Born in Sarstedt, 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.
After Scorpions, Schenker joined upcoming UK band UFO under somewhat unusual circumstances. UFO left the UK to play some dates in Germany, and Scorpions were hired to open for them. UFO’s guitarist Bernie Marsden forgot his passport and was unable to make the first gig. At the venue members of UFO spotted Michael playing a sound check with the Scorpions and managed to persuade him into playing that evening’s show.
Shortly afterwards Schenker was offered the lead guitar spot in UFO and, with the blessing of his brother Rudolf, accepted it. Schenker wrote the music for most of UFO’s major label (Chrysalis Records) debut album Phenomenon. His playing on this and subsequent UFO albums attracted attention from music critics and especially from the guitar community. Schenker’s melodic style and clear, articulate playing were rooted in the approach of Hank Marvin who, with his band the Shadows, was influential in establishing the electric guitar as a lead instrument. Also evident in Schenker’s playing is the familiar and fundamental blues-based hard rock framework established by players like Jimmy Page, Leslie West, and Jeff Beck.
Schenker left UFO soon after the last show of their US tour in Palo Alto, California in October 1978 and re-joined the Scorpions in late 1978, when they were recording the album Lovedrive, thus resulting in his contribution of lead guitar on 3 songs (“Another Piece Of Meat”, “Coast To Coast” and “Lovedrive”). In 1979, Schenker toured with the band in support of the album.
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. In 1982, original vocalist Gary Barden, who sang on the first two studio albums, The Michael Schenker Group and M.S.G. as well as the band’s third release (the live album One Night at Budokan) was replaced by Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz).
MICHAEL SCHENKER WITH GUEST ROBIN MCAULEY
Live At THE COACH HOUSE
SATURDAY, MARCH 24th at 8:00pm
Tickets are $28.00 Dinner reservations are available and highly recommended
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