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From the Archives: Michael Schenker by Will
September 7, 2009, 11:19 am
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– Michael Schenker and friend (with more hair than Don King and White Snake put together)

Imagine if you will a land inhabited by hair-perming, leather jacket-wearing, motorbike-riding, stadium-filling guitar gods. Their trademark? – hair Legolas would be proud of. Their weapon? – the face melting solo. Their unsung King? – Michael Schenker. While the Darkness were busy doing potato paintings and eating alphabites somewhere in Lowestoft, MICHAEL SCHENKER had already spent  years touring with German rock powerhouse, Scorpions, joined and left seminal hard rock outfit, UFO, and toured the world with the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. Signed to Chrysalis Records throughout the 80s, the Hanover-born guitarist shredded stadia with his signature flying V, grew a series of pioneering haircuts and penned a string of metal classics:  ‘Into the Arena’, ‘Built to Destroy’, ‘Captain Nemo’ and ‘Rock Will Never Die’ among those often cited by the illustrious alumni of the school of Schenker (Metallica, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith – the latter two both inviting him to join their respective groups such was their adulation).

These videos trace the line from 16 year old Scorpion to 80s Guitar God. Michael, we salute you. (Look out for the man dying on losing a chess game with death in the ‘Rock Will Never Die’ masterpiece. And haven’t the Stone Roses ripped off the Scorpions video for ‘Fools Gold’? You be the judge…)

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