Guitar icon Michael Schenker was recently interviewed on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Highlights from the discussion appear below as transcribed by

On the recent release of the 50th-anniversary deluxe editions of Scorpions’ classic albums:

“It’s not 50 years. It’s actually 50 years in 2020. I would count when the first Scorpions album was made, not when the first time somebody had an idea, ‘Oh, I’ll make a band called the Scorpions,’ They played the hit parade [with] completely different people in the band; [it had] nothing to do with the Scorpions who recorded the first album. So it’s rubbish to have a Scorpions box 50-year celebration. It’s not 50 years yet. 50 years is in 2020.”

Discussing his strained relationship with his brother, Scorpions guitarist, Rudolf Schenker:

“I’m happy that Rudolf enjoyed his success. I always supported Rudolf’s success. I always said to people, ‘As long as Rudolf is happy…’ He got what he wanted, I got what I wanted, [and] that’s all fine.

Look, you put all the pieces together. [Scorpions] released a 50-year box; it’s not 50 years. Then they tell the people they’re gonna stop playing, and then all of a sudden they make a record [2015’s ‘Return To Forever’]. It’s all bulls–t. They have become numb and dumb, and old and bald. It has nothing to do with music anymore.

You know, Rudolf never knew how to write music. [On] Lonesome Crow, I was the only songwriter; I wrote basically all the music. And Rudolf learned everything from me that I did. I’m seven years younger than him. When I was 23, Rudolf was 30 and they hadn’t even started in America. When he was 33 years old, Blackout became a hit.

“When I left the Scorpions, I went to UFO, and basically the Scorpions copied everything UFO did. If you listen back to the records, you can hear very clearly that always every time we did a record…. They even hired the same art designer. Rudolf completely adopted my image and he is going overboard with it. He wants to distort reality…He’s playing a game — a really stupid game. If you study this whole thing, you will clearly understand what happened.

Why would Rudolf ask me if he can play the black-and-white guitar? And why would he ask me if I would give my songwriting credit of Coast To Coast to him? And then he plays those two songs on every concert for the next 35 years. Figure it out. I was generous enough to give him that, because he’s my brother. But I’m finding out that they fabricated a story on what happened [during] the Lovedrive period, which is a lie.”

He continues:

“He’s a wannabe and a trick master…But, if you are so addicted to success and if you have screwed up in such complicated ways to become a success — if you have to cheat and stuff like that, or fabricate in order to get to where you wanna get — it’s nothing to do with me. I play music; I’m an artist. For me, it’s all about music. Scorpions don’t write their own songs. They have lost it completely. For the last 23 years, they’re cutting out [formerdrummer] Herman [Rarebell]. Herman and Francis [Buchholz, former bassist], they are responsible for [their] ’80s commercial success, the political success that they had with Wind Of Change; Herman and Francis were part of it. They’re cutting them out wherever they can. They don’t make them part of awards — nothing. They are just three greedy people. For the last 23 years, they haven’t done anything that is worth talking about. All they have done is…milking the past…

I’m very disappointed in Rudolf…And so I stay away from him as far as I can, because I don’t know what else he’s got up his sleeve to justify things. He’s a trick master, and he’s a wannabe. And that’s it. He can do whatever he wants. He can enjoy his life on every level that he wants. But I stay away from him. I’m his younger brother. He’s basically bullying me and he’s doing with me whatever he wants.”

Eddie’s interview with Michael Schenker is now up as a podcast, and can be downloaded, here.

Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock’s CD, DVD and Blu-ray, On A Mission: Live In Madrid was released on April 27th in Japan, April 29th in Europe, and May 6th in North America through Inakustik.

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  • Harold Taint on

    He makes Rudolf sound like a turd.

  • DR Is Live on

    At least he’s not bitter.

  • robert davenport on

    In all walks of life the love of money, fame or just plain greed corrupts people and turns family’s against each other, this is so sad…..

    • Dana on

      Agreed, very sad.

      D 🙂

  • Doug on

    Getting together for the holidays sure got trickier.

  • Johnny D on

    I agree that the Scorps have milked things a bit, but Michael calling them out like this is bullshit. Yes he contributed to Lonesome Crow and Lovedrive…
    What parts of Animal Magnetism, Blackout, or Love at First Sting did he contribute? What part of the Uli era did Michael contribute?

    I get it – the Scoprs are repackaging things to cash in on the core fans.. But if those core fans buy it then there’s apparently a market for it.

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for Michael for slagging his brother in public. Shame!!

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