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(Synopsis by Jigal Beez)First time he held a guitar was after his brother Rudolf got one as a birthday present. He was fascinated by creating sounds playing a single string. He started his first band with 11 years. It was put together for him by Rudolf in Sarstedt (Schenker hometown near Hannover). His first gig was as a eleven year old in a town called Elze in a club called Twist-Tenne. He found friends and musicians with the same interest in Hannover but due to lack of management or structures that supported rock music he felt that Germany was underdeveloped. Disco music was popular but rock only on underground level. With fourteen he discovered Sabbath and Led Zep and entered into the little German Rock scene but only 2 ? years later he left for England because that's where the music came from.[07/02/15 update]
Lonesome Crow was produced within a week by Conny Plank. But he cannot tell what Conny Plank actually did as he only focussed on his guitarplaying. He wrote the songs and was only interested in hin solos whereas Klaus wrote the lyrics. He is not sure if there are psychedelic influences on that record. At that time he visited many festivals to ?hunt guitarists“. He wanted to see how they were playing. I saw many different styles but with 17 he wanted to develop his own style from within and stopped listening to others.
From his first Scorpions period he only remembers permanent touring which he enjoyed a lot. He didn't care if they had food or not but liked riding on the bus and playing gigs. Setting up the amps and PA on their own was hard work as their PA was big with over 20 Speakers. On the bus they sang beatles songs. And wrote new own songs which was fun. He was ready to leave the Scorpions for any English band. They knew about it and had a successor for him: Uli Jon Roth who was born only a few villages away from their own little town and has the same star/zodiac sign as Michael. So Michael feels the change was meant to be. In England he could give in the 1970s his musical contribution to the world which was later in the 1980s used by other bands. Rudolf followed Michaels steps musicially and geographially expanding the Scorpions to England and the US but Rudolf wraped the product nicer, simplified it for mass consumption and sold it better. That was a different step of development in the 80s founded on Michael's 70s contribution.
What Michael is currently doing is revisiting his past with temple of rock. So he is knitting together the web of history using the strings from the 70s ad 80s or as he put it like a cow, a ruminant, he is chewing again the old grass to digest and understand it better. It is a closed circle. Nowadays he can consciously enjoy what he had created unconsciously in the past.
He actually got a phone call once to audition for the Rolling Stones, just after he had joined UFO. But he felt insecure as Brian Jones had just died and he saw in magazines pictures where the Stones were checked for lice. As he was shy and fragile he felt this offer was too far fetched after discussing with Rudolf.
Question ?What is the magic of the flying V“ Answer: ?Nothing“ It became a Schenker brothers icon just because he liked it and developed on it.
By rejoining the Scorpions for lovedrive he was the dooropener for the american market. But then he wanted to experiment. The 80s were the start of his expermintation stage which ended 2008, when he wanted to be back in the now.
Rudolf and Michaels had no common interests due to their age difference. When Michael started school, Rudolf started work, when Michael finished school Rudolf got married. There is nothing like family chemestry when they share the stage. They only shared their guitar playing for 2 years during the first Scorpions period. That time he felt as a child at home being together with Rudolf. Otherwise they were seperated as they played in different bands. He didn't enjoy being the little one and lagging behind Rudolf in everything. He always knew what he wanted and didn't like the older ones in the band telling him what to do. Though according to Chinese zodic signs horse (Rudolf) and rat (Michael, Uli Roth, Matthias Jabs) the age difference sparks creativity. Rudolfs contribution the the temple of rock album was part of the MS career summery in which many musicians of Michaels musical past participated.
Q: You are sixty now. What do you want to do the next 60 years“ A: Playing guitar, looking for new sparks, colours of music.
Q Kirk Hammet is a big fan of yours and enjoyed sharing the stage with you. Are you also a fan of someone you liked to share the stage with? A: Jimmy Page and Led Zep as band, Jon Bonham is my favorite musician. Leslie West, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton. But he believes forst of all in self expression and not in copying idols.
