Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"I'll appear on the new CD by the German thrash legends DESTRUCTION playing a slide-guitar solo on an all-star-song ('The Alliance of the Hellhoundz') featuring besides Schmier, Mike and Marc from DESTRUCTION, among others, Biff Byford (SAXON), Paul Di'Anno (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Doro Pesch, Messiah Marcolin (CANDLEMASS), Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL), Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR) and... me...!
"The song is a call for tolerance and more unity in the metal scene and in general and it's a big honor for me to be part of this in the same tune with some real icons of the heavy metal world. Thanks for that, Schmier!!!!
"By the way: The whole album will be a real masterpiece!!!!!
"The festivals I played with the AXEL RUDI PELL BAND were really great so far. The shows were all cool and I met a lot of friends again. For example, Geoff and Larry from VICIOUS RUMORS, Bobby Jarzombek (who played with SEBASTIAN BACH this time), GAMMA RAY, Chris Caffery and Jeff Plate from SAVATAGE, of course DESTRUCTION and especially Ronnie James Dio, who a) still sings godlike (!) every evening and is b) one of the nicest, friendliest and most intelligent people in this whole business. The ROUGH SILK tour supporting DIO in 1996 will always remain in my memory as one of the greatest moments of my life as a musician.
"Also I met a lot of cool new people: It was really great to hang out the whole day with Curt Beeson and Nasty Ronnie from NASTY SAVAGE (one of my all-time fave metal bands, definitely). And also really cool guys! Curt and I are talking about working together in the near future at the moment!). Also cool people were GOTTHARD (very friendly and 'easy to work with' band!), MURPHY'S LAW, DREAM THEATER (far beyond!!!), Marc Mendoza from TWISTED SISTER and Doogie White (the ex-RAINBOW singer who sings for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN now has a very black scottish sense of humor — as he and Bruce Dickinson from IRON MAIDEN started joking around we were all crying!!!). I had met some of the IRON MAIDEN guys before, but this time Mike Terrana, his girlfriend Anja and I were allowed to watch their show from the side of the stage and that was unbelieveable! All the work behind the curtain (we saw the 'making of Eddie!') and the band themselves are always moving and still going for it every second — and they are not youngest guys around anymore!!! Really an intense performance! Mike's comment was, 'That's how the big boys do it!' Yes, indeed!
"Well, we survived the icerain/thunderstorm at Balingen without trouble — but we had to play shorter and also we were the only band on the 2nd day with rain during our set.
"My keyboards got totally wet and we had to stop — but a little bit later we could carry on. Thanks to the great audience for still rocking out that much! You rule!"