PHIL RUDD On AC/DC’s Future Plans: ‘It’s Either Do It Now Or Do It Posthumously’
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David Farrier of New Zealand’s 3 News conducted an interview with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd ahead of the release of Rudd‘s solo debut, “Head Job”. You can now watch the chat at this location.

Asked about AC/DC‘s current status and plans for the immediate future, Rudd said: “I can’t really offer anything official, but I’m pretty sure something’s gonna happen in the not-too-distant future. ‘Cause we’re all getting on a bit. It’s either do it now or do it posthumously.”

Rudd last week said that AC/DC‘s new album is better than its predecessor, 2008′s “Black Ice”, even though founding guitarist Malcolm Young was not present for the sessions. In an interview with Australian radio station Triple MRudd called the record “stellar,” adding, “I hope it’s as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It’s pretty damn good.”

Although some music news sites erroneously quoted Rudd as saying that the album was recorded in 10 days, he actually said that he was done with his drum parts in that time, adding, “I’ve never played better.”

According to The Pulse Of RadioRudd, who releases his debut solo album “Head Job” on Friday (August 29), recently confirmed during an appearance on Australia’s “Today Show” that AC/DC will play live again.

He explained, “There will be another tour, and I’ll be on it. And when there’s another one, I’ll be on that. And another record, I’ll be on that. It’ll go until it dies. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops, you know what I’m saying? You’ll never stop Angus [Young], mate.”

AC/DC announced earlier this summer that Malcolm Young was stepping down from the group after 40 years due to unspecified health issues.

The band recently completed recording on its 16th studio album, with Malcolm and Angus‘ nephew Stevie Young filling in for Malcolm on guitar. The disc is due out before the end of the year.

 

NIKKI SIXX Explains SIXX: A.M.’s Decision To Cover THE CARS’ ‘Drive’
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SIXX: A.M., the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, earlier in the week released its cover version of THE CARS song “Drive”. The track is taken from SIXX: A.M.‘s third album, “Modern Vintage”, which will be released on October 7 via Eleven Seven Music.

Regarding the decision to cover “Drive”, which was originally a Top 5 hit for THE CARS in 1985, Sixx wrote on the SIXX: A.M. Facebook page:

JamesDJ and I sit around listening to music all the time and talk about great songs. We talk about how, as songwriters, we’re woken up in the middle of the night by lyrics and melodies and how that haunts you because you’re half asleep and the idea usually vanishes before you can pick up your pen or instrument. Every now and then, if you’re really lucky, it comes back to you and you write one of THOSE songs.

“Sometimes you will hear a song in the distance or on the radio and you think, ‘I wish I had written that.’ I have a handful of songs that I wish I had written. ‘Drive’ by THE CARS is one of them. This is a song probably only an insane artist would try taking on because, to be honest, it’s pretty much perfect.

“For years we’ve been looking for a song SIXX: A.M. could cover, and for some reason, that was never even brought up. Instead we started laying down basic tracks for ELVIN BISHOP‘s ‘Fooled Around And Fell In Love’, but something wasn’t quite right. Then one day the melody to ‘Drive’ popped into my head. I picked up the phone and sang it to James. He said, ‘I’ll call you right back,’ and called DJ, who immediately said, ‘Lets go for it.’

“The first task and most important task was to respect and keep the integrity of THE CARS‘ version. We knew all ears would be on us if we didn’t deliver the goods and the pressure was on.

“At the end of the first day of arranging, we felt we had achieved the direction that was right for SIXX: A.M. After that, we just went with our instincts adding a guitar solo, changing the bass parts slightly and layering in sounds that were otherworldly, giving it a thick texture that was perfect for James to soar over.

“When you a cover someone else’s song, fans of the original will let you know if you have done it justice.

“We can’t wait to hear from you.”

