Damon Johnson has been a staple in the music scene since the late 80s, having performed, toured and recorded with many different bands like Brother Cane, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy and of course Black Star Riders.
He has also collaborated on albums from not just rock artists, but artists from all over the musical spectrum like Sammy Hagar, Queensryche, Ted Nugent, Carlos Santana, Skid Row, Stevie Nicks and Faith Hill just to name a few. He also has a few solo releases, and goes out and does solo shows where he plays much of the music he's been involved with as well.
We had the great pleasure of speaking to Damon on the phone about the upcoming Black Star Riders tour with Judas Priest and Saxon, how he got started on playing guitar, some of his past projects, the next Black Star Riders album and more.
Michael Schenker is a man that needs no introduction. His unique style of guitar playing has inspired a generation of guitarists for decades to come. He has played and recorded with legendary names like Scorpions, UFO and his own bands like the Michael Schenker Group and Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock. He is getting ready to release his new album titled Resurrection under the name Michael Schenker Fest.
The list of high-profile players that Michael has influenced is endless. He has influenced players like Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Slash, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, Dimebag Darrell, Mike McCready, Warren DeMartini, Jeff Waters, Michael Amott, Gary Holt, Kerry King, George Lynch, Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Smith, list goes on.
We had the great honour of speaking with Michael on the phone about the new album and his upcoming tour plans. We also touched on UFO, Scorpions, who is still on his bucket list of people to work with, and more. You can check out the transcription of the conversation below.