|Fri||10/30/15||Zoetermeer, The Netherlands||Boerderij||venue ad|
|Sat||10/31/15||Rijssen, The Netherands||Lucky||venue ad|
|Mon||11/02/15||Pratteln, Switzerland||Z7||venue ad|
|Fri||11/06/15||Bourg en Bresse, France||La Tannerie|
|Sat||11/07/15||Les Pennes-Mirabeau, France||Jas Rod|
|Sun||11/08/15||Toulouse, France||Le Bikini|
|Sat||06/27/15||Ourense, Spain||Derramerock XX||venue ad|
|Sat||08/08/15||Kortrijk, Belgium||Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival||venue ad|
|Tue||11/03/15||Paris, France||Le Bataclan||Venue Ad|
|Sat||08/08/15||Kortrijk, Belgium||Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival||Venue Ad|
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock have with great regret had to cancel their up coming show at Rockpile West in Toronto. A spokesman for the band said. It is with great regret that we have had to cancel the show at Rockpile West on Wednesday night. Our singer Doogie White has been suffering with a chest infection for the last 5 shows and despite his finest efforts it has been decided to cancel this show to give him 2 days off from performing and offering a better chance for him to recover so the band can continue to give their very best at the shows for the remainder of the ﾂ郡pirit on a Mission USA tour. Doogie commented, I am very disappointed for the people who were looking forward to seeing TEMPLE of ROCK in Toronto, I have happy memories of playing there last year. The last 3 shows have been a real struggle for me and rather than jeopardize the remainder of the tour we had to make this difficult decision.[04/21/15 update No.2]
Michael Schenker's TEMPLE of ROCK with continue the remainder of the tour starting in Concord Music Hall Chicago on April 23.
The Graham Bonnet Band will be performing in Japan in June as support to Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock. Graham will also be performing 2 songs with Michael's band, making this the first time ever Graham and Michael have performed any 'Assault Attack' songs live. Full details next week![04/04/15 update]
Michael Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK[03/19/15 update No.2]
Due to unforeseen visa processing delays Michael Schenker's TEMPLE OF ROCK has had to reschedule the first 3 shows of the 2015 North American leg of the "Spirit on a Mission" Tour to promote the brand new album of the same name which was released through In-Akustik in the USA today, the 24th March 2015.
The affected shows:
MAR 25 2015: San Jose, CA - ROCKBAR THEATRE
MAR 27 2015: Portland, OR - BOSSANOVA BALLROOM
MAR 28 2015: Seattle, WA, - STUDIO SEVEN
NEW DATES ARE:
MAY 3, 2015 SAN JOSE, CA - ROCKBAR THEATRE
MAY 5 SEATTLE, WA - STUDIO SEVEN
MAY 6 PORTLAND, OR - BOSSANOVA
The rest of the tour will continue as scheduled.
A spokesman for the band said "Everyone is gutted that we are missing out on playing these first few shows particularly as this will be the first time Herman and Francis have played together on American soil in many years. Everyone is so fired up to deliver killer performances of the new TEMPLE OF ROCK songs from 'Spirit on a Mission' as well as classics for The Scorpions, UFO and MSG".
"We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to those who bought tickets for the 3 affected shows but hope they will come rawk out with us at the re-scheduled performances. Sometimes things get beyond even our control and best endevours, as was the case in this situation".
ALL PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED TICKETS WILL BE HONORED FOR THE NEW DATES.
|Sun||05/03/15||San Juan Del Sure, Nicaragua||Festival Siembra Y Lucha|
|Mon||05/25/15||Prague, Czech||Retro Music Festival|
|Sun||06/14/15||Osaka, Japan||Zepp Namba||venue ad|
|Mon||06/15/15||Nagoya, Japan||Diamond Hall|
|Wed||06/17/15||Tokyo, Japan||Nakano Sunplaza|
|Thu||06/18/15||Tokyo, Japan||Nakano Sunplaza|
Some of the biggest heavy hitters in the world of metal are coming to Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp this coming March 26 - 29, 2015, and it's gonna get loud! Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp is proud to welcome MICHEAL SCHENKER of UFO, SCORPIONS, and MSG, along with GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER and GODFATHER OF HEAVY METAL DRUMMING, BILL WARD along with GLENN HUGHES of Deep Purple as special guests at this MASTERS OF METAL camp.[01/30/15 update]
If you ever dreamed of jamming with true heavy metal icons, this is your chance. This is a once in a lifetime experience to spend time playing and learning from three of the biggest names in hard rock history. Along with meeting and jamming with these incredible talents, each band performs 2 nights at the infamous HOUSE OF BLUES at MANDALAY BAY. This camp is not to be missed by any metal fan, as this opportunity will not repeat itself.
|Sun||03/29/15||Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.||Rock 'N' Rol Fantasy Camp|
|Wed||04/01/15||Orangevale, CA, U.S.A.||The Boardwalk||venue ad|
|Thu||04/16/15||Binghamton, NY, U.S.A.||Eclipse Night Club||venue ad|
|Sun||04/19/15||Manchester, NH, U.S.A.||Jewel Nightclub||venue ad|
|Wed||04/01/15||Orangevale, CA, U.S.A.||The Boardwalk||venue ad|