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Legendary metal guitarist Michael Schenker brings his Temple Of Rock to Leeds this winter, ahead of the release of a new album in spring 2015. The hard rocking German axeman is best known for his time spent playing with British metal titans UFO in the 1970s. Schenker’s Bridge The Gap tour will be calling at the o2 Academy, Leeds on 15th December. Expect a night of thunderous riffs and skull-cracking choruses that will boom out of the Academy and across the city.
‘Bridge The Gap’ was released in November 2013 and was Schenker’s 12th solo album. With Temple Of Rock, he has toured the record tirelessly since its release. Hi return to the UK will mark the first time that songs from the follow up to ‘Bridge The Gap’, due in spring 2015, will be played live. Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock is made up of former members of both German metallers Scorpions and 70s British rockers Rainbow. The band members are: former Rainbow vocalist Doogie White, drummer Herman Rarebell, bassist Francis Buchholz (both ex-Scorpions) and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay. White is Schenker’s closest collaborator and songwriting partner, the pair wrote ‘Bridge The Gap’ together.
Currently working on his 13th solo album, Michael Schenker’s path to prominence has been tough. He rose to fame in an early incarnation of Scorpions in Germany. Spurred on by his brother Rudolf (Scorpions frontman), he played his first gig with the band aged just 11. He went on to feature on Scorpions’ acclaimed album ‘Lonesome Crow’ when he was 17. That exposure led to an offer from UFO, who Scorpions toured with, to be their lead guitarist. Despite not speaking English, he played a crucial role in writing UFO’s ‘Phenomenon’ album, which was released on Chrysalis Records. Schenker’s fame grew and he became known for his iconic Flying V guitar. His relationship with the band grew turbulent though, and UFO shows would often be abandoned as Schenker and others walked off stage mid-set.
Schenker unsurprisingly left UFO in 1978 and auditioned for Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne said the guitarist made “outlandish demands” including a private jet, while Schenker walked out of the Aerosmith session after inappropriate jokes were made. Despite personal problems and a battle with alcohol, Schenker’s solo career took flight, starting with the Michael Schenker group in 1979.
Line-up and name changes followed, but Schenker’s inimitable style remains at centre stage. Wearing the scars of his experience proudly, the guitar hero will rock Leeds to the core at this pre-Christmas show.