Queensrÿche, Tesla, Michael Schenker, Krokus, Extreme, Winger, Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) and More Booked for Monsters of Rock Cruise

The annual Monsters of Rock Cruise (MORC) hard rock and heavy metal fan immersive music cruise, is returning for its thirteenth year. Promoter, On the Blue Cruises, has announced the Norwegian Cruise Line‘s Norwegian Joy® will set sail from Port of Miami, Florida March 10 2025, for 5 days/5 nights. It will include performances from over 35 artists on multiple stages, stops at Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, photo experiences with artists, theme nights, and special events. Head into the article below for more.
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Michael Schenker Shares His Single “Mother Mary” – New Album “My Years with UFO” Coming Soon

To celebrate his 1970s glory days in the band, Michael Schenker is set to release his new album, My Years with UFO. It is due out on September 20th, via the earMUSIC record label. To set the stage for its arrival, Schenker has unveiled the new single, “Mother Mary,” featuring Slash‘s guitar work with Erik Grönwall‘s soaring vocals. Check it out and find more information below.
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Listen To Kirk Hammett Shred On Michael Schenker’s New Song

Michael Schenker revealed late last year that Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett would appear on his upcoming album, and that song has finally made its way online. Continue reading

Kirk Hammett Will Appear On Michael Schenker’s New Album

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Zakk Wylde, Alex Skolnick, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc Confirmed For Axes and Anchors Cruise

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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)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Tracii Guns (LA Guns)
Dario Lorina (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden)

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Michael Schenker Releasing Spirit On A Mission in March

Michael Schenker. Photo by Laurence Harvey

Michael Schenker. Photo by Laurence Harvey

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
02. Communion*
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
08. Bulletproof*
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
12. Wicked*
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)

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Guitar Gods – Michael Amott Talks Hero Worship




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.”

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