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JEWEL OF THE

more than just a STORY OF A GREAT INDEPEND a story of perseverance , the crowning is a

A very honest and inspirational conversation with Micah Martin and Ace Hendr

Lets talk about the new MSG record “Immortal”. How did this album develop from track to track? MICHAEL: You know, this whole album is a mystery because of the virus, All 10 songs were supposed to be sung by Ronnie Romero, but due to restrictions, me having problems getting to the recording studio, I had to go on 42 days quarantine altogether, it was unbe- lievable. If I had not done that, the album would have never happened. I’m the leader, I’m Michael Schenker and I have to do the shitty work. When I finally put all my songs down in the recording studio in Germany, and it was time for Ronnie to sing, he wasn’t avail- able. He was stuck in quarantine and couldn’t make the trip. We had to get Ralf Scheepers to sing who did an amazing job the very next day. After that, all these people started calling wanting to make a con- tribution to the record including Derek Sherinian on keyboards and Brian Tichy on drums. Even Joe Lynn Turner is singing on the record. I couldn’t believe it. When “Drilled to Kill” was finished with Ralf singing, I was shocked at what I heard. Even when I still called Ronnie about the last 4 songs, he was like I’m still in quarantine, blah, blah, blah. So someone mentioned Joe Lynn Turner. I’m like Joe Lynn Tuner? I’m such a fan of his. The next day they were recording. I could not believe it. It was incredible. What I was trying so hard to put together and not working out, but in the end. It worked out the way I wanted to. Did you ever take a moment and thing about what I means to be in this industry for 50 years? MICHAEL: No because Im an artist. Just being myself. Over the incredible span of records, what would say is your biggest growth as a song writer? MICHAEL: Its a journey, it goes from the beginning until the day I die. I never stop growing as a writer and player. There are so many guitarists that are successful because of you. Have you ever had a chance to talk to them? MICHAEL: Kirk Hammett from Metallica, Slash and Iron Maiden being such big fans. I live in the now. I don’t follow trends. I don’t know what’s out there, BUT I heard about the impact I had on all these people so much later in my life, I never knew because I don’t read interviews, I don’t read critiques, I, I live in the now (emotionally shaken). I don’t investigate on how well I’m doing, what people think. It’s not important to me. How well my music is received is what’s important. I just flow and take thing from time to time. If you believe in yourself without all the distractions of fame and fortune, you automati- cally become original. Many people cannot get to that well of creatively because they are blinded by all the trappings of fame and fortune. People have copied my style and trashed it, but I’m al- ways a step ahead, because I always get new inspiration from within which people don’t have access to unless they decide they want to go there. It’s up to their people personality in what they expect from life. A fan from the UK, Tryston asks this, what was it like to get your first signature guitar? MICHAEL: I was very surprised. I was in Chicago on stage doing a sound check and a representative from Dean guitars came in and presented me that guitar. I was like WOW! I played it and it was just fantastic. On top of that, I said to him “I love this guitar” which is my rock bottom guitar. That is guitar on the album, the one I received. What I was more happy about was that I promoted Gibson and Marshall for free without any endorsement from them, so when Dean had a new owner, they started getting all these guitarists to endorse them and I was an influence for them to pick up a Dean guitar. It wasn’t so much that my name was on the guitar, but that the guitar was stable and very compatible for me. I was introduced to the fam- ily that took over for Dean and Elliot and they showed me the warehouse and it was SO BIG, I had never seen anything like that before. I was so im- pressed that every person in the departments was a guitarists. I’ll tell you I had so much confidence in the product and company. Having that guitar in my hand meant to me that I had a family. Page 59