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SCORPIONS ARE NOT QUITE DONE YET


A year and a half ago, when we interviewed guitarist Matthias Jabs, we thought it was probably the last opportunity we’d have to talk to him as a member of Scorpions, given that the band had shortly before announced their decision to go on a farewell tour.

And yet here we are, interviewing him again. The band’s tour is getting longer by the day (it will probably last till 2013, Matthias confessed) and they’re teasing us with their new album, which contains re-recorded Scorpions classics from the eighties and covers from the sixties – bands, and more generally an era, that influenced them greatly. This album is called Comeblack, like a pun to say: “You think we’re not leaving for real? Well, this title will make it look like a fake comeback”.

Our questions were mainly focused on the nature and the composition of this new album. And because in 2010 the guitarist affirmed that the band is not really into duets (“We’ve never liked recording duets, even if that’s all record companies ask for, for marketing reasons, not musical”), we didn’t fail to interrogate him about the controversial “Still Loving You” cover featuring Amandine Bourgeois. As for their work on the covers, it was meticulous, the band going as far as refusing to record this or that cover, deemed too unconvincing.

With great honesty did Matthias talk about the issues only a band with such a reputation can encounter: when do stop? How and where? How to create a global setlist covering forty years?

A discussion which also covers the various projects the band wish to bring to life before turning over an entirely new leaf.

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