“Modern Vintage” track listing:

01. Stars
02. Gotta Get It Right
03. Relief
04. Get Ya Some
05. Let’s Go
06. Drive
07. Give Me A Love
08. Hyperventilate
09. High On The Music
10. Miracle
11. Before It’s Over

Said Sixx: “Like our favorite bands from the 1970s, SIXX: A.M. is rooted in songwriting, musicianship and lyrics — three core elements that helped to define that era. SIXX: A.M. has taken even more pages from this book on ‘Gotta Get It Right’ and the rest of ‘Modern Vintage’, having hopefully created a record that demands to be discovered again and again.”

Added Michael, who also produced “Modern Vintage”: “On the first two albums, SIXX: A.M. established a musical freedom that few bands get to enjoy. ‘Gotta Get It Right’ is clearly a birth child of that creative freedom and an exciting next step for us as our goal was to create something which confounds both expectation and categorization.” Ashba adds: “‘Gotta Get it Right’ is a great example of how SIXX: A.M. has set out to celebrate the music that has influenced us over the years and we truly feel we’ve made a genre-defying album with ‘Modern Vintage’.”

“Drive” audio stream:

ACE FREHLEY Talks To Radio.com About ‘Space Invader’, Struggles With Sobriety And His Time In KISS
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Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley recently talked to Radio.com about his new album, “Space Invader”, his cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”, the struggles of sobriety and his days in the “hottest band in the world.” You can now watch the chat below.

“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley‘s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS‘ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).

JOE LYNN TURNER Says RAINBOW Reunion Is ‘Very Possible’
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Former RAINBOW singer Joe Lynn Turner says that it is “very possible” that the band will reunite at some point in the near future but has declined to elaborate, claiming that he is “not supposed to talk about it.”

Speaking to Greece’s Rock Overdose 17 years after RAINBOW played its last concert in Esbjerg, Denmark, Turner was asked if he could share any news about the possibility of a reformation of the Ritchie Blackmore-led band that existed from from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. “Well, I’m gonna be honest with you right now. Yes. Possibly. It’s very possible,” Turner, who fronted RAINBOW from 1980 to 1984, said. “Last year, I wouldn’t say it. But this year I say it. It’s possible. It’s a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk of it and all I can say is I’m not supposed to talk about it, but I’m talking to you now, and all I want you to do is say yes. There’s a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. And it would be phenomenal.”

In a 2009 interview with AntimusicJoe Lynn Turner spoke about the immense commercial success RAINBOW enjoyed in North America and Japan after he joined the band. “I had a whole career in Japan because of RAINBOW,” he said. “I mean, RAINBOW was doing like one night at [iconic Tokyo venue] Budokan [before I was part of the group]. When I joined the band, we did like four nights at Budokan. I mean, the Japanese always grew up in more commercial end of it, you understand? They really did love the songs. That’s the Japanese mentality, you know. There was a certain amount of commerciality inside…”

He continued: “You’ve got to remember, the Japanese picked up rock and roll from us. They’re only like 20 something years old doing rock… and so it’s not a whole lot of rock that they saw. So they always like the more commercial hair bands and stuff like that. And when RAINBOW came out with this incarnation, we had the looks and we had songs and we had a whole stage presence and everything. And it wasn’t just dungeons and dragons and, you know, kill the king and all this. We actually had girls in the audience.

“I’ll never forget the roadies when I first started playing in the band. They were, like, ‘Thank god for you,’ and I was, like, ‘Wwwwhwhat?’ and they said, ‘See the girls out there in the audience?’ and I said, ‘Yeah,’ and they said, ‘Thank you for that.’ [Laughs] And I go, ‘Okay, okay, I get it.’ Because there wasn’t a whole lot of females when Ronnie [James Dio] was there, because A) the subject matter wasn’t there, you know what I mean? And it was the time for MTV when I came into the band, so you had to kind of have a look too.”

