Whitesnake asked Michael Schenker to audition but guitarist did not want to join someone else’s band
Former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker was recently interviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Metal Titans and spoke about singer David Coverdale having his eye on him to join Whitesnake leading up to the Slide It In album released back in 1984.
Schenker advised: “[laughs] I would have never joined Whitesnake! [laughs] I think, it would have more likely that, David Coverdale would have joined M.S.G.! [laughs] My manager was contacted by David Coverdale’s management about me auditioning for Whitesnake, but I was not interested in joining someone else’s band, even back then, I was aware of my self-expression and I would have not felt fulfilled being in someone’s band. If I recall, he [Coverdale] wanted to use the M.S.G. band, he was planning on working with Cozy [Powell], who had worked with me on the first M.S.G. album, and he [Coverdale] wanted to get Chris Glen, but as I say, I would have not been happy, so no, I would have not joined his band! [laughs] I did do some writing with him, but I was not going to join Whitesnake! [laughs] It would not have worked, it wasn’t possible. So, I found Graham Bonnet and worked with Chris [Glen] and Ted [McKenna] on ‘Assault Attack’ and Cozy [Powell] went on to work with David Coverdale.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Michael Schenker at Metal Titans‘ website.