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PART III for that. That's' what I have been doing. I basically focus on solos, and the songs really get secondary. They are just there so I could play solo (laughter.) That's where my passion is. I play and discover on a daily basis, and then when I have some riffs, like little pieces, I usually collect them, put them on the cassette recorder. Some are 5 second-long, some are 10 second- long riffs, and when it's time to make the record, I listen to what I have and get inspired to write more parts. The singer creates the vocals melodies and puts his lyrics down, and then I create the lead break in the middle. That's how my music usually gets put together. IE: Only a few months ago I ran into your former UFO band mate, Andy Parker. We spoke about UFO's very special relationship with Chicago audiences. Not only were you in the band when this relationship began, but you've enjoyed continued support during you MSG years and now Temple of Rock as well. How would you describe it? MS: Chicago is a rock town with a great rock audience. When I joined UFO, at 17 years old, they were really a psychedelic band. They didn't play rock, but when I came in, and added my stuff to it, they became a rock band. UFO developed from album to album. We would be showing up in that area, and the support gradually built up. We created all these albums, and then when it came down to capturing it live (on Strangers In The Night), we picked Chicago. And I guess that was it. The album became a bestseller, and it was recorded in Chicago. I'm not very good at analyzing how things came about, but over the years I feel we created a very special connection with Chicago audiences. IE: Well, Michael Schenker can certainly always count on Chicago being there for him when he plays live. MS: It seems to be like some areas around the world are for different people. They have their hotspots, and Chicago is definitely one of mine. IE: Staying on the UFO subject. I'm sure there are still plenty of fans who would love to see you do something with them again. Do you ever consider it an option? MS: Well, UFO is family as are Scorpions, two of them and MSG, and everything I've done in the past. And I've done a lot. So I don't close my doors to any of them. It cannot rain until the conditions are there to rain. I am here and I'm not going anywhere, and if the conditions are ready to rain and write, and everything is in place then things will happen. It's like the universe is thriving, and I just do my part, I'll be there. IE: Are the personal relationships between you and the UFO guys better these days? MS: I think my own relationship with the guys is fine. I'm complete as far as I know. Everybody develops differently, at a different speed, at a different time, and in different areas. So you never know where other people are at. I can only express myself, and like I said, they're family. If the people want to do CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: 15TH OF EACH MONTH 5:00 PM. Extended to next business day on weekend/holiday. PLEASE MAIL, FAX, OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE. ADS ARE NOT ACCEPTED BY PHONE. Categories continued from page 33 it, and hear it, it will happen. IE: We spoke about different touring lineups for US and Europe in the past. Who should the US audiences expect to see with you on the upcoming appearances? MS: This is what's happening: the album is officially released on January 7th, 2014. I didn't want to miss that release date, so I'm coming to the United States to promote the record, but I'm not ready to do a complete tour with the lineup that's on the record. That will start in March in Japan. What I want to do is introduce Doogie White, who is the singer on the album. I've never been to the States with him. If we can combine press, TV, and radio promotion with the album release, and play some shows at the same time, that would be great. 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It's almost like a big journey for me; it's something that I was assigned to do. I was there from the beginning, and I will be there for the final. I'm celebrating my life nowadays, and it feels like I was preserved to make that happen. It all develops into one big celebration. Before the computer world completely takes over, and creates new miracles, new wonders, and new eras. But this era of rock, is more like a classical era was in the past. So we have this kind of wave which one day will become a memory. I call it the era of the hand-made rock. That's kind of how it was done, and it's not done this way anymore. The things young kids can do today with the computer are just unbelievable. It's just different. Just like in the past, there was an era where there were no cars and no airplanes. People used horses and wagons, and that had a very special feel, it had a momentum, and a particular way of how one saw the world. Much of it had to do with the speed we were moving at the time. 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