He added: “I tell you one thing. When you get the girlfriends coming to the shows, the guys don’t mind. And once you kind of knock them over the head and they realize you’re not such a bad bloke and you’re not so pansy-assed or anything like that, I mean, you can rock, they come over to your side too. They sort of [go], yeah, alright, I kinda like Turner, he’s okay. He still looks a bit gay, but he’s alright. [Laughs]”

After Blackmore‘s final departure from DEEP PURPLE in 1993, he resurrected RAINBOW before focusing exclusively on BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, the renaissance-inspired rock band he formed with his now-wife Candice Night.

Asked in a 2005 interview if he could ever see himself returning to the hard rock world, either with a RAINBOW lineup, or with a new project, Ritchie said: “I’m enjoying myself so much with this band [BLACKMORE'S NIGHT] that it’s hard to see that happening. I might think about doing one or two shows with DEEP PURPLE, but their management couldn’t be involved. It wouldn’t be for recording — just for the fans for nostalgia. But we do play some rock in this band so it’s not like I’ve abandoned that genre completely. It’s just that it’s not all we play.”

Video: SLASH Performs ‘World On Fire’ Title Track In Denver
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Colorado Music Connection has uploaded video footage of Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS performing the title track of their new album, “World On Fire”, on August 19 in Denver, Colorado. Check it out below.

“World On Fire” will be released on September 15. Slash and MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS recorded 17 songs for the follow-up to 2012′s “Apocalyptic Love”. Among the tracks on the record are “Shadow Life”“Automatic Overdrive”“Wicked Stone”“Bent To Fly”“Battleground” and the title track, which also serves as the set’s first single.

Slash told Music Radar about the new CD, “I wrote the majority of the music when I was on the ‘Apocalyptic Love’ tour. You know, just sitting around in dressing rooms and hotel rooms for a year, I accumulated all these ideas. Then in September [2013] I sat down and went through everything I’d recorded on my voice memo on my phone and picked out about 20 different ideas then we went into pre-production in October and just started jamming. We were there for a couple of months, holed up in Mates rehearsal studio in Los Angeles. There was the whole writing process then once we had all the songs down we rehearsed the shit out of it, and then we brought the producer, Mike Baskette, in. And so we went through another phase of fine tooth-combing everything and getting the arrangements together. Myles came down and started working on his vocal parts… and by the time we were done with all that we were ready to go in and just bang the stuff out. It was a very quick process in the studio.”

He continued: “The one thing about this record is that it was almost like it wrote itself, it was very effortless. And that happens very rarely, when there’s a certain energy that carries the creative process and it’s almost like you’re not in control of it and you just ride that wave. That’s how this record was. I can’t think of any outside influence other than just going with this creative flow.”

Slash also spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his bandmates, telling Music Radar: “I think basically everyone’s a great rock ‘n’ roll player. They’re real rock musicians at heart — deep down. So when we get together, we’ve built up a certain chemistry. We started out with a certain kind of chemistry and we’re just evolving from there. At this point, everybody feels very comfortable just being themselves and doing what it is that they do best. It’s just an unsaid, natural synergy that happens. For example, this is probably one of Brent‘s [Fitz, drummer] best records as a player, being able to do all the things he wanted to do. And the same with Todd [Kerns, bass] and the same for me. But having such a great rhythm section means I have to really fuckin’ put together some great guitar bits on top of it. The other thing that’s cool is Mike Baskette was great. One of the reasons why I really wanted to work with him was he just loves guitars and it’s rare to get anyone who brings any ideas other than the ones you bring to the table as far as sounds and tones or anything like that. And that’s a limitation: you can only do as much as you know how to do in the studio and sometimes you really need to work with an engineer who knows something in the recording studio that you don’t know. That’s what Mike brought into it. He was so enthusiastic about getting guitar sounds. He would put as much time into that as I could possibly put it in — sometimes more so. It was really inspiring. I haven’t had that in a long, long time.”

