In a new interview with The Boston Globe, Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker spoke about long-awaited plans for an album with his brother Michael and suggested it might happen when Scorpions complete their current 50th anniversary tour.
“My brother is already very angry at me, because I said to him when we were on the farewell tour [2010–2013], let’s make a Schenker Brothers album,” Rudolf reveals.
“I haven't played with my brother for a long time—maybe here and there on a Scorpions stage, like [at the Wacken Open Air festival], but not in the studio. I think it would be a great thing to do, and there’s a lot of people waiting for it.”
Michael himself spoke about his relationship with Rudolf when interviewed by RockSverige.se earlier this year.
Asked if the two guitarists were in competition with one another when they were younger, Michael said, “Not me. Absolutely not. Maybe he did. I don’t know. For me, music is just about expression. If you’re focusing on a trend, then you’re in a race, and that’s different. I guess my brother was focusing more on trends and maybe he studied anything that would keep him within the trend, but I would do the exact opposite. I would do anything to stay away from that and just focus on self-expression.
“That’s the only thing that makes sense to me, and that’s the only place I wanted to be in, and it’s the only place where I can enjoy myself. There’s no pressure and complete freedom. That’s the reward in itself right there.”
According to Michael, the brothers “had two completely different visions. My brother had the vision of being in a famous band, and my vision was to become a great guitar player. I’m six and a half years younger than my brother, so maybe I was born to help him out.”
Michael started out with Rudolf in Scorpions before leaving for UFO in 1973. He eventually headed off on his own following a brief union with Scorpions in 1978.
“I jump-started the Scorpions with my songs,” he said, “then I left for UFO and then I came back to jump start [Scorpions] for America. Then I went on my own and came back in ’93 to do a tour with them in England and get the houses full.
“Whenever [Rudolf] needed me, I was available to help him, but it was not a necessity for me to have. I admire my brother's success and how he made it with so little. He’s more like a magician than a musician.”
Scorpions are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release of their 19th studio album, Return to Forever, which comes out September 11. The 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, deluxe CD and vinyl. The North American configuration includes three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories. The first single, “We Built This House,” shown below, was released digitally on July 3 and was made available to fans as an instant-download for the album preorder, available at Amazon.