Rudolf Schenker: “We tried all our 80s gear – Marshall batteries, all that gear – to find that original 80s sound”

Had Scorpions not become one of the most enduring global forces in hard rock, guitarist Rudolf Schenker would have embarked on a very different, yet high-tension career.

“My mom wanted me to have a real job, as a power electrician,” the Hannover, Germany-born rhythm guitarist recalls with a laugh. Schenker adds that his mother just wanted him to have a more solid back-up plan in case Scorpions, the band he founded in 1965 when he was still a teenager, didn’t materialize.

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