Michael Schenker http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/384/all en Dear Guitar Hero: Michael Schenker Talks Sporpions, Influences, Early Gear, Gibson Flying V's and More — with Video http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-michael-schenker-talks-sporpions-influences-early-gear-flying-vs-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW archive: This feature originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of </em>Guitar World.</p> <p><em>He's played with the Scorpions, UFO and MSG, struggled with alcohol and pills and was left nearly penniless in 2002 after an ugly divorce. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know about the legendary shredder is…</em></p> <p><strong>How old were you when you started playing guitar, and what inspired you to start playing? — Keith Loeb</strong></p> <p>I was around nine years old, but I had been very keen on music since I was three or four. I always loved going around the house singing and expressing my love for rhythm by banging on pots and pans and stuff like that. My dad played violin and my mom played piano, so I would fool around on those, and on my brother Rudolf’s 16th birthday, he got a guitar. When he would go to work, I would play his guitar—even though it was against his wishes.</p> <p><strong>Who were some of your early guitar heroes? — Mike Bentivoglio</strong></p> <p>When I started playing, I hadn’t heard about guys like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, so for me it was more about bands like the Shadows [<em>the British guitar group</em>]—instrumental music, clean guitar sounds and so on. I knew from listening to that type of music that the guitar was something I wanted to pursue. I didn’t hear my first distorted guitar until I was around 13 or 14, which was when bands like Led Zeppelin started getting popular. During those years all I did was copy anything I heard that had that distorted guitar sound.</p> <p><strong>What was the first guitar you ever owned? — Rita Dullaghan</strong></p> <p>I played whatever my brother didn’t need anymore—it’s the same way that I got my suits and clothes. [<em>laughs</em>] Whatever he had first, I had second. And that lasted for a while, but eventually I realized that I had my own idea of what I wanted. In the beginning we had a Framus and a Hofner, and then my brother went to a big-bodied Gibson and I went more for the Fenders, like the Jazzmaster. Then I got a Les Paul Custom, a Les Paul Deluxe, and I ended up with the V.</p> <p><strong>Do you still suffer from stage fright? — John Luftig</strong></p> <p>It doesn’t exist for me anymore. I don’t know exactly what made it go away, but it did. It’s not something that happened overnight, but in the past few years it has slowly gone away.</p> <p><strong>What’s it like to be a hero to players like Kirk Hammett, Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde? — Daniel Levine</strong></p> <p>The truth is I wouldn’t know where to place myself on a scale, or know if I’m even good or bad as a player. But those guys tell me how much I mean to them, and it helps me understand where I fit in, which is great. Without their statements, I would have no idea.</p> <p><strong>How did you come to join the Scorpions? — John Zane</strong></p> <p>My brother always got me my gigs in the early days. I had been in bands since I was 11, and one day my brother told me that he wanted me to hook up with this great singer he knew, and that was Klaus Meine. Rudolf introduced us, and we started a band together called the Copernicus. Our rehearsal space was right next to the Scorpions, and one day we were rehearsing and they were listening to us—their singer was late for rehearsal— and they approached Klaus and me about joining the band, and we did.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8SJ7Z22EvBw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What is it about the Flying V shape that you like so much? — Tom Giordano</strong></p> <p>For me, it’s not really about the shape; I came to play a V by accident. I was playing with the Scorpions, and I broke a string and had a solo coming up, so my brother and I swapped guitars really quickly. He had been playing a V, so that’s what I ended up playing, and I just loved the combination of that guitar and a 50-watt Marshall. And once I got used to the shape, there was no going back. Plus I loved Leslie West, and he used to play a V.</p> <p><strong>Are you more comfortable as a solo artist or playing in an established group? — Bonnie Parenti</strong></p> <p>Definitely as a solo artist. It was very important for me to create MSG, which I did for creative freedom. It let me express myself in so many ways and not be held down by any one particular type of monster machine. I hate being a box, and I’m glad I didn’t get stuck in one for my entire career. I love the fact that I don’t know what’s going to happen next for me. And that’s the difference between me and my brother: he looks at the big picture, I look at the details. We’re opposites, even though we have the same genes and share a lot of the same emotions when it comes to music.