Scorpions, “Your Light”

This might not be your typical Scorpions song.

Most fans of the German rockers are familiar with hits like “Rock You Like A Hurricane,”  “Big City Nights,” “Still Loving You” and “No One Like You.” The late 70’s to the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s…was when the band developed their signature heavy metal sound. There were however two other incarnations of the Scorpions. First with 16 year old guitar legend to be Michael Schenker. The second, featured guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Under Schenker for just one album, “Lonesome Crow,” the band had almost a psychedelic sound. The Roth era was somewhere in between this and their ultra-stylistic almost hair metal sound of the 80’s.

I don’t consider the Scorpions hair/glam metal for two reasons. They were heavy metal pioneers that all the crappy 80’s bands tried to emulate and moreover they wrote good music. Anyway, somewhere between being very young acid rockers and trend setting perfectors of the ‘Power Ballad’ mega-stars  was the Uli Jon Roth years.

Heavy? Yes!…..Rockers? Totally! But what was their style?

The Scorps were very unique during this period. They were gaining in popularity, they were still under produced and very original. Roth is a great guitarist very spiritual and Hendrix-ish both terms that don’t always apply to heavy metal guitarists. But they were definitely heavy during these years.

The only way to really understand is to listen. Posted below is one of my favorite Roth era Scorpions songs, “Your Light.”

To me this song sums up the band in the early to mid 70’s. Some heavy-ness, some party feel, some hippie-ish feel and of course incredible guitar work. The song starts out heavy then immediately leads into to a funky dance vibe. But the song truly peaks on the two guitar solos. The first comes at 2:15 in the video. A slow Roth solo mostly reserved, with feeling and anthem-ish. The song then returns to the funky playful riff before the second solo. This is where Roth shows off a little more of his guitar acrobatics. It ends on a playful note as Roth solos into a fade out.

The Roth era Scorpions may be some of the truly under rated music in metal history. They were a little more free form in their songwriting than other bands and certainly then when they became a global commodity in the 80’s. Not always a good thing for massive consumption as most listeners seem to prefer produced cookie cutter bites. Most Scorpions fans have found their way back through the bands back catalog and found these gems. I strongly recommend you check these albums out as well especially if you are looking to uncover some truly quality and cool music.

Enjoy!

For previous Scorpions posts.

For previous Michael Schenker posts.

A fellow blogger’s recent post on Uli Roth.

Scorpions & Tesla in San Diego, Your Concert Review

Really bummed that I had to miss out on the festivities this evening. The Scorpions have proven to be one of the best live metal acts over the years and the addition of Tesla as opening act is a bonus.

I was lucky enough to see the Scorps on their World Wide Live tour in 1984 supporting the Love at First ImageSting album.  To this day it was one of the best shows I’ve seen. I’ll never forget the energy they pack into a show. My favorite was the live version of Coast to Coast with the iconic image of Klaus Meine standing up on the guitarists’ legs while they were jamming. Of course Rudolph Schenker’s guitar slinging act throwing his Flying V way in the air, wonder if he has ever dropped one? He always seems to catch it. Let’s see the opening act back then was at the time a one hit wonder…Bon Jovi. Yeah I guess they did alright too.

Looking at the setlist there seemed to be a good mix of their classic late 70s-80s period as well as some of the 90’s-millennium music they’ve put out since. Personally, I would like less of the newer stuff and more of the old. Not to mention they don’t play any of their pre-Matthias Jabs music…for us loooong time fans.

 San Diego Setlist                                Click here for current setlist

Well…since I missed it I cant review the show…please feel free to leave your thoughts below if you made it…for all those of us who couldn’t.

Share anything you like about the concert… Tesla, Scorpions, setlists, the venue, the crowd, the vibe…your call.

Top 10 Posts of 2012 on ’12 Notes & the Truth’

Thank you to everyone who visited the site this year. Since starting in March there have been just shy of 10,000 views.

Here are the top 10 blog posts by numbers of viewers in 2012.

1. American Idol Live! Tour, San Diego Concert Review -July 26, 2012

You can’t deny the power of this show. Love it or hate it, it has mass appeal! I was a devout hater for the first few years but have been won over by the talent of some of the kids!

2. Van Halen Week in San Diego – Concert Review

Van Halen, the reason I play guitar = the reason I am here 30 years later playing and writing about music. So glad to see their resurgence in 2012.

