Family: Rudolf Schenker
The elder Scorpion on his fiery young sibling.
You and Michael – the guitar-playing Schenker brothers – have made the family name world famous. As the elder brother, did you turn Michael on to playing guitar?
When I was sixteen, Michael was nine. I was playing rhythm. And I said to him: “It would be fantastic if we could play together.” So one day Michael took my father’s violin and played it. Not good, but somehow he got the right notes.
Did you form a band straight away?
No. He was too young for the Scorpions, so he joined The Cry, another band from Sarstedt, where we lived. They were all around twelve years old. They were good.