What the future has in store for anyone is unsure, and Scorpions lead vocalist Klaus Meine seems to recognize this. The Scorpions famously embarked on the extensive ‘Get Your Sting and Blackout’ world tour in 2010 which was announced as the German hard rock band’s last run before retirement, however that decision was later retracted. The Scorpions returned this year with a new album ‘Return to Forever‘ and are currently on tour of the United States alongside Queensryche.
Meine recently spoke with Vegas Rocks and addressed whether their current 50th Anniversary tour would actually serve as their final curtain call. “We really don’t wanna talk about another farewell tour,” he offered. “We don’t wanna make any predictions for the future whatsoever.”
It’s difficult for band with a legacy like the Scorpions to gaze into a crystal ball, Meine says, following the recent deaths of manager Peter Amend and tour manager Michael Gehrke. “We went through some tough…. last couple of months. At the same time, we were making this record and we’re back on the road and everything. But you realize that it can be all over just tomorrow — you know, you just realize.
“When something like this happens — a real tragedy — you don’t take anything for granted anymore. So we enjoy the day, we enjoy what we’re doing, but you never know. So no predictions. We’re here right now, and we enjoy, and when we come to America, we wanna give our fans a great show.”
While acknowledging that he will turn 70 years of age in 2018, Klaus noted that watching the Rolling Stones perform in Germany alongside Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler has provided inspiration for his own career. “I watching the Rolling Stones last year here in Germany, in Berlin, and next to me was Steven Tyler, and Steven and me were watching Mick Jagger — he was dancing and going totally crazy,” Meine recalled.
“I said to Steven, ‘Look, Steven, this guy is 70 now. Isn’t that amazing?’ And Steven Tyler went, ‘Klaus, I’m 66!’ And I said, ‘Well, me too, man.’ So all of us are growing older, but we’re still out there with the same passion. And I guess we’re young at heart, and we get so much energy from the audience, from the fans, and that’s a great thing.”
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