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Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will be releasing his new album, Resurrection, on March 2nd via Nuclear Blast, and he’s just announced the first tour in support of the new material. Continue reading
A “shredders cruise” has joined the list of music themed cruises as the five day/four night Axes & Anchors cruise will be setting sail aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, FL on February 20, 2016, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami, FL on February 24, 2016.
The following musicians will be performing and giving lessons on the cruise:
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)
Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Tracii Guns (LA Guns)
Dario Lorina (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden)
Michael Schenker will be releasing his new studio album titled Spirit On A Mission in the UK via in-akustik on March 23, 2015. The collection of brand new material includes Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – former Scorpions members, drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White and keyboardist Wayne Findlay.
Spirit On A Mission track listing:
01. Live And Let Live
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)
Michael Amott is a busy guy who loves to play guitar and tour the world. He is in the midst of releasing the latest Arch Enemy record, War Eternal (Century Media), which he will be supporting at least for the next two years.
But aside from this, he keeps busy doing music with his other band Spiritual Beggars, which he had been doing for a while and did some touring with as well over the past year.
“We put out a new record last year. I toured in Europe with that band. We went to Japan a couple of times.”
“I’m always doing stuff. I like to stay busy. I do have a lot of music. I don’t have anything else going on in my life. It’s all about music. I don’t have any career or job. I don’t have any hobbies. I play music. It’s just me and my guitar.”
His playing style has become influential upon countless musicians within the modern heavy metal genre, with his melodic overtones within an aggressive sound that he played in Carcass, Arch Enemy and Spiritual Beggars.
Over the past 15 years, he has encountered countless fans that pay homage to him and his music that has inspired their own respective music, as well as a legion of fans who simply love his music alone.
“It’s a huge compliment. I really appreciate that and I hope that every time somebody comes up and tells me that, I have time to talk to them. I love talking to other musicians, of course, and to inspire some of them out there. It’s a huge honor.”
“I have my favorites that have inspired me and I’ve met a few of them. I’ve hung out with Dave Mustaine, Kerry King…these guys inspired me and also some of the older style players like Michael Schenker, Leslie West, Uli Jon Roth and Frank Marino. I’ve met all of these guys and told them how much they’ve inspired me and asked them a bunch of questions about how they do stuff, like why did you do this, what did you use there, what pedal was that, what kind of bridge was that. They were really friendly and cool to me, so I try to give back as much as I can. I just see it as a mutual respect. The guitar is a really difficult instrument to play and I respect everyone and treat everyone as an equal.”
As told to REI NISHIMOTO