Scorpions Unearth 'Unfinished' Songs for New Album

German rockers dig up Eighties tracks for a new project

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Pawel Maciwoda, Klaus Meine and Matthias Jabs of Scorpions perform in Chicago.
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Scorpions recently revealed they won't in fact be breaking up, and with good reason: according to Billboard, the band is readying a new album by working on incomplete songs from their vault. Guitarist Matthias Jabs says the group is working on "unfinished songs from the early Eighties, leftovers from the Blackout album, [and] Love at First Sting."

The band has so far worked on 12 tracks with producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen. "We will dig in again and maybe have a selection of 16 to 18 songs and pick the best 12 from those," says Jabs. But since many of the songs are unfinished, the band is writing new parts and lyrics for the recordings. "In almost every song the lyrics have to be re-written," admits Jabs.

Jabs says the inspiration for the project came from fans, who have longed for extra Scorpions material from the early Eighties, and that the album will come out next year. But the guitarist maintained the band's current tour will be their last. "We decided to stop at this point because we are still in great form now and would like to be remembered as a great live band by our fans forever. We don't want to grow old in the spotlight."