Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs has said the band is working on what will be their 19th album, with hopes to release it in the "fall of 2020" - running from September through to the end of November.
This album will be the first time former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee contributes to a Scorpions studio record. The release will follow a Las Vegas residency the band has planned for July of next year.
"We've been writing some material before we went on tour this summer," said Jabs. "So we have songs – about 10, I guess – but we will have to do some more writing once this tour is over, and then prepare for the rehearsals and recordings right after our shows in New Zealand and a couple in Asia."
He also noted that the band will be working with producer Greg Fidelman, who has worked with Metallica and Slipknot in the past.
"The plan is to record until the first of July, where we have a residency in Las Vegas for a whole month," he added. "And then, during that time, we can either do the final touch-ups or mix. And then the album should come out in the fall of 2020. And then, of course, we go on the road again."
Jabs said Scorpions’ songwriting process has changed over the years.
"In the early days, I took the guitar and came up with some great riffs and was excited about that. Today, almost every riff has been played already by myself and by others. … So the approach is slightly different — it's more about the song and the melody and even the lyrics, sometimes, they could be the inspiration,"
"The riff and all the guitar work, you do that later on. Not always, but it's not the main source for songwriting anymore, as it used to be in the beginning, when we were so excited. 'Oh, listen to this new riff. It's great. Let's turn it into a song.' It's a little bit the other way around now."
Scorpions will be playing in New Zealand alongside Whitesnake for a show at Spark Arena, Auckland on the 27th February. You can view all the details here.