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15th March 2018

doogie white

Michael Schenker Fest singer Doogie White spoke to Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice during the current MSF North American tour and spoke about the new album, 'Resurrection', his time in Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen and his audition with Iron Maiden in 1993.

When asked about his 1993 Maiden audition to replace Bruce Dickinson, Doogie said:

"I had sent a tape in to Iron Maiden. Dickie Dell, who was the production manager, was at my door and he said 'what are you doing?' I said 'I am going to Scotland' and he said 'no you are not, you have an audition with Iron Maiden Monday'.

"So Dickie Bell gave me a cassette and a letter with the lyrics. I think it had about eighteen songs on it, mostly from the albums 'A Real Live One' and 'A Real Dead One'. Dickie picked me up and dropped me off at Steve Harris' place.

"The band was set up in a circle with Nicko McBrain to the back of me and we ran through the songs and had a cup of tea and I had a chat with Steve and I went away and that was it.

"We played tracks like 'Be Quick Or Be Dead', From Here To Eternity', 'The Evil That Men Do' and then the classics like 'Run To The Hills'.

"Steve had a definite idea on where he wanted to take the band. Steve called me up a couple of weeks later and said 'we are giving the job to Blaze'.

"Blaze is great - he is the hardest working man in rock'n'roll and he always delivers. Steve wanted something different for the band.

"The easy route for Steve would have been to go get a clone from a tribute band but Steve didn't - he took a brave step and they did two great albums.

"But really normal services have been resumed. Even if I got the gig it would have ended up the same."

You can listen to the full interview right here:

Michael Schenker Fest are on tour throughout North America until next month with European dates set to be announced in due course.

Doogie gave a track-by-track breakdown of every song on 'Resurrection' when the album came out earlier this month and you can listen to what he had to say right here, as well as here music from this tremendous album.


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