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Formed: 1965
From: Hannover, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Scorpions Guitarist Discusses Retirement Decision

In a recent interview with Noisecreep, Scorpions founding member and guitarist Rudolf Schenker discussed why the band has decided to retire after touring in support of their next studio album as well as a number of other topics. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

Q: First off, why the hell are you guys packing it in?

A: "We were sitting in the studio after we finished tracking Sting Of The Tail, and we realized something rather quickly. We heard these songs together, and it just captured the essence of the '80s Scorpions sound. It sounds like a combination of the best material on the Lovedrive and Crazy World albums. The songs have that feel and spirit. Then our manager had the idea to finish the band on a high note with this record. At first, we thought he was joking (laughter). But then we noticed he was completely being serious. And it turns out, he was right."

Q: So you just wanted to end the band with a high note.

A: "Yes, exactly. Look, we have been around for a long time, and we've done so many great things together. We came out of Germany when no one thought a band from there could rock hard. We've always believed in the band and had fun doing it. Sting Of Te Tail sounds like a classic Scorpions album, so we decided to leave after we get done touring it since it's such a powerful record."

Read the full article at Noisecreep.

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Scorpions Announces New Album Release Date

German hard rock legends the Scorpions has announced that their next and final studio album, "Sting In The Tail" will hit the stores in North America through Universal Music. The album will see a slightly earlier release date of March 19th in Europe. Stay tuned for further details including the tracklisting and world tour dates.

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Sunday Old School: Scorpions

Given the sad news earlier today that the Scorpions would be breaking up, it seemed the most fitting time to take a look at one of the greatest bands that Germany ever produced. The Scorpions formed way back in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker as a band which had more of a beat influence until 1969 when Rudolf's brother Michael joined the band on lead guitar and they recruited lead singer Klause Meine. The band released their first album, "Lonesome Crow" in 1972 and promoted the release by touring as support to British hard rockers UFO. The band would split up briefly after this tour, due to Michael Schenker leaving to join UFO. Rudolf Schenker would join the band Dawn's Road with Uli Jon Roth afterwards and convinced Meine to join him. After a while, the band decided to resurrect the Scorpions name as it was well known in the German rock scene.

The new lineup recorded several successful albums such as "Fly To The Rainbow," "In Trance" and "Virgin Killer," the latter of which caused considerable controversy due to it's album cover. The band began to hit their critical peak when they released "Lovedrive" in 1979 which contained the excellent title track as well as "Is There Anybody There?" and "Holiday," which are considered classics of the band's catalogue. The band released two more albums, "Animal Magnetism" and "Blackout" before cementing their place as hard rock superstars with the "Love At First Sting" album, which featured "Rock You Like A Hurricane," perhaps the band's most well known song.

Since then, the Scorpions has released several more acclaimed albums and gone on to sell over 75 million records worldwide. Their song "Winds Of Change" was hailed as an anthem during the end of the Cold War and were the second hard rock band to perform in Russia under Soviet rule (the first being Uriah Heep.) They are regarded as one of the best live groups from the so-called "classic" heavy metal bands and are also considered pioneers of the heavy metal ballad style. They will be releasing their final studio album, "Sting In The Tail" later this year with a worldwide farewell tour to follow.

Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"
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Scorpions Calls It A Day

German hard rock legends Scorpions have announced that their forthcoming new album, "Sting In The Tail" and it's subsequent world tour, will be the band's last. A statement from the band discussing their forthcoming split reads as follows:

"Important message to our fans:

"It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you - whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs.

"While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was – and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: We want to end the Scorpions' extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we’ve always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years. More...

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Scorpions Drummer Signs with Dark Star Records

Dark Star Records has signed a deal with multi platinum selling artist and Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell. With 78 Gold Records and 30 Platinum Records under his belt, Herman has aquired a huge fan base. Look for the new album "Take It As It Comes" available soon on Dark Star Records.

You can check out more of Herman's work on his MySpace page.

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Scorpions Reveals New Album Title

German heavy metal legends Scorpions has announced that the name of their brand new studio album will be, "Sting In The Tail." The record is expected to be released sometime in the early Spring of next year.

