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In a new interview with Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker January 29 2019 on headbangerslifestyle.com, he told the magazine that he is working on new material for a new Scorpions album
An extensive tour that took you across the globe once again. You’re in time to travel home for the Holidays… ,,No, actually not. I’m now in my creative process writing new songs. We decided to start working on a new album.’’During the last gig in Cologne, I also spoke with drummer Mikkey Dee and he was thrilled to do a record with the current line-up. He mentioned the band has a family attitude and he feels very much at home, which he thought would be a perfect circumstance to record new material. ,,You know. The point is, why we have this idea of recording a new album, is because Mikkey became… let’s say… a great force for Scorpions. When we were fighting for a change and get us back on track with the band, and it didn’t work, we found Mikkey. Mikkey just fits perfectly into the chemistry of Scorpions. Plus, he is a very creative person! That means we have now the chance to make an album that is special and fresh. A bit like with the Scorpions whisky. Everybody in the band is now on leave and at home to celebrate the Holidays with his family, until the New Year. We will meet again in the New Year and everybody will come and bring in ideas in the studio. We already found a producer to record with. A famous and well-known personality…. No, I’m not gonna say who he is… really not! But we are all very excited to produce a new historic rock ‘n roll album.’’That’s really great news for all rock fans out there. I have witnessed a lot of shows over the past decades, and it surprised me how vital and driven the current line up is. With Mikkey Dee behind the drum kit the band does sound revitalized and eager. His drive reflects off on the band and it awakens new energy onstage. I’m amazed by the drive of the band and the energy, especially Schenker. After over 50 years in the business Schenker, nor his band mates, seem to grow older. ,,It’s simple: first of all, HA! The situation why people get old in this business; When bands get to reach a certain status and when they don’t have the right chemistry anymore, they seem to start fighting each other. Ego’s oppose, and… and, and, and and… What Scorpions… I personally always tried to do, from the very first days back in ’65, is to have the right people around me. They’re great musicians but also people I can be work with. This is the red line through our career. It’s what we’ve been following from ’65 until now, and that’s a very important point for Scorpions. We don’t fight each other but try to use our energy to create music to inspire people and build bridges between different countries, different religions, and different philosophies. Music is the best thing to build these bridges. Music is a universal language… you know. It connects people… You know… to see all these different people from various cultural backgrounds, and with different religions, all singing together… is just amazing. It’s what drives us.
"When the slaves came from Africa to America, and were forced work on the cotton fields, they started singing together. Working as a slave, singing to keep their spirits up. Singing to become a unit and stand as one. Share their feelings and emotions through music. The blues united them… music united them. United they were able to survive the long days, survive the months and years. Survive slavery… Survive until they were free.’’
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