Michael Schenker to Play bergenPAC, 1/20
Bergen Performance Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey will welcome Michael Schenker on Monday January 20th, 2014 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 & $25 and available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or the Box Office (201) 227 1030.
At the tender age of fifteen Michael Schenker joined his brother Rudolf's band, Scorpions, with whom he produced his 1972 debut album Lonesome Crow. Once the British rock act UFO had discovered Schenker's amazing talent during a joint tour with the Scorpions, they invited the exceptional guitar whiz-kid to team up with them after the tour had finished. His first recording with UFO became an international masterpiece: Phenomenon (1974), featuring the classics 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom', is still considered one of the most important releases in the history of rock music.
Schenker stayed with UFO for eight years, releasing further impressive rock albums like Force It (1975) and No Heavy Pettin' (1976) - recordings that made UFO international stars and set new standards in rock music. The two subsequent studio albums Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978) are still among the most significant releases of the genre. A year after the arrival of Obsession, the band decided to record a live album, Stranger In The Night, which is justly considered one of the most successful live cuts ever.
At the same time, the record marked the end of the legendary line-up that had caused a stir for well over a decade. Michael Schenker left UFO and temporarily teamed up with his former band Scorpions again to record the fabulous Lovedrive with them. His manager Peter Mensch also arranged an audition with Aerosmith, which came to nothing in the end due to vocalist Steven Tyler's bad state of health. Instead he returned to the public eye with the debut album by his own Michael Schenker Group, featuring musicians like Simon Phillips, Gary Barden and key- boarder Don AireyPeter finally found me Simon Phillips and Mo Foster who were currently recording with Jeff Beck and seemed to be the perfect choice for MSG's first recording," Schenker recalls. „Roger Glo- ver heard about it and offered himself as the producer. It all turned out well and we called it the Michael Schenker Group." On subsequent albums like MSG II (1981), One Night At Budokan (1982), Assault Attack (1983) and Built To Destroy, he continued to present talented band members, like the two former Rainbow musicians Graham Bonnett and Cozy Powell (R.I.P.), as well as Ted McKenny and Chris Glenn, two former members of the Alex Harvey Band.