Interview with Rudolf
interviewing with Rudolf
Schenker With the Scorpions he talked about their new CD coming
soon HUMANITY HOUR 1 a triumph of soul-searching hard rock. A concept album
loosely constructed around a vision of the future in which humans and androids
battle for control of the Earth, HUMANITY HOUR 1 is a total departure from the
band's most recent releases (EYE II EYE, UNBREAKABLE. Thirty-five years after
the release of their debut album Lonesome Crow, Scorpions believe they have
reached a new creative high in their impressive career. And they plan to prove
it with the release of album number 21. Even though they have already made music
history with hits like "Wind Of Change", "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and "Send
Me An Angel"- there is still nothing more exciting than a new challenge. I Had
the interview in person at the Grand Sierra Theater
in Reno and caught there live show. They are still on top with and awesome a
show and CD HUMANITY HOUR 1.
Interview with Rudolf
RP: Youíre just a busy guy.
Rudolf: We just flew in from Germany
RP: Good old Germany. Thatís
RP: Thatís what I thought. I
caught you guys when you were touring with the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rudolf: In San Francisco?
RP: Yes, in San Francisco.
That was fun.
Rudolf: It was something special in the 90s. If wasnít so worthwhile ... we try to
learn. We go on got the philharmonic to
do something together. The overture was
great. It came to be used in an album
which when we look back it worked and also for us finding out about ourselves
looking at old material and then do a quick picker up and then go into a break
now. It was a good way of really going
and working in a new direction. Too, in
the 90s, we were kicked out of Dresden by grunge and fraternities and now weíre
finding out the extent of the Scorpions.
We are different. By getting
kicked out, we tried to find out what good for the 90s, the only one way to do
it. Make two projects or five
projects. Itís a little bit like Eye II
. In the way of five projects by
experimenting around and harmonic. And
then only because the producer which did this album, of Moment of Glory. We had to spend a lot of time with him.
RP: Moment of Glory produced a lot of hits.
Rudolf: Yes a different production. When we do it with an acoustic album which
was already out for many many years from Asia. We do it now because when we have anything
control . Really the sort of people that we feel alive and that said things and
are one step up.
RP: I was listening to your album.
Very very powerful.
Rudolf: We are still because we enjoy what we are
doing. In this case it was only one part
of humanity and thereís this tour.. Our
album records tend towards to see the light.
We want to make an album where you, by yourself, going and then take the
challenge. You made an album, especially
in these days, where other people get so much, an album today is not anymore to
make money it is promo. This album is really adventure and we want to do an album
of today. We are not a band of
yesterday, we are a band of today and we want to show the people in here the
Scorpions with an update sound with an update sound.
RP: I notice with acquiring Desmond Childs ...
Rudolph: It was a busy relation. But before he said he might do it. He said no.
He came by to get to come from the outside. We met Desmond the first time in í89. We had a few songs on our list and thought February
2006 he would look and all of them and because
neither were published. He know what he
want to do. He is a very excellent
songwriter and said I want to work with you but I can only start in October
because I am working with Meatloaf at the moment . Okay, no problem because we three weeks much
to do. We work playing everywhere. And when he came in October, he could put together Humanity Hour One. He had the cover already with the art
design. Those are two things that
normally come in the end. You know, the
only situation in Germanycame out of you know, we had a big party and night and canít remember. But this time, Desmond came up with the whole
thing and it looked right. I think you
guys are ready and gave a message for the people in 1990 with Winds of
RP: Winds of Change that was the song about the Berlin Wall coming
Rudopf: Exactly it became the songs about
people. If you like doing this, Humanity
Hour One, a declaration of look up and contemplate of our world. Make sure that weíve changed and weíre taking
more care by what weíre doing now. And
to be basic message like the 60ís ďmake love not war,Ē in a different way. And you know what, when you think about at
the same time, there is same message.
This is something in the air and we make entertain. That is a very important point, because itís
no good. You know rock songs like
peoples like painting. If a painter is
painting something, it is there. It is
up to you whether you find humanity or want to.
It is an album, a that is not all
concert like the red line but around humanity human beings and. And when we started we had a lot of songs to
learn. New songs when we wrote in
October with them and then we said letís start from zero. I have met a lot of good people like
that. Letís go from there. When we have something to share, if you donít
have, then you have to look up. When we
went to work with ___ out give us the life and we worked with the moment thats why we had albums Eye II Eye
Desmond Child wanted to make the overview and I have here an
upcoming producer, and we were doing a job on guitars and bass in different
studios . We learned a lot.