3. Scorpions & Tesla in San Diego, Your Concert Review

The Scorps were one of my favorites growing up. To this day one of the best concerts I ever saw in ’84, awesome to see them still at it and popular as ever.

4. A Musical Tribute to the 2012 Olympic Games in London

This post had a lot of global appeal as all countries are included. I thought it was pretty creative.

5. This Performance May be Why the Term ‘God Bless America’ is Used as a Curse Phrase

The cyber world is truly made up of puppy, kitty and cute kid videos…and unfortunately people like to see a good train wreck as well…which is what these poor singers gave during a World Series game in San Francisco.

6. Michael Schenker Said No to the Rolling Stones, Ozzy, Aerosmith…

I am truly grateful to see Michael Schenker is so popular over the globe. I have always been a fan(and feeling on an island) and glad to see this post has been so popular over the year.

7. Mick Jagger on SNL Season Finale May 19

The Rolling Stones just don;t go away. Another post that I have been surprised got so many hits throughout the year.

8. Worst AC/DC Album??

One of my favorite bands. The title sounds negative, but, I wrote this as a tribute to how good they are and wondering which early album did not hold up in AC/DC fans minds.

9. Van Halen Week in San Diego – 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Van Halen

Again awesome to see them have such a big year in 2012.

10. What does a Playboy Playmate, Pussycat Doll and Big Screen Actress Have in Common With a San Diego Guitarist? A Wedding Blog

What a great title to get people to your blog, and I guess it worked. I was honored to play guitar for Rachel Sterling’s wedding over the summer.

Top 10 Countries to View ’12 Notes & The Truth!’ in 2012

Becoming a blogger this year has been a lot of fun. There were certainly some surprises for me along the way some include;

-That just under 10,000 viewers would visit, read & reply to this blog.

-How many cool people I have hooked up with to chat about music.

-That no matter what your opinion….someone will STRONGLY disagree. Although I had very few negative comments over the year they are venomous when they disagree…a small taste of what those in the public eye must endure daily…like actors, athletes and musicians. Actually my first negative comment oddly felt kind of good. That what I had to say touched a nerve with someone…like I was doing something right here. Although, personally, I would prefer an adult exchange of ideas. I never did censure any comments even those lame spam ones that get through.

-One of the most mind-blowing aspects is how many views I received outside of the U.S.

Here are the top 10 countries to visit 12 Notes & the Truth! since it was unveiled in March.

1. United States-Obviously

2. United Kingdom-Makes sense as the U.K. is English speaking and very much Western in music and culture

3. Canada-Ditto #2

4.Philippines-From watching my stats throughout the year it seemed to line up with my American Idol posts. I think Jessica Sanchez may have been a part of the attraction, as well. There was also a wedding photographer from the Philippines that traded links with my site.

5. Germany-I did write a couple Scorpions posts and am a huge Michael Schenker fan, both of whom are native sons to Germany. I never saw a direct correlation to my stats however.

6. Australia-Again ditto #2 & #3

7. India-A welcome surprise how high they ranked.

8. Brazil

9. Mexico-Not as much a surprise due to their proximity to San Diego even though they have a very different culture.

10. Netherlands

Ranking just outside of the top 10 were; Spain, France, Russia, Italy, Greece, New Zealand and South Korea.

Some countries that visited which surprised me were; United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Algeria, Lebanon, Maldives, Kenya. Not surprised that the folks there are interested in music and culture of America and the West. More surprised that their interests brought them to my humble blog.

Some of the global appeal I think relates to previously mentioned posts about Michael Schenker, Scorpions and American Idol. Others include my sports posts on baseball, the NFL and the Olympics and I would like to think just a general appeal to music lovers.

Here is to a great, prosperous and musical 2013!!!

Campaign 2012, Romney v Obama, Songlist

Here is the songlist with a few explanations from my previous post, Presidential Campaign 2012, Romney v Obama. I had fun writing the piece hope you enjoyed it!

Having to deal with political diatribe for months now, hopefully this post will offer you something positive out of the whole political process…new music to check out!

Scherzino Falsetto-A scherzo is a piece that was known to be composed in a light or jokingly style. Falsetto is a music term when men sing using only part of their voice..like the BeeGees when they sing really high. So I used the phrase “Scherzino Falsetto” as a little joke to those who don’t use their real voice(i.e. lying politicians)…

If you are unfamiliar with any of the songs check them out. Links to all the music are provided on the previous post.

