Three years after telling the world that they were taking their amplifiers and heading home, the members of Scorpions have reconsidered that whole retirement thing -- in fact, it sounds like their upcoming schedule will keep them as busy as ever.
The mother of Scorpions singer Klaus Meine has died. Erna Meine was called Hanover, Germany's "Rock Granny" before she succumbed to the damage caused by a stroke in early October. The 92-year-old matriarch to the country's greatest rock band died on Oct. 25, according to Bild.de.
Drummer Herman 'ze German' Rarebell was an integral part of the Scorpions' success, not only performing on some of their most important records, but also writing the lyrics for such classic songs as 'Rock You Like a Hurricane,' "Bad Boys Running Wild' and 'Tease Me, Please Me.' He left the group in 1995, and in a new interview the drummer spills the beans on his decision to quit, saying it was all about the music.
Often when a band breaks up, they take a handful of years off, then get back together for a tour. If that works well, then they get back into the studio for a new album. The Scorpions have subverted that formula, first by deciding not to break up, but also by announcing that they are working on a new album.
Last year, the Scorpions announced their decision to call it a day after one final tour. But as new concert dates and recording projects were added to their plans, they began to question this decision.
In a shocking (and hopefully not serious) video admission to online entertainment news outlet TMZ, former Scorpions bassist Ralph Rieckermann says he has attended snuff parties in the past. For those not in the know, snuff parties are attended by folks who, according to Rieckermann, pay upwards of $100,000 to witness someone get murdered.
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