SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker has told Digital Journal that the band is open to the idea of making a new studio album as the follow-up to 2015's "Return To Forever". "We are still waiting for a moment for inspiration to do another album, like JUDAS PRIEST and METALLICA did," he said. "You have to wait until the time is right."
Schenker also talked about the impact of technology on the music business, saying: "You can't stop the evolution. It is a part of our digital time. Digital has both a positive and a negative side to it. Music-wise, I still like to listen to analog, because it is food for the heart. Spotify and all these new streaming services deliver. The music seems changed, and record companies don't have so much power anymore."
Rudolf compared the resurgence of vinyl to the growth in the live music business. "That's the same situation with live performance and festivals that are completely sold out," he said. "People that go to festivals in Europe are getting actual music, not digital music, and they are getting the people to listen together. It is like the old Woodstock generation, and it comes back again, in different kind of ways and in different cities. It is fantastic.
"If you put an analog album on, your heart is listening as well, and not only your stomach," Schenker said. "That's the great point about analog. I prefer analog listening compared to digital listening."
SCORPIONS is performing a handful of American shows with QUEENSRŸCHE in August and September. They mark the group's first U.S. shows since the band canceled the final five dates of its fall 2017 tour due to singer Klaus Meine's "severe laryngitis."
SCORPIONS are currently promoting "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", an essential anthology of the band's new and classic recordings, which was released last November via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
"Return To Forever" partially comprised songs the band had in the vault from the '80s.