have you done between 1992 and 2005? Some rumors said you were playing
in a jazz band, but we had no information at all.
I have not played in a jazz band. First of all I took some time off
after having been on the road for so many years. You must know that
I am a father to three children. My twin girls were just born when I
split with the Scorpions. Today my girls and my son are teenagers and
they are listening to rock music. Because of my children I got engaged
in school-politics in my hometown Hannover. Also, my PA-hire company,
which is a equipment rental company for concert tours, needed my attention.
Originally I had started this company in order to rent out some special
exponential loudspeaker cabinets which I had constructed and also, to
offer jobs for the Scorpions' road crew when Scorpions did not go on
tour. Furthermore I enjoyed being helpful to German rock bands getting
international recording contracts and to American artists touring in
Germany. Of course I have been asked to produce music in these years.
Therefore I have spent time in different studios and in my home studio
as well. Earlier in the nineties I finished writing a book about learning
to play bass entitled "Bass Magic", which has been released
here in Germany. In the year 2005 I started touring again.
You've played on twelve Scorpions albums (from
Fly to the rainbow to Crazy world). What is your favourite album from
this period, and is there any album from this period which you do not
All these albums are like children to me, I like them all the same,
even though they are so different. Probably some of the sound-mixings
could be done better with today's technologies. Recently, when my friend
Uli Jon Roth gave me a phone-call and asked me to play bass in his band,
he suggested playing a couple of Scorpions songs from the seventies.
Especially songs, which are not getting played live by the Scorpions.
To pick these songs I listened to all the Scorpions' albums again. To
me that was like a journey back in time, good old memories were coming
back! There are many great moments which we have been able to capture
on these recordings. I am absulutely sure, that we have done some very
good work which is represented by each of these albums!
Did you listen to what the Scorpions have done
after your departure? What do you think of their recent recordings?
I hope you'll understand that I will not comment on this.
What are your relations with the members of Scorpions
today? As you must know, a reunion concert is planned with Uli and Michael
Schenker. Will you take part in this project? If not, what are your
plans for the future?
I like the idea of a reunion concert, but I have not been asked to take
part in such a project.
With Uli it is planned to play near Orly and in Lillebonne this spring.
Later we will do some shows in the United States. We are also planning
to do live recordings. And we are intending to return to France for
more concerts this autumn.
The only song you co-wrote for the Scorpions was
Kicks after six. Is there any reason why you didn't took part in the
composition process? Is it simply because you didn't want to write songs?
As we did the band-management ourselves in the seventies and
in the first half of the eighties, I was very busy in doing that. In
the second half of the eighties I started concentrating on writing songs.
"Kick After Six" is one of those songs, the others just did
not make it on the albums. With the exception of some of Uli's compositions,
for which he knew already exacty what every instrument should play,
I composed almost all of the bass lines myself for the other Scorpions'
songs. These songs were mainly developed in the studio. So the whole
band took part in the composition process. Normally the names of all
band members are then mentioned in connection with songs like that.
A last question! What do you think of the fan
club Crazyscorps ???
First of all I like the design of Crazyscorps' homepage a lot. It is
been done very tastefully! Then I like that the fan club is giving everybody
the opportunity to write down his opinion in the forum. It is very good,
that you have chosen the english language for the homepage as well.
This way even people from outside of France are able to understand what
the French Scorpions' fans are about. When I was still in Scorpions
I have always met many fans at our concerts in France. And I am quite
sure that I will recognize some of these fans when I'll meet them again
some day. But I do not know if I have met members of the Crazyscorps
fan club, when I played with Uli in France recently. Last December when
we played in Athens, the greek Scorpions fan club arranged an after
show party in a rock bar, where our whole band got invited. So we got
the opportunity to meet many members of the greek Scorpions fan club.
Together we watched old Scorpions' tv appearances and videos. We all
had a lot of fun. You could arrange something like that as well! So
I am looking forward meeting you all!
a lot for your answers Francis!