Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker collaborate on the song "Heart and Soul." The track will be featured in Schenker's upcoming album Resurrection.
During an interview, Schenker revealed that Hammett, the guitarist of Metallica, is a huge fan of his. The two have also become good friends in recent years. Schenker also said that Hammett recorded his solo in "Heart and Soul" while at Metallica's studio in Hawaii.
Schenker said that after he and Hammett met, they had the chance to jam. The two musicians did an interview together. At one point, Hammett also attended Schenker's concert and he performed on stage with him.
"So basically, Kirk was a fan, he became a friend and he plays in the biggest band in the world. And so I said, 'Kirk, do you wanna guest on Resurrection?' And he was more than happy," said Schenker.
Michael Schenker Fest
The songs in Resurrection were recorded within a span of five months and in four different locations. The album is slated for release on March 2 via Nuclear Blast. Following the album's release, Schenker and his band are going on their North American tour.
The band's performances will kick off at The Filmore in Silver Springs, Maryland on March 6 and their performances will wrap up on April 3 at The Ritz in Tampa, Florida. Tickets may be purchased via Schenker's official website.
The singer also opened up about his upcoming performances and said that he is going all out during his shows. His tour will feature performances by McAuley as well as his vocalists Graham Bonnet, Gary Barden, and Doogie White.
"I had been out of the machine for so long, but nothing scares me anymore. From here onwards I'm just going to go for it. In the future, we would call it the Ultimate Michael Schenker Fest, and have Klaus [Meine, Scorpions front man] and [UFO's] Phil Mogg sing on stage with us, or even on an album," said Schenker.
Kirk Hammett Gushes Over Michael Schenker
Years ago, Hammett gushed over Schenker after he played on UFO's "Mother Mary." The guitarist said that his idol's performance changed his attitude towards playing his guitar.
"He was playing modes - scales that sounded almost classical - and rhythmically he was out the door. To this day, UFO is my favorite band in the whole world. I was playing 'Doctor Doctor' [from 1974's Phenomenon] for my one-and-a-half-year-old son. He went crazy," said Hammett.