In a recent interview on Gigs And Festivals Michael Schenker confessed that Scorpions took advantage of him on the album “Lonesome Crow” because he was young, while he slammed the German band, including his brother Rudolf. He said: “There are things that I know today, and I must say I’m actually very disappointed in my brother and the Scorpions these days, because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past. Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning. I wrote most of the Scorpions songs on the ‘Lonesome Crow’ album, and it was credited to all members. The very first song I ever wrote was ‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind’, and it too was credited to all members. I was focusing on music, and they were maybe focusing on business. I have no idea, but they didn’t know how to write songs in those days.”
When he was asked whether he has any plans to get up on stage with the Scorpions before they call it a day, Michael said: “I don’t pay attention to any of that. I focus on what I’m doing. I’m fed up with that, and I’m disappointed in them; they have completely distorted the ‘Lovedrive’ phase. Just a few weeks ago, I was confronted with the Scorpions [albums reissue] box, and what I saw there, it really, really shocked me. I can’t trust them anymore. The whole ‘Lovedrive’ story is wrong. They are putting it down as if I begged them to take me into the Scorpions. They begged me to join — I was already doing arena tours with UFO in the States. It’s unbelievable. They asked me to help them, and now I see that the whole ‘Lovedrive’ story is written to their favor; they are the big guys. I can’t believe it, honestly. They’re just fooling people with their finishing playing, and then they don’t, and then [they continue playing] forever and ever. I guess when you get older, you get bolder or something, but I have absolutely no interest because I can’t trust them. If I look back now, it’s unbelievable, little bits and pieces I’m discovering. So putting together the whole picture, it looks like they’re absolutely desperate.”
Finally, Michael said that the difference between him and his brother is that “one can play and the other one can’t! That’s how you can find out who is who. Or you look at the eyes; his eyes are brown, but he can fake that too by getting blue lenses. Rudolf is the entertainer on a visual level; I’m the artist.”