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

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Scorpions Confirm New India Live Date

German hard rock legends the SCORPIONS have confirmed another live date in India - December 12th in Shillong. The band's itinerary is as follows:

12 - Shillong, India
14 - Bombay/Mumbai, India
16 - Bangalore, India

Singer Klaus Meine spoke to India's Moneycontrol.com about their new album, Humanity – Hour I. “There are a lot of people who say that the classic concept album is dead," Meine explained. "We don’t see it that way, so we are swimming against the tide again with our new Humanity – Hour I which is a mature album, with lyrics that are often provocative and deal with the dark sides of the world we live in. At the same time though, we are sending our fans a positive musical message, telling them not let the insanity going on around us every day get them down." Meine, who considers Humanity – Hour I to be the most powerful album since the global success of Crazy World in 1991.

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Legends Rumoured For Sweden Rock Festival

VAN HALEN and JUDAS PRIEST are among the bands who are rumored to be playing next year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 4-7, 2008 in in Sölvesborg, Sweden. It should be noted, however, that neither of these acts has been officially confirmed for the event and their possible participation in the festival should be treated as nothing more than speculation.

The organizers of the Sweden Rock Festival will announce the first 20-25 bands confirmed for next year's event during the kick-off party on November 24 at Tyrol in Stockholm. The party will be broadcast live on the Stockholm radio station 106.7 Rockklassiker beginning at 7:00 p.m. local time and will be available for streaming worldwide via www.rockklassiker.se.

This year's Sweden Rock Festival kick-off celebration will feature performances by GOTTHARD, SABATON and HAZY/DIZZY. In addition, a one-off all-star band has also been put together featuring:

Liz Vandall (SAHARA, Uli JON ROTH) - Vocals
Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, BALTIMOORE) - Guitar
Thomas Broman (ELECTRIC BOYS, JOHN NORUM, 21 GUNS) - Drums

The group will perform vintage SCORPIONS and ELECTRIC SUN material, along with other "nice surprises."

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Scorpions/ Judas Priest North American 2008 Tour?

Lead singer/guitar player Joey Eppard from Woodstock, NY-based prog rockers THREE says about 10 minutes, 15 seconds into a recent interview that the band might be involved in a SCORPIONS/JUDAS PRIEST tour in 2008 in North America. The Scorpions are currently touring in support of their latest album, Humanity - Hour 1, and will be releasing the Live At Wacken Open Air 2006: A Night To Remember - A Journey Through Time DVD before the end of the year. The UK metal gods Judas Priest are finishing up work on their forthcoming concept album, Nostradamus.

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Michael Schenker Offering Guitar Lessons

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) is offering guitar lessons in the North London, England area. The cost is 200 GBP or approximately $410 per hour.

You can contact Michael via his MySpace page.

Michael Schenker's UK tour this past summer was cut short due to a "multitude of events beyond the band's control, including Michael's," according to a posting on Schenker's MySpace page.

Schenker's final gig in the UK took place on August 3 in Stourbridge, U.K. when Michael ended up calling off the concert after only a handful of songs.

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Scorpions To Return To Canada In 2008

SCORPIONS manager Peter Amend has revealed that the band are currently working out details for Canadian tour dates in 2008. More details as further information surfaces.

As previously reported, Scoprions have lined up the following tour dates in December:

4 - Lisbon, Portugal at Venue TBA
6 - Guimaraes, Portugal at Venue TBA
14 - Bombay/Mumbai, India at Venue TBA
16 - Bangalore, India at Venue TBA

A DVD chronicling Scorpions' performance at the 2006 edition of the annual Wacken Open Air festival will be made available in November.

On August 3rd, 2006 the band reunited with former bandmates Uli Jon Roth (guitar), Michael Schenker (guitar) and Herman Rarebell (drums) on the True Metal Stage.

