Michael Schenker Group

Michael Schenker Group
MSG performing in 2012
MSG performing in 2012
Background information
Also known as MSG
Origin London, England, UK
Years active 1979 (1979)–present
Associated acts
Members Michael Schenker
Ronnie Romero
Barend Courbois
Steve Mann
Bodo Shopf
Past members Billy Sheehan
Denny Carmassi
Gary Barden
Don Airey
Mo Foster
Simon Phillips
Paul Raymond
Chris Glen
Cozy Powell
Graham Bonnet
Tommy Eyre
Ted McKenna
Rocky Newton
Andy Nye
Mitch Perry
Bodo Schopf
Jeff Pilson
James Kottak
Chis Logan
Stuart Hamm
David Van Landig
Jeremy Colson
Kelly Keeling
John Onder
Shane Gaalaas
Pete Way
Andy Parker
Neil Murray

The Michael Schenker Group (often abbreviated as MSG) are a guitar-oriented hard rock band, formed in London in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker.[1] In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1993.[1] After that, in 1996 the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.[2] After the release of their second live album Rock Will Never Die (1984), its members began to have serious discussions that caused a two-year hiatus, until in 1986 Michael decided to end the band.

The group has repeatedly expressed an excellent interpretation, generated by the technique of its leader, representing one of the cornerstones of the history of hard rock. Their symbol is a Flying V, half black and half white, an instrument that has always captured Schenker's imagination. In the history of the band, dozens of musicians have passed through both keyboardists, rhythmic guitarists, drummers, bassists and vocalists.


The Beginning

The band was born in 1979, following the breakup of Michael Schenker from UFO, in an attempt to have a band that better suited his needs. He therefore decided to move to London; a few weeks after his arrival in the British capital, he joins Gary Barden, vocalist of Fraser Nash, who, with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Denny Carmassi founded a new band, simply called Michael Schenker Group.[3]

MSG:The Second album

The following year they recorded their second album, MSG, which came in 14th on the UK chart.3 During their promotional tour they played at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan in Japan, which was chosen to record their first live album called One Night at Budokan, which was released in 1982 with great success in UK, It was certified silver disc after exceeding 60,000 copies sold in that country.

Built to Destroy and the division

In October 1983 they released Built to Destroy, the first with keyboardist Andy Nye and which also featured Derek St. Holmes, known at the time as Ted Nugent's vocalist. To promote it, they gave several concerts in the UK and later went on tour to other European countries as the opening band of Iron Maiden. Their farewell concert was held on December 18, 1983 at the Dortmund festival, after which the band disbanded, and the guitarist founded the McAuley Schenker Group.[4]

The Reformation

After deciding to wrap up the McAuley Schenker Group project, Michael decided to re-found the band in 1996 with Leif Sundin on vocals, Barry Sparks on bass and Shane Gaalaas on drums with whom he recorded Written in the Sand. Two years later they released The Unforgiven, with Kelly Keeling replacing Sundin and with John Onder replacing Sparks who received a good review from the trade press, which the AllMusic site also regarded as a musical return to their old albums.


MSG at Kavarna Rock Fest 2012. From left: Wayne Findlay, Francis Buchholz, Herman Rarebell, Doogie White, Michael Schenker.

Studio albums

Schenker Barden Acoustic Project

  • Gipsy Lady (2009)
  • Temple of Rock (2011)
  • Bridge the Gap (2013)
  • Spirit on a Mission (2015)
  • Resurrection (2018)
  • Revelation (2019)[6]

Cover albums

Live albums

Michael Schenker Group

  • On a Mission - Live in Europe (2012)
  • On a Mission - Live in Madrid (2016)
  • Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A (2017)

Band members

Current members

  • Michael Schenker – lead guitar (1979–present)
  • Ronnie Romero – lead vocals (2021–present)
  • Steve Mann – keyboards, rhythm guitar (1986–1987, 1988–1991, 2016–present)
  • Bodo Schopf – drums (1987–1990, 2019–present)
  • Barend Courbois – bass guitar (2021-present)

Former members

Lead vocals:

  • Ray Kennedy (1984 touring member)
  • Leif Sundin (1995–1997, 2007–2008)
  • David VanLanding (1997–1999, 2011, 2012 touring member only)
  • Kelly Keeling (1999–2000)
  • Keith Slack (1999 touring member)
  • Chris Logan (2001–2004, 2006)
  • Jari Tiura (2006–2007)
  • Michael Voss – also rhythm guitar (2011–2012)
  • Doogie White – lead vocals (2012–2020, special guest occasionally)
  • Robin McAuley – lead vocals (1987–1992, 2012, 2016–2020, special guest occasionally)
  • Graham Bonnet – lead vocals (February–August 1982, 2016–2020, special guest occasionally)
  • Gary Barden – lead vocals (1979–1981, 1982–1984, 2008–2010, 2016–2021, special guest occasionally)


  • Don Airey (session 1980, 2008, 2011)
  • Paul Raymond – also rhythm guitar (1980–1981, 2011)
  • Tommy Eyre (session 1982)
  • Andy Nye (1982–1984)
  • Jesse Harms (session 1991)
  • Claude Gaudette (session 1996)
  • Seth Bernstein – also rhythm guitar & backing vocals (1997–1999)
  • Wayne Findlay – also rhythm guitar & backing vocals (1999–2016)

Rhythm guitar:




Recording Timeline

Role Album
The Michael Schenker Group
Assault Attack
Built to Destroy
Perfect Timing


Written in the Sand
The Unforgiven
Be Aware of Scorpions
Heavy Hitters
Tales of Rock'n'Roll
In the Midst of Beauty



Gipsy Lady


Temple of Rock
Bridge the


Spirit on a Mission
Band Michael Schenker Group McAuley Schenker Group Michael Schenker Group Schenker Barden Acoustic Project Schenker's Temple of Rock Michael Schenker Fest
Lead vocals Gary Barden Graham Bonnet Gary Barden Robin McAuley Leif Sundin Kelly Keeling Chris Logan various musicians Jari Tiura Gary Barden various


Gary Barden Michael Voss Doogie White Gary Barden

Graham Bonnet

Robin McAuley

Doogie White

Guitar Michael Schenker
Rhythm guitar no-one Mitch Perry Steve Mann no-one Bob Kulick Wayne Findlay no-one Bob Kulick

Pete Fletcher

no-one no-one Wayne Findlay no-one Steve Mann
Bass Mo Foster Chris Glen Rocky Newton Jeff Pilson Barry Sparks John Onder Reverend Jones Stuart Hamm various musicians Pete Way Neil Murray various musicians no-one Pete Way Francis Buchholz Chris Glen
Keyboards Don Airey Paul Raymond Tommy Eyre Andy Nye Steve Mann Jesse Harms Claude Gaudette Seth Bernstein no-one various musicians Wayne Findlay Don Airey various musicians no-one Wayne Findlay Steve Mann
Drums Simon Phillips Cozy Powell Ted McKenna Bodo Schopf James Kottak Shane Gaalaas Jeff Martin Jeremy Colson various musicians Jeff Martin Simon Phillips various musicians no-one Herman Rarebell Ted McKenna Bodo Schopf

Simon Phillips


  1. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 241/2. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  2. ^ Saulnier, Jason (23 January 2009). "Michael Schenker Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Loudersoud Reviews".
  4. ^ "On Night at Budokan".
  5. ^ "MICHAEL SCHENKER's New MSG Album 'Immortal' To Feature JOE LYNN TURNER, RALF SCHEEPERS And RONNIE ROMERO". Blabbermouth.net. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Revelation by Michael Schenker Fest". Apple Music. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

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