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From: Hannover, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has announced that they are hoping to perform their last ever concert in June 2011, at the Borobuder Temple in Indonesia. "This concert will mark the end of the 45-year musical journey of the Scorpions. Their management agency has met us and expects the concert to be held in mid-June of 2011." Agus Canny, marketing director of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko told the Jakarta Globe on Monday. While the idea has been met with positive reaction so far, the temple's management company, Purnomo Siswo Prasetyo, will have to perform some tests at the site to see if iconic Buddhist site can with stand the volume of which the Scorpions are expected to play.
Legendary heavy metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be performing a special concert at London's Sherpherd Bush Empire on June 2nd to celebrate thirty years of the Michael Schenker Group. The concert will feature special appearances by singer Doogie White (Tank, ex-Rainbow,) Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions) and bass player Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) along with other guests who have yet to be announced.
The lineup for Schenker's May/June European tour is as follows:
Michael Schenker - lead guitar
Gary Barden - vocals
Chris Slade - drums (ex-AC/DC/The Firm) - May/June
Pete Holmes - drums (ex- Black N' Blue) - July
Chris Glenn - bass
Wayne Findlay - guitar/keyboards
Thoughts while watching a video marathon and wondering whether Rob Halford decided to put tattoos on his skull before or after he shaved his head…
Production meeting prior to making the Dio video “Holy Diver”: Okay, so we need an abandoned church, an active steel mill, and a very large sword. Behind the Music: The Dio video props department…
In Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” Axl is getting off a bus with a very large suitcase. In Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” video Tawny Kitaen packs four pieces of lingerie into a large suitcase. Anyone interested to know the contents (or what for fictional purposes is supposed to be contained in their luggage)? I’m going to go with Hit Parader and Circus magazines for Axl and a pair of Bret Michaels (Poison) jeans for Kitaen. This mystery is right there with what is inside the briefcase from Pulp Fiction...While on the subject of “Jungle”, is Duff ever going to bring back the Bill Walton seventies style headband? I believe I speak for many when I say: I hope so… More...
German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has entered America's Billboard album charts at number 23 with their newest, and final, studio album, "Sting In The Tail" after selling around 18,500 copies of the album in the United States last week. The album has also done well in Canada, reaching the number 22 spot on the Canadian album charts.
The band also announced the first set of dates for their tour of North America, which will see them joined by Cinderella and Dokken. The tour dates are as follows: More...
AVANTASIA has posted the music video for the song "Dying For An Angel," which features guest vocals by Scorpions' singer Klaus Meine. Watch the video below:
German hard rock and heavy metal legends the Scorpions has posted an Electronic Press Kit online for their forthcoming final studio album, "Sting In The Tail." You can check it out below. The album will be released on March 19th through Universal Music. More...
In an interview this week Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) leaked out that the band will play the album "Slippery When Wet" in its entirety during their next tour. He then went on to say that when they don’t play this album they will play "Lost Highway" or "The Circle" from start to finish. For those holding tickets to a Bon Jovi show, this is referred to as Bon Jovi Roulette… More...
German hard rock and heavy metal legends the Scorpions has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming and final album, "Sting In The Tail." You can check it below. The album will be released on March 23rd through Universal Music in North America. The first single will be "The Good Die Young" which features former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.
"Raised On Rock"
"Sting In The Tail"
"The Good Die Young"
"Turn You On"
"Spirit Of Rock"
"The Best Is Yet To Come"
Today’s column takes us through another marathon of 80’s glam metal videos. This special presentation is sponsored by Stella beer and Patron tequila. More...
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.
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.
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"
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...
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.
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."
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 G. will perform for the secnd time with Ozzy Osbourne on Saturday, September 12th at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, California.
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:
"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...
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!"
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...
Read the full article at GameDaily.com.
German hard rock legends the Scorpions have announced the following two extra tour dates:
7/17 - Gaia-Oporto - Portugal
7/25 - Hötensleben - Germany