In a brand new interview with Inquisitr, SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine talked about his comment from almost a year ago that American president Donald Trump's idea for a border wall was "like the clock ticking backwards." Asked what he feels the situation is today, Klaus responded: "When you follow the latest news… What can I say? I don't just want to make, over and over again, these kinds of political statements. But as a private person, I follow the news, and when you just follow the news right now, today, it feels like it doesn't look good for President Trump, really, with all the latest news. But who knows what comes next?
"It's getting more and more bizarre and it's hard to believe," he continued. "This is the world we live in today, and looking to America… I mean, if somebody said, 'Klaus, how do you feel about America today?' My view of America has not changed because we have the most loyal fans in the world in the United States. We would never forget how important for us, in our professional lives, the American audience always was and still is. We'll never forget that, therefor my view hasn't changed of America.
"America always meant, especially for Germans, when it comes to Berlin, when it comes to supporting Germany right after the war, with the bridge where they brought food to the people in West Berlin… Up to now, it's been always a very close friendship. President Kennedy's visit in Berlin, I see it every other day on television; people will never forget. From George Bush, Obama to Trump, sometimes it's hard to believe.
"But life will go on and there will be other people in charge," Klaus added. "And I hope the clock is not ticking backwards anymore, so there will be a change at some point and people hopefully believe in working together and coming closer together instead of building walls and building a checkpoint, like in Europe, where you have to show your passport at every border when you travel here.
"We grew up like this, and then we saw a change where people really joined together. And this family looks like, in Europe, this idea of a united Europe is in danger. I think Germany is still holding up that we are solid about it and still supporting this and I support the European idea with all my heart. I think it's very important that we are together and we are not divided. So, again, I know Matthias [Jabs, guitar]" — who said earlier this year that "it's an illusion to think about a peaceful world" and that "world peace will never exist" — "has a different view on this; maybe it's more realistic, I don't know, but I believe in the future and I believe in the young generation and I believe that there will be a time where we all come together again in a better way for a peaceful future."
SCORPIONS' latest release, 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", was an anthology of the band's new and classic material.
SCORPIONS' last full-length collection of new recordings 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.