</p> <p><strong>Your parents must have been proud to have two famous sons. — Phillip Wills</strong></p> <p>I never asked them about that, but they always supported us; they would always come to the shows. My dad was an architect and would design our posters, and my mom would work the door, and they’d give us money for equipment and things like that.</p> <p><strong>What gear do you have with you on the current tour? — Brian Dorsey</strong></p> <p>Just a 50-watt Marshall JCM800 2205, which can be very hard to find. When I have to find a new one, I can’t! [<em>laughs</em>] I’ve tried quite a few amplifiers over the years, but that’s the one I like best. And the Dean guitars are so perfectly made. The guitars just sing. I usually have three of my signature Dean models on the road with me: my main guitar, one for the hotel and one as a spare.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/msg">MSG</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/scorpions">Scorpions</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ufo">UFO</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-michael-schenker-talks-sporpions-influences-early-gear-flying-vs-and-more#comments Dear Guitar Hero GW Archive Michael Schenker November 2009 Scorpions Videos Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:13:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/2652 Video: Michael Schenker Releases Trailer for New Album, 'Bridge the Gap' http://www.guitarworld.com/video-michael-schenker-releases-trailer-new-album-bridge-gap <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker has released a trailer for his new album, <em>Bridge the Gap</em>, which will be released January 7 through the inakustik label.</p> <p>The album features his old rhythm section from Scorpions days — bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell — plus ex-Rainbow singer Doogie White and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. People who pick up the deluxe version of the album will get to hear Don Dokken's vocals on a bonus track, "Faith."</p> <p>The album was produced by Schenker and Michael Voss and engineered by Voss.</p> <p>Schenker will kick off the first round of 2014 dates with a U.S. trek, which will feature Schenker, White and Findlay, as well as bassist Rev Jones and drummer Pete Holmes. You can see all the dates below the video.</p> <p>"I'm very much looking forward to touring the States in January/February and to introducing my new singer, Doogie White, and material from our new album," Schenker said in a statement. "Doogie, Wayne Findlay and I will be promoting our new album in the States before teaming up with the album lineup for a world tour starting in March in Japan. We are all looking forward to rock you. 'Til then, keep on rocking!"</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/">michaelschenkerhimself.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Bridge the Gap</em> Track List</strong>:</p> <p>01. Where The Wild Winds Blow<br /> 02. Horizons<br /> 03. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely<br /> 04. Rock n Roll Symphony<br /> 05. To Live For The King<br /> 06. Land Of Thunder<br /> 07. Temple Of The Holy<br /> 08. Shine On<br /> 09. Bridges We Have Burned<br /> 10. Because You Lied<br /> 11. Black Moon Rising<br /> 12. Dance For The Piper<br /> 13. Faith (Deluxe Edition only)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="385" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aPN6YHvN6hs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Michael Schenker Bridge The Gap US Tour 2014</strong></p> <p>Jan-09 LAS VEGAS, NV LVCS<br /> Jan-10 CORONA, CA M -15 CONCERT THEATRE<br /> Jan-11 RAMONA, CA RAMONA MAIN STAGE THEATRE<br /> Jan-14 DENVER, CO ECKS SALOON<br /> Jan-16 LIBERTYVILLE, IL AUSTINS<br /> Jan-17 LIBERTYVILLE, IL AUSTINS<br /> Jan-18 TORONTO, CANADA ROCKPILE WEST<br /> Jan-19 TORONTO, CANADA ROCKPILE EAST<br /> Jan-20 ENGLEWOOD, NJ BERGAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER<br /> Jan-21 LONDONBERRY, NH TUEPELO MUSIC HALL<br /> Jan-22 NEW YORK, NY BB KINGS CONCERT HALL<br /> Jan-24 SAYREVILLE, NJ STARLAND BALLROOM<br /> Jan-25 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY CHANCE THEATRE<br /> Jan-27 SELLERSVILLE, PA SELLERSVILLE THEATRE<br /> Jan-28 CLEVELAND, OH AGORA BALLROOM<br /> Jan-30 OAKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHAMELEON BALLROOM<br /> Jan-31 HOUSTON, TX CONCERT PUB NORTH<br /> Feb-01 SAN ANTONIO, TX BACKSTAGE LIVE<br /> Feb-06 SAN FRANCISCO, CA YOSHI'S<br /> Feb-07 ORANGEVALE, CA BOARDWALK<br /> Feb-08 PORTLAND, OR TBA<br /> Feb-09 SEATTLE, WA EL CORAZON<br /> Feb-12 HOLLYWOOD, CA HOUSE OF BLUES<br /> Feb-15 SAN JUAN, CAPISTRANO, CA THE COACH HOUSE<br /> Feb-16 HERMOSA BEACH, CA ST ROCKE</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-michael-schenker-releases-trailer-new-album-bridge-gap#comments Michael Schenker News Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:23:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19835 The Record that Changed My Life: Kirk Hammett Discusses UFO's 'Force It' http://www.guitarworld.com/record-changed-my-life-kirk-hammett-discusses-ufos-force-it <!