Michael Schenker commented in an interview that throughout his life he has been offered to play in bands such as Ozzy, Whitesnake, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Motörhead
The UFO and MSG legend, Michael Schenker, revealed in an interview that WHITESNAKE leader David Coverdale wanted the German in his band, and they even got together to form a band. But this is just the beginning of his revelations. It seems that he was tempted by other greats like Ozzy, Lemmy for Motorhead, Aerosmith to replace Joe Perry or even to be a Rolling Stone.
“In the early 1980s, when I had the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, my manager at the time, Peter Mensch, thought we needed a new singer to replace Gary Barden. I chose Gary for a reason, but Peter wanted to take the band to next level and I wanted David Coverdale to work with me. Coverdale probably asked Mensch to take me and Cozy Powell and Chris Glen to WHITESNAKE to replace Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody and the rest of the band at that time. I think that it was the idea, but I didn’t want to release the MSG. I said, ‘No, you ask Coverdale to join us.’ “
Coverdale probably asked Mensch to take me and Cozy Powell and Chris Glen to WHITESNAKE to replace Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody and the rest of the band at that time.Shenker
Schenker had previously claimed that he rejected the opportunity to join the Ozzy Osbourne group after the death of Randy Rhoads. “I was tempted to do it,” said the German guitarist in a 2019 interview. “I said: ‘How can I escape this?’ And then Cozy [Powell, then drummer of MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP] was saying, “You can’t do this. We are doing ‘Assault Attack’. We just received Graham Bonnet. “And I thought,” I’ll just ask the impossible. He will say no. “And that was what I did. So I asked him the impossible with the hope that he would say no. And then I broke free.”
Schenker also said that Lemmy asked him to join MOTÖRHEAD as the band’s first guitarist and that AEROSMITH approached him to replace Joe Perry in 1979. He also claimed that he was asked to audition for THE ROLLING STONES shortly after arriving in London. to join UFO in 1973.
He told The Bigfoot Diaries in a 2011 interview: “AEROSMITH, Ozzy Osbourne or any other band with history was not good for me. It would always mean that I would have to learn the riffs of other guitarists. And that was not what I wanted. to create and invent. “