With a 40-year career mostly spent forging his own path on the Flying-V guitar, Michael Schenker's musical influence upon many is just as intriguing for what might have been as for what it has turned out to be.
Shunning the opportunity to travel the same path as his brother Rudolf Schenker with Scorpions after contributing to their 1979 Lovedrive album, Michael Schenker played on UFO's renowned 1979 live opus Strangers in the Night. From there, Schenker carved his niche with variations of the Michael Schenker Group, including McAuley Schenker Group in the late '80s and Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock beginning in 2011. The latest incarnation was Saturday night's live San Antonio debut of the Michael Schenker Fest at Vibes Event Center.
This time, Schenker has recollected each of his solo vocalists: Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White. Along with guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Chris Glen and drummer Ted McKenna, the Michael Schenker Fest released Resurrection via Nuclear Blast Records on March 2.
With Metallica's Kirk Hammett guesting on the McAuley-voiced opening tune "Heart and Soul," the album features 12 rocking tracks. Each of the vocalists sings multiple tunes on their own, and they team up on latest single "Warrior" and disc finale "The Last Supper."
Prior to the concert, Schenker graciously went "Into the Pit" with Alamo True Metal to discuss as much of his career as 40 years could be covered in 15 minutes. He also brought along a six-stringed special guest.
Click the video box below to watch our conversation, then view ATM footage of Schenker in action on the Scorpions instrumental he wrote "Coast to Coast," along with "Warrior" and extended guitar jam on UFO's cult hit "Rock Bottom."