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Below is our complete Michael Schenker Group news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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More Bands Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Beloved Enemy, Titanium Black, Mob Rules and Benedictum have been confirmed for the Magic Circle Festival 2008, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

These bands are added to the already impressive list including Manowar, Alice Cooper, Brazen Abbot, Def Leppard, Doro, Holyhell, Ted Nugent, W.A.S.P., and Whitesnake.

Also, a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. "Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value," says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

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Michael Schenker Group Reveals New Cover Artwork

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) will release its new album, "In the Midst of Beauty", at the end of April. Check out the cover artwork at this location.

01. City Lights
02. Competition
03. I Want You
04. End Of The Line
05. Summerdays
06. Night To Remember
07. Wings Of Emotion
08. Come Closer
09. Cross Of Crosses
10. Nana
11. The One
12. This Time

The CD features returning MSG singer Gary Barden, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, TOTO), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

Michael Schenker recently toured the UK under the MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS banner.

MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS is:

Thomas Broman - Drums
Kjell Haraldsson - Keyboards/Guitar
Leif Sundin - Vocals
Thomas Torberg - Bass
Micheal Schenker - Lead Guitar

Michael Schenker's UK tour last summer was cut short due to a "multitude of events beyond the band's control, including Michael's," according to a posting on Schenker's MySpace page.

Schenker's final 2007 gig in the UK took place on August 3 in Stourbridge, U.K. when Michael ended up calling off the concert after only a handful of songs.

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Michael Schenker Adds More U.K. Dates

More dates have been officially confirmed for guitar legend MICHAEL SCHENKER's (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) upcoming Michael Schenker And Friends trek, currently underway in the UK.

Tour dates now include:

January
26 - Twist - Colchester, UK

February
5 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
6 - Queens Hall - Nuneaton, UK
9 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
10 - Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
11 - Sincity - Swansea, UK
13 - Tackeroo, Cannock, UK (NEW DATE)
14 - Town Mill - Mansfield, UK (NEW DATE)
15 - Daddy Cool - Knaresborough, UK (NEW DATE)
16 - The Flowerpot - Derby, UK
17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK
18 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK
19 - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland
20 - Spring And Airbrake - Belfast, Ireland
22 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
23 - Carnegie Hall - Workington, UK

As previously reported, Michael Schenker will have a new album out in April called In the Midst Of Beauty which will feature former MSG singer Gary Barden on vocals, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, MSG, DEREK SHERINIAN), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

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Michael Schenker Adds One More U.K Show

Guitar legend MICHAEL SCHENKER (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) has announced another date (* here) for the upcoming Michael Schenker And Friends trek, kicking off January 10th at 12 Bar in Swindon, UK.

Tour dates now include:

January
10 - 12Bar - Swindon, UK
11 - Limelight - Crew, UK
12 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK
16 - Riga - Southend, UK
17 - Boom Boom Club - Sutton, UK
19 - The Palace - Tamworth, UK
24 - Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
26 - Twist - Colchester, UK

February
5 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
6 - Queens Hall - Nuneaton, UK *
9 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
10 - Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
11 - Sincity - Swansea, UK
16 - The Flowerpot - Derby, UK
17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK
18 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK
19 - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland
20 - Spring And Airbrake - Belfast, Ireland
22 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
23 - Carnegie Hall - Workington, UK

As previously reported, Michael Schenker will have a new album out in April called In the Midst Of Beauty which will feature former MSG singer Gary Barden on vocals, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, MSG, DEREK SHERINIAN), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

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Michael Schenker Announces More Tour Dates

Guitar legend MICHAEL SCHENKER (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) has announced more dates for the upcoming Michael Schenker And Friends trek, kicking off January 10th at 12 Bar in Swindon, UK.

Tour dates now include:

January
10 - 12Bar - Swindon, UK
11 - Limelight - Crew, UK
12 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK
16 - Riga - Southend, UK
17 - Boom Boom Club - Sutton, UK
19 - The Palace - Tamworth, UK
24 - Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
26 - Twist - Colchester, UK

February
5 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
9 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
10 - Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
11 - Sincity - Swansea, UK (NEW DATE)
16 - The Flowerpot - Derby, UK
17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK
18 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK
19 - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland (NEW DATE)
20 - Spring And Airbrake - Belfast, Ireland (NEW DATE)
22 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
23 - Carnegie Hall - Workington, UK

As previously reported, Michael Schenker will have a new album out in April called In the Midst Of Beauty which will feature former MSG singer Gary Barden on vocals, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, MSG, DEREK SHERINIAN), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

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Michael Schenker Announces Further U.K. Dates

More dates for the MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS UK tour have been announced.

