Scorpions singer Klaus Meine talked about the band’s 2010 “farewell tour” which wasn’t actually their farewell tour, telling Eddie Trunk during a recent interview (via Blabbermouth):
“The thing is, we have a much different view now. And it’s a young generation – that’s the fuel that keeps us going, and it’s really motivating.
“To be honest, every other year, you take a look around the corner: ‘Can we do this?’ ‘Can we still deliver on the same high level, the way we used to do it?’ And that’s the only way, and it’s only fun if you can go out there and play a great rock show, wherever you do it.
“Like in the last couple of weeks, we had so much fun. But then you get sick on the road like I did last year with severe laryngitis. What can you do? There’s not a chance. And then sometimes, of course, you ask yourself, ‘How long can we do this?’
“Especially for singers – and I know I’m not the only one. But it’s always, sometimes you ask yourself, ‘Klaus, c’mon, how long can you keep up this level?’ And then you go out there, everything feels good.
“With Mikkey Dee, we have a new drummer in the band since 2016 who gives us also a whole new shot of fresh energy. And it’s such a great show and it feels so good. And then, if you ask me, it goes like, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’
“And then you’re making plans for next year, and all of a sudden you’re thinking about 2020. And you go, ‘Cmon! What? 2020?’ But, to be honest, to tell the truth, when you’re so used to it, for so many years, all those decades, to handle it any other way would feel wrong right now.”