Guitar legend Michael Schenker is on roll since last 4-5 decades with continuously churning out good music.
In a new Interview with eonmusic‘s website, Schenker talks about declining Ozzy’s offer to join his solo band.
“Ozzy Osbourne was definitely not too happy with me having to experiment with my vision because I wouldn’t have made him any money.
“The thing was, Cozy Powell [drummer] said; “Michael, you can’t join Ozzy Osbourne. We are in the middle of doing ‘Assault Attack’”, and I was tempted to do it, but then I had to remember my time with the Scorpions and with UFO, and I said to myself; “If I join Ozzy Osbourne, then I never needed to leave UFO in the first place, because it would be just more of the same thing”. For me, I had reached my peak with ‘Strangers In The Night’, and for that was it.”
Schenker also talks about the positives of declining the offer, saying:
“If I had of joined Ozzy, maybe I wouldn’t still be alive, and secondly, I would maybe have gotten a lot of money, but would not have taken care of myself, so I went the right way, and it was all meant to be this way.
He further added:
But now I can make up for what I couldn’t hold for the ‘80s; I dress like an ‘80s rock star now, I drive a sports car, and I celebrate! So, I’m making up; I took care of the necessary first; I build my house on a rock, a good solid thing. There is a saying; if you stay true to yourself, then everything else will be added onto you and more, and that’s exactly what’s happening.”