German rockers Scorpions consider their new “Humanity — Hour 1” to be a concept album. But not necessarily a rock opera.
“We wanted to make an album with songs pretty much connected with the global theme of humanity, not in the sense that there’s a story line connecting all the songs,” explains singer Klaus Meine.
“It’s balanced out between songs that portray the darker side of the world, like ‘Hour 1’ with a more Armageddon kind of feel, or ‘The Cross,’ with songs of hope like ‘The Future Never Dies,’ ‘Love Will Always Keep Us Alive’ and ‘Humanity.’ ”
Meine, 59, says the conceptual focus was co-producer Desmond Child’s idea. Child also put Scorpions together with a number of other American rock writers, including James Michael, Marti Frederickson and Eric Bazilian, and brought the band to Los Angeles for the recording.
The Scorps’ identity is still strongly German, but Meine says working with collaborators on this side of the pond is only to the group’s advantage.
“We were in this close circle for years,” Meine says, “and in the early ’90s we started opening up the door to work with outside writers. When you’re a German band and your mother language is German, these outside writers ... you get a whole new experience and things seem so much easier to achieve, especially when there’s so many experienced people around.
“So it’s not so much that after all these years we’re running out of ideas. You just get so much inspiration from these guys, especially writing the lyrics. We enjoyed it so much this time.”
Scorpions perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 6) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $37.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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