--paging_filter--><p><em>FROM THE ARCHIVE: Metallica's Kirk Hammett chooses (and discusses) the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>UFO</strong><br /> <em>Force It</em> (1975)</p> <p>I was 15 years old and a friend of mine brought it over to my house insisting I had to hear it. </p> <p>I was still living at my parents' house at the time, and they had a very loud stereo system. My friends would come over and we would blast it up to what we thought was concert level. Boy, was I naive! </p> <p>The first track my friend played was "Mother Mary" [See video below], and I thought, Wow, these guys are just as heavy as Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Montrose and all the other hard rock stuff that I was listening to before I got into heavy metal.</p> <p>When it got to the guitar solo, I was just blown away by Michael Schenker's tone, phrasing and technique. By the time the second solo came on with the fastest descending lick I'd ever heard, I was totally hooked! I immediately grabbed the album cover and saw the picture of Schenker playing a Flying V. </p> <p>From that point on I knew there was an entire rock vocabulary out there that was not just based on pentatonic scales, and I set out to learn as many Schenker solos as possible while trying to write heavy riffs just like UFO. i also wanted a Flying V so bad!</p> <p>That record taught me a lot about solo structure, phasing and melody, as well as playing for the song. I was amazed how UFO could be so heavy and so melodic in the course of one song. I think the band I was in at the time added two UFO songs to its set that week. </p> <p>For me the standout tracks on Force It are "Mother Mary," "Shoot Shoot," "This Kid's," "Out on the Street" and "Let It Roll." Every time I pick up the guitar and start improvising, I think a lick or two from that album squeaks out subconsciously. I probably spew the most Schenker licks on <em>Kill 'Em All</em> because everything was still kind of new to me at that time.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JFvAwjOdMqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ufo">UFO</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/record-changed-my-life-kirk-hammett-discusses-ufos-force-it#comments GW Archive Kirk Hammett Metallica Michael Schenker The Record that Changed My Life UFO Blogs Interviews News Features Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:00:23 +0000 Kirk Hammett http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19187 YouTube Fun with Paul Riario: Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth http://www.guitarworld.com/youtube-fun-paul-riario-steve-vai-eric-johnson-michael-schenker-and-uli-jon-roth <!--paging_filter--><p>Here are five choice YouTube videos I've been meaning to share ...<br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Why I started liking Steve Vai:</strong></p> <p>Here's Steve looking and getting all Jack Butler with Graham Bonnett in Alcatrazz. Wicked solo. Pre-Ibanez days, with a Performance guitar, DiMarzio pickups and a really good sound.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/K5lM3AzlBDY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> Same thing. Just collect the solos from this show. Skip to 1:40-3:00 — pretty awesome playing, the kind of shredding that made us all love Vai in the first place:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m5OnDi-fzkk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Eric Johnson playing acoustic:</strong></p> <p>Something you don't see him doing as often. And what can I say? Look at that awesome hair. And the unreal chord shapes.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1IVg2vCEReQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Eric Johnson doing Jimi Hendrix:</strong></p> <p>This is one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs, and Johnson kicks ass on it — except for the singing. I know it's "Spanish Castle Magic" as the refrain of the chorus, but I don't know what the hell he's singing there.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bi9jOnQd6ys?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>UFO with Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth:</strong></p> <p>Holy crap. Is it over when you start to dress like that onstage? Schenker with Chicago Bulls NBA shorts and a leather motorcycle jacket with Oakley shades to pull the look together? As Heidi Klum used to say on <em>Project Runway</em>, "I'm sorry, Michael, you are out ... <em>auf Wiedersehen</em>."