“Down the Stretch” Slayen & Fox Guitar Duo.

I had to include a shameless plug for my CD, make sure you check it out!!

“Thriller” Michael Jackson

“The End” The Doors

“America” Neil Diamond

“Coast to Coast” Scorpions

“Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd

“Kicked in the Teeth” AC/DC

“Promises” Eric Clapton

“Little Lies” Fleetwood Mac

“One Way or Another” Blondie

“Living on a Prayer” Bon Jovi

“Taxman” The Beatles

“Money” The Beatles

“Fooling Yourself” Styx

“I Wish” Stevie Wonder

“DC” Against the Natural.

These guys are a Heavy Metal Band out of Phoenix. They are really good and if you like Metal make sure you give them a listen! The song is titled DC, with the subtitle (Virginia or Bust).

“Politician” Cream

“Massachusetts” BeeGees

“Sweet Home Chicago” Blues Brothers

“Movin’ Out” Aerosmith

“Heading Out to the Highway” Judas Priest

“Sad But True” Metallica

“FINE” Aerosmith.

This is one of my favorite selections of the whole blog. FINE is an acronym created by Aerosmith as F’d up*Insecure*Neurotic*Emotional. Fitting for politicians!!!

“Slip Slidin’ Away” Paul Simon

“Limelight” Rush

“Time” Pink Floyd

“Dazed and Confused” Led Zeppelin

“Heartless” Heart

“Fools” Van Halen

“Crazy” Willie Nelson

“Round and Round” Ratt

“Jive Talkin'” BeeGees

“Roundabout” Yes

“Runaround” Blues Traveler

I Can’t Explain” The Who

“Say” John Mayer

“You Might Think” The Cars

“Communication Breakdown” Led Zeppelin

“Do Whacka Do” Roger Miller

“Twilight Zone” Golden Earring

“Surrender” Cheap Trick

“All Shook Up” Elvis

“Talk Talk” Talk Talk

“True Colors” Cyndi Lauper

“I’m a Believer” The Monkees

“Life’s Been Good” Joe Walsh

“Good Riddance” Green Day

“Come Together” Aerosmith

Yes I know it was a Beatles song first…

“Have a Drink on Me” AC/DC

“God Bless America” Donna Summer

MLB 2012 Postseason, Metal Edition

Alright we are one round into the MLB Postseason schedule. I guess two rounds if you consider the new Wild Card game a round. Thought I would weigh in with another music/sports blog. Those who read my blog regularly know two of my favorite things are music and sports and I enjoy wedding the two together when I can.

Here are some thoughts and predictions on the playoff teams.

Starting with the NL & AL Division Series

Giants v Reds

San Francisco GiantsSkin O’ My Teeth, Megadeth

The Giants did get past the Reds but had to do it in dramatic fashion. Losing the first two games at home and then sweeping the Reds in Cincinnati was no small feat, but, they barely hit and need to be careful or they will be home sitting on the skin of their behinds!

Cincinnati RedsRed Road, Slavior

Unfortunately for the Reds the road they hit was a dead end. Ouch, tough way to end a season losing three straight playoff games at home. Latos proved why San Diego Padre fans are glad he was traded, losing his cool and the game in the series finale. I thought pitchers stopped crying after the age of 12.

Cardinals v Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals- Another Hit and Run, Def Leppard

Yes, Def Leppard was a Heavy Metal band at one time. The never say die Cardinals did it again. This time totally deflating the Nationals and their fans in the 9th inning of game five of the NLDS.

Washington NationalsBang Your Head(Metal Health), Quiet Riot

If you are a Nats fan you have to be hitting your head against the wall wondering what happened. And how in the world could they shut down their best pitcher makes no sense! Kind of like dating a supermodel but you can’t touch her…what’s the point?

A’s v Tigers

Oakland A’sGreen Manalishi, Judas Priest

The A’s were a beast this year catching and overtaking the mighty Texas Rangers. Too bad such a great season came to a screeching halt.

Detroit TigersHell Cat(s), Scorpions

Triple crown threat, these Tigers are looking good… now to slay the dreaded Yankees.

Orioles v Yankees

Baltimore OriolesSeduction of a Birds Folly, Against the Natural

Even the Yankee fans are sick of the Yankees and wanted to see the Orioles win. New blood needed. Orioles players, much like the band Against the Natural are not well known but both kick butt!

