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BackstageAxxess interviews Klaus Meine of The Scorpions

December 5th, 2016 by

On November 10, BackstageAxxess conducted an interview with singer Klaus Meine of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Speaking about the departure of longtime drummer James Kottak — who was dismissed from the band during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism — and addition of former MOTÖRHEAD member Mikkey Dee, Klaus said: “With Mikkey, it’s fantastic. It really gives the band a fresh shot of energy. Mikkey, [he] joined this band where we just played the big encore. And at the end of this year, we all need a break. And Mikkey is, like, ‘C’mon, guys. We’ve gotta keep going. This is so fantastic. We have such a good time. The fans are amazing around the world. And let’s keep going.’ And we say, ‘Okay.’ But at this point, we’ve played everywhere. We’ve been everywhere — we’ve played all continents, and even in Australia. So at the end of this tour, we all need a break. But, of course, we will pick it up at some point, because it really feels great with Mikkey.”

He continued: “James [had] been with us for twenty years; it’s such a long run. And we’re still in touch, and it’s great to hear from him. He’s feeling much better now and he’s getting back on track. We said to him, ‘James, it’s so important… You’re a healthy guy. You’re the guy we all love so much — the band, your family, the fans — so you’ve gotta really take care of yourself and really think of you first and your health situation. So he went into a long rehab and was really taking it serious and really taking care about himself. And we gave him all the support we can give him. And it looks like he’s really in a good way, and his health at the end of this year is so much better than it’s been ever before. So that’s really good.”

Klaus added: “But what can I say? There came a point in the spring when we had to make this decision and really what’s great is that Mikkey came in and joined the band. He’s a great drummer, a great musician, a very powerful drummer and very well respected after more than twenty years with MOTÖRHEAD. It’s all about attitude, and he’s a great guy. The chemistry between us worked right away. We had a great time between when we played the Carolina Rebellion in early May until now. We had a lot of fun, and the SCORPIONS fans welcomed Mikkey. And at the same time, they’re sending their thoughts and prayers to James, which is a wonderful thing.”

 

Klaus Meine Says Mikkey Dee Has Added ‘A Fresh Wave Of Energy’ To The Band

October 25th, 2016 by

 

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS took part in a press conference prior to their October 21 concert at at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore. You can now watch video footage of the question-and-answer session below.

Speaking about what keeps SCORPIONS going five decades into the band’s career, singer Klaus Meine said: “When we started the band, it was about the passion for music, love for rock and roll. We shared the same visions, and we shared the love for music, and [the desire] to be in a band. It was always… all those years, especially in the early years, about chemistry. Of course, you have great musicians — a great drummer, a great guitarist — but it was also about… You know, you spend so much time [together] being in a band, it’s like your second family, it’s your rock and roll family. And the guy can be the best musician in the world, but if he doesn’t fit right in, if you don’t feel comfortable spending so much time [together] — 24 hours [a day] and month after month and year after year. It’s very important to have a good company, and in a way, this was the foundation for the SCORPIONS — to have not only great, talented musicians, but also good friends, and travel the whole world. So there was this vision from the early days on — we take our music all over the world, and we did.”

He continued: “We’ve been pretty much all over the globe all those years, but the passion for what we’re doing is still there, the fire is still burning very strongly. And we feel a very strong connection with our fans all over the planet, in so many places, and therefore it’s so great to come here back to Singapore. We believe we have a great show this time around, and we wanna share it with our fans, and it’s a wonderful thing.

“Yes, we celebrate fifty years of SCORPIONS, but I guess it’s much more than that. The fact that the band is still together and we still put on a damn good show. And with Mikkey [Dee, drums; ex-MOTÖRHEAD] just joining the band, there’s a fresh wave of energy, and it’s a lot of fun, and we enjoy every night.

“So we’re still excited about doing all those trips and taking our music all over the world. This vision never left us. And at the same time, creating new songs — playing not only the big classics on our show, but also to present new material, new songs from our latest album, ‘Return To Forever’. So it’s the whole package, I guess, that makes the band very, very special. And we still enjoy it very much — not being superstars or anything, but being musicians, being artists, and expressing ourselves though the music and having a wonderful time with our fans all over the world.”

