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We’re coming to India next year: The Scorpions

Rudolf Schenker, founder of The Scorpions, who’ve just released their final album featuring classic tracks and covers as encore to fans before officially retiring has announced his visit to India next year.

music Updated: Nov 09, 2011 18:18 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times

Last year, German hard rock band, The Scorpions, known for classic songs like ‘Winds of change…’ and ‘Rock you like a hurricane…’ released their final studio album, Sting In The Tail.

Then, founding member and rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker announced to fans that it would be their last work, and that the band would shortly retire after a massive worldwide tour.

But as an encore to fans and other bands that inspired The Scorpions to make music, the band has launched their final piece of work, Comeblack. This compilation album includes seven of the band’s most well-known tracks including ‘Rhythm of love…’ and ‘Still loving you…’ in addition to a host of covers of songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds.

“After embarking on our world tour last year, we were inspired by our young fans — some of whom weren’t even born when we wrote our songs — to do something more. We wanted to end on a high note, and decided to re-record some of our favourite numbers with new technology and include some covers as well.

It’s our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to our fans and to bands that inspired us like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones,” Rudolf says, adding, “Our songs have changed over the years because we’ve played them live so often. We’ve cut out certain parts and added new stuff in other places. We hope you like it!”

There’s also another treat for Indian listeners. Rudolf confirms that his band will come to India for a concert sometime in 2012. “I have a personal connection with India and its philosophy and I love the country. We wanted to come this year itself, but the promoters didn’t want it so close to the Metallica concert. So it’s been pushed to next year, but I can’t wait to get there! We have played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Shillong in the past and it was fantastic,” Rudolf says.

Ask Rudolf what he feels has been the underlying philosophy of his band’s music in its 40-year career and he responds, “Building bridges and music without any borders.” Rudolf adds that his band’s greatest moment was when the then-president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, invited them to play at the Kremlin, Moscow in 1991. “Never had a rock band done that before. It was more touching given Russia and Germany’s history and the Cold War era,” he says.

Before signing off, Rudolf adds of his own volition: “I think Bollywood is fantastic. I’d love to work there.”

First Published: Nov 09, 2011 13:10 IST