Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Scorpions abandon retirement plans

Three years after announcing plans to retire, and just weeks after completing their farewell tour, The Scorpions have revealed plans to continue on as a band.

“As the emotion built, it [not retiring] became a gradual decision,” frontman Klaus Meine tells Classic Rock magazine. “It’s one thing to say, ‘This is going to be the end of the Scorpions’ and another to do it. Our ‘Sting In The Tail’ album [2010] was such a success that a whole new generation of fans joined the party. It was amazing. And you know that with all the best parties it’s sometimes hard to find the door?”

There are plans for a new Scorpions album, featuring leftovers from the early 1980s.

“We started that over a year ago,” Meine confirmed. “It will be material that was never finished; songs with pure Scorpions DNA from a very exciting time. Once we close the book on the crazy touring schedule that’s something we’ll pick up again.”

There may also be an album of all-new Scorpions material in the pipeline.

“At this point nothing is out of the question,” Meine said. “When we said adios with SITT, our label, Sony Music, cried: ‘No, no, no… what about this idea? What about that idea?’ There are some offers you just can’t refuse. I don’t want to say too much right now but I can reassure you there is still life in those bloody old Scorpions.”

“We’ll just have to see what’s realistic,”
summed up the singer. “We’re working on a documentary movie about the band’s history. We filmed the tour’s big finale in Munich which was very emotional.”

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See also:

The Scorpions issue official band Christmas cards
VIDEO: The Scorpions unplug for French TV
VIDEO: Scorpions rock Wacken Open Air festival
The Scorpions announce summer North American dates
VIDEO: The Scorpions rock German TV
The Scorpions: Big City Nights documentary due in 2013
The Scorpions to perform with film orchestra at Berlin Classic Open Air 2011
VIDEO: Scorpions rock Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th Birthday Concert