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A new audio interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs has been posted online at this location. The interview was carried out by Baconmusic's James Allman before the SCORPIONS' performance at Manchester Carling Apollo Sunday night (July 29). During the interview, Jabs was asked about Michael Schenker's disastrous performance at the Rock & Blues Custom Show the previous evening. A transcript of the Schenker-related portion of the interview follows:
Q: Michael Schenker was in a really bad way during the set and received a very poor reception from the crowd. Has anyone suggested to him that it's time to hang up his guitar?
Jabs: I only heard it from the dressing room. It sounded pretty awful. He didn't even know if he was coming. He's in one of his many phases of "I drink, I disappear." He doesn't know what he does. In a way we could say it's his problem, but we have his older brother [Rudolf Schenker, SCORPIONS guitarist] next door and if he's away, he's on the phone with him if he's reachable. I mean, it's a shame. It's his life, it's his career, and obviously, he's part of our show as well, to a certain extent. And guess what? We can't do it again. We weren't even sure if he was coming today, so we were trying to cover it by playing more songs, but that's unprofessional — don't wanna deal with that every day."
U.K.-based music journalist and author Dave Ling has issued the following report via his official web site:
"Just home from the Rock & Blues Custom Show in Pentrich [England], where the best and worst of the Schenker family was displayed. Regardless of the falling rain, the SCORPIONS played a blinder as last night's headliners and I finally got to see Uli Jon Roth onstage with the band, running through four songs — 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming', 'We'll Burn The Sky' and 'Fly To The Rainbow'. What an awesome experience. To be honest, I felt a little sorry for Matthias Jabs, who despite doing an excellent job for the SCORPS for so many years suddenly found himself relegated to bit-part player. But anyway, here's the full set-list: 'Hour 1', 'Bad Boys Running Wild', 'Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em', 'The Zoo', 'Coast To Coast', 'Holiday', 'Humanity', 'Leaving You', 'Make It Real', 'Pictured Life', 'Speedy's Coming', 'We'll Burn The Sky', 'Fly To The Rainbow', 'Tease Me, Please Me', '321', 'Big City Nights', 'Dynamite', 'Still Loving You' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'.
"Compared to his elder sibling, who threw shapes and played the rock star to absolute perfection, Michael Schenker was an utter disgrace. He'd turned up at the site mid-morning with a bottle of Courvoisier cognac inside him. After an altercation during the soundcheck, Schenker threw his guitar across the stage, trying to hurt the agent who'd booked him for the show, before threatening not to perform. The rest of the day was spent in his portacabin, attempting to sleep things off. It didn't work. Excuse the language, but Schenker played like a complete c**t. Looking visibly glazed, he could scarely walk let alone play guitar. After 45 minutes of his alotted 90, having been booed and jeered throughout, Michael stumbled into the wings to the strains of the footie chant, 'You're shit and you know you are.' Then, incredibly, he returned. There was a momentary improvement, but any thoughts that Schenker might get out of jail were rudely shot down during the ensuing half-hour. 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is fucking improvised but we do the best we can, okay?' slurred Michael before UFO's 'Too Hot To Handle' — a song he must've played a hundred thousand times before, the simple riff to which had suddenly become infinitely beyond his grasp. Believe me, the song 'On And On' had never felt more appropriate. Once it was all over, Michael and his brother Rudolf came to blows and the pair had to be separated by security. The word 'pathetic' doesn't even begin to cover it. It'll be interesting to see whether he makes it to Manchester or Hammersmith."
SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs has revealed that the band will be touring the US in 2008: "Yes we are coming to the US," he says, "but just for a few shows this year (we try to be everywhere in the world within 2007). Azoff management is already working on a 90 dates tour for next year with a great package in the US."
As previously reported, the Scorpions' new album, Humanity - Hour 1, will be released by Universal Music in North America on August 28th to coincide with the band's Canadian live dates. The album is out now in most territories via Ariola Records.
