Michael Schenker Group

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Michael Schenker Group
MSG performing in 2022
MSG performing in 2022
Background information
Also known asMSG
OriginLondon, England
Years active1979 (1979)–present
SpinoffsMcAuley Schenker Group
MembersMichael Schenker
Ronnie Romero
Barend Courbois
Steve Mann
Bodo Shopf
Past membersBilly 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] Afterwards, in 1996, the Michael Schenker Group was reformed.[2] After the release of their second live album, 1984's Rock Will Never Die, its members began to have serious discussions that caused a two-year hiatus, and Michael ended the band in 1986.

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 including keyboardists, rhythmic guitarists, drummers, bassists and vocalists.



The band was formed 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 joined 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]

Second album MSG[edit]

The following year they recorded their second album, MSG, which placed at No. 14 on the UK charts. During their promotional tour, they played at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan in Japan, where their first live album was recorded titled One Night at Budokan. It was released in 1982 with great success in the UK where it was certified silver after exceeding 60,000 copies sold.

Built to Destroy, disbandment[edit]

In October 1983, the band 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]


After deciding to wrap up the McAuley Schenker Group project, Schenker 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.


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

Studio albums[edit]

Michael Schenker Group[edit]

McAuley Schenker Group[edit]

Schenker Barden Acoustic Project

  • Gipsy Lady (2009)

Schenker's Temple of Rock[edit]

  • Temple of Rock (2011)
  • Bridge the Gap (2013)
  • Spirit on a Mission (2015)

Michael Schenker Fest[edit]

  • Resurrection (2018)
  • Revelation (2019)[6]

Cover albums[edit]

Michael Schenker Group[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Michael Schenker Group

McAuley Schenker Group[edit]

Schenker's Temple of Rock[edit]

  • On a Mission - Live in Europe (2012)
  • On a Mission - Live in Madrid (2016)

Michael Schenker Fest[edit]

  • Live Tokyo International Forum Hall A (2017)

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

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

Former members[edit]

Lead vocals:

  • Ray Kennedy (1984 touring member) (died 2014)
  • Leif Sundin (1995–1997, 2007–2008)
  • David VanLanding (1997–1999, 2011, 2012 touring member only) (died 2015)
  • 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, 2022 touring member[7], 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) (died 2019)
  • Tommy Eyre (session 1982) (died 2001)
  • 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[edit]

Role Album
The Michael Schenker Group
Assault Attack
Built to Destroy
Perfect Timing
Save Yourself
Written in the Sand
The Unforgiven
Be Aware of Scorpions
Tales of Rock'n'Roll
In the Midst of Beauty
Heavy Hitters

/By Invitation Only
Gipsy Lady
Temple of Rock
Bridge the Gap
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 Michael Schenker Group
Guitar Michael Schenker
Lead vocals Gary Barden Graham Bonnet Gary Barden Robin McAuley Leif Sundin Kelly Keeling Chris Logan Jari Tiura
& various
Gary Barden various
Gary Barden Michael Voss Doogie White Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley
Doogie White
Ronnie Romero
Joe Lynn Turner
Michael Voss
Ralf Scheepers
Ronnie Romero
Michael Kiske
Ralf Scheepers
Rhythm guitar no-one Mitch Perry Steve Mann no-one Wayne Findlay no-one Bob Kulick
Pete Fletcher
no-one no-one Wayne Findlay no-one Steve Mann no-one
Bass Mo Foster Chris Glen Rocky Newton Jeff Pilson Barry Sparks John Onder Reverend Jones Stuart Hamm Pete Way Neil Murray various musicians Pete Way Francis Buchholz Chris Glen Barry Sparks Bob Daisley
Barry Sparks
Barend Courbois
Keyboards Don Airey Paul Raymond Tommy Eyre Andy Nye Steve Mann Jesse Harms Claude Gaudette Seth Bernstein no-one Wayne Findlay Don Airey various musicians Wayne Findlay Steve Mann Steve Mann
Derek Sherinian
Steve Mann
Tony Carey
Drums Simon Phillips Cozy Powell Ted McKenna Bodo Schopf James Kottak Shane Gaalaas Jeff Martin Jeremy Colson Jeff Martin Simon Phillips various musicians Herman Rarebell Ted McKenna Bodo Schopf
Simon Phillips
Bodo Schopf
Simon Phillips
Brian Tichy
Bodo Schopf
Simon Phillips
Brian Tichy
Bobby Rondinelli


  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". 30 July 2019.
  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.
  7. ^ "Robin McAuley joins MSG for April and May tour dates – Michael Schenker Himself". michaelschenkerhimself.com. Retrieved 23 November 2022.

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