New York YankeesOn and On, Michael Schenker Group

It just goes on and on for the Yankees. Baseball is not better with them in the playoffs every year. I am suddenly a huge Tigers fan.

NLCS & ALCS Predictions

Giants v Cardinals

San Fransisco GiantsHome Sweet Home, Motley Crue

The Giants have to play better at home than they have of late or they are going home early. Giants are  kind of the Padres north so I have to root for them. Here is a trivia questions for you sports fans. Who is the only person to be on the field in uniform for ALL five of the Padres playoff seasons? See answer below.

St. Louis CardinalsFlying High Again-Ozzy Osbourne

They won it all last year and are poised to do it again even without Albert Pujols.

Prediction-Giants Win

Tigers v Yankees

Detroit TigersDie With Your Boots On, Iron Maiden

The country depends on you to knock out the Yankees. It will be tough though and if they’re gonna die, die with your boots on!

New York YankeesSad But True, Metallica

Yes the Yankees are deep into the postseason again. Anyone else sick of them yet? Sad but true they will most likely beat the Tigers and head to their 5,000th World Series, bla, bla, bla!

Prediction-Yankees Win

World Series 2012

The Fall Classic comes down to Giants v Yankees in my opinion.

Musical selection for this match up…. Into the Void, Black Sabbath. Who ever wins, baseball fans will be thrown into the void for the winter. At least we have the NFL!

Prediction-Giants Win

Trivia answer Bruce Bochy was a player in 1984 and Manger in 96, 98, 2005 & 2006. Tony Gwynn was a player in 1984, 96 and 98 but not around for the last two playoff teams.

2012 NFL Predictions ‘Rock n Roll’ Edition

Here are my 2012 NFL ‘Musical’ Predictions. I used only songs from my own music library. If you are unfamiliar with any of the music, check out the songs and broaden your musical horizons.

These views are my own, if they are inflammatory towards your favorite team or player, it IS intentional but all in good fun…except the Raider cracks!

So here is the 2012 NFL season as I see it! Come back after the season and we can re-hash and I will probably even have a playoff version!

Good luck to your favorite teams!

AFC WEST

San Diego Chargers–Loving You Sunday Morning, The Scorpions

Bolts are my team win or lose. Let’s go with win, despite Norv Turner!

Denver Broncos -The Gambler, Kenny Rogers

Elway is gambling on Manning’s health…All In! Probably gonna be a good bet!!

Oakland Raiders–Living in the Past, Jethro Tull

Yeah we know you won….a long time ago…but you’ve been pretty bad since. Find a new argument Raider fan! Not that you have the fastest player…that’s tired as well!

Kansas City Chiefs-Castles Made of Sand, Jimi Hendrix

They are relying on Matt Cassel,  that’s not a good thing for Chiefs fans.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans– New Kid in Town, The Eagles

No more Manning in the division the South should be theirs for a year or two at least.

Tennessee Titans– Caught In the Middle, Ronnie James Dio

They wont be first, they wont be last, they wont be memorable, they’ll be caught in the middle.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Cat Scratch Fever, Ted Nugent

That’s what these cats are gonna give their fans not much else.

Indianapolis Colts-Upside Down, Jack Johnson

We’ve bee used to seeing them on top but should get used to seeing them on the bottom for awhile, definitely in 2012.

 AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens–Hard to Handle, The Black Crowes

They may be hard enough to handle all the way to the Superbowl. D can’t do it all. Gonna rest on the shoulders, actually the arm, of Joe Flacco.

Pittsburgh Steelers-Steel Bars, Foo Fighters

Where Big Ben belongs? How long do you call a franchise classy when their star clearly is not. Apples don’t fall far from the tree. They will fight for the division and settle for a wildcard.

Cincinnati Bengals-Breaking the Law, Judas Priest

Yeah, we all know the Bengals offseason exploits. If they could focus all their criminal energy to the field of play they could be good…don’t see it though.

Cleveland BrownsI Am the Walrus, The Beatles

Not sure even Mike Holmgren can fix this mess especially not this year.

AFC EAST

New England Patriots– Same Old Song & Dance, Aerosmith

Yep, they’re still here, still good, still got a shot at the Superbowl and adding to their dynasty.

New York Jets-Just the Two of Us, Grover Washington, Jr.