Slash released his first self-titled solo effort in 2010. On that album he employed a different vocalist on each track, before settling on ALTER BRIDGE member Kennedy for both touring and eventually recording.

“Apocalyptic Love” earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”.

The former GUNS N’ ROSES member and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee is taking his band on the road this summer for both headlining dates and a tour with AEROSMITH.

ACE FREHLEY’s ‘Space Invader’ Cracks U.S. Top 10
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“Space Invader”, the first new solo album from original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley in five years, sold around 19,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on August 19 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music).

Ace‘s previous CD, “Anomaly”, opened with around 17,000 units back in September 2009 to debut at No. 27.

“Space Invader”, which was made available in Europe on August 18 (three days earlier in Germany and Scandinavia) through SPV/Steamhammer, includes 11 brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”.

“Space Invader” European track listings:

Limited digipack CD including 2 bonus tracks and poster

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

Bonus tracks:

13. The Joker (extended version)
14. Reckless (different remix version)

Standard Version

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change
05. Toys
06. Immortal Pleasures
07. Inside The Vortex
08. What Every Girl Wants
09. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

2 LP gatefold version including 4 bonus tracks, coloured vinyl, printed innersleeves

Side 1

01. Space Invader
02. Gimme A Feelin’ (radio edit)
03. I Wanna Hold You
04. Change

Side 2

01. Toys
02. Immortal Pleasures
03. Inside The Vortex
04. What Every Girl Wants

Side 3

01. Past The Milky Way
02. Reckless
03. The Joker
04. Starship

Side 4 (bonus tracks)

01. The Joker (extended version)
02. Reckless (different remix version)
03. Space Invader (radio edit)
04. Gimme A Feelin’ (explicit version)

Asked what the songwriting process was like for “Space Invader”Frehley told Guitar World magazine: “You know, all my life I’ve never had a formula for writing songs. Sometimes it starts with a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a lyrical idea or just a melody. Sometimes I wake up with an idea. There’s no rhyme or reason. Sometimes I write on an acoustic, sometimes on a bass. There’s a song on the new album called ‘Into The Vortex’. It’s a riff song, but I wrote it on a bass guitar. Why? Because I write differently with a bass guitar in my hand than an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. When I feel creative, I just sit down and start playing.”

Regarding whether he was writing differently in the early days of KISSAce said: “Yes, I wasn’t as structured as I am now. Even though I am not really structured — I’m at least cognizant of what’s going on. [laughs] Back then it was more hit or miss — and when I hit, I hit big. You know, I go back and listen to my 1978 solo record, and it still holds up. My whole body of work that I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. I know that I still have the goods. And when this record gets released, everybody’s gonna say, ‘Well, Ace did it again.’”

Ace also spoke about the recording process for “Space Invader”, telling Guitar World: “I did most of the recording at my friend’s studio in Turlock, California, called the Creation Lab. Turlock is in the middle of nowhere — it’s like a farming community — and that’s why I loved it. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and there are absolutely no distractions when working at this place. You record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There’s nothing else to do there, which means it’s the perfect place for me to record. Plus, I like working with the least amount of people, and this studio is great because it’s quiet and there aren’t all kinds of people walking through. I did most of this record with just me and a drummer, Matt Starr. For a couple of songs I brought in Chris Wyse from THE CULT to play bass.”

On the topic of whether there were things about 2009′s “Anomaly” that he wanted to change with “Space Invader”Ace said: “I know that everyone is hoping that this album is heavier than the last one, and it is. I’m also doing an instrumental this time, called ‘Starship’, that isn’t slow. It’s a departure from the ‘Fractured Mirror’ style. It’s more fast paced and has a lot of transitions in it.”

Frehley also explained his decision to cover Steve Miller‘s “The Joker”, saying: “It was the record company’s idea, to be honest. And I was a little resistant when it first came up. But then I thought back to my 1978 solo record, when [producer] Eddie Kramer‘s assistant said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this song?’ And it was ‘New York Groove’. At first I said, ‘I don’t want to do that,’ and it turned out to be my biggest hit. So maybe history can repeat itself.”

