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Event Archive - Rated one fo the best guitarist of all time: Micheal Schenker Group (a.k.a. MSG), Doug Doppler, KOHURSHUHN

Tue. July 14th 2009 Element (No Minors)
8pm - 12:00am doors at 7pm
Re-Scheduled $25 Advance / $28 Door
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records 635 Johnson St., High Tide Entertainment, Strathcona Hotel, McPherson Box Office
The Michael Schenker Group (a.k.a. MSG)
with guest… Doug Doppler (Favored Nations/Guitar Hero)
& local openers… Kohurshuhn
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Element Nightclub, 919 Douglas St., Victoria
Doors 7:00pm - Showtime 8:00pm - EARLY SHOW!
Tickets: $25.00 Advance / $28 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place 770 Yates St., Strathcona Hotel 919 Douglas St. 250-383-7137,
Ditch Records 635 Johnson St, McPherson Box Office 250-386-6121
& online at

Michael Schenker Group All-Star Line-Up:

Michael Schenker – Guitars – (UFO, MSG, Scorpions)

Gary Barden – Vocals – (MSG, Silver, Statetrooper)

Chris Slade – Drums – (AC/DC, Asia, The Firm, Uriah Heep)

Robbie Crane – Bass – (Ratt, Vince Neil, Love/Hate, Adler’s Appetite)

Wayne Findlay – Guitar/Keyboards – (MSG, Slavior)

Michael Schenker Group websites:

Doug Doppler websites:

Kohurshuhn website:

Michael Schenker:

Michael Schenker is a German hard rock and heavy metal guitarist and former member of UFO and a founding member of the Scorpions and the Michael Schenker Group (M.S.G). He is the younger brother of Rudolf Schenker, guitarist with the Scorpions.

Born in Sarstedt, Germany, Schenker has had a long career that has seen him rise to become one of the most influential and respected rock guitarists working today. He started playing in his early teens when his brother Rudolf brought home a Flying V guitar, which captured Michael's imagination. Schenker debuted with the Scorpions on their debut album at age 16 and was lauded at the time for his mature technique.

Schenker joined UFO under unusual circumstances. The band left the UK to play some dates in Germany. Their guitarist at the time, Bernie Marsden, forgot his passport and was unable to make the first gig. At the venue UFO spotted Michael playing a soundcheck with the Scorpions and managed to persuade him into playing that evening's show.

Schenker has had a turbulent career with UFO, often walking out mid-song and causing shows to be cancelled. Despite having a series of successful albums and tours, Schenker finally left UFO in 1979.

Schenker was offered jobs with Aerosmith (detailed in their biography Walk This Way) and Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne said in a 1982 Hit Parader interview that he did contact Schenker following the death of Randy Rhoads:

It so happens I did contact Michael Schenker, but he wanted a king's ransom before he'd do anything...I don't need that annoyance.

Schenker decided he wanted to play his own music and not be a hired hand for another band. In 1979, he founded the Michael Schenker Group. The history of MSG has been strewn with personality conflicts and incidents between band members. In 1982, original vocalist Gary Barden, who sung on the first two studio albums The Michael Schenker Group and M.S.G. II as well as the band's third release (the live album One Night at Budokan) was fired in favor of Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz). Bonnet lasted one album (Assault Attack) and was fired from the band because he often lost his voice during shows, although the actual firing happened after dropping his pants in a warm-up gig before the Reading Festival. Although many fans proclaimed Assault Attack as being MSGs best recording, Barden was enticed back to the band for Reading and stayed with M.S.G. for the recording of a new studio album (Built to Destroy) and the band's second live album (Rock Will Never Die). After Barden's second departure, Schenker reorganized the band around himself and new vocalist Robin McAuley as the McAuley Schenker Group with a slightly less hard rock sound. After three albums with the lineup, Schenker and McAuley parted company.

Schenker rejoined UFO for their reunion album Walk on Water. A short tour punctuated by a fight between Schenker and vocalist Phil Mogg ended the reunion.

Schenker then resurrected the Michael Schenker Group with all new members and recorded three more albums, The Unforgiven, Written in Sand and Arachnophobiac. The group toured yearly around the United States and Europe. Following that he rejoined UFO for two further releases, Covenant and Sharks.

Schenker fell on hard times in the early 2000s after his divorce in which he lost rights to his own music, his Mercedes, and his prized Flying V guitars, which was detailed in an April 2004 interview with Guitar World magazine. He picked himself up and got back to the business of making and performing music, recording the album Arachnophobiac and supporting it with two years of touring. Michael with a new line-up hit the road in the UK in 2008. Shows in this tour have received rave reviews and show Michael once again at his best. Early 2008, Michael worked with Gary Barden, Don Airey, Simon Phillips and Neil Murray on a new MSG's album In the Midst of Beauty, which was released in May 2008.


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