SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker recently spoke to the Malay Mail Online about his views on illegal music downloading and bootlegging.
"People don't really understand," he said. "Piracy is killing the whole music industry and new bands. Why? Because of piracy, record companies don't want to spend any money on good bands that they come across. I mean, no one in their sanest mind would want to take the risk of putting money into a band and wait for three or four years for the band to really get happening.
"Like it or not, record companies are the ones depended on to nurture talents. When there's no talent, you won't get quality music or even artistes. The public have to understand that when you pay peanuts you'll only get monkeys."
Meanwhile, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine told Malay Mail Online that the band made a conscious effort to return to a hard-rocking sound on their latest effort, "Unbreakable", following a period of experimentation that saw the band release the pop-techno/ experimental driven "Eye II Eye" in 1999, the rock-meet-orchestra "Moment of Glory" in 2000 and the acoustic "Acoustica" the next year.
"We know that for the last couple of years, hardcore SCORPIONS fans have been deprived of a strong rock record from us," Klaus said. "And trust me, we took those comments seriously.
"After working on a couple of concept albums in the last several years like 'Moment of Glory' with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra or 'Acoustica', we made it clear to ourselves that the concept for this album was to rip. You know, back to the roots. We want an album that really rocks and directed on strength. Some more, we owe our fans who have been waiting to hear the band rock again." Read more.