In other news, the band has announced that they will be heading out on an ambitious and lengthy tour in 2010 to support the album and will kick things off with seven shows in their native Germany. After their German shows they will be heading to many other countries including Russia and the United States as well as visiting Asia, South America and places they have never performed in before.

Vocalist Klaus Meine stated: "2010 is going to be a very special year for the Scorpions, so it is an especially good feeling to be able to start this tour at home."

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Gus G. Recaps Summer, to Play 2nd Show With Ozzy

Firewind guitarist Gus G. checked in with the following recap of all of the band's activities during the past months and more:

"Summer of 2009 is gone and we've just returned from the last festival show of the season! I must say that we had some really great shows this summer and Ilha do Ermal in Portugal was one of the best for us!

"It felt nice to return to Portugal (first time was in 2007) and see so many of our friends and fans! We even did an encore, usually that doesn't happen in a festival situation, but this time it worked out since people kept screaming for more and wouldn't let us leave the stage!

"Looking back now most of the shows were highlights. We're still amazed by the reception we got on our first trip to Turkey @ Unirock festival, the 'dream come true' gig by supporting the Scorpions @ Greece's Creta Festival (and me jamming w/ the Scorps later that night!), the completely packed 15.000 capacity tent @ Graspop and our glorious return to Finland @ the fantastic Tuska festival!

"Then of course there were the German shows. I'm glad we did both Rock Hard & Summer Breeze festival - my personal favourite being Rock Hard (such a great vibe in Gelsenkirchen!)

"In between the festival madness, something truly unbelievable happened to me: I played a show with the Godfather of heavy metal - Ozzy Osbourne! I spent the best time of my life in L.A, rehearsing with Ozzy and his band and on August 22nd we played the Blizzcon video game convention in Anaheim.,CA as most of you probably know by now. It would be stupid to go on about how cool and great this was - I don't think these feelings & this experience can be described with just a few words!

"We are aware that this has caused lots of our fans wondering about the future of FIREWIND. No need to worry about anything boys & girls, FIREWIND is stronger than ever and we're entering the studio @ the end of September to record our 6th studio album. We still don't have a title for it, but we do have 12 brand new Metal tunes that we're VERY proud of!!!

"In time we'll keep you updated with the recording process, reveal some song titles and hopefully show you some videos from the studio.

"Stay tuned & Stay Metal!

"Gus."

Gus G. will perform for the secnd time with Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday, September 12th at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, California.

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Scorpions Begins Work On New Album

German heavy metal legends Scorpions has announced that they have entered the studio to begin work on their next studio album. A message from vocalist Klaus Meine reads as follows:

"Dear Fans,

"The last few months on the road just flew by –and as always, it was fantastic and exciting to play for you. But now we are back in our studio in Hannover with our swedish producers Mikael Nord and Martin Hansen, to work on our new album. We have a lot of new songs and are very much looking forward to the creative time ahead of us. Hopefully, when this time comes to an end, we will be able to present another awesome album that rocks and finds a place in your heart. If everything goes as planned, our new album will be released to the public Spring of 2010.

"There’s more: This October, the world wide release of our new DVD „Amazonia –Life in the Jungle!“ will be heading your way.

"PS: you can find a Scorpions special spread titled „History: Scorpions“ in the current issue of Metal Hammer.

"PPS: Can’t wait to see our fans again on October 2, 2009 in the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany.

"Until then, keep on rockin’

"Yours truly, Klaus" More...

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Avantasia Issues Recording Update

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia has issued the following update about Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine recording guest vocals on an upcoming album:

"We played a couple of shows with the Scorpions here and there and they are not only the biggest and greatest Rock band ever to emerge from Germany, they are also cool Rock-n-Roll people who are aware of what's going on in the world of heavy guitars. Lately we played ....Bulgaria.... together, Edguy and the Scorpions, and I watched their full show from onstage. They kicked serious ass! Rudolf (Schenker, Scorpions) did some cool guitar work on the previous record, and now Klaus is on the forthcoming one. He has done a superb job, he opens his mouth and you immediately hear it's that cutting voice that has sung 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' and 'Blackout'! The track we did together is an anthemic mid-tempo tune, big choir chorus. And I am still speechless thinking of Klaus' performance. He is a real pro and he would still blow away 99% of all us Rock singers with a quarter of his left lung. People, get ready for a monster song!"

