CR AWARDS: The Scorpions
Turn ze Classic Rock Roll Of Honour spotlight on… Klaus Meine and Rudy Schenker.
Metal Guru Award (sponsored by Mascot Label Group)
Winners: The Scorpions
Who have you been hanging out with this evening?
Klaus Meine: From Deep Purple to The Who. This is such an incredible event. It’s so fantastic to see all these legendary artists. It feels a bit like a family reunion in a way. It’s very special because these are the bands that inspired us to follow our dreams when we were kids.
Given that the Scorpions are out on a farewell tour, how do you feel about this Metal Guru award?
Rudolf Schenker: The timing makes the whole thing extra special. We are so proud of all that this band has achieved.
It’s a bit a fairy tale, isn’t it? A group from Germany breaking as big as you did during the 1980s.
Schenker (nodding enthusiastically): When we started to make music in Germany and singing in English nobody believed that we could rule the world. But we did it. We built bridges and we made statements. We had three statements: Love, Peace and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Love for Still Loving You, Peace for Wind Of Change. And Rock ‘n’ Roll was Rock You Like A Hurricane. The Scorpion is a very strong animal, and we are very proud to be a part of the English rock ‘n’ roll family.
Here’s the million dollar question: The band’s Final Sting farewell tour has already run for nearly two years, without any British dates. This situation must change before it finishes. What’s going on?
Meine: Of course we want to come back to the UK, and many fans have come to our website to say: ‘Scorpions, come on. You can’t do a farewell tour without playing in Britain’. That’s true. Our dream would be to part of the Download Festival next year. That would be fantastic. Our management is working hard to put us back on the UK map because we know we have many fans in this country and it’s been too long since we played here.
Has the outpouring of affection on the tour possibly caused the band to think about not retiring after all?
Schenker: No, we have made our minds up to finish on a high note. We can still jump and run around onstage. Our last album, Sting In The Tail, was very successful around the world. With that album we got the [hard rock] DNA of the Scorpions back very strongly. We have many new, younger fans and that’s completely fantastic.
Meine: We also have a new album called Comeblack that’s out in the UK next Monday.
Well, good luck with the tour and please don’t go without saying goodbye.
Schenker (animatedly): That’s up to you guys. You have to support us, but we are ready to come and play for you.
(Interview: Dave Ling)
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