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

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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:

July
21 - Augsburg, Germany - Messe Augsburg
28 - Pentrich, UK - Rock & Blues Festival **
29 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Apollo **
30 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo **

August
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) ***

September
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

November
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

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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 ULI JON ROTH
** With MICHAEL SCHENKER, ULI JON ROTH
*** 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)
"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)

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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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Scorpions Release Another U.S. 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...

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Scorpions Reveal First US Live Date

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...

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Scorpions Announce Canadian Live Dates

German rock legends the SCORPIONS have announced the following Canadian live dates (some venues tba):

August
25 - Shawinigan, QC
28 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
30 - Montreal, QC - Bell Center

September
1 - Chicoutimi, QC More...

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Michael Schenker Group Confirm US Tour Dates

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:

June
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

July
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

August
2 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
3 - Stourbridge, UK - Rockcafe 2000
4 - Nuneaton, UK - Queens Hall

* Opening for the SCORPIONS, ULI JON ROTH

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Scorpions Release New Album Details

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
06. 321
07. Love Will Keep Us Alive
08. Your Last Song
09. Love Is War
10. Rise Again
11. The Cross
12. Humanity (Live Clip)

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Gods of Metal Festival Announce Bands

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):

June 2-3:

DREAM THEATER
HEAVEN AND HELL
BLIND GUARDIAN
DIMMU BORGIR
PORCUPINE TREE
SYMPHONY X
ANATHEMA
SADIST
DGM
SCORPIONS

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.

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Judas Priest Announce Only Show For 2006

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.

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