RP: Interesting way to make a Album
Rudolf: And in this case we were downloading and
learning and doing a promotion
tour. Now, when you say maybe, also a
job where you make money, but the money today that is on the tour on the road,
we are going to have to even have more a very good lifetime which __ tour after
doing the album. We started the tour on
the 3rd of March in the Kremlin surrounding by Vladimir Putin and 9,000 people. From there we went to the United States, to Kiev,
and Mati (sp?). And then we did all of
Europe, Spain, Sweden, Holland,
that kind of thing. And then we went
over to Ė the only thing which was a little bit complicated was the mixing,
because we didnít know all that we had to really work through other songs
because the album became very dark.
Between hope and darkness, of course we had to have some darkness.
RP: What about the song called 321?
Rudolf: Yeah, yeah, exactly. This kind.
And then we had the song called Game of Life. We composed this new into the old tour into instead of composing on a church somewhere,
___. And we caught it in the end, in
life, we didnít expect end of February. Thatís why we had to do the big thing
online. There, weíre sending out on the
computer, the mixers. We had to find
equipment to listen to it.
RP: Itís a lot different from your previous album.
If you any single thing, you end up .
Well then after we did Europe, all this time and the other part of
Europe, we went to America. We did a concert in the rain forest. Zapatero came when we played in Spain. He came to us and he said you know it would
be fantastic humanity when you will tour
a kind of contest to pay more attention to the rainforest because of the world.
We said yeah, itís a good idea and then we put something on top of
it. He said okay maybe what you do out
here to fill the whole thing before they find out that they are expecting
30,000 to 40,000 people and __ and do it as a charity and give the money. That was the situation. We had 30,000 people there. It was unbelievable to see the rain forest,
what nature did over so many millions of years, how nature grows up. And then we went to Sao
Paulo and went to other cities in Brazil
and from there we went to Mexico,
did five six shows in Mexico,
Canada and now the United States. So we are going back at the end of the month
and weíre working on the summer tour next year.
RP: So is this Album made for todayís Music
Rudolf: Iíll tell you one things, if this album in
the 80ís would be a major. But you know
we have a different time. And people
have to get into the music, they have to find out that this album is something
RP: I didnít think you guys were heavy metal. I wish theyíd quit saying that.
We are put into a box, we donít want to complain about it, but whatever
you think is good. The music will not
change but your mind will change.
RP: They should listen a little bit more, and theyíll find out that
this is rock Ďn roll, heavy rock but not heavy metal.
RP: Youíre very popular here.
Rudolf: Itís not outstanding anymore because we have
lived the life of so many years, it becomes a part of it. Itís always the communications. They love to feel us. Here we are sitting enjoying. As long as you are nice and not pushy, itís
RP: The direction of the album is really awesome the way some of the
songs keep on colliding and then you slow down on a couple of them, right?
Rudolf: You know, Scorpions are known for having some
RP: Wind of Change, stuff like that.
Rudolf: The one song ďWind of ChangeĒ was the song of
hope. The other is a song of love, Still
Loving You. Which change and thereís a
big baby in France. At an interview, the guy said ďhey guys, did
you know that you are in charge of the baby boom in l985?Ē And I said what? And he said ďYeah, its really the song sold
around 1.7 million schillings in France and everybody made love
there. Itís called ďStill Loving
RP: It makes a lot of sense though.
Rudolf: Yeah, itís good. And we put so much energy. When we played in Kremlin we were in a Russian limousine
escorted by the police.
RP: Were you a little scare?
Gate 13. Itís the gate where
normally only politicians are allowed to go through and _____. And all journalists from CNN to whatever
going there and talk to them for 45 minutes about anything. About war.
Anything. ___ when Kruschev came
with the shoe and knocked on his cable.
We tell him it was rock and roll.
That music can really also be powerful with politicians.
RP: It definitely sends a message.
Very powerful Ė youíre right. I
like that, good story.
Rudolf: And he can change the world a little
bit. Try to have to change the
conscience of the people. Thatís a very
RP: Thereís a lot to be said this album. You did that. Take care of our world.
Rudolf: Thank you.
There is a small message, but itís not the power of the thumb and the
____. Thatís the problem. You donít want to preach, you only want to