Entitled Live At Wacken Open Air 2006: A Night To Remember - A Journey Through Time, the DVD will include the following tracklisting: 'Coming Home' (edited version), 'Bad Boys Running Wild', 'The Zoo', 'Loving You Sunday Morning', 'Make It Real', 'Picture Life' (with Uli John Roth), 'Speedy's Coming' (with Uli John Roth), 'Dark Lady' (with Uli John Roth), 'We'll Burn The Sky' (with Uli John Roth), 'Love 'em Or Leave 'Em', 'Don't Believe Her', 'Tease Me Please Me', 'Coast To Coast' (with Michael Schenker), 'Holiday' (with Michael Schenker), 'Lovedrive' (with Michael Schenker), 'Another Piece Of Meat' (with Michael Schenker), 'James Kottak Drum Solo, 'Blackout' (with Herman Rarebell), 'No One Like You' (with Herman Rarebell), 'Matthias Jabs Guitar Solo, 'Big City Nights', 'Can't Get Enough'.

Encore 1: 'Still Loving You', 'In Trance' (with Uli John Roth, Michael Schenker), 'He's A Woman She's A Man' (with Uli John Roth, Michael Schenker), 'In Search Of The Peace Of Mind' (with Uli John Roth, Michael Schenker and Tyson Schenker).

Encore 2: 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' (JIMI HENDRIX cover/solo by Uli Jon Roth), 'Dynamite'

Encore 3: Jam Session (with Uli John Roth, Michael Schenker), 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'.

In regards to the DVD, Scorpions guitarist Rudolph Schenker told BW&BK: "The people who recorded and filmed the entire show didn't do a great job. The mixer was a little bit confused in his mobile studio with five guitarists playing. He had to remix the entire show. We've been on the road and it's been difficult to finish the DVD. When everybody signs the agreement - my brother, Uli Jon Roth and Herman Rarebell - then when the time is right we will release it before Christmas."

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Venue Changed For Scorpions Vancouver Show

Due to the closure of The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, BC, the SCORPIONS concert scheduled for September 12 has been moved to the P.N.E. Forum. Tickets purchased for The Orpheum show will be honoured at the door. All $79.50 & $59.50 purchased tickets from The Orpheum show will receive a partial refund of their ticket purchase so the final ticket cost will equal $49.50 plus applicable service charges. For any applicable ticket purchased via credit card (over the telephone and Internet), the partial refund will be processed the week after the show (September 13) via the credit card company. Those that have purchased their Orpheum ticket via a Ticketmaster Outlet (cash or credit card) will need to go back to the Point of Purchase for their partial refund the day starting after the show (September 13). The deadline for this will be September 18 (end of day). For any consumers who do not wish to see the show at the new venue, full refunds are available at point of purchase until September 13.

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Scorpions Guitarist Explains Album Delay In U.S.

RockConfidential.com recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

RockConfidential.com: How did Billy Corgan get involved in "Humanity - Hour 1"?

Rudolf: I've watched him for a long time because I like his voice and I like the SMASHING PUMPKINS. It was somehow very special. I found out he's a big SCORPIONS fan. At a huge festival he started out with "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and turned it into one of his songs. When we did a project called "Moment of Glory", I tried to get him as a guest on the project. I spoke with someone at his management company and they told me they weren't managing him any more. They gave me a phone number but they didn't know if it was still good. I called and got an answering machine and it was the wrong number. When we were in production for "Humanity" we were in a meeting with Azoff Management. One of our managers told me he had to leave our meeting and go to the next meeting. I asked him who it was with and he told me the meeting was with Billy Corgan of the SMASHING PUMPKINS. They were recording in Universal Studio. I made sure he got the message to Billy that I said hello. Billy went crazy and said, "Fucking hell! I want to meet this guy!" I met him in the studio and he was completely into his work. He told me had had tons of bootleg tapes from the SCORPIONS. We went out to dinner and I mentioned to him that we had one song on the album called "The Cross" that would be perfect for him. He did it and it was great. Even when the SMASHING PUMPKINS are alternative and the SCORPIONS are classic rock, many of the new bands that were influenced by AC/DC, AEROSMITH and the SCORPIONS came out of the shadow with their own style and are still connected to the guys who influenced them to play. Music can build bridges and that was always our plan. We wanted to build bridges between generations, countries, continents and even religions.

