Biography

The Michael Schenker Group is a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker. In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1993. After that, in 1996 the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.

The music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Schenker is famous for his half-black, half-white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. He is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Michael Schenker Group (1980)
  • MSG (1981)
  • Assault Attack (1982)
  • Built to Destroy (1983)
  • Written in the Sand (1996)
  • The Unforgiven (1999)
  • Be Aware of Scorpions (2001)
  • Arachnophobiac (2003)
  • Heavy Hitters (2005)
  • Tales of Rock'n'Roll (2006)
  • In the Midst of Beauty (2008)
  • By Invitation Only (2011)
  • Walk the Stage: The Highlights (2013)

Live albums[edit]

  • One Night at Budokan (1982) (UK Silver)
  • Rock Will Never Die (1984)
  • BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (1993)
  • The Michael Schenker Story Live (1997)
  • The Unforgiven World Tour (1999)
  • The Mad Axeman Live (2007)
  • Walk the Stage: The Official Bootleg Box Set (2009)
  • The 30th Anniversary Concert – Live in Tokyo (2010)

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Michael Schenker - lead guitar (1979-1986, 1992–present)
  • Francis Buchholz - bass (2012–present)
  • Herman Rarebell - drums (2010, 2011–present)
  • Wayne Findlay - keyboard, rhythm guitar & backing vocals (1999–present)
  • Doogie White - lead vocals (2011, 2012–present)

Former members[edit]

Lead vocals:

  • Gary Barden (1980–1981, 1982-1984, 2008–2010)
  • Graham Bonnet (1982)
  • Derek St. Holmes, plus guitar (1983)
  • Ray Kennedy (1984)
  • Leif Sundin (1995–1997, 2007–2008)
  • David Van Landing (1997–1999, 2011, 2012)
  • Kelly Keeling (1999, 2000)
  • Keith Slack (1999)
  • Chris Logan (2001–2004, 2006)
  • Jari Tiura (2006-2007)
  • Robin McAuley (2012)

Keyboards:

  • Don Airey (session 1980, 2008, 2011)
  • Paul Raymond, plus guitar (1980–1981, 2011)
  • Tommy Eyre (session 1982)
  • Andy Nye (1982–1984)
  • Claude Gaudette (session 1996)
  • Seth Berstein, plus guitar (1997–1999)

Bass:

  • Billy Sheehan (1979)
  • Mo Foster (session 1980)
  • Chris Glen (1980–1983, 2008–2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Dennis Feldman (1984)
  • Barry Sparks (1996-1998, 1999-2000)
  • John Onder (1999)
  • Rev Jones (2001–2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Stuart Hamm (2003)
  • Pete Way (2006, 2011)
  • Neil Murray (2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Elliott "Dean" Robinson (2010-2011, 2012)

Drums:

  • Denny Carmassi (1979)
  • Simon Phillips (1980, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Cozy Powell (1981–1982)
  • Ted McKenna (1983–1984, 2008)
  • Shane Gaalaas (1996–2000)
  • Jeff Martin (2001, 2006)
  • Jeremy Colson (2003)
  • Pete Holmes (2004-2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Chris Slade (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Carmine Appice (2010, 2011)

Timeline[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Michael Schenker official site
  • Interview of Michael Schenker on Rockpages.gr
  • MSG in the BNR metal pages
  • www.cduniverse.com Production Information

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