Michael Schenker Tells How He Discovered Metallica’s ‘Unforgiven’

In an interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, former Scorpions and UFO guitarist Michael Schenker talked about the first time he listened to the iconic Metallica song, ‘The Unforgiven,’ as he shares opinion on the band’s guitarist, Kirk Hammett.

As you may know, Michael Schenker co-founded the iconic band Scorpions with his elder brother Rudolf Schenker in 1965. When the band went on a tour in Germany after the release of their first album, Michael was offered to be the lead guitarist of UFO. After a successful career with UFO, Schenker left the band in 1978.

Known for his influences on various talented guitarist of today, Michael Schenker joined an interview to talk about the musicians and bands who have been inspired by his music. During the interview, Michael mentioned the young and rising musicians, such as Kirk Hammett and Slash, whom he discovered in the ’90s, and stated that they were actually the fans of his music.

Schenker also said that even though he is not familiar with all the new music out there, some music was impossible to ignore since one can hear them in a lobby or a boutique. He revealed that one of these types of music was Metallica‘s ‘The Unforgiven,’ which he actually heard the first time in a boutique while he was trying clothes on. He praised the iconic song of Metallica by referring to it as a beautiful song.’

Here is what Michael Schenker stated about Kirk Hammett and Metallica’s ‘The Unforgiven’:

“Because I would not listen to anybody telling me anything probably, but later, when I got older and in the ’90s, I found out about Kirk Hammett, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard, you know, Slash and all those guitarists – they were actually fans.

I never knew, and it just continued over the years, and so I’m shocked today. Because Eddie Van Halen, for me, is basically the best – and I never knew.

Even though I say I don’t listen to music for 50 years, some music you cannot ignore. It comes out of a lobby, it comes out in a boutique while you’re trying clothes on. That’s how I discovered Metallica, ‘The Unforgiven’ – a beautiful song.

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