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Schenker wants to spread ‘joy of music’

Michael Schenker says he named Temple Of Rock’s upcoming album Spirit On A Mission because he wants to spread the “joy of music.”

He revealed the meaning behind the title during a question and answer session at the Hard Rock Cafe, Paris.

He says: “I’ve stayed away from listening to music for over 40 years now. And so I see myself as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression. So when it was time to come up with a title, I thought, ‘Why not Spirit On A Mission? It would be a good title.’ So that’s how it ended up that way.”

And he says the goal of the album featuring bassist Francis Buchholz, drummer Herman Rarebell, frontman Doogie White and keyboardist/guitarist Wayne Findlay, was to fill it full of “energetic” tracks mixed with a 70’s vibe.

He continues: “Basically, what’s happening is my filing system in my head has gone all the way back to when I was in late teens. I wanted to have fast, energetic songs with melody in the vocals, but keep it going and very, very fast.

“I was writing with Wayne and he’s playing all the seven-string guitars and keyboards so we have a very interesting variety of songs – fast, energetic, powerful, midtempo and very deep, almost with a touch of the 70s.

“It’s almost like all the emotions that I’ve ever had throughout my career combined in one.”

Spirit On A Mission, the follow up to 2013’s Bridge The Gap, will launch in March.

Earlier this year, the guitarist was honoured with the Icon award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

Scott Munro

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