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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:12 pm 
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Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell (a.k.a. Herman Ze German) has inked a deal with Dark Star Records. His new solo album, "Take It As It Comes", is scheduled for release on March 23. Herman's audio book, "My Life As A Scorpion", will be included with the new CD as a special pre-order deal.

"Take It As It Comes" will feature contributions from Claudia Rarebell, Stefan Erz, Thomas Perry, Jens Peter Abele and Timexx Nasty.

Guitarist Duke Jackson and bassist Joe Council are no longer members of HERMAN ZE GERMAN.

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Very cool! :tup

But seriously, someone has actually taken the name "Timexx Nasty"??? WHY?!!!


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Just saw Herman at the Rainbow a few weeks ago. He is a very cool guy, sat and talked drums for quite a while.

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Few metal drummers have a name as recognizable as Herman Rarebell. And with good reason. After all, it was Rarebell's drumming that helped propel the SCORPIONS into one of the 1980s' most successful rock bands (as well as co-penning the all-time classic "Rock You Like A Hurricane"). And Herman is back once more with his latest album, "Take It As it Comes", which was recently released via Dark Star Records.

A kick-ass, rockin' good time, the album is available as a standard version, as well as a limited-edition box set, which comes with two discs and a card autographed by Herman ze German himself.

The new single from "Take It As it Comes" is the appropriately-titled "Let Me Rock You", which has an add date at radio of June 3.

Herman will also be in the U.S. starting July 12 in New York City until July 30, ending in L.A., visiting radio and press nationwide supporting the new radio single. This will also tie in with a July 24 special appearance with the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP at this year's Rock N' America festival, at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Commented Herman: "I guess most of you guys know me as the former drummer of the SCORPIONS. Together with my friends Rudolf, Matthias, and Klaus, I enjoyed twenty truly awesome years of exhilarating rock and roll. We went through thick and thin, toured the world a couple times, and were awarded over 70 gold and 30 platinum records in addition to a bunch of other awards and prizes.

"It is my pleasure to tell you that my new solo CD, 'Take It As It Comes', is now available on Dark Star Records."

The "Take It As It Comes" video can be viewed below.


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Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman "Ze German" Rarebell will take part in a special in-store appearance and performance on July 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Best Buy Superstore in Downers Grove, Illinois. Herman will sign autographs and show off his skills on the drum kit. A little over a week later, on July 24, Herman will perform alongside the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP at this year's Rock N' America festival at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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Found this interesting.

Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: In the CD jacket [to Herman's latest album, "Take It As it Comes"], you mention that you wanted to modernize "Rock You Like A Hurricane" but that it was a big challenge to do so. You sing in a quick and low, almost monotone voice. Did you view another version of the SCORPIONS' biggest hit 26 years later as a big risk?

Herman: Well, you have to remember that I wrote the lyrics to the song. What happened was there was no point to copy it like it was because it was fucking great! It was awesome. But then I don't want to play something crazy. I want to play something really cool. I also made the second verse a little longer, if you noticed; there were not enough words in that verse in the original, and so I speak it very fast. To fill out the gap, for me personally, I like that verse. It made history. It was a great song and a good video.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: Have you received any feedback from your former bandmates on the song or the CD as a whole?

Herman: Rudolf [Schenker] likes very much "Heya Heya" and the same for Matthias [Jabs]. Everyone has a different one they like. "Let Me Rock You" is a song for everyone, at a barbecue drinking beer with your friends and having a party.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: What do you want people to know about the "My Life As A Scorpion" audiobook CD?

Herman: I just tell my story as my life in the band. Scorpio is my zodiac sign, so it's been my whole life. It's entertaining and has comedy, so it's not boring to listen to. I spent 20 years of my life in the SCORPIONS, and I call it the golden years. We went all over the world.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: On it, you say that "Passion Rules The Game" is your favorite SCORPIONS song. What do you like most about it?

Herman: Well, (chuckles), I like the drums. But don't forget, I wrote the song. The first thing that came to my mind was the drum beat (makes drum sounds). Then I finished on the piano, and I came to Klaus [Meine, vocals] and said, "I have no idea for the lyrics." And he put it down. I do plan on playing it live because it's never been played live. The SCORPIONS never played it, and the band I have now, they can play it easy.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: So what was the main reason you left the SCORPIONS, and did it affect your friendship with the guys?

