Here's a part of a recent interview with Mercyful Fate;Q.6 YOU’VE PLAYED WITH SOME OF THE BEST MUSICIANS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD. ARE THERE ANY MUSICIANS LEFT THAT YOU STILL WANNA PLAY WITH?
Whenever I get this question, and it happen quite often actually, I usually say I’d love to play with AC/DC,. any postion, any instrument – take a pick. Choice of instrument is below the point, I just wanna groove and headbang away to some of the best rock songs ever written in the history of rock music.
Yeah, it’s true that I’ve had the fortune to have been playing with some of the best musicians in the world. I wanna create great music, but I don’t really think in terms of great musicians as in advanced instrumentalists, technical geniuses or virtouses, that kind of sport competition mentality is pretty damn gay if you ask me. where everything is measured in speed and technique, if your songs require that, fine, but if you don’t have the songs to back it up I couldn’t give a rats ass about those things.
I once turned down an offer to play with Yngwie Malmsteen in the mid 90s and told the messenger to tell Yngwie Thanks but No thanks, and that I preferred a guitarhero like Ace Frehley. Although i’m fully aware that Yngwie as a guitarist probably has more skills in his left pinky toe than Ace does in his whole body, but I love Ace and his signature style.
I admit it was a pretty damn immature and stupid thing of me to say to
Yngwie and as a matter of fact I am very impressed and have loads of
admiration for Yngwie because of his strong personality, drive and
conviction, but I’m not a big fan of his music and I had just quit
Memento Mori and was sick of hearing those oriental harmonies, egyptian fascination, and in need of a change. Read: Illwill
But yeah, there are tons of musicians and artists that I do admire
and would love to someday collaborate with in one way or the other. On the top of my head I just namedrop Dave Grohl, Rob Zombie, Nicke
Andersson, Mr Doctor, Marilyn Manson, Miss Li, Wednesday 13, Blackie Lawless…and as a matter of fact, Mr King Diamond himself.. I’d love co-write with him and produce an album, under the conditions that he’d be open minded enough to let his guard down and step out of the comfort zone and we’d go in as equals with mutual respect and with only one common goal, to make something really fantastic together.
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