Remember a few years ago when we found out that Scorpions were not only still around, but releasing a final album, touring the world, then gracefully retiring? Well, it turns out that the band aren’t ready to pack it in just yet. “It’s one thing to say ‘this is going to be the end of the Scorpions’ and another to do it,” singer Klaus Meine told Classic Rock Magazine. “Our Sting in the Tail album 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?”
Wait, what? Listen, we’re not going to begrudge Scorpions any of their success, but if anyone thinks it’s their last album that brought people on board, that person is wrong. What was the single off that album? Oh, you don’t remember? Neither does anyone else. Granted, it’s not surprising that some younger fans have found their way to the Scorpions, but there’s no way it’s because of Sting of the Tail or their album of covers that we kind of remember happened as well.
The band plan on recording another studio album, this one featuring songs that they initially started working on in the ‘early ’80s. “We started that over a year ago,” Meine says. “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.”
While it’d be interesting to hear an album’s worth of songs written around the Blackout and Love at First Sting era, we’re still a little skeptical. Any band that announces they’re retiring, then decides not to is officially overstaying their welcome. Just ask The Who. Or KISS.