Michael Schenker has recruited drummers Bodo Schopf and Simon Phillips for his Michael Schenker Fest project. Schopf will serve as a permanent replacement for the late Ted McKenna, but will only have a limited role on their new album due to him taking extra time to prepare for tour. Phillips will serve as the main studio drummer for the effort.
“We are very grateful to Bodo for being a team player and working out with Simon what needs to be done in order for us to continue as smooth as possible and also to Simon for helping us to make it all possible. Bodo is the perfect choice to continue as the permanent drummer for MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST. It is a perfect balance between the musicians from the past. It includes everything as a family to continue MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST.”
“I am very sorry that Ted had to leave us under these tragic circumstances and I’m proud to rock for him and all the MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST fans. RIP Ted.”