Former SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak says that he “will be involved” when the band eventually gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The German hard rockers, who been eligible for the honor since 1997, had been the decade-long international long shot when their 1982 album, “Blackout”, blew up Top 10 in the U.S., powered by the No. 1 rock radio track “No One Like You”. The band’s follow-up LP, “Love At First Sting”, two years later soared to No. 6 on the Billboard album chart with triple-platinum sales while delivering a blitzkrieg of rock anthems, including “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Big City Nights” and the signature power ballad “Still Loving You”.
Asked for his thoughts on the lack of heavy metal and hard rock bands in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and whether he thinks SCORPIONS should finally get the nod, Kottak told the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast:
“I honestly think it will change. We were actually approached, about 2009 [or] 2010 about this situation, and I have spoken with Klaus [Meine, vocals] and Rudolf [Schenker, guitar], and I will be involved in this situation when the time comes. It’s just a situation and it will come around. It’ll happen, man. BON JOVI‘s in there, and KISS… KISS was first nominated, I think, in 2006 and then they finally got in in 2014, so it just goes to show you, good things come to those who wait. So, it’ll happen.”
Meine recently said that SCORPIONS “would feel very honored” to one day get inducted into the Rock Hall. “To be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame definitely would be something,” he said. “And I think our fans around the world would be proud of that as well. It’s something very special after all. And I know my friend Jon Bon Jovi was… BON JOVI, they were inducted recently, so I think there might be a change in politics, like when they start putting in now heavy metal or classic rock bands; they haven’t done this for, I think, forever. And there are many bands who would be proud to be inducted. And for us, being a European band, being a German band, it would mean the world.”