Steve Smith of The Boston Globe has interviewed Scorpions founder and guitarist Rudolf Schenker.
Here is an excerpt:
A funny thing happened on the way to the finish line for the Scorpions, a German heavy-metal institution on a farewell tour that was set to conclude at the end of 2012. Poring through the archives in search of fodder for a “bonus-tracks” collection of material left over from albums made during the group’s ’80s heyday — “Blackout,” “Love at First Sting,” “Savage Amusement,” and “Crazy World” — guitarist Rudolf Schenker uncovered a book that his mother had given him in September 1965: a ledger tallying the money his father had loaned him when he founded Scorpions that month.
“I went with this book down to the studio and said, look, guys, next year is our 50th anniversary. This is something very special,” Schenker said in a recent telephone interview. “Our manager immediately said, ‘It would be fantastic if you would celebrate that, because there is no other German band who can celebrate this.’ ” Indeed, he noted, only a handful of groups anywhere have hit that elite mark: hallowed names like the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Beach Boys.
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