The French SCORPIONS fan club Crazyscorps recently conducted an interview with the band’s former drummer, Herman Rarebell. During the chat, Rarebell spoke about his new autobiography entitled “And Speaking Of Scorpions…”, his chaotic beginnings with the band, the state of the world and his regrets as an absent father. You can now listen to the interview in three parts below.
“And Speaking of Scorpions…” is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall. A press/media tour will take place in late October through early November to coincide with the book’s release.
Commented Herman: “This is the all-too true story of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of the 1980s. But unlike so many autobiographies written these days, I decided to write it for you the fans. No, not just the fans in North America as it’s already being portrayed in the media because of the fact, I suspect, it’s written in English. It is written for all of our fans everywhere in the known world!!! And since it is for you, rather than focus on all the ordinary array of things such offerings tend to make so predominant, once you open this book be prepared to have the most fun you can legally have anywhere in the literary world while you immerse yourself in the story of the SCORPIONS. It is my gift to you to say thank you for all you have given to me.”
Shrewdly concealed within this autobiography is not only what can be considered the quintessential, definitive history of arguably the greatest band of their era, but also a masterful weaving of some of the most entertaining wit, whimsy and sage wisdom ever shared within the covers of a simple book. Sure to be considered a masterpiece by those who have a love of tongue in cheek irony and satire, not to mention great storytelling, it raises the bar for such offerings to a decidedly new level. With his endless anecdotes and tales, Herman draws the lines that led to the group’s ascension to the “Mount Olympus of rock music,” while his co-writer, Michael Krikorian, clearly lends his assistance to color them in, providing more hues and tones than Crayola ever put in a box of crayons. Together, they set a table and serve up a banquet of sarcasm and memories truly fit for a king! (The King of Monaco to be precise.) There are no sacred cherubs spared from the harpoon of a master yarn-spinner, as the puns, innuendo and endless wordplay are meant to entertain and lampoon much of the history not only of an incredible band but also of a generation. Though having none of the calories but plenty of the guilt, the frankness and honesty expressed upon each sinfully delicious page will never spoil your appetite but will only leave you yearning for more.