Upcoming Scorpions live dates include:
21 - Augsburg, Germany - Messe Augsburg
28 - Pentrich, UK - Rock & Blues Festival **
29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo **
30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo **
3 - Klaksvik, Faroe Islands - Summarfestivalur
9 - Manaus, Brazil - tba
11 - Recife, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
17 - Monterrey, México - Arena
18 - Puebla, México - Siglo XXI
19 - Leon, México - Poliforum
22 - México City, México - Auditório Nacional
25 - Shawinigan, QC - tba ***
26 - Toronto, ON at the Molson Amphitheater
28 - Ottawa, ON - LeBreton Festival Park ***
30 - Montreal, QC - Vieux-Port (Quai Jacques-Cartier) ***
1 - Chicoutimi, QC - tba ***
4 - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino Hotel
6 - Clarkston, Michigan - DTE Energy Music Theatre
9 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
14 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
15 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
16 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
21 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel
22 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort And Casino
28 - Bordeaux, France - Patinoire Meriadeck
29 - Toulous, France - Zenith
30 - Clermont, France - Zenith
* with ULI JON ROTH
** with MICHAEL SCHENKER, Uli Jon Roth
*** with THE ROOM
SCORPIONS' new album, "Humanity - Hour 1", at is position No. 16 on the Japanese album chart this week. The CD has now achieved the following chart positions around the world:
Czech Republic: #47
Fan-filmed video footage of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS performing their classic track "Still Loving You" on June 14, 2007 at the CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic has been posted at YouTube.
SCORPIONS' video for the song "Humanity" has been posted at YouTube.
German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have scheduled the following dates during the coming months:
Jul. 07 - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - Fotbalový stadion AC Start
Jul. 14 - Tuuri, Finland - Miljoona Rock
Jul. 21 - Augsburg, Germany - Messe Augsburg
Jul. 28 - Pentrich, UK - Rock & Blues Festival **
Jul. 29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo **
Jul. 30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo **
Aug. 03 - Klaksvik, Faroe IslandsvSummarfestivalur
Aug. 09 - Manaus, Brazil - [to be announced]
Aug. 11 - Recife, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
Aug. 14 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
Aug. 17 - Monterrey, México - Arena
Aug. 18 - Puebla, México - Siglo XXI
Aug. 19 - Leon, México - Poliforum
Aug. 22 - México City, México - Auditório Nacional
Aug. 25 - Shawinigan, QC – [to be announced] ***
Aug. 26 - Toronto, ON at the Molson Amphitheater
Aug. 28 - Ottawa, ON - LeBreton Festival Park ***
Aug. 30 - Montreal, QC - Vieux-Port (Quai Jacques-Cartier) ***
Sep. 01 - Chicoutimi, QC - [to be announced] ***
Sep. 04 - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino Hotel
Sep. 06 - Clarkston, Michigan - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 09 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
Sep. 10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Sep. 14 - Kelseyville, California - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Sep. 16 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
Nov. 29 - Toulous, France - Zenith
Nov. 30 - Clermont, France - Zenith
* With ULI JON ROTH
** With MICHAEL SCHENKER, ULI JON ROTH
*** With THE ROOM
The complete list of songs has been revealed for Activision's special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The game will ship for the PlayStation 2 on July 24.