Herman: No, not at all. My position at the time was that I was with the band for 20 years. Then the '92-'93 grunge period came, and I felt heavy metal was at a low end. MTV didn't play hard rock anymore. There was a big change in music after "Face The Heat". I felt there was a period in the book of life that it was time to do something new. I said it's time to make a statement again, make a solo record, because that's what I am — a musician.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: You were on the Monsters of Rock tour in '88, and at the time, James Kottak was drumming for the opening band on that tour, KINGDOM COME. He replaced you in 1996 and is still in the SCORPIONS. What do you think of him as a drummer?

Herman: I picked him. When I wanted to leave the band, I spoke to Klaus and Matthias, and I said, "I want to do something else. I think you guys should take James Kottak. He's very similar to my style, and I think he can play the stuff I've played before, so you're not going to lose anything, really." I think a new episode of rock music is going to be written with the SCORPIONS finishing and I'm continuing on.

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It was interesting.

I think Kottak was a good choice overall. He's a helluva drummer... and he's got a bit of stage presence and personality to boot, which offsets Schenker and Jabs "stay and play" technique.



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Jeffrey Easton of Metal Exiles recently conducted an interview with former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Exiles: Concerning your former label, Monaco Records, what did you learn from running a record label?

Herman: I learned that the biggest thing is that you can gain a lot of money and lose a lot of money. We came at a time when labels had a hard time selling CDs so that ruined the label. The record buying world has changed now.

Metal Exiles: On the other hand what did you gain from running a label.

Herman: You can sign artists that you love and believe in and you have 100 percent profit where as before you had to give a percentage back to the record company.

Metal Exiles: What is your current take on the music business?

Herman: I think personally that the game has changed. It is no longer the album anymore, it is the song. People really do not go to the record stores anymore because more and more people download what they want. I think the future of music is an all-digital world so it will really depend on that one song.

Metal Exiles: Let's get into "Take It As It Comes". This was already released in Europe, correct?

Herman: This was released in Germany under the title of "I'm Back" but I could not find a company in the states to distribute it. It was on Amazon as an import for $38 but I thought that was a bit much and did not expect many sales. But since I finally found an American company I changed the name of the album to "Take It As It Comes" because I love the song and it is my life's philosophy as well.

Metal Exiles: This album is a long time in the making. Why did it take so long to get another Herman Rarebell solo album?

Herman: I had so many things going on but I knew it was time for a new album because I was itching to go out and play. I found a good band and since I was producing the album I had the luxury of picking the songs that I wanted. I told the guys in my band to bring me their best songs so out of all of those I picked the best ones to record.

Metal Exiles: You said you picked the best songs to record but yet you're a great songwriter, so why did you accept submissions rather than write the album yourself?

Herman: As the producer, I just said to myself just take the best songs, nobody is going to give a shit about who wrote what when they hear the song. I made sure all of the songs were on a high level but I did write "I'm Back" and I do think on the next record maybe it will just be me writing by myself. Also when I go out on tour, I do not want to be out front singing all of the time the songs I write. I have a great singer in the form of Stefan Erz. He is the perfect frontman, a cross between Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Tyler, and he knows what he is doing and I would rather be drumming than singing.

Metal Exiles: You did something very interesting here, you recut [SCORPIONS'] "Rock You Like A Hurricane" into a different version. Why did you do such a diverse version of the classic and what do your former bandmates think of it?

Herman: To be honest, I have no idea what they think of it as nobody has said anything to me. I wanted to make something completely different, a 2010 version because there is no point in touching the original version. For me it was having a challenge to do something different with it.

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I think it's Earl that just rips this dude to pieces on TRF , is he really that bad? ....I never paid attention. :?

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nappy2112 wrote:
I think it's Earl that just rips this dude to pieces on TRF , is he really that bad? ....I never paid attention. :?


As a drummer or a singer?

I can't say anything about his singing (I've never heard it), but he always sounded pretty decent behind the kit to me... Of course, some of that could have been studio magic. :shrug:

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Blabbermouth's review of his album was crucifying to say the least. Said it was bland and boring as hell.

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I never trust record reviews. Those idiots never know what they're talking about... :roll:

Wait.

Nevermind. :oops:

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