Michael Schenker Group
It goes without saying, that the legendary and award-winning guitarist Michael Schenker has led a truly amazing rock’n’roll life. Getting off to a flying start, from 1969 to 1973 he played with his brother Rudolf Schenker in Germany’s most successful rock band, the Scorpions. It was Rudolf who introduced him to the Gibson Flying V. When the Scorpions supported the British hard rock outfit UFO, Michael had the opportunity to switch bands.
For six years, Michael was a driving force behind the UFO sound. Some of his earliest compositions such as ‘Rock Bottom’and ‘Doctor Doctor’ have become timeless rock classics.
After his departure from UFO in 1979, he briefly returned to the Scorpions to record their legendary Lovedrive album, before deciding it was time to go solo. Enter the Michael Schenker Group. The first two albums became instant classics: The Michael Schenker Groupand MSG contained songs like ‘Into The Arena’, ‘Armed And Ready’, ‘Ready To Rock’and ‘Attack Of The Mad Axeman’– all of which have become standards in Michael Schenker’s concerts.
The list of Michael’s former band mates reads like a who’s who of hard rock. As founder members, Michael recruited Simon Phillips (drums), Gary Barden (vocals), Mo Foster (bass) and Don Airey (keyboards). Latter members included rock luminaries such as bassist Neil Murray, drummer Cozy Powell, singer Graham Bonnett and guitarist Wayne Findlay.