As it turns out, Michael Schenker has a few bones to pick with his former band Scorpions. While the band’s original guitarist (alongside brother Rudolf Schenker) had expressed interest in working with Scorpions in the future, Schenker now has offered some harsh words against the Scorpions for apparently taking advantage of both his early contributions and their fans.
Michael Schenker had two stints as a member of the Scorpions before leaving the band for good in 1979, yet not before making his impact on such landmark albums as ‘Lovedrive’ and ‘Lonesome Crow.’ However, it was during a recent interview with Gigs and Festivals that Schenker shared his thoughts about Scorpions continuing after their 2011 farewell tour and the liner notes of the recent ‘Lovedrive’ reissue.
“There are things that I know today, and I must say I’m actually very disappointed in my brother and the Scorpions these days, because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past,” said Schenker. “Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning.”
He continued: “I wrote most of the Scorpions songs on the ‘Lonesome Crow’ album, and it was credited to all members. The very first song I ever wrote was ‘In Search of the Peace of Mind,’ and it too was credited to all members. I was focusing on music, and they were maybe focusing on business. I have no idea, but they didn’t know how to write songs in those days.”
When asked if he has any interest in getting back onstage with the Scorpions before they truly call it a day, Schenker offered: “I don’t pay attention to any of that. I focus on what I’m doing. I’m fed up with that, and I’m disappointed in them.” He added: “I can’t believe it, honestly. They’re just fooling people with their finishing playing, and then they don’t, and then [they continue playing] forever and ever. I guess when you get older, you get bolder or something, but I have absolutely no interest because I can’t trust them. If I look back now, it’s unbelievable, little bits and pieces I’m discovering. So putting together the whole picture, it looks like they’re absolutely desperate.”
Schenker also says that the Scorpions are deliberately withholding his contributions to the band during the ‘Lovedrive’ era. “Just a few weeks ago, I was confronted with the Scorpions box, and what I saw there, it really, really shocked me. I can’t trust them anymore. The whole ‘Lovedrive’ story is wrong. They are putting it down as if I begged them to take me into the Scorpions. They begged me to join — I was already doing arena tours with UFO in the States. It’s unbelievable. They asked me to help them, and now I see that the whole ‘Lovedrive’ story is written to their favor; they are the big guys.”
Capping off his response to the Scorpions, Michael concluded that the main difference between him and Rudolf Schenker is that “one can play and the other one can’t! (laughs) That’s how you can find out who is who. Or you look at the eyes; his eyes are brown, but he can fake that too by getting blue lenses. Rudolf is the entertainer on a visual level; I’m the artist.”
In other news, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock have embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom today (January 20) in support of their third album ‘Spirit on a Mission.’