In a model new interview with the “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen” traditional rock present, legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker was requested about ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing‘s declare that he “was the primary man to deliver the Flying V [guitar] to heavy metallic ever.” Schenker mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi): “These folks on the market, they’re so determined for recognition and for being the primary and taking all of the bloody credit score, like my brother. It’s unbelievable. I’ve no expectation, and due to that folks assume they’ll stroll throughout me and rip me off and take the credit score. I heard even METALLICA saying, the guitarists, that they invented the gallop [rhythm]. I had the gallop on [UFO‘s] ‘Rock Backside’ — nicely earlier than [METALLICA did]. These individuals are loopy. They’re so determined for fame.”
Circling again to Downing‘s declare, Schenker mentioned: “Initially, JUDAS PRIEST and UFO was recording on the identical studio. And JUDAS PRIEST guitarists are Michael Schenker followers. That is primary. So in the event that they’re Michael Schenker followers, it is almost certainly that Ok.Ok. Downing ripped me off moderately than the opposite means round.
“Then, once I went to the Whisky A Go Go once I had my first American tour, with my girlfriend, once I was 19 years previous — someplace ’74 or so, ’75 — we noticed JUDAS PRIEST on the Whisky A Go Go. After they got here onstage, I checked out my girlfriend and he or she checked out me. He was a double of me — he was an absolute double. He had the curly hair, he had the Flying V, he had my stage outfit as shut as you will get it. It was unbelievable. And the very fact is everyone is aware of that he is a fan of Michael Schenker, so why would he lie about this within the first place? That is simply loopy.”
Requested when the final time was that he talked to Downing, Schenker mentioned: “We performed at his venue [KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, England], and in my dressing room there was a present from Ok.Ok. Downing with an envelope with a pleasant welcome with goodies and a complete basket filled with goodies and stuff like that and with a thanks word, et cetera, et cetera. Clearly, he was very completely happy that I used to be enjoying in his place.”
When interviewer Dave Kinchen questioned Schenker if he’s “stunned” by the truth that Downing is taking credit score for being “the primary man” to deliver the Flying V guitar to heavy metallic, Michael mentioned: “I am shocked, to be sincere — that individuals are so determined that they even lie about that. Regardless that folks can hint their interviews from the previous after they have mentioned that they’re Michael Schenker followers, et cetera, et cetera. It is unbelievable. However I will inform you what: I’ve heard and seen a variety of issues. Nothing surprises me anymore.”
Schenker beforehand voiced his perception that Downing copied his look when he spoke to Canada’s The Steel Voice in early April. After interviewer Jimmy Kay famous that it is “superb” how “everyone [was] copying” Schenker‘s look and his guitar enjoying, Michael mentioned: “Yeah, a minimum of that was within the ’80s. That is what occurs. They both copied me or Eddie Van Halen, or they copied one another on the ’80s scene, simply to be a part of a pattern.”
In recent times, Schenker has repeatedly accused his brother, SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker, of “utterly distorting” Michael‘s “persona as an icon through the use of the Flying V himself. “Generally Rudolf would come as much as me and proudly report who’d tapped him on the shoulder and mentioned, ‘Hey, Michael, how are you doing?’ Slash and Joe Perry, for instance,” Michael advised Guitar World in a 2020 interview. “Whereas I wasn’t wanting, he managed for years to distort the hell out of the picture of the Schenker brothers. Individuals haven’t got a clue anymore who’s who. It is unbelievable how he managed to distort the entire thing. Rudolf made a take care of Gibson for black-and-white guitars. He requested me if I minded if he performed a black-and-white Flying V. I requested myself why he needs to be me, however I simply mentioned, ‘Go forward.’ Then he pushed it to this point in attempting to make the black-and-white picture his. He does not know who he’s. Then he had the cheek to make a take care of Gibson for a signature Flying V.”
Final yr, Downing advised Sonic Views that he was impressed to play a Flying V guitar at an early age. “It stemmed from once I was a child,” he mentioned. “I noticed the Flying V within the store and I could not afford it. And I used to have a look at it. I used to be that Oliver Twist kind of child — [I] did not have the cash, however in some way I knew it was the guitar for what I wished to do. And now, clearly, the Flying V is synonymous with metallic and heavy rock. To me, there was by no means a query.”
“Common”, the brand new studio album from Schenker‘s MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, will likely be launched on Could 27 through Atomic Hearth Data.