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...

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Scorpions Announce Two Extra Tour Dates

German hard rock legends the Scorpions have announced the following two extra tour dates:

7/17 - Gaia-Oporto - Portugal
7/25 - Hötensleben - Germany

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Michael Schenker Group Announces US Tour Dates

Michael Schenker Group has announced the "In the Midst of Beauty—World Tour." The US tour features the following dates:

03/18 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
03/19 - W.Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
03/20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater
03/21 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
03/22 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
03/23 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
03/25 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
03/26 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
03/28 - San Antonio, TX - River City Bikefest
03/29 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
04/02 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
04/04 - New York, NY - Blender Theater
04/05 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
04/11 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
04/12 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
04/13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04/14 - Victoria, BC - Element
04/15 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
04/17 - Fairfax, CA - 19 Broadway
04/18 - Yucipa, CA - Angeles More...

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Scorpions And Alice Cooper To Tour Russia

Two of rocks biggest names, Scorpions and Alice Cooper will be teaming up for a series of shows in Russia this June. Also on the bill will be The Rasmus and Kingdom Come.

The tour dates are as follows:

June
14 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SCC Arena
16 - Rostov (Don), Russia - Airfield
18 - Jekaterinburg, Russia - Sports Palace
20 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Hippodrome
22 - Krasnojarsk, Russia - Venue TBA
24 - Murmansk, Russia - Venue TBA
26 - Volgogard, Russia - Venue TBA
28 - Moscow, Russia - Sportcomplex Olympisky

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Wikipedia To Go To Court Over Scorpions Article?

According to Computerweekly.com, the founder of Wikipedia has told Channel 4 News that he is considering challenging the decision to block access to part of Wikipedia in the UK.

Criticising the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) for blocking access in order to prevent UK users from viewing an image of a naked pre-pubescent girl taken in 1976, Jimmy Wales said IWF's actions have actually exposed more people to the image as it spreads throughout the web. The image in question was on the cover of an album by German rock band SCORPIONS.

The block has also meant that millions of users in the UK are now unable to edit the encyclopaedia's pages.

Commenting for the first time since most internet service providers in Britain blocked part or all of Wikipedia, Wales told Channel 4 News, "My first thoughts when I was told that the IWF had blocked the Wikipedia page was that we should take them to court.

"But because they're not a statutory body, I've been told we can't necessarily challenge their decision." More...

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Scorpions Wikipedia Page Censored In The U.K.

Legendary heavy metal bands the Scorpions, has had their Wikipedia page censored in the United Kingdom, due to allegations of child pornography.

Guardian.co.uk is reporting:

The Internet Watch Foundation has propelled the UK into the forefront of the internet censorship debate by blacklisting an image on Wikipedia as "a potentially illegal indecent image of a child under the age of 18." You may already have this one. It's a 1976 SCORPIONS album cover….

Wikinews reports that British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations. The story says:

Wikinews has learned that at least six of the United Kingdom's main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms that are causing major problems for UK contributors on websites operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, amongst up to 1200 other websites. The filters appear to be applied because Wikimedia sites are hosting a Scorpions album cover which some call child pornography. The Scorpions are a German rock band who have used several controversial album covers and are perhaps best known for their song, "Rock You Like a Hurricane". More...

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Metallica To Tour With Scorpions?

Legendary photographer Ross Halfin has posted the following message at his website:

"It's been a Metallica weekend - kind of. Shot Metallica rehearsing new songs on the 02 stage for an hour. Then did a studio set up and got all the band to do photos. Of course Lars says while standing posing 'This isn't on the schedule.' Me: 'So?' He does what he's told. I got a lot done - I know I say this but I did, particularly of James. I gave him the new cover of Burrn! which I like (shot in LA) and Kirk was over the moon with Classic Rock's photos of him and THE SCORPIONS. He's talking to the band about doing a co-headline tour. Did some more of them warming up then shot the show. Hated the set list, found it boring - no 'Four Horsemen', 'Creeping Death', 'Damage Inc.' You get the new songs (fair enough with a new CD) but the rest of it I found a yawnfest - 'Wolf To Man', 'One' (never liked the song), 'Frantic', plus playing in the round there were so many monitors and veri-lights along the front of the stage you were looking up their noses. Walked onstage at the end and got them kicking huge black Metallica balls. I didn't get into it as I hadn't seen the show with new lights etc."