If Sanchez and Tebow do not make a music video arm in arm singing this song and sharing the backfield… 2012 will be a DISASTER in New York.

Buffalo Bills–Dream On, Aerosmith

Maybe another strong start but playoffs look like a dream.

Miami Dolphins-Bad to the Bone, George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Nobody likes bones in their fish and these fish just stink.

NFC WEST

San Francisco 49’ers– Who Are You, The Who

This applies to the whole team but especially Alex Smith. Were they for real last year? We’ll look for them to be tough

Arizona CardinalsThree Little Birds, Bob Marley

“Don’t worry, ‘Bout a Thing” Mostly mediocre division, nobody expects much. If they get any kind of QB play …”Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright” Just not sure that will happen.

Seattle SeahawksJust the Way You Are, Billy Joel

…Mediocre, and that’s the way they’ll be this year.

St. Louis RamsBad, Michael Jackson

Someone had to get this song why not the Rams, the shoe fits.

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints– Bounty Hunter, Molly Hatchet  ..And Justice For All, Metallica   Redemption Song, Bob Marley

Bounty Hunter…they did the crime!

…And Justice For All…They are paying the price

Redemption Song…They proclaim their innocence.

They still have LOTS of offense and I see them outscoring teams in the regular season.

Atlanta FalconsDevil Went Down to Georgia, Charlie Daniels

Seems like he only shows up in the playoffs though, unlike the rest of the team. Maybe their year to break the playoff bug with the Saints down but I still see them as a wildcard.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2

Tampa fans should be more worried about the Rays catching the Yankees, cause I dont see the Bucs doing much in 2012. Sundays could be tough.

Carolina PanthersThings Can Only Get Better, Howard Jones

With Cam Newton a year older Carolina fans have got to hope this is true.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers-Run With the Pack, Bad Company

It would be a good bet to run with the ‘Pack.’

Detroit Lions-Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses

Who woulda thought the Lions would be players in the NFL watch out for em!

Chicago BearsBlowin in the Wind, Joan Baez

In a division with GB & Det…their hopes like their great city are in the wind.

Minnesota VikingsOutshined, Soundgarden

Looking California but Feeling Minnesota…gonna be a long year.

NFC EAST

New York GiantsLimELIght, Rush

Yes Eli has 2 SB’s but in SD we remember his snively limp wristed attempt to hold the Bolt jersey on draft day. Giants will be good but hunted! Better be ready for everyone’s best shot.

Dallas CowboysWhere Have all the Good Times Gone, Van Halen

America’s Team No More….never was as far as I am concerned although they have made some serious NFL history in their heyday.

Philadelphia EaglesDog Eat Dog, AC/DC

Oops did I go there? Good things happen to good people and bad things… to Vick!

Washington RedskinsWaiting on a Friend, Rolling Stones

If and when RGIII is ready the ‘Skins will be ready

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Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend! “Holiday”

Cannot believe it  is Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer already!

From myself, my family and everyone at Mike Slayen Studios have a fun and safe holiday!

“Holiday,” from the Scorpions. This is a great song, listen even if you are not a fan of the band. This will give you a different perspective than you may have had about the band and heavy metal in general. This is a a very melodic tune.

Mike’s Musical Influences!

Wow! Thought it would be fun to list every musician who has influenced me over the years. I am not even sure this page is even logical since there are SO many, but, I will try! This post will take me all the way back to my little baby self when I started to love music. There are some of my local San Diego guitar and San Diego State University music teachers to sports stars to the big guns to family members who have had an influence on my music in one way or another. Some may have been one hit wonders like Manfred Mann’s Earth Band to greats like Eddie Van Halen. Some of the acts below I dont even really like…but they had influence in some way.