RockConfidential.com: This album is so strong and you can tell when you listen that so much went into it. Why was its U.S. release delayed so long?

Rudolf: The problem is that finding the right record company is not so easy. We changed management in America. Desmond [Child, producer] also didn't want anything going out too early because he was afraid of leaks on the Internet. We had to play it safely. When we signed a contract with management they immediately had to start. I hate this! I would see the album coming out worldwide in August or September. It's never good to split a release up like this because you lose the power and momentum of impacting each market. The contracts were already done to present the album in Europe because big festivals and big shows were set up in the contract. We mixed the album on the road. After we finished recording the album we immediately had to go on the road to the Kremlin Palace, invited by Putin. From there we went to the Baltic States, Ukraine and then we played in Kazikstan. We had to mix the album online! We had to download it and somehow try to get it to the right speaker system so we could make our comments to Desmond via the Internet. It was very different!

RockConfidential.com: I guess it's odd hating the Internet because the songs could leak but at the same time using it to finish the record!

Rudolf: With a hammer you can put a nail into the wall. At the same time you could kill somebody with it. Everything has its good side and its bad side. It's up to you which side to choose.

Read the entire interview at RockConfidential.com.

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Scorpions Singer Discusses New Album

Jeb Wright of Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Classic Rock Revisited: "Humanity - Hour 1" shows the SCORPIONS moving in a modern direction. Your last album, "Unbreakable", had a classic SCORPIONS sound. There was even talk that you would do the new album with Dieter Dirks. But you changed direction and used Desmond Child.

Klaus: You have to make a decision as to who will be the producer for the next album. Could it be someone like Dieter Dirks who would take us back all the way to the '80s or do you want to produce an album that presents the SCORPIONS in 2007? Desmond Child was on the top of our wish list. We met him last summer when we played a couple of shows in California. He was busy working with MEAT LOAF but he was very excited about working with the SCORPIONS. He said to Rudolf [Schenker] and myself, "These days I seem to be working with icons." I looked at Rudolf and said, "I didn't think we were icons yet."

When you work with a producer like Desmond then you open your arms and welcome him as a songwriter as well. We also collaborated with some of the other top writers in rock music. Desmond said to us, "Let's make an album that is more mature and will hopefully take your career to the next level." It is not so much about writing songs about boys chasing girls or the other way around. We have done that and we still play those songs every night and it is still a lot of fun but he wanted the fans to take us seriously as artists. He suggested we make an album with a theme. He presented us with the idea of "Humanity - Hour 1" and we all liked it. In a way he was taking us to where we finished off with "Wind of Change".

We wanted to come out with this album with a global message. We wanted to also make a rock album. Our first priority is to entertain the audience and hopefully come out with something very powerful. We shaped the songs in that way. We just wanted to move on and not look back. We did "Blackout", "Lovedrive" and "Love at First Sting". We wanted to do something that would hopefully impress and surprise everyone that the SCORPIONS, at this stage in our history, could come up with something this powerful.

Classic Rock Revisited: There are a lot of jaded, grouchy rock critics who say that bands go get Desmond when they can no longer do it themselves.

Klaus: I know that people think that maybe we are running out of ideas. It is not so much that. The whole world of music has changed. We made this album in an old-fashioned way, in that sense. We worked in Los Angeles, in the studio, for four months, working every day. We could have gone into our basement and made a cheap record and put it out on the internet and hopefully we would have a hit. We made it the old-fashioned way to convince the fans, and the new generation of fans who may be listening to our music for the first time, that this is very powerful music. We put everything into this.

We wrote a few hits and we know what we are doing. Of course we can do it all ourselves. We know what to do and we are definitely not running out of ideas. We are touring all over the world and that is still the biggest source of inspiration. But to make something that is outstanding and amazing you have to have a good team around you and you have to open up. Desmond has worked with artists that we really respect like AEROSMITH and he really knows what he is doing. He lives for his passion and his music. Desmond is a guy that you can trust if you want to go somewhere else and you are ready to learn another lesson in the new chapter of this band.