The “Space Invader” cover artwork was created by Frehley‘s longtime friend, artist Ken Kelly, who designed the iconic cover art for two of KISS‘ best-selling LPs “Destroyer” (1976) and “Love Gun” (1977).

 

AEROSMITH’s JOE PERRY Remembers Having To Teach METALLICA To Play ‘Train Kept A-Rollin”
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In a brand new interview with Michael Christopher of VanyalandAEROSMITH‘s Joe Perry spoke about the story in the guitarist’s new memoir, “Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith”, when he had to teach METALLICA how to play the blues classic “Train Kept A-Rollin’” at the 2009 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame jam because they didn’t know it.

Asked why he thinks it’s so important for musicians to know the history of music and why so many artists seem ignorant of it or simply not interested in learning about it, Perry replied: “I think from just being fascinated by the thrill of music and especially pop music, I mean we’re not talking about classical music — that’s another whole world — but as far as pop music and the music we are talking about I think at least from the point of view from understanding what it is about music that makes you feel that way. And 99 percent of people who listen to music don’t know and don’t care, and frankly, it’s not their job to care. Their job is to enjoy it and have fun with it or listen to it to give you a lift or to mellow you out or whatever you want that’s what it’s for. ‘Any old way you use it,’ like Chuck Berry said.

“I don’t think it’s a prerequisite that you have to go back and study the way popular music evolved from the interior of Africa to the coast of Africa through England and the islands down in the Caribbean and then to the Delta. I don’t think that parts important unless you’re just interested in it. I think the elements that make up that feeling that you get that’s important.

METALLICA has made great music and a great name for themselves. Their sound is original they deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame. The story wasn’t meant to be a put down and I hope it doesn’t come across that way, it’s not how I meant it. It’s more of an observation that every generation seems to get away from the original stuff and it’s also that each generation is going to have to find their inspirations. They’re going to hear something and they’re going to go, ‘I like that or I don’t like that.’ It may be the type of thing where you’re not hearing something and you know you can do it better. I know that is part of what I was feeling. I was thinking, ‘Well I can do that. I can get on stage and do that or I’m missing something when I see this band or that band. We can put another twist on it or we can try this or try that and then add a little bit of our own originality to it.’

“I don’t think you have to read Delta Blues 101 to make good music, but I think we’re seeing the end of an era where we’re seeing so many of the originals pass away over the last 10 to 15 years; we’ve lost so many originals. Thankfully a lot of it has been preserved. I wish they would’ve had iPhones and video recorders back in Robert Johnson‘s day. At least they got those recordings.”

 

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Austria’s Mulatschag recently conducted an interview with Josh Todd (vocals) and Keith Nelson (guitar) of Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY. You can now watch the chat below.

BUCKCHERRY has just released a new EP, simply titled “Fuck”, via the band’s newly established F Bomb imprint. A six-song EP that unapologetically rattles the speakers as much as it will the censors, the record features six balls-to-the-wall tracks that erupt with gritty riffs and sharp-tongued lyrics, including the radio single and riotous cover of Icona Pop‘s hit song “I Love It”, which the band naturally cranks to 11 and renames “Say Fuck It”.

The official video for “Say Fuck It” can be seen below.

“Fuck” EP track listing:

01. Somebody Fucked With Me
02. Say Fuck It
03. The Motherfucker
04. I Don’t Give A Fuck
05. It’s A Fucking Disaster
06. Fist Fuck

BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has said in a new interview with Yahoo! Music that “Fuck” is “not just some silly rock record,” adding, “It’s not about offending anybody as much as celebrating the word. There are so many ways to use the word. We wanted to capture that on an EP and not hold back or censor anything.”