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Rock Revolution Game To Feature Big Metal Names

According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...

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Scorpions Adds More Tour Dates

German hard rock legends the Scorpions have added some more shows to their schedule. You can see them on the following dates:

June
29 - Lipetsk, Russia
30 - Lipestk, Russia

July
25 - Kotka, Finland - Maritime Festival

August
1 - Kelseyville, CA - Joe Mazzola Showroom - Konocti (with SAMMY HAGAR)
2 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater (with Sammy Hagar)
3 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre @ Orange Co. Fair (with Sammy Hagar)
5 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheatre (with Sammy Hagar)
8 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
9 - Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base
10 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
22 - Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul Arena
24 - Wolpertshausen, Germany - Air Field Hohenlohe
30 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Apoteose
31 - Goiânia, Brazil Ginasio - Goiania Arena

September
3 - Belém, Brazil - Cidade Folia
4 - Manaus, Brazil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
6 - São Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
7 - Recife, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Mineirinho
12 - Ponta Grossa - Brazil - Centro de Eventos
17 - Guadalajara, México - Auditório Telmex
20 - México DF, México - Foro Sol
23 - Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago - tba

October
25 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith Europe

November
2 - Tallin, Estonia
4 - Riga, Latvia (with orchestra)
6 - Vilnius, Lithuania (with orchestra)

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Scorpions Announces Chicago Show

Legendary German rockers The Scorpions have added a show in Chicago to their tour schedule. Full dates are as follows:

May
30 - Greifswald, Germany - Volksstadion

June
7 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air

July
25 - Kotka, Finland - Maritime Festival

August
1 - Kelseyville, CA - Joe Mazzola Showroom - Konocti (with SAMMY HAGAR)
2 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater (with Sammy Hagar)
3 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre @ Orange Co. Fair (with Sammy Hagar)
5 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheatre (with Sammy Hagar)
8 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
9 - Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base
10 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
24 - Wolpertshausen, Germany - Air Field Hohenlohe
30 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Apoteose
31 - Goiânia, Brazil Ginasio - Goiania Arena

September
3 - Belém, Brazil - Cidade Folia
4 - Manaus, Brazil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
6 - São Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
7 - Recife, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Mineirinho
12 - Ponta Grossa - Brazil - Centro de Eventos
17 - Guadalajara, México - Auditório Telmex
20 - México DF, México - Foro Sol
23 - Port Of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago - tba

October
25 - Strasbourg, France - Zenith Europe

November
2 - Tallin, Estonia
4 - Riga, Latvia (with orchestra)
6 - Vilnius, Lithuania (with orchestra)

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Scorpions And Sammy Hagar To Tour The West Coast

SCORPIONS and SAMMY HAGAR have lined up a few shows together on the US West Coast in August.

Upcoming Scorpions dates include:

April
12 - Rostov On - Don, Russia - Palace Of Sports
13 - Samara, Russia - MTL Arena
14 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
16 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Sport Palace
17 - Kemerovo, Russia - Stadium
18 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Sport Palace
20 - Vladivistok, Russia - Fesco Hall
21 - Khabarovsk, Russia - Platinum Arena
23 - Komsomolsk-Na-Amure, Russia - Metallung Arena
25 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
26 - Moscow, Russia - Kremlin Palace

May
7 - Madrid, Spain venue - Multiusos La Cubierta
9 - Alicante, Spain venue - Plaza De Toros
10 - Almeria, Spain venue - Palacio Juegos Mediterraneos
17 - Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland - Stadion Miejski
22 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai Festival City
30 - Greifswald, Germany - Volksstadion

August
1 - Kelseyville, CA - Joe Mazzola Showroom - Konocti (with Sammy Hagar)
2 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater (with Sammy Hagar)
3 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre @ Orange Co. Fair (with Sammy Hagar)
5 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheatre (with Sammy Hagar)
8- Minneapolis, MN - Myth
9- Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base

September
10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Mineirinho

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