The Scorpions may be retiring from touring, but their music will go on, with a new project already in the works.
The band have raided the vaults for "unfinished songs from the early '80s, leftovers from the Blackout and Love at First Sting records, which many believe is their best material. They have worked on a dozen tracks with producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen, and more is on the way.
The plan is to have a selection of 16 to 18 songs and pick the best 12 from those. The Scorpions are adding new parts to the existing recordings, while most of the songs didn't have proper lyrics, just blah blah blah blah working lyrics. So in almost every song the lyrics have to be re-written. Although, the time reflects on the music from, Guitarist Matthias Jabs promises the group is trying to modernize the new recordings.
The record, which is untitled at this time, is expected to be released in 2013. The same year may also see a documentary about the band by director Katja Von Garnier, who's been following the Scorpions for the past year and a half of its world tour, capturing some live footage but mostly interviewing band and crew members as well as other musicians and friends of the group. They have also been approached to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament in Sao Palo, Brazil.