Guitarist Matthias Jabs and drummer Mikkey Dee of SCORPIONS stopped by the "Nights With Alice Cooper" video studio in September to talk about life on the road, new music, a special tribute to the late Lemmy of MOTÖRHEAD, and much more. Check out the chat below.
Asked about the status of SCORPIONS' next studio album, Jabs said: "We couldn't record anything before next year, 2018. We are on the road until December 10th, and that means before Christmas, nobody's gonna do anything in the studio. So we take a break and then we have to write songs.
"The tour is the best inspiration for songs anyway — especially with the SCORPIONS," he continued. "We play 82 countries on this planet, so we are everywhere… We played in Asia last year extensively, Australia… We played all over Europe already this [past] summer. We meet so many different people, and it's always a great inspiration for new songs. So I don't think we have a problem writing good material for next year."
"Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", an essential anthology of new and classic recordings from SCORPIONS, was released on November 24 via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
SCORPIONS' previous release was 2015's "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016 during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism. He has since been replaced by Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.
SCORPIONS were recently forced to cancel the remainder of their North American tour dates with MEGADETH after frontman Klaus Meine was diagnosed with "severe laryngitis." The singer was advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice or risk permanent vocal damage.