Magazine article Guitar Player

Mitch Perry on Joining the Michael Schenker Group

Magazine article Guitar Player

Mitch Perry on Joining the Michael Schenker Group

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"IT WAS 1987, AND I HANGING OUT AT a hotel pool in Southern California with [bassist] Pete Way, talking about joining his band Waysted," says Perry, who has done a ton of cool gigs over the years, including being the first guitarist in Quiet Riot after Randy Rhoads, following Yngwie in Steeler, playing alongside Billy Sheehan in Talas, and doing keyboard work with Aerosmith. "Michael Schenker was staying at the same hotel, and he came over and said, 'Mitch, I'm looking for a guitar player/keyboard player.' I said, 'That's killer, but I don't want to play rhythm all night.' He said, 'No. You play a different style than me,' as he mimicked the overhand tapping stuff I picked up when I was playing with Billy Sheehan. 'It might be a really good thing, because a lot of people like that style and I don't do it.'

"So I thought, 'Wow, that makes it way more interesting.' Then he says, 'You know, I have a solo I'm not too happy with right now. Do you want to try playing on it?' I said, 'Sure.' He said, 'Go get your guitar. You can play through my amp.'

"I get out of the pool--wet shorts and everything--get my Guild Blade Runner, and we go to Sound City Studios. …

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