Here is just a random start…

AC/DC, Accept, AEROSMITH, Isaac Albeniz, Alice In Chains, Louis Armstrong,  JOHAN SEBASTIAN BACH, Agustin Barrios-Mangore, The Beach Boys, THE BEATLES, Ludwig Van Beethoven,  The BeeGees, FRED BENEDETTI, Chuck Berry, Beyonce, BLACK SABBATH, BONO, Doug Booth, BOSTON, Johannes Brahms, Junior Brown, Dave Brubeck, DOUG BRUCK, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Federic Chopin, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Pablo Cruise, Edgar Cruz, my DAD, Charlie Daniels, my DAUGHTER, Miles Davis, PACO DE LUCIA, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Neil Diamond, Al Di Meola, Dio, JIM DOHNER, The Doors, Dream Theater, Carl Douglas, Duran Duran, Brent Dutton, The Eagles, Earth Wind & Fire, The Edge, Danny Elfman, E.L.O, Elvis, Kevin Eubanks, Fight, Wayne Findlay, Foreigner, Peter Frampton, Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto, DAVID GILMOUR, Gipsy Kings, Giuffria, Goo Goo Dolls, Macy Gray, Vince Guaraldi, TONY GWYNN, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, Stu Hamm, TOM HANKS, GEORGE HARRISON, Heart, MICHAEL HEDGES, RICK HELZER, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Hoey, Gustav Holst, Whitney Houston, Intervals, TONY IOMMI, IRON MAIDEN, CHARLES IVES, MICHAEL JACKSON, KEITH JARRETT, ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM, Billy Joel, ELTON JOHN, Eric Johnson,  Howard Jones, JUDAS PRIEST, K. C. & The Sunshine Band, Alicia Keys, B.B. King, Kool & The Gang, Mark Knopfler, William Kraft, LED ZEPPELIN, Geddy Lee, John Lennon, Franz Liszt, Living Colour, Mad Season, GUSTAV MAHLER, Yngwie Malmsteen, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Chuck Mangione, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Megadeth, Men at Work, METALLICA, Pat Metheny, ROGER MILLER, STEVE MILLER, Molly Hatchet, my MOM, WES MONTGOMERY, Gary Moore, Steve Morse, James Morton, WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, The Muppets, MIKE MYERS, WILLIE NELSON, Aldo Nova, The Outlaws, OZZY, JIMMY PAGE, Partridge Family, JOE PASS, Pearl Jam, NEIL PEART, Joe Perry, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, The Police, Mike Post, The Pretenders, Queen, Queensryche, Trevor Rabin, Ram Jam, Ratt, Maurice Ravel, RANDY RHOADS, Sonny Rollins, RUSH, Carlos Santana, JOE SATRIANI, MICHAEL SCHENKER, Peter Schilling, SCORPIONS, Sesame Street, Brian Setzer, Jean Sibelius, Horace Silver, Alan Silvestri, Carly Simon, Jim Soldi, Starland Vocal Band, Thomas Stauffer, Steve Stevens, Igor Stravinsky, Stray Cats, Strunz & Farah, Styx, The Sugarhill Gang, Supertramp, Sweet, John Sykes, George Thorogood, Triumph, U2, STEVE VAI, VAN HALEN, EDDIE VAN HALEN, Adrian Vandenberg, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Ventures, Antonio Vivaldi, DAVID WARD-STEINMANN, Joe Walsh, Ann & Nancy Wilson, White Lion, The Who, my WIFE, JOHN WILLIAMS-guitarist, ROBIN WILLIAMS, Edgar Winter, Stevie Wonder, ANGUS YOUNG, Zebra, ZZ Top

Michael Schenker Said No to the Rolling Stones, Ozzy, Aerosmith…

Here is one for the category..”I never knew”

I have always heard that Michael Schenker turned down a stint with Ozzy Osbourne but it appears there were several other suitors who he gave the cold shoulder, as well.

Michael Schenker

I have been a Michael Schenker fan for 30 years plus. He has been one of my biggest influences.

Michael is one of those elite guitarists like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan etc. Axemen of different styles that absolutely command their guitars. Guitarists that are known for spending incredible amounts of hours developing their craft to the point where every note displays their musical bidding.

Michael Schenker is very much a man on path. He is a man who has had to face many demons including substance abuse. One thing that you have to admire is that he has always seemed to know his path or perhaps where is path shouldn’t lie.

For that reason he has turned down some of the worlds biggest bands such as the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and I am sure countless others that have sought his 6 string, Flying V services. Of Ozzy and the Rolling Stones I have heard him say he would be dead if he joined their ranks. Amazing insights from a man who has seemed to have troubles controlling his life the way he does his guitar.

Obviously he chose wisely. Schenker has been tirelessly recording and touring the world over the years. He has a huge cult following around the world from fans who have known him as a founding member of the Scorpions, bringing the band UFO to new heights and as a solo artist.

Click here to hear/see one of Michael Schenker’s great instrumental compositions, “Into the Arena”