SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker has as soon as once more responded to criticism from his brother Michael after the previous UFO axeman accused him of being a “harmful bully” who “takes benefit” his youthful sibling.
Michael Schenker gave quite a lot of interviews lately through which he questioned his brother’s integrity, going as far as to name Rudolf “a con artist” who “utterly adopted” Michael‘s picture as his personal. He additionally denounced the SCORPIONS for “distorting” the story of his transient tenure with the band and lamented the truth that he gave Rudolf his “portion” of the songwriting credit score for the basic SCORPIONS track “Coast To Coast”. All of it got here to gentle, Michael stated, when he was approached to assist with the current Fiftieth-anniversary SCORPIONS reissues.
In a model new interview with Guitar Participant journal, Rudolf — who’s seven years older than Michael — stated: “I inform you one factor: I like my brother. He can say no matter he desires to say. He is an incredible guitar participant, an incredible particular person — no matter he desires to say, why not say it? [Laughs] If that’s what makes him completely satisfied, then okay. I want him all the most effective.
“I feel, in the end, we’ll all be buddies once more and we’ll play collectively once more. My life is just too completely satisfied to place myself right into a dustbin over it. I wish to dwell within the sky. I’m so completely satisfied for my life.”
This isn’t the primary time Rudolf has publicly addressed Michael‘s scathing feedback about him. Three years in the past, Rudolf dismissed his brother’s criticism, telling Traditional Rock journal: “Look, I like my brother. He is a unbelievable guitar participant however he is aware of nothing about enterprise. After we made ‘Lovedrive’, the band was beneath contract to Dieter Dierks [producer and manager]. After I requested Michael to play a solo to my composition ‘Coast To Coast’, we agreed a half-and-half credit score, however Dieter would not permit it — this associated to publishing and studio prices. Michael had a signed contract with Dieter that gave him one level on the track. And we agreed to pay Michael… he had the cash.”
He continued: “However in 1985, when [Michael] was utterly smashed and had a brand new MSG with Robin McAuley, Michael lived with me in my home. We flew in musicians, I did all of that for nothing on the understanding that Michael would pay me when a document label got here in. However he did not pay me something. So I took his half to cowl the payments he hadn’t paid. All the pieces is obvious. All Michael has to do is ask: ‘What’s occurring right here?’ However he does not; as a substitute, he offers these silly interviews.”
Rudolf added: “I nonetheless love my brother however he has at all times hated enterprise issues and the one individual that’s in charge right here is himself.”
Michael has repeatedly stated that he has no intention of reconnecting along with his older brother, telling Spain’s Metallic Journal in a 2021 interview: “I like Rudolf as a brother, however social distance is required, so I do not get tricked into any additional inconvenient scenario. Rudolf is a bully, and I do not join with bullies. It creates turbulence, and it is inconvenient… I do not wanna be managed by them. I’ve established myself in a means that I do not wanna be tricked into extra inconvenient conditions. The second I join with Rudolf — you must perceive — it is going to stick with it simply the way in which it did once I was 15, and it’ll by no means cease. He is a trickster.
“Rudolf and I, now we have been separated for 50 years,” Michael continued. “Now we have by no means really spent any time collectively apart from the tour dates within the [SCORPIONS] ‘Lonesome Crow’ interval, however that is it. So we’re used to that anyway.
“I hope for Rudolf to search out his means again to understanding what true life is about. [He’s] chasing one thing that offers you one thing that ultimately is just not gonna make you content, which is fame and cash, et cetera, et cetera. It hardly ever makes anyone completely satisfied. I imply, typically it kills folks — an excessive amount of fame, it kills folks; they only die. And so I do not wanna be concerned in that world.”
Michael Schenker first appeared on SCORPIONS‘ 1972 album “Lonesome Crow”, earned acclaim within the Seventies on basic UFO albums similar to “Phenomenon” and “Lights Out” earlier than rejoining SCORPIONS for 1979’s “Lovedrive”. He departed quickly thereafter to launch MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP. And whereas his sometimes-erratic conduct have derailed elements of his profession, Schenker stays one in every of exhausting rock and metallic’s most influential axemen.
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