But as new concert dates and recording projects were added to their plans, they – like many bands – have decided they will carry on. “We called it the farewell tour thinking believing it would be the last time we would play,” says guitarist Matthias Jabs, “but the tour is still going, due to demand from the audience.” He now confirms that the band have quit their plan to quit. Much like fellow metal veterans Judas Priest, however, they will no longer play long tours.
“The Scorpions will not break up,” he told AZCentral, “We’re giving up the constant touring – into the studio, out of the studio, back on the road. There’s a routine of making an album and touring the world for two and a half years. We said, ‘Can we go in the studio in 2013, Klaus [Meine, vocalist] will be 65, and then do another world tour?’ It might get shaky.”
But Jabs did add talk of new recording sessions. “We have a project which we will probably release next year. We have so much film material. We will work on something like an anthology, some kind of box set.”
Jabs talked of some “new” old songs leftover from the ’80s and ’90s - “resurrecting unfinished songs from what some people say was our best time – leftovers from Blackout, Love at First Sting, Crazy World and Savage Amusement. There’s so much strong material, there was a definite spark in those old recordings. The idea is to redo them with today’s technology and take it further.”