http://www.examiner.com/article/matthia ... s-farewell
A few interesting things Matthias said from the interview:
Q-Well, you can’t say that Scorpions haven’t taken musical risks. There was the 1999 album "Eye II Eye" (which had band playing in a more pop/electronica style) and 2000’s "Moment of Glory" with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. What do you remember about those experiences?
M-"Eye II Eye" was an experimental piece of crap. The ‘90s were not very favorable for ‘80s bands. A lot of bands that were big shots in the ‘80s split up in the ‘90s. Nobody wanted to listen to them because grunge and alternative wiped away the ‘80s music. We were quite lucky because we had success with our albums in the first half of the ‘90s, but the second half was a bit tougher.
If you keep hearing, "Whatever you guys are doing, it’s old-fashioned sh*t," then you get influenced by it, because musicians are usually quite sensitive. And so we were experimenting with a producer who wasn’t exactly a rock producer — Peter Wolf — in the late ‘90s, when "Eye II Eye" came out. We were just too weak in the studio to be against the stream, because we were insecure and disorientated, so to speak. As soon as ["Eye II Eye"] came out, we knew it was a mistake. But it was a mistake we learned from, and we didn’t repeat it.
Q-How have you and Klaus and Rudolph changed since you’ve been in Scorpions?
M-It’s like this: We’re friends. It’s like a good chemistry with the band members at all times. We’ve never had somebody in the band who was like a stranger, where you didn’t want to be close with that person. Of course, when success happens, like with "Blackout," "Love at First Sting" and so on, and the band got bigger and bigger, we were always well-behaved, but one other person got a little bit more into the "rock star" attitude. And then "Wind of Change" changed Klaus a little bit, but now we’ve come down again to where we started out. We have such a nice, relaxed atmosphere in the band. It’s very friendly, and we are a very good team.
my comments - that person with the rock star attitude was Herman... interesting thing he said about Klaus..especially since Herman said the same thing in his book and he got blasted for those comments..it must of been the truth..love his comments about how horrible Eye 2 Eye was back in 1999. Same thing has been said by Ted,Drew and myself for years but we get blasted or deleted for those comments. Funny how the band members feel the same as we do about their past decisions..