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Schenker Brothers Fist Fight Dismissed As False

UFO fan site www.strangers-in-the-night.com recently conducted an interview with Alan Walsh — a longtime Michael Schenker (ex-UFO guitarist) fan and close friend of Michael — regarding the cancellation of Schenker's recent U.K. dates and Michael's current state of mind. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Strangers in the Night: Alan, you've been speaking to Michael today. First of all, and starting with the hardest question first... how is he at the moment?

Alan Walsh: Under the circumstances, he's OK. I've spent much of the day with him at a hotel in the Midlands and he was relatively philosophical about recent events, but I sensed he felt that he'd let people down. For myself, through what I've come to know over the past few days, it's clear that this whole fiasco was not purely down to Michael, far from it. But he was fine today, if a little emotional at times.

Strangers in the Night: At Peterborough, when Michael was the only member of MSG to have arrived in England, that night's show obviously had to be postponed. But Michael took time instead to play an informal solo acoustic set and by all accounts he seemed content throughout the whole thing, happily staying to sign autographs etc. That evening, he seemed on top of his game — and not only that, he was a terrific ambassador for the band, earning maximum PR points for the tour ahead. So.... what went wrong between there and Pentrich, less than forty-eight hours afterwards?

Alan Walsh: It does seem strange doesn't it? You have to understand that over the years, Michael has been involved in major tours where various managements and promoters have ensured that itineraries were set in place and practical matters such as travel, hotels, merchandise, etc, were taken care of. When this current tour began in the USA, that was supposedly the case. MSG were "ready to rock" and I know it seemed, to the band at least, that things had been organised. Unfortunately, twelve shows into the U.S. dates, my understanding of the situation is that the management went "absent without leave." In fact, the band were literally forced to get off the tour bus, onto the sidewalk, with their belongings and gear, as the hire charge had not been paid by said management. I know the band were totally shocked and deflated by this turn of events and it was Mr. Wayne Findlay and his lovely wife Deana who hired a truck to move the band's gear into storage at some considerable cost. Moreover, the merchandise also went missing, along with a large amount of money that had been accrued from the sales at the first few shows. Absolutely crazy! Anyway, as I'm sure your readers are aware, the rest of the U.S. dates were scrapped through no fault of Michael or the band. It's well documented that in the U.S., Michael turned up at a venue alone, willing to play, so as not to disappoint his fans. Michael just wanted to play and even though he knew the U.S. dates were gone, he desperately wanted to make the U.K. dates happen. Thus, he flew (alone) to the U.K. to have meetings with people who said they could help make it happen. I can't go into personal details, but I can assure you Michael was under extreme pressure. After arriving in the U.K., with only four hours sleep in two days, Michael travelled to Peterborough. I know that what he did at Peterborough had a positive impact on those who were there, but from that night to Pentrich, Michael was in a situation that was already becoming untenable. His guitars were in Germany, the band hadn't yet arrived in the U.K. (due to aforementioned fiasco in the U.S.), there was no money, no gear, no band and no merchandise. In fact, there was nothing. Actually, I was impressed that Michael had got that far on his own resources, but I do feel the lack of sleep, lack of food, minimal finances, the fiasco in the U.S., along with other factors had impacted on him emotionally and psychologically.

Strangers in the Night: OK, now on to the day and night of Pentrich itself. You were there, backstage and onstage. What happened?

Alan Walsh: When I arrived at the Rock & Blues during Saturday afternoon, Michael was in a portacabin that was otherwise empty. No food, nothing. I couldn't believe that this man, who'd given so much to so many for over three decades, wasn't even worth a sandwich — and that's no joke. Michael was absolutely exhausted, to the point that he just wanted to sleep. He'd had little sleep in three days, had been travelling constantly, was under-nourished and didn't even have a change of clothes. Also, there was an incident that occurred in London which had left him penniless. It was a disgraceful situation, so I set about trying to sort something out for him. I asked the organisers if an inflatable mattress, blankets, food and soft drinks could be brought to Michael's cabin. A special mention should go to Dale Langham who was absolutely brilliant and couldn't do enough to help. Even so, all Michael wanted to do was sleep, but people kept entering the cabin, so I decided to stand outside and prevent people from going in. I re-entered the cabin around 7pm when the rest of MSG showed up and Michael seemed OK and relaxed. Unfortunately, even though Michael had got some sleep, the damage was done due to the events of the previous 48 hours. I know there's talk on the Internet of Michael's alcohol intake, but it's just not that simple. If only it was. There's no doubting he was drinking to excess at times, or that he desperately under-performed that day and people felt badly let down — but fatigue, emotional, psychological and physical tiredness, along with other aforementioned issues, were the main factors behind that. I suppose one could argue that Michael could have just said "Sod it!" and gone home. But what would people have said then? As usual, Schenker would have got the blame for another cancelled tour. He was in a no-win situation really.