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xyw9_VgrBls?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>I try very hard to remain under the radar despite being on camera as gear editor, but in this age of social media it was only a matter of time before it had to come to this. So with that, I will make my blog painless and a quick and easy read so you can get on to more important things like practicing guitar and sweep picking, or if you’re like me, obsessing how to race the Tour De France and trying to be Kristen Stewart’s next mistake. I will use this blog to inform you of things I find cool; like new gear I’m playing through and what I’m watching, reading or listening to at any given moment. So feel free to ask me anything that’s gear related — or if you have a problem with your girlfriend, you know, life lesson stuff, I’m pretty good at that too — and I’ll do my best to answer or address it here.</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/youtube-fun-paul-riario-steve-vai-eric-johnson-michael-schenker-and-uli-jon-roth#comments Alcatrazz Eric Johnson Michael Schenker Paul Riario Steve Vai Uli Jon Roth Videos Blogs Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:42:00 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18656 Michael Schenker Announces 12-Date UK Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/michael-schenker-announces-12-date-uk-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>Michael Schenker and his band, Temple of Rock, have announced a 12-date U.K. tour in April 2013. The tour kicks off at the ARC, Stockton-on-Tees, England, on Tuesday, April 9.</p> <p>The band lineup includes ex-Scorpions stars Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), MSG man Wayne Findlay (keyboards) and Scottish vocalist Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen). </p> <p>The Temple of Rock concerts will highlight Schenker’s time with the Scorpions, UFO and MSG.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.thegigcartel.com/artists/profile:168">click here.</a></p> <p><strong>Michael Schenker, April U.K. Tour:</strong></p> <p>April 9 - Stockton Arc<br /> April 10 - Aberdeen Lemon Tree<br /> April 11 - Edinburgh Picture House<br /> April 12 - Newcastle O2 Academy<br /> April 13 - Holmfirth Picturedrome<br /> April 14 - Warrington Parr Hall<br /> April 16 - Falmouth Princess Pavilion<br /> April 17 - Bristol O2 Academy<br /> April 18 - Salisbury City Hall<br /> April 19 - Oxford 02 Academy<br /> April 20 - Nottingham Rock City<br /> April 21 - Norwich Waterfront</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Xr-9aFmcRl8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/scorpions">Scorpions</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ufo">UFO</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/michael-schenker-announces-12-date-uk-tour#comments Michael Schenker Michael Schenker Group Scorpions Temple Of Rock News Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:55:37 +0000 Lukasz Bielawski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16420 Interview: Danava Mainman Gregory Meleney Talks About New Album, Gear and Michael Schenker Influence http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-danava-mainman-gregory-meleney-talks-about-new-album-gear-and-michael-schenker-influence <!--paging_filter--><p>Danava is a band based out of Portland, Oregon, that has been steadily rising in the metal underground over the past eight years. </p> <p>Even though their music has a doom element people can compare to early Sabbath, their influences are so eclectic that an attempt to put a label on them would almost be a disservice to their abilities, so the best way to get an idea of what they sound like is to listen to them. </p> <p>Speaking of music, they have released two full-length albums in the past, the self-titled debut in 2006 and <em>UnonoU</em> in 2008. And now, three years since that release, they are ready to put out their third album, <em>Hemisphere Of Shadows.</em> which hits the North American market October 4. I've already heard the album quite a few times, and trust me, it's not going to disappoint anyone. </p> <p>While the band is on their European run, I got a chance to do an interview with Gregory Meleney, the man behind the vocals, guitars and synthesizers. Read the conversation below, and check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/DANAVA/212228184445">band's official Facebook page</a> for more updates as the album release draws to a close. </p> <p><strong>I believe you are on a European tour with Lecherous Gaze. How is that going for you?</strong> </p> <p>It's been great! Even the smaller towns rule here. We're halfway done and in Slovenia at the minute. </p> <p><strong>Have you been able to debut some songs off of <em>Hemisphere Of Shadows</em> on this tour?