According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks:
"Caught in a Mosh" (as made famous by ANTHRAX)
"Balls to the Wall" (as made famous by ACCEPT)
"Electric Eye" (by JUDAS PRIEST)
"Los Angeles" (as made famous by X)
"Police Truck" (as made famous by DEAD KENNEDYS)
"We Got the Beat" (as made famous by THE GO GO'S)
"(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese" (as made famous by VAPORS)
"Seventeen" (as made famous by WINGER)
"Because, it's Midnite" (by LIMOZEEN)
"Hold On Loosely" (as made famous by .38 SPECIAL)
"No One Like You" (as made famous by SCORPIONS)
"Only a Lad" (as made famous by OINGO BOINGO)
"Ballroom Blitz" (as made famous by KROKUS)
"The Warrior" (by SCANDAL)
"What I Like About You" (as made famous by THE ROMANTICS)
"Wrath Child" (as made famous by IRON MAIDEN)
"I Wanna Rock" (by TWISTED SISTER)
"I Ran" (by FLOCK OF SEAGULLS)
"Round and Round" (as made famous by RATT)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by QUIET RIOT)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by DIO)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by ASIA)
"Radar Love" (as made famous by WHITE LION)
"18 and Life" (as made famous by SKID ROW)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by FASTER PUSSYCAT)
"Lonely is the Night" (as made famous by BILLY SQUIER)
"Nothing But a Good Time" (as made famous by POISON)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by EXTREME)
"Shaken" (as made famous by EDDIE MONEY)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by THE POLICE)
Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have announced a new live show in Indio, CA on September 16. Here is the band's complete upcoming tour itinerary:
* w/ Uli Jon Roth and MSG
** w/ THE ROOM
July 7 - Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - Fotbalovy Stadion AC Start
July 14 - Tuuri, Finland - Miljoona Rock
July 21 - Augsburg Germany - Messe Augsburg
July 28 - Pentrich, UK - Rock & Blues Festival *
July 29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo *
July 30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo *
Aug. 3 - Klaksvik, Faroe Islands - Summarfestivalur
Aug. 9 - Manaus, Brazil - TBA
Aug. 17 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena
Aug. 18 - Puebla, Mexico - Siglo XXI
Aug. 19 - Leon, Mexico - Poliforum
Aug. 22 - Mexico City - Mexico - Auditorio Nacional
Aug. 25 - Shawinigan, QC - TBA **
Aug. 26 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
Aug. 28 - Ottawa, ON - LeBreton Festival Park **
Aug. 30 - Montreal, QC - Vieux-Port (Quai Jacques-Cartier) **
Sept. 1 - Chicoutimi, QC - TBA **
Sept. 4 - Sault Ste Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino Hotel
Sept. 6 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sept. 9 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
Sept. 10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sept. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 14 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Sept. 16 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Casino
Fan-filmed video footage of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS performing their classic track "We'll Burn the Sky" on May 12, 2007 in La Nucia (Alicante), Spain has been posted at YouTube.
SCORPIONS' video for the song "Humanity" has been posted at YouTube.
A 10-minute video clip of SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker answering questions at a Paris press conference for their new album, "Humanity - Hour 1", has been posted at this location.
A 30-minute audio interview with Klaus Meine, conducted by Nikos Mastorakis of Greece's Radio Gold 103.3, has been made available for download.. During the interview, Meine discusses the band's new album, "Humanity - Hour I", and addresses the possibility of the band retiring without releasing another studio CD. More...
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Recent pre-order boxes for the upcoming Playstation 2 videogame "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s" have revealed more tracks for the game, the latest include:
Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
Iron Maiden - "Wrathchild"
.38 Special - "Hold on Loosely"
White Lion - "Radar Love"
Scorpions - "No One Like You"
The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
Winger - "Seventeen"
It is not known which, if any, of these tracks will be original recordings or covers. They join the previously announced tracks:
"We Got The Beat" (The Go-Go's)
"Balls To The Wall" (as made famous by Accept)
"Only A Lad"(as made famous by Oingo Boingo)
"The Warrior" (as made famous by Scandal)
"18 And Life" (as made famous by Skid Row)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
"Lonely Is The Night" (as made famous by Billy Squier)
"Nothin' But A Good Time" (as made famous by Poison)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by Extreme)
"Shaken" (as made famous by Eddie Money)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by The Police)
"I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister) (original recording)
"I Ran" (Flock Of Seagulls) (original recording)
"Round And Round" (as made famous by Ratt)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by Dio)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by Asia)
The game is expected to see a July 17th release date.
Another U.S. date has been leaked for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS' upcoming U.S. tour. So far the following shows have been confirmed:
Sep. 06 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 14 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
A new video interview with SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker is posted on the Nostalgie.fr web site. Click on the movie icon to start the interview. (NOTE: The interview is conducted in English but the rest of the report is in French.) More...
According to Pollstar, the SCORPIONS first Humanity - Hour 1 US live date is Thursday, September 6 in Clarkston, Michigan at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.
