SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine says the band will tour throughout the next two years to celebrate their 60th anniversary
Speaking with Justin Young of Monsters, Madness And Magic, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine discussed the band’s plans for the immediate future. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, we’re still out there with the ‘Rock Believer’ tour. It takes us around the world. And even though we have a little break right now, we keep going next year, we pick it up.
“And we might come back to the United States and a lot of other places we haven’t been on this tour so far and we keep going. And who knows if we go back to the studio at some point again. We never really talk about it. Right now, we’re still doing ‘Rock Believer’ tour and we enjoy it a lot.”
He continued: “There’s so many rock believers out there. When you think, so many people in all those years said rock is dead because of grunge, because of hip-hop, because of rap, whatever it is. But no, it’s not dead at all. There are millions of rock believers out there, and we can’t wait to see them in 2024 and in ’25, because it will mark the 60th anniversary of the SCORPIONS. That is something quite special. So right now, ’24, ’25 — next year we’re on the road, and we put it all together right now. And we can’t wait to see the rock believers out there again.
“The new album is still a new album, ‘Rock Believer’, and we can’t wait to go out there,” Klaus repeated. “And maybe we change a couple songs in the show. We’ll see, we’ll see. It’s too early to say. And we can’t wait to be out there next year. And for ’25, yeah, it’s 60 years. Hard to believe. There are guys, the next generation ahead of us, like THE ROLLING STONES, it’s amazing to see what they’re doing. Just heard, a couple of days ago, their new songs, and, man, they’re rocking hard. That’s pretty cool.”
Guitarist Rudolph Schenker stands as the sole continuous member of SCORPIONS, while Meine boasts an impressive record of contributing to every studio album in the band’s discography. Guitarist Matthias Jabs has been a steadfast presence since 1978, while bassist Paweł Mąciwoda and drummer Mikkey Dee joined the band in 2003 and 2016, respectively.
Their most recent offering, “Rock Believer,” emerged in February 2022. The album’s creation primarily unfolded within the walls of Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. For its sonic finesse, the band turned to the venerable Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany, enlisting the mixing expertise of Michael Ilbert. Ilbert’s track record includes multiple Grammy nominations, earned through collaborations with renowned producer Max Martin on projects with artists such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
Initially, SCORPIONS had set their sights on crafting their new album in Los Angeles, under the guidance of acclaimed producer Greg Fidelman, notable for his work with bands like SLIPKNOT and METALLICA. However, the pandemic disrupted these plans, prompting an initial phase of remote collaboration with Greg. Eventually, SCORPIONS decided to take charge of the recording process themselves, with the assistance of their engineer, Hans-Martin Buff.