Confirmed dates now include:

January
10 - 12 Bar - Swindon, UK
11 - Limelight - Crew, UK
12 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK
16 - Riga - Southend, UK
17 - Boom Boom Club - Sutton, UK
19 - The Palace - Tamworth, UK
24 - Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
26 -Twist - Colchester, UK

February
5 - Concorde 2 - Brighton, UK
9 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
10 - Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
16 - The Flowerpot - Derby, UK
17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK
18 - Waterfront - Norwich, UK
22 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK

As previously reported, Michael Schenker will have a new album out in April called In the Midst Of Beauty which will feature former MSG singer Gary Barden on vocals, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, MSG, DEREK SHERINIAN), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

Meanwhile, Michael sends the following message to his "true fans": "Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

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Michael Schenker Announces More U.K. Dates

Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker has scheduled the following UK dates under the MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS banner:

Jan. 10 - 12 Bar - Swindon, UK
Jan. 11 - Limelight - Crew, UK
Jan. 12 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK
Jan. 16 - Riga - Southend, UK
Jan. 24 - Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Jan. 26 - Twist - Colchester, UK
Feb. 09 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
Feb. 10 - Boardwalk - Sheffield, UK
Feb. 17 - Thekla - Bristol, UK

Schenker is scheduled to release a new MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) album in April called "In the Midst Of Beauty", which will feature returning MSG singer Gary Barden, drummer Simon Philips (THE WHO, TOTO), bassist Neil Murray (BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE) and keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, OZZY OSBOURNE).

Michael Schenker's UK tour this past summer was cut short due to a "multitude of events beyond the band's control, including Michael's," according to a posting on Schenker's MySpace page.

Schenker's final gig in the UK took place on August 3 in Stourbridge, U.K. when Michael ended up calling off the concert after only a handful of songs.

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Michael Schenker Announce UK Dates

According to a posting on the Michael Schenker News and Tour Information web site, SeeTicket.com has announced the following UK dates for the legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker:

Billed as MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS:

Jan. 10 - Swindon, UK - 12 Bar Swindon
Feb. 17 - Bristol, UK - Thekla

Billed as MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP);

Feb. 09 - Manchester, UK - Manchester University More...

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Tony Martin Pays Tribute To Cozy Powell

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has issued the following update:

"There is a Cozy Powell [late RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer] memorial year coming up. Can you believe it's been 10 years since he died? I've been asked to contribute in various ways. There are various magazines and books being released next year commenting on the life of Cozy to which I was asked to contribute and was glad to participate, and more recently I have hooked up with the guitar player from the days I spent in COZY POWELL'S HAMMER, namely Mario Parga, on a song that is far removed from the rock scene. Actually, Mario is an accomplished Spanish speaker and Spanish-style flamenco player and we've put a track together that should be released soon. It's been fantastic hooking up with Mario again and we may well do more stuff. I'll not say more at this point but I'm looking forward to the posibilities."

Martin's latest solo album, "Scream", was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD features legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.

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Michael Schenker Checks In

Guitarist MICHAEL SCHENKER (ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) checks in with the following update:

"Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with you guys and that you are not too confused yet.

We are currently working on a new Web Site due to improvement and it will be up and running very soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Also, we are preparing for a New MSG studio album. It will be an album with great well known musicians (the choices are fantastic), followed up by a World tour. More about it later.

In between, I may be doing some live shows with MICHAEL SCHENKER & FRIENDS.

As you probably have already heard, I am giving guitar lessons. These lessons can ONLY be booked through:

Goott Records
e-mail: msguitarlessons@earthlink.net
phone: 00447504150200
Location: North London
£200 (1 hour)

Keep in mind that the line is only open from 10 am till 7 pm (UK time). This is a booking line only.

Goott Records is also opening a new management office for Michael Schenker businesses only, such as:

• Concert Bookings
• Various Projects
• Recording Sessions
• Fan Club
• Guitar Lessons
• Distribution
• Merchandise and more.

Thank You 5 will be released soon... This time it may involve a rhythm section.

Other events and projects are movie soundtracks and some concerts with Siggi Schwarz.

Thats all for now. More soon.