As previously reported, Ariola Records will be releasing the Scorpions new album, Humanity - Hour 1 in Europe on May 25th as a regular CD, limited edition CD/DVD digipack and LP.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows: 'Hour I', 'The Game Of Life', 'We Were Born To Fly', 'The Future Never Dies', 'You're Lovin' Me To Death', '321', 'Love Will Keep Us Alive', 'Your Last Song', 'Love Is War', 'Rise Again', 'The Cross', 'Humanity'.
The limited edition digipack will feature the following material on the DVD: Behind The Scenes (Video), 'Humanity', 'We Were Born To Fly', 'Cold', Photo Gallery, Ralf Strathmann - Photo, Liam Carl - Photo, Liam Carl - Photo, Liam Carl - Photo, Liam Carl - Photo, 'Humanity' (Radio Edit - Excl Orchestra). More...
German rock legends the SCORPIONS have announced the following Canadian live dates (some venues tba):
25 - Shawinigan, QC
28 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
30 - Montreal, QC - Bell Center
1 - Chicoutimi, QC More...
The MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) have confirmed a number of US live dates this summer. The MSG 25 Years Celebration Tour! features the following lineup: Michael Schenker (guitar), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), Jari Tiura (vocals), Bodo Schopf (drums) and Frank Rummler (bass). The band's confirmed live dates currently include:
14 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
15 - Portland, OR - Outlaws
17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
20 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
22 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
23 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
24 - Sacramento, CA - Hard Rock Live
1 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
5 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
6 - Detroit, MI - I-Rock
9 - Chicago, Il - House of Blues (with ENUFF Z' NUFF)
12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
14 - Hartford, CT -Webster Theatre
15 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
19 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
21 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
27 - Scheltenham, UK - The Night Owl
28 - Derbyshire, UK - Rock & Blues Festival *
29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo *
30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo *
31 - Frome, UK - Cheese & Grain
2 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
3 - Stourbridge, UK - Rockcafe 2000
4 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall
* Opening for the SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH
Scorpions' upcoming album "Humanity - Hour 1" is due for release around the end of May. The album was produced by James Micheal, with songwriter/producer Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, alice Cooper, KISS, Ricky Martin) co-producing. The artwork for Humanity has also been posted, viewable here. The finalised tracklisting for the new album is as follows:
01. Hour I
02. The Game Of Life
03. We Were Born To Fly
04. The Future Never Dies
05. You're Lovin' Me To Death
07. Love Will Keep Us Alive
08. Your Last Song
09. Love Is War
10. Rise Again
11. The Cross
12. Humanity (Live Clip)
According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):
HEAVEN AND HELL
The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.
There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.
Judas Priest have confirmed that their appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 31 will be their ONLY gig anywhere in the world during 2006. Priest will headline a bill that also features Scorpions, Ian Gillan And Friends and Boned. This is a Tommy Vance Tribute Night, with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Judas Priest will be appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on 31st March 2006 (the only show they will be playing this year). This is a special performance in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity and is a tribute to Tommy Vance (UK's Friday Rock Show). Also appearing will be special guests: The Scorpions and Ian Gillan & Friends. Opening the show will be an unknown band called 'Boned,' who Tommy Vance was a great supporter of. Tickets go on sale on 14th February, 2006 (www.royalalberthall.com).
German hard rockers Scorpions have lengthened their recording contract with Sony/BMG (German branch) and are reportedly finishing off a "best of" DVD, tentatively scheduled to be released in late spring/early summer. Additionally, the Scorpions are supposedly planning on putting out a new album release in the fall, although it is not yet known if the new CD will consist of brand new recordings or not.
Look for the Scorpions on tour in the U.K. with Judas Priest beginning on March 16 at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
Judas Priest have just confirmed their UK dates for next year. They are: London Hammersmith Apollo March 16/17, Birmingham NEC 19, Manchester Apollo 21/22, Belfast King's Hall 24, Glasgow SECC 26, Newcastle Arena 27, Cardiff Arena 30, Plymouth Pavillions 31. Special Guests will be the Scorpions.
Although nothing has been made official, TotalRock is roporting that Judas Priest might be playing as many as ten shows in the UK and Ireland during late March, with the Scorpions as special guests. It must be stressed that no dates have yet been confirmed, and no tickets are on sale.