Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions) and brother Michael Schenker (Scorpions, U.F.O., Michael Schenker Group, etc) discuss Van Halen. From the book, Van Halen 101, by Abel Sanchez.
I have known Edward since 1979, when Van Halen played in Hamburg while supporting Black Sabbath (a great concert). Klaus and I were sitting in the fourth row, and Eddy came directly to us and immediately took us backstage, where we had a great time with the other band members. We then found out that during their club days in Los Angeles, they covered a few of our songs, like “Speedy’s Coming” and “Catch Your Train.” At midnight, we celebrated David’s birthday with the other members of Van Halen in the club, where David got the cake in the face from the band. It was a fantastic evening, and we enjoyed it very much. Ten years later, in 1988, we were invited to their studio in L.A. to talk about the “Monsters Of Rock” tour, where we were slotted as the special guest. The tour was a great success, and we had many great times talking about guitars and guitar techniques.
Edward has been my favorite guitarist since the release of Van Halen’s first album.