The Scorpions are saying farewell to their North American fans on the current leg of their Final Sting World Tour, which winds down Thursday in Washington, D.C. However, according to longtime guitarist Matthias Jabs, the veteran German rockers aren't planning to stop recording and, in fact, are in the middle of putting together a new studio album.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Jabs reveals that the project will feature songs that the band began working on decades ago.
"It's, like, unfinished songs from the '80s, like the time people think was maybe our best time," he explains. "Some very good stuff [that] we had almost forgotten about."
The guitarist reports that the idea to create an album from shelved material came from the fans, who often would ask about the unreleased tunes the band may have archived. Jabs also says The Scorpions have "done roughly 10 songs already" for the record, and that they plan to finish it up after playing the last show of the Final Sting trek on December 15 in Oberhausen, Germany.
As for when the album might come out, Jabs says, "If this turns out to be great, then we'll release [it] next year."
Jabs also points out that the archival material The Scorpions are completing for the upcoming project has a unique sound the band would be hard-pressed to recreate now.
"The vibe of those songs could never be redone today, even if you tried," he insists. "Because in some cases it is 30 years [old] and we all [were] different human beings…Everything was brand new to us and times were different."
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