Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon of Canada’s The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker (UFO, SCORPIONS). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked if he would ever consider recording with the SCORPIONS again, Michael said: “No. I can’t, because I’m very disappointed in Rudolf [Schenker, SCORPIONS guitarist and Michael‘s brother]. What I have found out about the ‘Lovedrive’ bio [that is included in the recently released 50th-anniversary deluxe edition of the album] is completely wrong.
“When I was 23, I finished with UFO. I did ‘Strangers In The Night’. We had hits in ’76 with ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Too Hot To Handle’ and ‘Only You Can Rock Me’. The SCORPIONS always copied what UFO did.
“When Rudolf found out I had left UFO and Mathias [Jabs, SCORPIONS guitarist], who had just joined, couldn’t do the album with the SCORPIONS to their liking, they asked me to help out. I came over. I was 23; Rudolf was already 30. And when I finished my work on the SCORPIONS ‘Lovedrive’ album, they didn’t wanna let me go, so they got rid of Matthias. And so they basically persuaded me to be in the SCORPIONS after the ‘Lovedrive’ recording, and all the management in America, they all were very interested in wanting to sign the SCORPIONS. I put on my black-and-white suit and my black-and-white guitar and started touring, [but] after two weeks, I just couldn’t do it. I ran away and I was too shy to confront them; I just couldn’t do it. My brother found me. He called me back. He cried on the phone, [and] it was so embarrassing. I came back a second time. After the second time, I realized, ‘This is not it. I need to stop this,’ and I ran away again. [A short time later] I found out that they got Matthias back — they persuaded him to come back — and that was that. Then, a bit later, I get a phone call from Rudolf [asking me] if I would let him play my black-and-white guitar design. I said, ‘Okay.’ And then he also asked me if I would give him the songwriting credits for ‘Coast To Coast’. All the melodies were written by me, and I didn’t pay attention. I was the sixth part of the ‘Lovedrive’ album, and I had a contract that everything was divided by six.”
Michael added: “I have to stay away from him and I can’t trust him anymore — period.”