Former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell called his former band members greedy and rude in a recent interview by Classic Rock. In the interview, he also complained about their attitude towards his offer to rejoin the band.
Formed in 1965, Scorpions were at the peak of their success between 1978 and 1992. At that time, their lineup included Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Francis Buchholz, and Herman Rarebell. The successful albums they released throughout the 1980s were all products of their peak period, which resulted in a huge commercial success for the band.
Herman Rarebell contributed to the band’s success with his drumming skills and songwriting, as he created one of their most loved songs, ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane.’ However, he quit the band in 1995 because he didn’t like the way their music sounded anymore.
In July 2020, Scorpions started working on a new album, and although the release date is unclear, the album is said to be due in 2022. The Scorpions members claimed that they will return to their successful days with this album, referring to the 1980s when Rarebell was still in the band.
However, in a recent interview, the drummer commented on Scorpions’ new project and complained about his former band members. He then stated that he thought it was rude that they didn’t invite him to re-live those days again.
Here is what he said about the band:
“I’ll tell you how disappointed I am. I sent them a message offering my services, and never even got a reply. I thought that was very rude. Now I hear the Scorpions are claiming their new album will be a return to the glory days of the ’80s.
If they’re serious about that, they should get Francis and me back, and also Dieter Dierks who produced all those classic albums. Do you know why they won’t do that? Greed! It would mean having to share everything five ways and not three.”
In the interview, the drummer called his former band members ‘rude’ and ‘greedy’ and accused them of focusing on the profits. Therefore, it will be interesting to see whether the band will really return to their ’80s glory without Rarebell.