Michael Schenker: why I turned down an audition with the Rolling Stones
Video: Michael Schenker remembers the time when the Rolling Stones came calling... and he ignored them
Michael Schenker has talked on camera about the time he was asked to audition for The Rolling Stones. The guitarist, who last week was confirmed as one of the headliners of the HRH XII festival in November, was approached shortly after he arrived in London to join UFO in 1973.
In the video, Schenker reveals how he took a call on his landlady's telephone two months after joining UFO, and was asked if he'd be interested in trying out for the Stones. After speaking to older brother and Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker in Germany, he decided not to return the call.
In the video, Schenker explains his reasoning, and reveals that the man who eventually got the Rolling Stones job, former Faces man Ronnie Wood, is actually a big Michael Schenker fan.
Schenker's new album, Resurrection, is released under the Michael Schenker Fest banner on March 2. Schenker is joined in the line-up by drummer Ted McKenna, bassist Chris Glen and guitarist Steve Mann. Singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley and Doogie White are also involved in the project.
Schenker will also headline Rock City Stockholm on April 28, after completing a North American tour in March and April. Full US dates listed below.
Michael Schenker Fest North American Tour Dates
Mar 06: The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD
Mar 07: Carnegie Music Hall, Munhall, PA
Mar 09: Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
Mar 10: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Mar 11: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 12: Club Soda, Montreal, QC, CAN
Mar 14: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Mar 16: Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Mar 17: Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
Mar 18: Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI
Mar 19: Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
Mar 22: Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA
Mar 24: City National Civic of San Jose, San Jose, CA
Mar 25: City National Grove, Anaheim, CA
Mar 26: Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
Mar 27: House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
Mar 29: Cervantes Ballroom, Denver, CO
Mar 31: Vibes Event Center, San Antonio, TX
Apr 01: Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
Apr 03: The Ritz, Tampa, FL