Michael Schenker recalls how the cover art for M.S.G’s 1983 album ‘Built to Destroy’ came about

To promote the recently released Michael Schenker Group album ‘Immortal’, Michael Schenker was recently interviewed by the Australian Rock Show podcast. Whilst discussing some of his recent album covers, Schenker was also asked how the cover art for M.S.G’s 1983 album ‘Built to Destroy’ came about (the photograph on the album cover depicts Schenker smashing a guitar through the rear window of a Mercedes).
Schenker explained: ‘That was a real story – happened in the middle of the night. I had a problem with my girlfriend and y’know,  it just kind of, I let my anger out y’know by going outside on the street with the guitar and smashed it into my Mercedes and walked away. Actually the police car followed me and said ‘hey, do you know what you just did’ ?

I said ‘yes I just smashed my guitar and my car and they left – it was unbelievable – and so I thought later, if we can capture this, in a way, it would be a great album cover – and also actually the title – ‘Built to Destroy’ is like, the Buddhists do that – y’know they build something then they destroy it, then they build something again, then they destroy it – it seems like that’s what humans do.’

Immortal – by Michael Schenker Group (MSG) – is available now via Nuclear Blast Records

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