenker decided he wanted to play his own music and not be a hired hand for another band. In 1979, he founded the Michael Schenker Group. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The history of MSG is strewn with personality conflicts and incidents between band members. In 1982, original vocalist Gary Barden, who sang on the first two studio albums The Michael Schenker Group and M.S.G. II as well as the band's third release (the live album One Night at Budokan) was fired in favor of Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz). Gary John Barden (born August 27, 1955 in Tunbridge Wells, England) Gary Barden belongs to The voice of British hard rock. ... The Michael Schenker Group is the first album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group. ... 1981 Chrysalis Michael Schenker Gary Barden Chris Glen Cozy Powell Paul Raymond Ready To Rock (Schenker/Barden) Attack Of The Mad Axeman (Schenker/Barden) On And On (Schenker/Barden) Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Schenker/Barden/Glen/Powell/Raymond) But I Want More (Schenker/Barden) Never Trust A Stranger (Raymond) Looking... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Rock vocalist Graham Bonnet was born in Skegness, Lincolnshire England on 23 December 1947, and went on to sing for many different rock bands including Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Impellitteri and Alcatrazz. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Alcatrazz is a heavy metal band formed in 1983 in Los Angeles by Gary Shea, Jimmy Waldo and Graham Bonnet. ...


Bonnet lasted one album (Assault Attack) and was fired from the band because he often lost his voice during shows, although the actual firing happened after dropping his pants in a warm-up gig in Sheffield before the Reading Festival. Barden was called by at the last minute and did the shop with only a few hours rehearsal and opening the appearance with the words: "surprise surprise". Although many fans proclaimed Assault Attack as being MSGs best recording, Barden was enticed back to the band for Reading (documented on the BBC Radio One Live in Concert) and stayed with M.S.G. for the recording of a new studio album (Built to Destroy) and the band's second live album (Rock Will Never Die). The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Rock My Nights Away Im Gonna Make You Mine The Dogs Of War Systems Failing Captain Nemo Still Love That Little Devil Red Sky Time Waits (For No One) Walk The Stage Gary Barden - Vocals Michael Schenker - Guitar Andy Nye - Keyboards Chris Glen - Bass Ted Mckenna - Drums Derek St. ...


After Barden's second departure, Schenker reorganized the band around himself and new vocalist Robin McAuley as the McAuley Schenker Group and steered the group to a more commercial hard rock sound. After three albums with the lineup, Schenker and McAuley parted company. Robin McAuley is a rock vocalist known mostly for his work in McAuley Schenker Group and Grand Prix. ... McAuley-Schenker Group was a band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar). ...


Schenker rejoined UFO for their reunion album Walk on Water. A short tour, punctuated by a fight between Schenker and vocalist Phil Mogg, ended the reunion. Description: UFO: Phil Mogg (vocals); Michael Schenker (guitar); Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar); Pete Way (bass); Andy Parker (drums). ...


Schenker then resurrected the Michael Schenker Group with all new members and recorded three more albums, The Unforgiven, Written in Sand and Arachnophobiac. The group toured yearly around the United States and Europe. The Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. ... The Unforgiven is one of the slower songs on the self-titled album, Metallica (also known as the Black Album). ...


He later rejoined UFO for two further releases, Covenant and Sharks. Band: UFO CD: Covenant Parental Advisory: No In-Print: Yes Released Date: October 19, 2000 Number Of Discs: 2 Genre: Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal Track listing Disc 1 Love Is Forever Unraveled Miss The Lights Midnight Train Fools Gold In The Middle Of Madness The Smell Of... Sharks is an album by the band UFO. Parental Advisory: No In-Print: Yes Released Date: September 3, 2002 Number Of Discs: 1 Genre: Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal music Categories: 2002 albums ...


Schenker fell on hard times in the early 2000s after his divorce in which he lost rights to his own music, his Mercedes, and his prized Flying V guitars, which was detailed in an April 2004 interview with Guitar World magazine. He picked himself up and got back to the business of making and performing music, recording the album Arachnophobiac and supporting it with two years of touring. The Gibson Flying V is a popular electric guitar first released in 1958 by Gibson. ... Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a musical magazine. ...


2005 brought the 25th anniversary of the Michael Schenker Group. Schenker put together a new album of songs called Tales Of Rock'n'Roll to celebrate the anniversary and enlisted singers from each iteration of the band to sing on the album. The Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. ...


Family

Schenker's son, Tyson Schenker (born May 5, 1984 in London), is a fledgling rock guitarist. He plays a classic Gibson Flying V like his father once did (albeit blue instead of trademark Schenker black and white). He joined his father and uncle Rudolph onstage with the Scorpions during the 2006 Wacken Open Air music festival. Tyson's current project is The Audio Cartel, while previously he was a member of the Cambridge UK-based rock band Faster Inferno, which split in 2006. May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is the largest exclusively metal music festival in the world. ...


More recently Dean Guitars produced a Schenker signature Flying V (with subtle differences from the Gibson, but still displaying the split black and white trademark Schenker finish)and Michael now plays Dean guitars almost exclusively.