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, we do about four or five in the set. </p> <p><strong>The album has been a rather long-awaited one, taking three years since the previous full-length release. What's the reason for this gap?</strong></p> <p>The lineup change put a dent in everything as far as timing goes. It's for the best, though, We're happy. We took a year off from playing live to form the bond. </p> <p><strong>Can you talk about the idea behind the album's title and overall lyrical theme?</strong></p> <p>I seem to stay with the theme of good and evil. There are undertones of a darker nature with this one. The human condition is an endless well of possibilities. I tend to write about things that are very real in concept. As much as we've been called sci-fi / fantasy, I've never written a damn thing about it other than "Eyes In Disguise" and "Longdance" from our first album. And those are really just one song split into two. </p> <p><strong>This one sounds like a totally guitar-driven record, probably more than the previous ones. Would you agree?</strong></p> <p>Definitely. It was done out of necessity, really. There is no hope for us finding a synth player good enough to execute what we'd like to do live for that realm, so we added a second guitar and now we can play this record in its entirety, live. The last album should have been a little more guitar driven, but we were challenged to make that record so fast that we only had all our most epic songs available and had to smash them together. In hindsight it's a little ambitious, that last one. </p> <p><strong>I was interested to read that you described the album as "less Michael Moorcock and more Michael Schenker." How much of an influence has Schenker been on your guitar playing?</strong></p> <p>A very big one. The first record I ever had as was UFO's <em>Force It</em>. When I was 5, it was the first record given to me by my dad. It has left its mark, and I still listen to it a lot. </p> <p><strong>I think Schenker is criminally underrated as a guitarist. Would you agree?</strong></p> <p>Yes he is. But those of us who love him, LOVE him. I've taken the most influence from him in that I like to play guitar with very little effects crap. Just raw. You can hear Schenker's hands doing their job. So many of these gear nerds today trying to chase tones and sounds get so far gone that they completely forget the most important aspect being in your hands. It all starts and ends there. Iommi wasn't using Orange and Big Muffs either ... Straight into a Rangemaster and a Laney and the rest is the hands. I wish people would realize this. Then guitar playing might get interesting again for me. </p> <p><strong>Monte Mattsson left the band to pursue his studies in biology. I mean, band members leave for various reasons, but that's a new one for me. Did that come as a shock to you?</strong> </p> <p>No, not at all. He had been working his way toward leaving the band for a while. He had family at home, and it was hard for him to get out and tour as much as we should have been; because he's a brother, we accepted things the way they had to be until we found Matt, and Monte could be free to live his life. He hung on as long as he could, and we miss the hell out of him. </p> <p><strong>You toured with Down in 2009, and I was at the House of Blues Anaheim show. Phil Anselmo joined you on stage to perform the song "Black Sabbath." That gave me the chills. How did you feel performing with him up on that stage?</strong></p> <p>Great. Those guys are like brothers. They take care of us when we're with 'em, and we have nothing but fun. We did that every night. We love them and sadly were unable to join them in the States for this September run because we're in Europe. Great guys. </p> <p><strong>Talking of gear, what is the kind of guitar you mainly use, and why did you choose that particular kind to begin with?</strong> </p> <p>This is where things get funny. I use a crappy Epiphone and some other SG copy thing with a John Birch in the bridge. To be honest, man, I've never had guitars that played as good as these. My buddy Clint in Portland loans me guitars from his collection all the time, and they're awesome but they still don't work as well as my beaters. If I had more money, I'd probably go crazy and get a few different guitars. But for now, I'm happy with these old crappy guys I have. </p> <p><strong>Do you try to experiment with different tones and gear set-up before recording an album, in order to get a better sound?</strong> </p> <p>Not much, man. I like the sound of as straight-in as possible. I either use a boost or a Big Muff very lightly to send things just over the edge. We do mic the hell out of two completely different rigs, but the difference is one that one amp is a bit cleaner than the other. </p> <p><strong>Does your set-up change from studio to stage, or do you try to keep it exactly the same?