The Pulse Of Radio asked Todd if it was difficult to keep coming up with lyrics based around one word. “It was actually super easy,” he said. “I have no problem with profanity as you know, so it was like, ‘How am I gonna do this in such a way to where — there’s so many ways that people use the word and I want to capture that in song.’ All the different ways that ‘fuck’ can come across, you know. That’s what I thought about when I was sitting down writing lyrics.”

SCORPIONS To Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 2015 With New Studio Album, Tour
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German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour and new studio album. More information will be made available soon.

Asked in a December 2013 interview about the SCORPIONS‘ plans to release an album with some material that was written around the time of “Blackout” and “Love At First Sting”, the band’s lead guitarist, Matthias Jabs, said: “Yes, we started already. We have 12 songs. We found songs mainly from the early Eighties ‘Blackout’ and ‘Love At First Sting’ days, when many people consider our most creative and best time. The leftover tracks sound good, but they were never finished. They don’t have lyrics or vocals, and they’re not recorded to a click. So we have to do everything new. But it sounds quite good so far.”

Added guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who launched the band in 1965: “Two of the new songs on [SCORPIONS' latest release] ‘MTV Unplugged’‘Dancing With The Moonlight’ and ‘Rock & Roll Band’, we had saved for bonus tracks. So we have those two songs, which are great, and we’ll put them out as an electric version. I think we have a total of 15 songs from the Seventies and Eighties that we want to release. I think in 2014 we’ll finish the places we haven’t played yet on tour, and then get back to the record after that.”

In a recent interview with Deutsche WelleSCORPIONS singer Klaus MeineSchenker and Jabs were asked what changed their minds about retiring after announcing in 2010 that they would end their career following a three-year farewell tour.

“When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you’ve got a long time ahead of you,” Meine said. “But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal — Munich in December 2012 — the stronger the feeling was that we hadn’t come to the end at all. There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts — it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans — including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying: ‘Guys, this is so cool. We’re seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?’ It’s so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We’re all having too much fun to put down the guitars.”

“The success of the farewell tour bowled us over,” Schenker added. “When you see you’ve got a whole new generation in front of you — lots of 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds — then you get a whole new kick out of it. Essentially, we announced the farewell tour because we didn’t want to be standing on stage and not able to deliver what people expected from us.”

“At first, there were plenty of arguments in favor of stopping,” said Jabs. “But we were quickly overshadowed by the feeling of how much fun it all is. It doesn’t matter where we went, the shows were packed — in South America, the U.S., throughout Europe. So, we just thought: This can’t really be the end.”

Meine told Classic Rock magazine in January 2013 that extending SCORPIONS‘ current tour was “a gradual decision,” explaining, “It’s one thing to say, ‘This is going to be the end of the SCORPIONS‘ and another to do it.” He went on to describe the band’s 2010 album, “Sting In The Tail”, as “such a success that a whole new generation of fans joined the party.” Meine added: “It was amazing. And you know that with all the best parties it’s sometimes hard to find the door?”

Jabs echoed those sentiments in a 2012 interview, telling AZCentral.com: “We called it the farewell tour thinking — believing — it would be the last time we would play the U.S.A., that wherever we played, that would be the last time. But the tour is still going, due to demand from the audience and promoters.”

“MTV Unplugged” was made available in North America on January 21 via Sony International. Material for the set was taken from the band’s first-ever “MTV Unplugged” show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs.

HELLOWEEN To Enter Studio In October
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German power metallers HELLOWEEN will enter MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife in October with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARDHAMMERFALL) to begin recording a new album for a May 2015 release via Nuclear Blast.

HELLOWEEN‘s forthcoming CD will be the band’s first since their return to Nuclear Blast, the label that previously released released two HELLOWEEN albums, “The Dark Ride” (2000) and “Rabbit Don’t Come Easy” (2003), both of which were reissued last year with extended bonus material.

HELLOWEEN‘s last album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in January 2013. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.

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