On the recent release of the 50th-anniversary deluxe editions of SCORPIONS‘ classic albums:
“It’s not 50 years. It’s actually 50 years in 2020. I would count when the first SCORPIONS album was made, not when the first time somebody had an idea, ‘Oh, I’ll make a band called the SCORPIONS,’ They played the hit parade [with] completely different people in the band; [it had] nothing to do with the SCORPIONS who recorded the first album. So it’s rubbish to have a SCORPIONS box 50-year celebration. It’s not 50 years yet. 50 years is in 2020.”
On the personal issues he has with his brother, SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker:
“I’m happy that Rudolf enjoyed his success. I always supported Rudolf‘s success. I always said to people, ‘As long as Rudolf is happy…’ He got what he wanted, I got what I wanted, [and] that’s all fine.
“Look, you put all the pieces together. [SCORPIONS] released a 50-year box; it’s not 50 years. Then they tell the people they’re gonna stop playing [Editor’s note: Referring to SCORPIONS‘ 2010 announcement that they would retire at the end of a world tour], and then all of a sudden they make a record [2015’s ‘Return To Forever’]. It’s all bullshit. They have become numb and dumb, and old and bald. It has nothing to do with music anymore.
“You know, Rudolf never knew how to write music. [On] ‘Lonesome Crow’, I was the only songwriter; I wrote basically all the music. And Rudolf learned everything from me that I did. I’m seven years younger than him. When I was 23, Rudolf was 30 and they hadn’t even started in America. When he was 33 years old, ‘Blackout’ became a hit.
“When I left the SCORPIONS, I went to UFO, and basically the SCORPIONS copied everything UFO did. If you listen back to the records, you can hear very clearly that always every time we did a record…. They even hired the same art designer. Rudolf completely adopted my image and he is going overboard with it. He wants to distort reality and wants people to think he is the one who was… He wants to distort. He’s playing a game — a really stupid game. If you study this whole thing, you will clearly understand what happened.
“Why would Rudolf ask me if he can play the black-and-white guitar? And why would he ask me if I would give my songwriting credit of ‘Coast To Coast’ to him? And then he plays those two songs on every concert for the next 35 years. Figure it out. I was generous enough to give him that, because he’s my brother. But I’m finding out that they fabricated a story on what happened [during] the ‘Lovedrive’ period, which is a lie.”