All the best, Michael."

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Michael Schenker Offering Guitar Lessons

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) is offering guitar lessons in the North London, England area. The cost is 200 GBP or approximately $410 per hour.

You can contact Michael via his MySpace page.

Michael Schenker's UK tour this past summer was cut short due to a "multitude of events beyond the band's control, including Michael's," according to a posting on Schenker's MySpace page.

Schenker's final gig in the UK took place on August 3 in Stourbridge, U.K. when Michael ended up calling off the concert after only a handful of songs.

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Schenker Brothers Fist Fight Dismissed As False

UFO fan site www.strangers-in-the-night.com recently conducted an interview with Alan Walsh — a longtime Michael Schenker (ex-UFO guitarist) fan and close friend of Michael — regarding the cancellation of Schenker's recent U.K. dates and Michael's current state of mind. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Strangers in the Night: Alan, you've been speaking to Michael today. First of all, and starting with the hardest question first... how is he at the moment?

Alan Walsh: Under the circumstances, he's OK. I've spent much of the day with him at a hotel in the Midlands and he was relatively philosophical about recent events, but I sensed he felt that he'd let people down. For myself, through what I've come to know over the past few days, it's clear that this whole fiasco was not purely down to Michael, far from it. But he was fine today, if a little emotional at times.

Strangers in the Night: At Peterborough, when Michael was the only member of MSG to have arrived in England, that night's show obviously had to be postponed. But Michael took time instead to play an informal solo acoustic set and by all accounts he seemed content throughout the whole thing, happily staying to sign autographs etc. That evening, he seemed on top of his game — and not only that, he was a terrific ambassador for the band, earning maximum PR points for the tour ahead. So.... what went wrong between there and Pentrich, less than forty-eight hours afterwards?

Alan Walsh: It does seem strange doesn't it? You have to understand that over the years, Michael has been involved in major tours where various managements and promoters have ensured that itineraries were set in place and practical matters such as travel, hotels, merchandise, etc, were taken care of. When this current tour began in the USA, that was supposedly the case. MSG were "ready to rock" and I know it seemed, to the band at least, that things had been organised. Unfortunately, twelve shows into the U.S. dates, my understanding of the situation is that the management went "absent without leave." In fact, the band were literally forced to get off the tour bus, onto the sidewalk, with their belongings and gear, as the hire charge had not been paid by said management. I know the band were totally shocked and deflated by this turn of events and it was Mr. Wayne Findlay and his lovely wife Deana who hired a truck to move the band's gear into storage at some considerable cost. Moreover, the merchandise also went missing, along with a large amount of money that had been accrued from the sales at the first few shows. Absolutely crazy! Anyway, as I'm sure your readers are aware, the rest of the U.S. dates were scrapped through no fault of Michael or the band. It's well documented that in the U.S., Michael turned up at a venue alone, willing to play, so as not to disappoint his fans. Michael just wanted to play and even though he knew the U.S. dates were gone, he desperately wanted to make the U.K. dates happen. Thus, he flew (alone) to the U.K. to have meetings with people who said they could help make it happen. I can't go into personal details, but I can assure you Michael was under extreme pressure. After arriving in the U.K., with only four hours sleep in two days, Michael travelled to Peterborough. I know that what he did at Peterborough had a positive impact on those who were there, but from that night to Pentrich, Michael was in a situation that was already becoming untenable. His guitars were in Germany, the band hadn't yet arrived in the U.K. (due to aforementioned fiasco in the U.S.), there was no money, no gear, no band and no merchandise. In fact, there was nothing. Actually, I was impressed that Michael had got that far on his own resources, but I do feel the lack of sleep, lack of food, minimal finances, the fiasco in the U.S., along with other factors had impacted on him emotionally and psychologically.

Strangers in the Night: OK, now on to the day and night of Pentrich itself. You were there, backstage and onstage. What happened?

