Carving his rock royalty status in the early years of his career, Michael Schenker‘s very unique guitar playing and sound in bands UFO and the Scorpions would catapult him into one of the greatest guitarists of all time. This week on the show I have the legend Michael Schenker joining me to chat about his years in rock and his latest musical project, Temple of Rock.
As many of us musically minded enthusiasts know, guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page forged a style of playing taking the guitar sound to new heights, from distortion to the use of the Wah wah pedal and developments in amps and cabs from Jim Marshall. With that being said, it wasn’t long before Michael Schenker would find his own way of doing things, with influences taking from titans Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Schenker soon developed his own guitar sound and found his own style of playing. Responsible for UFO classic hits like “Natural Thing,” “Doctor Doctor,” “Lights Out,” and “Rock Bottom,” and his work with his brothers band Scorpions. Michael stood out as a unique player. With his solo work of the late seventies, early eighties in Michael Schenker group. He has remained a key figure in rock, hitting numerous top guitarist polls throughout his career.
Now back with a new project Michael Schenker Temple of Rock, he has teamed up with Love drive ex-Scorpions members Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on bass and belting out the vocals, Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, WAMI) a combination that is creating some much needed magic into the ever growing classic rock scene.
With two albums to date and a live album in-between, the guys are back with a brand new album Spirit on a Mission. With diamond hits “Live And Let Live: and “Something of the Night” it’s clear to see that Temple of Rock as a band, are producing some edgy, yet modern classic rock.
“Spirit On A Mission” track listing:
01. Live And Let Live
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)
Tune in to this week’s show as I chat with Michael about his influences, his guitar sound and the future of Temple Of Rock. Wednesday 7th October 8pm GMT only on Totalrock.com.
Be sure to check out the Temple of Rock boys as they embark on a UK tour with Judas Priest before heading out on their own tour in early 2016. Full dates and ticket links are listed below.