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Whiteschenker or Michaelsnake?

Michael Schenker is on the cover of the current (#18) issue of the Rock Candy Magazine. In the cover story interview, he spoke about his abortive collaboration with David Coverdale.

Back in the early ’80s when I had the Michael Schenker Group my manager at the time, Peter Mensch, believed we needed a new singer to replace Gary Barden. I’d picked Gary for a reason, but Peter wanted to take the band to the next level and he wanted David Coverdale to work with me.

Coverdale probably asked Mensch to get me and Cozy Powell and [bassist] Chris Glen over to Whitesnake to replace Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody and whoever else was in that band at the time. I think that was the idea, but I didn’t want to let go of MSG. I said, ‘No, you ask Coverdale to join us.’

You know that song ‘Dancer’ from the MSG Assault Attack album? I actually jammed that song with Coverdale. I already had the music and he sung it differently, with some different words. So we tried something, but I didn’t really want to do it.

Coverdale/Schenker collaboration didn’t work out and the MSG job eventually went to another Purple family alumni — Graham Bonnet. Here he is performing the Dancer with Michael Schenker Fest in 2017:

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

3 Comments to “Whiteschenker or Michaelsnake?”:

  1. 1
    Georgiy Derevyanko says:

    In 2011 concert in Kyiv DC saw a guy in MSG T-shirt and said that they are good friends with Michael Schenker. I believe they could make some cool stuff together.

  2. 2
    Buttockss says:

    What could have been……..!

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    uwe hornung says:

    LOL, I think that line up would have been even shorter-lived than the one with Sykes! Letting go of two easy-to-be-around guys like Bernie Marsden and Mickey Moody and asking Michael “I’m a difficult artist” Schenker to join would have been a recipe for disaster.

    I love Schenker’s playing (both lead and rhythm) and Assault Attack is one of my favorite albums as is UFO’s No Heavy Petting, but stable the man was not. It’s only since the last decade or so that he has found peace of mind. I remember seeing him on the Lovedrive tour wiff ze Scörps and you could feel his discomfort on stage. Compared to him Uli Jon Roth was a happy camper even in his last weeks with the band.

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