“If I look back,” he says, “I see my life in three stages. The beginning, the first stage of my life, was dedicated to the development as a guitarist and to my music contribution to the world, creating an entity for the 80’s. And then the 80’s, the ‘Lovedrive’ album with my brother that opened doors for America, for the Scorpions. So, my brother took my black and white Flying V [laughs], took over, and I withdrew into the ‘school of Life.’ I experimented in development more and more musically and having my own face, without being in a touring machine that was looking for fame and success from me. I was hungry for learning to play on a personal level. And then 2008, somewhere around that time, all of a sudden, I felt the urge and really enjoyed being on stage, which never happened before. So, I knew that time that I should be back in the world of rock and roll now and The Temple of Rock is that group where it is happening.”
February 13, 2015
It was Friday the 13th, 5 o’clock in the morning. I had a temp of 102 from bronchitis, could barely talk, think straight, or dial the phone right. If it wasn’t for the Mad Axeman’s excitable chattiness and consummate professionalism, this interview had all the makings to be as successful as the maiden voyage of the Titanic. But, in my stupor, he gifted me with a scoop and the piece came together like an exhale. “Portrait of a Spirit” was syndicated twice.