Michael Schenker: “I tasted fame and success, but I preferred to start a new chapter and experiment with music”

Nearly five decades on from his first recordings with Scorpions and UFO, Michael Schenker remains a formidable force in lead guitar - and in this exclusive video, he charts the evolution of his guitar playing, as well as the writing of UFO’s classic Rock Bottom.

The clip shares a fascinating insight into Schenker’s influences and his approach to ‘painting’ guitar solos, as he documents his career right up to this year’s Resurrection album with the all-star Michael Schenker Fest line-up.

Resurrection features vocalists Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, with guest appearances from Kirk Hammett, Wayne Findlay and Michael Voss-Schoen, and is available to preorder via Nuclear Blast (opens in new tab) ahead of its release on 2 March.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).