German hard rock veterans Scorpions
will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a special tour and new studio album, according to Blabbermouth
. More information will be made available soon.
Asked in a December 2013 interview about the Scorpions' plans to release an album with some material that was written around the time of "Blackout
" and "Love at First Sting
," the band's lead guitarist, Matthias Jabs
, said: "Yes, we started already. We have 12 songs. We found songs mainly from the early Eighties 'Blackout' and 'Love at First Sting' days, when many people consider our most creative and best time. The leftover tracks sound good, but they were never finished. They don't have lyrics or vocals, and they're not recorded to a click. So we have to do everything new. But it sounds quite good so far.
Added guitarist Rudolf Schenker
, who launched the band in 1965: "Two of the new songs on
[Scorpions' latest release] 'MTV Unplugged', 'Dancing With the Moonlight' and 'Rock & Roll Band,' we had saved for bonus tracks. So we have those two songs, which are great, and we'll put them out as an electric version. I think we have a total of 15 songs from the Seventies and Eighties that we want to release. I think in 2014 we'll finish the places we haven't played yet on tour, and then get back to the record after that.