Strangers in the Night: Regarding the recent U.S. tour dates which came to an abrupt end after twelve shows, reviews from those shows were generally very positive. And although the details hadn't been made public, other members of MSG have written that the tour was badly managed, and they've absolved Michael of blame for the cancellation. Obviously with a string of cancelled dates already behind him, Michael got a lot of flak on the message boards which followed — undeservedly on that occasion, but understandably as people were never given the facts. The message board opinions — and there are plenty! — are divided between well-wishers who believe (or want to believe) that he can get help and then bounce back again — and people who are mocking him, calling him "a drunk," "a washed-up junkie," "a tramp," etc. etc. etc., and that his career is over.

Alan Walsh: Regarding opinions on message boards (and I've read plenty this week), many of them are irrelevant. They are born out of ignorance, judgementalism and a desire to kick someone when they're down. Absolutely ridiculous and sick behaviour! Indeed, there has been a story put out by (of all people) Dave Ling of Classic Rock, that Michael and Rudolf [Schenker, SCORPIONS guitarist and Michael's brother] came to blows backstage. I can vehemently attest that this is a total fabrication. It never happened and is just plain "tabloid journalism." I've since heard that Ling heard it on "good authority" that this incident had occurred, but no one in the Schenker camp was approached or asked about any such incident, thus, he didn't have it on "good authority" at all. The same old sensationalism from those with no real stories to tell. Garbage really. The truth is, Michael never saw Rudolf at the Rock & Blues.

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Scorpions Announce Further North American Dates

Veteran German hard rock band SCORPIONS have prepared the following North American tour dates:

Aug. 25 - Shawinigan, Canada @ Site du Festival d'été, Shawinigan-Sud
Aug. 26 - Toronto, Canada @ Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 28 - Ottawa, Canada @ LeBreton Festival Park
Aug. 30 - Montreal, Canada @ Vieux-Port (Quai Jacques-Cartier)
Sep. 01 - Chicoutimi, Canada @ Vieux Port
Sep. 04 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
Sep. 06 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 09 - Edmonton, Canada @ Shaw Conference Centre
Sep. 10 - Calgary, Canada @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Sep. 12 - Vancouver, Canada @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep. 14 - Kelseyville, CA @ Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Sep. 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 - Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino
Sep. 18 - Tucson, AZ @ AVA Amphitheatre
Sep. 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavillion
Sep. 21 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Sep. 22 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Sep. 26 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Sep. 28 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
Sep. 29 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

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Scorpions Guitarist Comments On MSG Performance

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."

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Schenker Brothers "Came To Blows" At Recent Show

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."

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Scorpions To Do 90 Date US Tour

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 MICHAEL SCHENKER, Uli Jon Roth
*** with THE ROOM

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Scorpions Enter International Charts

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:

Greece: #1
Russia: #5
Argentina: #8
Germany: #9
Japan: #16
France: #16
Switzerland: #27
Finland: #29
Sweden: #36
Austria: #41
Italy: #44
Czech Republic: #47
Spain: #59
Netherlands: #91
Mexico: #97

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.

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Scorpions Announce Further Tour Dates

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 THE ROOM

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Guitar Hero Encore Song List Revealed

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)
"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)

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Scorpions Announce California Show

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

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Watch Scorpions Perform "We'll Burn The Sky"

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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Guitar Hero Encore: Rockin 80's Style

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.

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