This band really has a lot more life than most fans realize.
Formed in the late ’60s, the Scorpions put out 21 albums since 1972 — and the German-based metal stalwarts are due to release their 22nd album in March. That’s a lot of time on the road and a lot of music over four decades.
Now comes word that it’s over: The band tells fans on their website that they’re calling it quits after this one.
The Scorpions rose to international fame in the 1980s, when power ballads like “Still Loving You” and metal hits like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “No One Like You” made them MTV video favorites — and a big-money success.
But they had been around for a while by then, and had already produced two metal guitar legends.
Formed by guitarist Rudolf Schenker and singer Klaus Meine, the Scorpions established themselves in Germany and parts of Europe early on. The band included Rudolf’s kid brother, Michael Schenker, who went on to put British rockers UFO on the metal map and later formed his own band, the Michael Schenker Group.
Michael Schenker’s replacement was German mystical-metal rocker Uli Jon Roth who, likewise, continues to tour and play to a loyal following in Europe and Asia.
But it was Roth’s own replacement, Mathias Jabs, that propelled the band to spandex-wearing stardom. And they continued to do it, even after fans in America lost interest and lost track of the band.
Personally, I found the Scorpions a much more interesting band during the Roth years, and in the late ’70s when they first brought Jabs into the mix. The power-ballad and pop-metal material wore on me after a while, and the albums seemed much less interesting as time went on.
But then one of those hit songs come on the radio and I find myself turning it up and tapping on the wheel. Those tunes are like “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest or Ozzy’s “Crazy Train” — you realize you missed them when you hear them.
So it’s now, at the end, that you have to pay homage to the Scorpions. Rudolf Schenker and Meine are each 61, so it might be time. Still, you get the feeling that once they’re gone you’ll kinda miss them.
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