SCORPIONS Guitarist RUDOLF SCHENKER Says Band Overcame ‘Bad Feelings Of War’ By Touring – ‘We Were Fearless’
This weekend on Streaming For Vengeance, we feature a very special conversation with legendary Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker who talks about the band’s 19th studio album, Rock Believer, which drops February 25th. In an excerpt from our chat, he talks about his 50 years leading the band, on every album and every tour. Unmatched in the world of music!
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BraveWords: I’m talking to a musician who’s been working for over 50 years, every album, every tour, and I can’t think of another artist living or dead who’s done the same thing. Have you ever thought about this? Do you look in the mirror and think, “Wow, that’s a huge accomplishment!”
Schenker: “That’s the whoosh the band had! We are from Germany, and Germany always has bad feelings about the war, especially with Russia. This is the reason why I already told my guys in 1982 that we had to go to Russia. “Why Russia? Because we have to show them that Germany has a new generation that has grown up. They don’t come with tanks and make war, they come with a guitar and bring love, peace and rock n’ roll! So it’s a good thing, it’s a way to show them. That’s why we went to Russia and why ‘Wind Of Change’ became the most peaceful revolution soundtrack on earth. Why we were invited by Mikhail Gorbachev when he was still in power. In all of those sorts of things, if you use music not as music to build your ego, but make music to bring people in and give them a boost. That’s why we played in so many countries during the 80s. I recently heard a Metallica interview with Kirk and James, he was asked, “How many countries have you played in so far?” now ? they replied, “Not as much as the Scorpions. We would wait for the Scorpions to say they are playing there and then we would go there too. Because we were fearless. If we say we want to play somewhere, we play there. When grunge and alternative came along, we went to Asia. We played in all stadiums in Asia, Jakarta, Manila, Thailand, Russia. This is how ! Don’t fight, use the time. Like with COVID now, use the weather and change something in your measurement type.
BraveWords: You know what you found when you went to these destinations? Children and fans who despaired of seeing rock music live, because it was illegal or frowned upon. You were saviors.
Schenker: “Yeah. Yes!. That’s one of the reasons I’m so happy. Exactly. When you come from Germany you see the whole world, not just parts. We wanted to play the whole world, and that’s what we did. We have a few countries left, which is great, and we want to do another tour.
BraveWords: Now you have a really serious problem, which you admitted, is having this thing called a travel bug and always wanting to be on the road. How did you deal with not being able to hit the road, having spent your whole life on the road.
Schenker: “I don’t think about it that much. You know, if I had problems with that, I would change it. But I don’t think so. I – every time we, maybe, make an album because we feel we have to, because being a musician is being creative. Then the tour – the promoters come and they say we have this and here, and we have this – awesome! The chemistry in the group is great. We have friends. What you can do sit in the pub and drink your beer with friends instead, and on the other hand you go on the road and play Madison Square Gardens in New York or play Rock in Rio, anywhere , there is no doubt about it. And our crew, the crew that we have, they are also friends. We’ve had them for ages. So, in this case, with your friends on the road, and making music, and making rock believers believe in rock.
The For Vengeance with Scorpions stream from BraveWords guitarist Rudolf Schenker will air this Saturday, February 19 at 3:33 PM EST.
Video “Rock Believer”:
Scorpions will kick off their Rock Believer World Tour in March 2022 in Las Vegas, where the band will play nine shows as part of their residency at Planet Hollywood Hotel. Then they will cross the Atlantic to Europe where they will give six concerts in France and six shows in Germany supported by Wolfgang Van Halen’s new group, Mammoth WVH.
Skid Row will be the opening band for all nine shows of Scorpions’ Sin City Nights 2022 residency in Las Vegas, replacing previously announced supporting act Queensrÿche. Scorpions’ Vegas stay was originally scheduled to take place in July 2020, then it was pushed back to May 2021, only to be rescheduled to March-April 2022 at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
26 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
30 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
9 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
12 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
14 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
16 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, Nevada
10 – Altice Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
13 – Zenith Toulouse Metropole – Toulouse, France
15 – Zenith De Lille – Lille, France
17 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
21 – Hallenstadion – Zürich, Switzerland
23 – Verona Arena – Verona, Italy
26 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
28 – Tauron Arena – Krakow, Poland
30 – Laszlo Papp Sports Arena – Budapest, Hungary
3 – Rockfest – Helsinki, Finland
8 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany*
10 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany*
12 – Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany*
16 – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany*
17 – Zag Arena – Hannover, Germany*
19 – Westfalenhalle – Dortmund, Germany*
23 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
25 – Rock Imperium Festival – Cartagena, Spain
28 – Palais Nikaia – Nice, France
30 – The Galaxy – Amnéville, France
2 – Zenith d’Auvergne – Clermont-Ferrand, France
* with Mammoth WVH
(Live photo of Rudolf Schenker by Thomas Mazerolles)