Alan Walsh: When I arrived at the Rock & Blues during Saturday afternoon, Michael was in a portacabin that was otherwise empty. No food, nothing. I couldn't believe that this man, who'd given so much to so many for over three decades, wasn't even worth a sandwich — and that's no joke. Michael was absolutely exhausted, to the point that he just wanted to sleep. He'd had little sleep in three days, had been travelling constantly, was under-nourished and didn't even have a change of clothes. Also, there was an incident that occurred in London which had left him penniless. It was a disgraceful situation, so I set about trying to sort something out for him. I asked the organisers if an inflatable mattress, blankets, food and soft drinks could be brought to Michael's cabin. A special mention should go to Dale Langham who was absolutely brilliant and couldn't do enough to help. Even so, all Michael wanted to do was sleep, but people kept entering the cabin, so I decided to stand outside and prevent people from going in. I re-entered the cabin around 7pm when the rest of MSG showed up and Michael seemed OK and relaxed. Unfortunately, even though Michael had got some sleep, the damage was done due to the events of the previous 48 hours. I know there's talk on the Internet of Michael's alcohol intake, but it's just not that simple. If only it was. There's no doubting he was drinking to excess at times, or that he desperately under-performed that day and people felt badly let down — but fatigue, emotional, psychological and physical tiredness, along with other aforementioned issues, were the main factors behind that. I suppose one could argue that Michael could have just said "Sod it!" and gone home. But what would people have said then? As usual, Schenker would have got the blame for another cancelled tour. He was in a no-win situation really.

Strangers in the Night: Regarding the recent U.S. tour dates which came to an abrupt end after twelve shows, reviews from those shows were generally very positive. And although the details hadn't been made public, other members of MSG have written that the tour was badly managed, and they've absolved Michael of blame for the cancellation. Obviously with a string of cancelled dates already behind him, Michael got a lot of flak on the message boards which followed — undeservedly on that occasion, but understandably as people were never given the facts. The message board opinions — and there are plenty! — are divided between well-wishers who believe (or want to believe) that he can get help and then bounce back again — and people who are mocking him, calling him "a drunk," "a washed-up junkie," "a tramp," etc. etc. etc., and that his career is over.

Alan Walsh: Regarding opinions on message boards (and I've read plenty this week), many of them are irrelevant. They are born out of ignorance, judgementalism and a desire to kick someone when they're down. Absolutely ridiculous and sick behaviour! Indeed, there has been a story put out by (of all people) Dave Ling of Classic Rock, that Michael and Rudolf [Schenker, SCORPIONS guitarist and Michael's brother] came to blows backstage. I can vehemently attest that this is a total fabrication. It never happened and is just plain "tabloid journalism." I've since heard that Ling heard it on "good authority" that this incident had occurred, but no one in the Schenker camp was approached or asked about any such incident, thus, he didn't have it on "good authority" at all. The same old sensationalism from those with no real stories to tell. Garbage really. The truth is, Michael never saw Rudolf at the Rock & Blues.

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MSG Officially Cancel Remaining UK Tour Dates

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker's (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, UFO, SCORPIONS) MySpace page has been updated with the following message:

"Due to various mitigating circumstances that have conspired to derail the [U.K.] tour, it has been officially confirmed by a source close to MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP that the remaining tour dates have definitely been cancelled. In truth, it was impossible to carry on with the current situation, a situation that has been caused by a multitude of events beyond the bands control, including Michael's. The band and Michael would personally like to express their gratitude for the patience and understanding shown by the MSG faithful (fans) during this extremely difficult time and would like to say 'Thank you' to ALL those who have expressed their continuing love and support. Be assured, MSG hope to see you ALL on the road in the future."

Schenker and his band were scheduled to perform Friday night (August 3) in Stourbridge, U.K. but ended up calling off the gig after only a handful of songs.

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Rest Of MSG UK Tour Cancelled?

According to a posting on the Michael Schenker News and Tour Information web site, it appears as if the remainder of MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's U.K. has been cancelled. Schenker and his band were scheduled to perform last night (Friday, August 3) in Stourbridge, U.K. but ended up calling off the gig after only a handful of songs. A short review of last night's concert, as posted on the Michael Schenker News and Tour Information web site, follows:

"Well, it looks like the tour is over and that Michael will be in a German hospital tomorrow. The show did indeed start with smiles, broad ones too, but the joy at having cranked up the engine successfully gave way to the disappointment of realising that it wasn't running at all well. The riffing wasn't too bad but the solos were just awful. I think everybody connected with the tour expected this. As the intro tape played I watched Tyson standing with his dad's 'V' on his thigh and wondered what was going through his head and then saw another crew member light a cigarette behind the amps. It was how things are portrayed in films when beleaguered troops await the inevitable charge of a superior enemy.

