Scorpions’ Rudolf Schenker, “Blackout’s title was inspired by a blackout….partying with Def Leppard and Judas Priest” – 2022
In your five decades of touring, is there anywhere you’ve played with Scorpions where you’ve thought things got too dicey?
Not at all! When grunge and alternative blew up we were playing over in Asia, places like Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia where we still played in huge stadiums. We had no fear and it paid off – we sold more albums in Thailand than Michael Jackson. Why fight grunge in Europe and America when we could play huge shows in Taiwan and so on?”
What about the wildest band you ever partied with?
There are so many! Blackout’s title was inspired by a blackout – the first I’d ever had – partying with Def Leppard and Judas Priest. I’d never heard of that before and I loved the idea of using it as an album title. But Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne… all those bands were our friends and we’d have some insane parties.”
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