Isolation leading to creativity: Styx & Scorpions

Two classic rock bands are not spending their time in idleness. Styx and Scorpions have both revealed that while under COVID-19 lockdown, they’re using the time in quarantine for work on new music.

Styx bassist Ricky Phillips noted that he’s been adding his touch to recordings being sent to him by guitarist, Tommy Shaw. “I’m doing a lot of work here in my Texas studio, writing bass parts for stuff as Tommy sends it to me. Eventually, when we all come out from our caves we’re gonna get in a room and carve a new record.”

Regarding the song snippets that he’s heard and that he’s been working on, Phillips said, “There’s a lot of proggy stuff and a lot of odd signatures, but you never feel like you’re in a music theory class. It’s done in a very friendly way.”

Styx’s last release was 2017’s ‘The Mission.’

Klaus Meine, lead vocalist for German hard rockers Scorpions are also hard at work. In an interview on the band’s fan site, he said, “It’s different because we can’t be in one room together. I have a lot of respect for those guys dealing with all the technical side of making an album.”

Meine added that the bandmates have stayed in contact with each other. “We’re in touch either on Skype, Facetime, and try to make the best out of it, you know, try to move on with the songs, Meine said he was grateful that even in times of isolation, the band is still able to be creative. “To have a chance to go back in the studio and keep working on new songs, it’s a wonderful thing. At least we can be creative, we can take a deep dive into our own creative world. And hopefully, something good comes out of it.”

Scorpions’ last release was 2017’s compilation albumBorn to Touch Your Feelings: Best of Rock Ballads.’ The new music, Meine insists, will be made up of “all new songs.”


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