Discography

with Scorpions

Scorpions are a hard rock/heavy metal band from Hannover, Germany, best known for their 80s rock anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane and their singles Wind of Change, No One Like You, and Still Loving You. The band has sold over 70 million records worldwide. ... Lonesome Crow is the 1972 debut album of the German Hard rock band Scorpions produced by Conny Plank. ... Lovedrive is an album by the German rock band The Scorpions, released in 1979. ...

with UFO

UFO are an English rock band formed in 1969. ... Guitarrist Michael Schenker joined UFO in 1974 arriving in U.K. directely from his German band, Scorpions, and without speaking a word of english. ... Force It is an album by UFO released in 1975. ... No Heavy Petting is an album by UFO, released in April 1976. ... see Lights Out (radio show) for the radio program, and Lights Out (game) for the game. ... Obsession is an album by the British rock band U.F.O., released in 1978. ... Strangers In The Night is a live album by the British rock band UFO, first released in 1979 (see 1979 in music) on the Chrysalis label. ... Description: UFO: Phil Mogg (vocals); Michael Schenker (guitar); Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar); Pete Way (bass); Andy Parker (drums). ... Band: UFO CD: Covenant Parental Advisory: No In-Print: Yes Released Date: October 19, 2000 Number Of Discs: 2 Genre: Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal Track listing Disc 1 Love Is Forever Unraveled Miss The Lights Midnight Train Fools Gold In The Middle Of Madness The Smell Of... Sharks is an album by the band UFO. Parental Advisory: No In-Print: Yes Released Date: September 3, 2002 Number Of Discs: 1 Genre: Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal music Categories: 2002 albums ...

with Michael Schenker Group/McAuley Schenker Group

The Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G.) is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed by the former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker. ... McAuley-Schenker Group was a band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar). ... The Michael Schenker Group is the first album by the hard rock band Michael Schenker Group. ... 1981 Chrysalis Michael Schenker Gary Barden Chris Glen Cozy Powell Paul Raymond Ready To Rock (Schenker/Barden) Attack Of The Mad Axeman (Schenker/Barden) On And On (Schenker/Barden) Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Schenker/Barden/Glen/Powell/Raymond) But I Want More (Schenker/Barden) Never Trust A Stranger (Raymond) Looking... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Rock My Nights Away Im Gonna Make You Mine The Dogs Of War Systems Failing Captain Nemo Still Love That Little Devil Red Sky Time Waits (For No One) Walk The Stage Gary Barden - Vocals Michael Schenker - Guitar Andy Nye - Keyboards Chris Glen - Bass Ted Mckenna - Drums Derek St. ... Save Yourself is the debut album by Scottish Pop Rock band Speedway. ... M.S.G. is a former member of the bands the Bloodhound Gang and Wolfpac. ... Be Aware Of Scorpions is a 2002 album by Michael Schenker. ... The Heavy Hitters, which boast the career of such members as Kanye West, is DJ crew consisting of originally 16 members and also a record label releasing monthly exclusive mixtapes with the special guest host of Power 106 radio station in that month. ...

solo

  • Thank You (1993)
  • Thank You 2 (1998)
  • Adventures of the Imagination (2000)
  • The Odd Trio (2000)
  • Thank You 3 (2001)
  • Dreams And Expressions (2001)
  • Thank You 4 (2003)

Other Schenker projects

  • Contraband (1991)
  • The Plot (2003)
  • Under Construction (Schugar/Schenker album) (2003)
  • Schenker-Pattison Summit - The Endless Jam (2004)
  • Schenker-Pattison Summit - The Endless Jam Continues (2005)

The Plot was a heavy rock band formed in 2003 by bassist Pete Way and his long time friend, guitarist Michael Schenker. ... Under Construction was a 2003 album recorded by Amy Schugar, lead guitarist, singer, songwriter, bandleader in the California Bay Area, in collaboration with Michael Schenker. ...

Videography

  • Michael Schenker Group - Rock Will Never Die (1984)
  • Michael Schenker Group - Live in Tokyo 1997 (1997)
  • Michael Schenker Group - World Wide Live 2004 (2004)

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Michael Schenker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (692 words)
Michael Schenker (born January 10, 1955) is a hard rock and heavy metal guitarist of UFO and a founding member of the Scorpions.
Michael resurrected the Michael Schenker Group with all new players and recorded three decent albums and toured yearly to appreciative Schenker-heads around the United States and Europe.
Michael fell on hard times in the early 2000's after his divorce in which he lost rights to his own music, his Mercedes and his prized Flying V guitars.
Michael Schenker (694 words)
Along with Gary Moore, Michael Schenker never quite reached the same level of acclaim stateside as he did in Europe (and other parts of the world), despite possessing exceptional, and quite influential, six-string skills.
Michael appeared on the group's 1972 full-length debut, Lonesome Crow, and toured with the outfit (all at the age of 17).
Schenker's pace of issuing solo albums only increased during the early 21st century, as such titles as 2000's all-instrumental Adventures of the Imagination, plus a staggering three albums in 2001 alone (MS 2000: Dreams and Expressions, Odd Trio, and Be Aware of Scorpions) saw the light of day.
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