"For me, the Schenker smiles at the start were the clue that this was a guy who wanted to play but couldn't get the brain and fingers to co-ordinate, almost like a recovering stroke victim concentrating hard to do something that would normally be so simple. Sadly many of the audience didn't see this, and started to shout abuse and throw stuff, most noticeably from 'Lights Out' onward, as I think that this was the point when people could really tell how bad things were. Yet the target of their venom, awful or not, might as well have been a frail, elderly man, because apart from his face Schenker's physical appearance and demeanour added 30 years to his real age.

"I was ashamed at the lack of humanity some people showed.

"Humanity did come calling in the end though. Right after 'Only You Can Rock Me', Michael lifted his guitar off his lap and stood up (he'd played all but the first song sat on a corner of the small drum riser). There was a brief huddle followed by 'thank you, good night' from the band. And that was it. The suffering was, we are led to believe, over, or at least the first step towards ending it had been taken. Probably this isn't a good time to comment on the band (nor on RATTLESNAKE REMEDY who were fantastic, in my opinion) musically, but they battled on manfully and were constantly supportive of, and encouraging to, their guitarist. That was what drew his smiles out even in the midst of this torment, knowing that these guys were still trying to pull him along even as the wheels were falling off. Chapeau fellas.

"Last thought for now — no sad song ever written jerks a tear quite like seeing Michael Schenker's face when he's failing to play his solo in 'Only You Can Rock Me'. One of the saddest things I've ever seen."

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Scorpions Guitarist Comments On MSG Performance

A new audio interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs has been posted online at this location. The interview was carried out by Baconmusic's James Allman before the SCORPIONS' performance at Manchester Carling Apollo Sunday night (July 29). During the interview, Jabs was asked about Michael Schenker's disastrous performance at the Rock & Blues Custom Show the previous evening. A transcript of the Schenker-related portion of the interview follows:

Q: Michael Schenker was in a really bad way during the set and received a very poor reception from the crowd. Has anyone suggested to him that it's time to hang up his guitar?

Jabs: I only heard it from the dressing room. It sounded pretty awful. He didn't even know if he was coming. He's in one of his many phases of "I drink, I disappear." He doesn't know what he does. In a way we could say it's his problem, but we have his older brother [Rudolf Schenker, SCORPIONS guitarist] next door and if he's away, he's on the phone with him if he's reachable. I mean, it's a shame. It's his life, it's his career, and obviously, he's part of our show as well, to a certain extent. And guess what? We can't do it again. We weren't even sure if he was coming today, so we were trying to cover it by playing more songs, but that's unprofessional — don't wanna deal with that every day."

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Schenker Brothers "Came To Blows" At Recent Show

U.K.-based music journalist and author Dave Ling has issued the following report via his official web site:

"Just home from the Rock & Blues Custom Show in Pentrich [England], where the best and worst of the Schenker family was displayed. Regardless of the falling rain, the SCORPIONS played a blinder as last night's headliners and I finally got to see Uli Jon Roth onstage with the band, running through four songs — 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming', 'We'll Burn The Sky' and 'Fly To The Rainbow'. What an awesome experience. To be honest, I felt a little sorry for Matthias Jabs, who despite doing an excellent job for the SCORPS for so many years suddenly found himself relegated to bit-part player. But anyway, here's the full set-list: 'Hour 1', 'Bad Boys Running Wild', 'Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em', 'The Zoo', 'Coast To Coast', 'Holiday', 'Humanity', 'Leaving You', 'Make It Real', 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming', 'We'll Burn The Sky', 'Fly To The Rainbow', 'Tease Me, Please Me', '321', 'Big City Nights', 'Dynamite', 'Still Loving You' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'.

"Compared to his elder sibling, who threw shapes and played the rock star to absolute perfection, Michael Schenker was an utter disgrace. He'd turned up at the site mid-morning with a bottle of Courvoisier cognac inside him. After an altercation during the soundcheck, Schenker threw his guitar across the stage, trying to hurt the agent who'd booked him for the show, before threatening not to perform. The rest of the day was spent in his portacabin, attempting to sleep things off. It didn't work. Excuse the language, but Schenker played like a complete c**t. Looking visibly glazed, he could scarely walk let alone play guitar. After 45 minutes of his alotted 90, having been booed and jeered throughout, Michael stumbled into the wings to the strains of the footie chant, 'You're shit and you know you are.' Then, incredibly, he returned. There was a momentary improvement, but any thoughts that Schenker might get out of jail were rudely shot down during the ensuing half-hour. 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is fucking improvised but we do the best we can, okay?' slurred Michael before UFO's 'Too Hot To Handle' — a song he must've played a hundred thousand times before, the simple riff to which had suddenly become infinitely beyond his grasp. Believe me, the song 'On And On' had never felt more appropriate. Once it was all over, Michael and his brother Rudolf came to blows and the pair had to be separated by security. The word 'pathetic' doesn't even begin to cover it. It'll be interesting to see whether he makes it to Manchester or Hammersmith."