SCORPIONS in September announced the addition of former Dee as a permanent replacement for SCORPIONS‘ longtime drummer James Kottak. Dee had spent the last few months filling in for Kottak, who was said to be on break while he sought medical attention.

New Interview with Rudy Schenker

May 26th, 2016 by

Scorpions, rocking for 50 years. - COURTESY

http://m.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2016/05/25/scorpions-founding-member-rudolph-schenker-talks-of-his-love-for-sa-and-how-to-rock-for-50-years

Two New Interviews with Rudolf Schenker

May 16th, 2016 by

 

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/music/scorpions-rudolf-schenker-we-wanted-to-leave-but-nobody-let/article_a2c51813-0c0f-541a-b532-9c861f510819.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Interview with Eddie Trunk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU96Vhn5qek

 

RUDOLF SCHENKER Says It Was ‘Important’ For SCORPIONS To Play Paris After Terror Attacks

November 30th, 2015 by

RUDOLF SCHENKER Says It Was 'Important' For SCORPIONS To Play Paris After Terror Attacks

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rudolf-schenker-says-it-was-important-for-scorpions-to-play-paris-after-terror-attacks/

Speaking to Christian Platz of Agentinnen.net, SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker stated about the band’s decision to carry on their French tour: “I mean, for us, we called the promoter, the French promoter, and asked him what he thinks. And he said the people will go to the concert. Maybe five percent [will decide against] coming [to the gig] because [of continued terror threats] and stuff like this, but it would be very important if we go back to a normal life. And also, for us, it was important to please our fans. Because, we said, ‘Okay, after this tragedy, we have to stick together and music is a bridge which can help people to overcome this tragedy.’ It was like that — people were singing together. And it was not an easy decision, but, for us, it was important, especially [since] we have a very strong connection to France and [we wanted] to please [the fans] and be there. It was an amazing concert, and also Strasbourg and Lille, all the French concerts were fantastic. The people are looking for a new future and they wanna really go over it. And I think music is the best bridge to help people, and that’s what we felt when we played there.”

PODS & SODS network interviews Rudy Schenker

November 19th, 2015 by

http://podsodcast.blogspot.com/2015/11/a-conversation-with-rudolf-schenker-of.html

Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his earliest years of playing guitar, growing up in Germany, forming Scorpions, and connecting with Klaus Meine. Rudolf shares what he learned when the Scorpions were invited to support KISS on their 1976 German tour.  We cover his writing process and some specific songs including Wind of Change and the fan favorite Hey You.  And also lots of talk about 50 years in the business and their latest record, Return To Forever.

New Interviews with Scorpions Members

September 9th, 2015 by

Rudy Schenker interview with the Boston Globe – http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/scorpions-guitarist-says-50th-annniversary-tour-delayed-schenker-brothers-album/

At 50 Scorpions still rock like a Hurricane – USA today interview with Rudy and Klaus- http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/09/06/scorpions-50th-anniversary-tour-on-the-road-again/71804492/

Rudy, Klaus and Matthias reveal how they came up with the Title Return to Forever http://ultimateclassicrock.com/scorpions-return-to-forever-video/

Rudy and Klaus discuss the history behind “Wind of Change” – http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/scorpions-wind-of-change-the-oral-history-of-1990s-epic-power-ballad-20150902

 

New Interview with Matthias Jabs

September 1st, 2015 by

Klaus Meine of The Scorpions Talks New Album and 50 Year Anniversary in Multiple INTERVIEWS)

August 25th, 2015 by

 

Klaus Meine of The Scorpions Talks New Album and 50 Year Anniversary (INTERVIEW)

http://www.glidemagazine.com/147022/klaus-meine-scorpions-talks-new-album-50-year-annivesary-interview/

http://www.downtownmagazinenyc.com/the-scorpions-klaus-meine-talks-brooklyn-concert-new-york-band-history-new-album-return-to-forever/

http://musicenthusiastmag.com/scorpions-klaus-meine-return-to-forever-interview-2015/

Scorpions press conference to celebrate 50th anniversary World Tour on August 6, 2015 in Incheon, South Korea.

August 7th, 2015 by

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