</strong> </p> <p>Nope. Exactly the same. </p> <p><strong>Because of the psychedelic element in your music, the term "stoner metal" is often thrown around. I think it's almost an insulting or derogatory way to describe your music, because that means a person can't enjoy it without really being stoned out of his mind, which is very far from the truth. What do you feel about this subject?</strong></p> <p>I agree. I don't even agree with our music being psychedelic. I've never said that we were anything but a rock band. We do go out on the edge every once in a while but we really are just a rock band. I've always been a little irked by journalists saying we sound like Hawkwind too. NOT EVEN CLOSE! Hawkwind is the only one who sounds like that. I think people have forgotten how to use their ears and we get crap for other journalists' comparisons. Not cool.</p> <p><em>Andrew Bansal is a Los Angeles-based writer who has been running his own website, <a href="http://metalassault.com">Metal Assault,</a> since early 2010, and has been prolific in covering the hard rock and heavy metal scene by posting interviews, reviews and pictures on his website -- with the help of a small group of people. Besides being hugely passionate about heavy metal, he is an avid follower of jazz music and recently started a blog called <a href="http://jazzexplorer.blogspot.com">Jazz Explorer</a> to pursue that interest.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-danava-mainman-gregory-meleney-talks-about-new-album-gear-and-michael-schenker-influence#comments Andrew Bansal Danava Michael Schenker Interviews Features Wed, 28 Sep 2011 20:13:32 +0000 Andrew Bansal http://www.guitarworld.com/article/12964 Leslie West, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker Unite for 3 Guitar Heroes Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/leslie-west-uli-jon-roth-and-michael-schenker-unite-3-guitar-heroes-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>Leslie West, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker will be joining forces for what's being called the 3 Guitar Heroes Tour this fall. The tour will included individual sets by each guitarist, plus a jam with all three afterwards. The three will also be joined by special guests on most dates of the tour.</p> <p>On the touring plans, Leslie West said: "I am honored to be a part of the '3 Guitar Heroes' tour with Uli Roth and Michael Schenker. My manager Bob and I have been discussing a run like this for ages, and when the opportunity came up I hopped on board. That's right - the guy who just had his leg amputated. These guys are monster players and this should be a lot of fun." </p> <p>Michael Schenker added: "It is very exciting to be part of a tour that has very deeply rooted connections with two guitarists that have been at their best since the start of their careers. When I was around 14 years-old, I saw a guy on stage playing amazing guitar. It was Uli, and he was around my age. Three years later while with the Scorpions, I chose to join UFO and found the best possible replacement in Uli. I knew my brother Rudolf and Klaus were in good hands. </p> <p>When I was 16 years old, Leslie West was one of my favorite guitarists. He had just recorded 'Theme For An Imaginary Western' with MOUNTAIN, a song featuring one of my all-time favorite lead-breaks on it. Looking back, Leslie is the last guitarist I ever copied seeing that from when I was 17 on, I went completely my own way. </p> <p>So, here we are after all these years on stage together, celebrating the phenomenon - rock guitar." </p> <p><strong>3 Guitar Heroes Tour Dates:</strong> </p> <p>October<br /> 6 - Norfolk, CT Infinity Music Hall &amp; Bistro<br /> 8 - Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse<br /> 9 - Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey<br /> 12 - Foxborough, MA Showcase Live<br /> 13 - Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony<br /> 14 - New York, NY Irving Plaza<br /> 15 - Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts<br /> 16 - Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre At Westbury<br /> 19 - Baltimore, MD Sound Stage<br /> 20 - Cleveland, OH House of Blues<br /> 21 - Cincinnati, OH Bogart's<br /> 22 - Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room<br /> 26 - Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater<br /> 27 - Chicago, IL House of Blues </p> <p>November<br /> 4 - Dallas, TX House of Blues<br /> 5 - Houston, TX House of Blues<br /> 11 - Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel &amp; Casino </p> <p>More dates will be announced shortly.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/leslie-west-uli-jon-roth-and-michael-schenker-unite-3-guitar-heroes-tour#comments Leslie West Michael Schenker Uli Jon Roth News Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:38:14 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/11802