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Footage Of MSG At Rock And Blues Custom Posted

According to fan postings on the official Rock & Blues Custom Show forum (here and here), legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker delivered a less-than-impressive performance at the annual U.K. festival, which was held over the weekend at Coney Grey Showground, Chesterfield Road, Pentrich, Derbyshire, England. One attendee, who goes by the name "trkelly", described Schenker's performance Saturday night (July 28) as "pathetic," adding that "you could see people in the crowd cringing at his performance. The man wasn't in a fit state to pick up a guitar, never mind play it. I did feel a bit sorry for the rest of his band, but got to say the singer murdered every UFO song they did; it would have certainly given Phil Mogg a good laugh."

Fan-filmed video footage of one of Schenker's solos has been posted on YouTube. Watch it below.
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Scorpions Announce Further Tour Dates

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have scheduled the following dates during the coming months:

Jul. 07 - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - Fotbalový stadion AC Start
Jul. 14 - Tuuri, Finland - Miljoona Rock
Jul. 21 - Augsburg, Germany - Messe Augsburg
Jul. 28 - Pentrich, UK - Rock & Blues Festival **
Jul. 29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo **
Jul. 30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo **
Aug. 03 - Klaksvik, Faroe IslandsvSummarfestivalur
Aug. 09 - Manaus, Brazil - [to be announced]
Aug. 11 - Recife, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
Aug. 14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
Aug. 17 - Monterrey, México - Arena
Aug. 18 - Puebla, México - Siglo XXI
Aug. 19 - Leon, México - Poliforum
Aug. 22 - México City, México - Auditório Nacional
Aug. 25 - Shawinigan, QC – [to be announced] ***
Aug. 26 - Toronto, ON at the Molson Amphitheater
Aug. 28 - Ottawa, ON - LeBreton Festival Park ***
Aug. 30 - Montreal, QC - Vieux-Port (Quai Jacques-Cartier) ***
Sep. 01 - Chicoutimi, QC - [to be announced] ***
Sep. 04 - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino Hotel
Sep. 06 - Clarkston, Michigan - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 09 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
Sep. 10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Sep. 14 - Kelseyville, California - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Sep. 16 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
Nov. 29 - Toulous, France - Zenith
Nov. 30 - Clermont, France - Zenith

* With ULI JON ROTH
** With MICHAEL SCHENKER, ULI JON ROTH
*** With THE ROOM

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Michael Schenker Group Announce More Tour Dates

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP has lined up the following tour dates:

Jun. 15 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
Jun. 16 - Portland, OR - Outlaws
Jun. 17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Jun. 20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Jun. 21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
Jun. 22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Jun. 23 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
Jun. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Hard Rock Live
Jun. 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Jun. 27 - Colorado Springs, CO - Union Station
Jun. 28 - Lakewood, CO - Eck's Saloon
Jun. 30 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Jul. 01 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
Jul. 04 - Woodruff, WI - The Longshot
Jul. 05 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Jul. 06 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
Jul. 09 - Chicago, Il - House of Blues (with ENUFF Z' NUFF)
Jul. 07 - Middletown, OH - Coconuts
Jul. 11 - Buffalo, NY - Rock & Roll Heaven
Jul. 12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Jul. 13 - Southbridge, MA - ADC Performance Center
Jul. 14 - Hartford, CT -Webster Theatre
Jul. 15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Jul. 19 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
Jul. 20 - Richmond, VA at Toad's Place
Jul. 21 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Jul. 27 - Scheltenham, UK - The Night Owl
Jul. 28 - Derbyshire, UK - Rock & Blues Festival *
Jul. 29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo *
Jul. 30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo *
Jul. 31 - Frome, UK - Cheese & Grain
Aug. 01 - Frome, Somerset, England - Cheese And Grain
Aug. 02 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Aug. 03 - Stourbridge, UK - Rockcafe 2000
Aug. 04 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall

* opening for the SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH More...

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