Not many can say they had a stellar 50 year career in any line of work, let alone one in a competitive market such as the music business. Michael Schenker is a survivor, who went through every trend, fad and style through the years, and remained a respectable force in the guitar realm. From his record debut with the Scorpions‘ “Lonesome Crow” to his upcoming 2021’s “Immortal”, he has consistently displayed a unique approach to his six-stringed Flying V, and has influenced artists as diverse as Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammet and DimebagDarrell.
After two phenomenal records under the guise of Michael Schenker Fest, the true guitar hero is returning to his roots. By forming Michael Schenker Group (MSG) back in 1979, Michael Schenker laid the foundations for one of hard rock’s most glorious solo careers of all times. Right in time for his 40th anniversary as a solo artist and his 50th birthday as a musician, he resurrects the immortal Michael Schenker Group with his new album “Immortal”, which also continues the tradition of his recent albums, and features a plethora of guest musicians. In this case we are rewarded with performances from Derek Sherinian, Brian Tichy, Simon Phillips, Ralf Scheepers and Ronnie Romero, amongst others. The final track is a re-recording of his signature song with the Scorpions, “In Search of the Peace of Mine”, with singers like Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White and others taking turns singing the iconic lyrics.
In a spirited and very detailed conversation with Sonic Perspectives interviewer Rodrigo Altaf, Michael Schenker explains at length the involvement of all musicians in the inception of “Immortal”, the challenges posed by writing and recording an album during the Covid-19 pandemic times, and reflects on 50 years of ups and downs making music, obviously talking about his beginning with Scorpions. Check out their chat in any of the links below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new content we publish on a daily basis.