Michael Schenker’s “My Years with UFO” Album Marks 50th Anniversary with Stellar Lineup

Legendary Guitarist Michael Schenker Unveils "My Years with UFO" Featuring Rock Icons...

The world of rock guitar has always been illuminated by a few virtuosic stars who shine brighter than the rest, and among them, Michael Schenker stands out as a comet blazing across the night sky. 

His tenure with the British hard rock band UFO during the 1970s remains one of the most celebrated periods in the annals of rock, elevating UFO from underground sensations to rock legends. 

Now, in 2024, Michael Schenker is set to celebrate those glory days with his new album My Years with UFO alongside today’s rock elite.

Produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss, the new album marks the 50th anniversary of Schenker’s era with UFO, spanning from 1972 to 1978. The “German Wunderkind” was asked to join UFO at just 17 years old. Touring the globe as a teenager, Schenker became a driving force behind some of UFO’s most loved tracks, such as “Doctor Doctor,” “Rock Bottom,” and “Only You Can Rock Me.”

The first single off the new album, “Mother Mary,” breathes new life into this classic, bringing together Michael Schenker’s and Slash‘s unmatched guitar work with Erik Grönwall‘s soaring vocals.

LISTEN TO “MOTHER MARY” 

Although Michael Schenker’s era with UFO spanned only six years, his influence as a young songwriter and exceptional guitarist had already left a lasting mark on rock. During these meteoric years, the UFO albums PhenomenonForce ItNo Heavy PettingLights OutObsession, and the seminal live album Strangers in the Night were recorded, each contributing significantly to the genre. Strangers in the Night particularly stands out as one of the most influential live rock albums of all time and is still regarded as a cornerstone in any rock enthusiast’s collection.

In this celebratory album, Michael Schenker presents 11 of UFO’s greatest hits from this magical era with an impressive lineup of guest stars. Joining Schenker on this journey are Derek Sherinian on keys’ Brian Tichy on drums’ and Barry Sparks on bass. 

The stellar roster of guest artists includes Axl RoseSlashKai HansenRoger GloverJoey TempestBiff ByfordJeff Scott SotoJohn NorumDee SniderJoel HoekstraJoe Lynn TurnerCarmine AppiceAdrian VandenbergMichael VossStephen Pearcy, and Erik Grönwall.

This album is the introduction to an upcoming trilogy, as Michael Schenker has signed an exclusive three-album deal with earMUSIC, with additional albums to follow in 2025 and 2026.

Today’s release of “Mother Mary” sets the stage for what promises to be one of the most exciting rock albums of 2024.

My Years with UFO will be released worldwide on September 20 via earMUSIC and is svailable for pre-order here.

MY YEARS WITH UFO TRACK LISTING:
“Natural Thing” (Feat. Dee Snider + Joel Hoekstra)
“Only You Can Rock Me” (Feat. Joey Tempest + Roger Glover)
“Doctor Doctor” (Feat. Joe Lynn Turner + Carmine Appice)
“Mother Mary” (Feat. Slash + Erik Grönwall)
“This Kids” (Feat. Biff Byford)
“Love to Love” (Feat. Axl Rose)
“Lights Out” (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto + John Norum)
“Rock Bottom” (Feat. Kai Hansen)
“Too Hot Too Handle” (Feat. Joe Lynn Turner, Adrian Vandenberg, + Carmen Appice)
“Let It Roll” (Feat. Michael Voss)
“Shoot Shoot” (Feat. Stephen Pearcy)

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