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From: Hannover, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Scorpions news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Tesla guitarist Tommy Skeoch will be rejoining the group for their upcoming tour with the Scorpions, which is scheduled to kick off October 21. "We would like to thank all of our fans for their tremendous show of support during the last few months," the band write on their web site. "We'd also like to extend a special thanks to Scott Johnson for filling in during Tommy's absence."
Skeoch had temporarily left the group in early July in order to enter an undisclosed facility to seek treatment for addiction.
A complete list of confirmed tour dates for the Scorpions/Tesla tour can be found at this location.
Germany's The Scorpions is featured in an article in The Jakarta Post:
When you think of Germany, the first few things that come to mind are modern architecture, advanced technology and precision.
Who would have guessed a rock band from the 60's named The Scorpions is from Germany? Who would have guessed that The Scorpions are still alive and kicking? Who would have guessed that they would still be eager to perform in Jakarta after last week's bombing?
This was the second of its kind in Indonesia after an acoustic concert in Bandung in 2001. This time, The Scorpions came with a full band, with Klaus Meine on lead vocals, Rudolph Schenker (guitar and background vocal), Matthias Jabs (guitar), James Kottak (drums and percussion) and Ralph Rieckerman (bass guitar).
The Scorpions proved they are still worth watching. With their new album, "Unbreakable," just released, they are touring the world again.
Read the full article at The Jakarta Post.
Ex-DIO bassist JIMMY BAIN explained to The Dio Message Board why he left the group earlier this year, "Because my heart wasn't into it, when your heart isn't in it you can't really do it anymore. I want to do something where maybe I can get rich - as oppose to other people getting rich and I didn't. That is unfortunate but such is life. When you join a band you think that everything is going to be great and it doesn?t end up like that so you have to leave after such a long time..years and years."
Asked what he'd miss most about Dio he answers concisely, "Nothing."
He also admits it was he who played bass on the SCORPIONS greatest commercial success, "I did play on [the album] Love at First Sting , that is the only Scorpions album I have played on. They paid me really a lot of money so I really didn?t care that I did not get credit. They know I played on it and I know I played on it, I can hear myself playing on it. They might say that it is Francis but it's not."
Bain also talks about his current projects, including WWIII and more on his thoughts on Dio, Rainbow and Ritchie Blackmore. You can read the entire interview by registering here: www.diomessageboard.com and then visiting the "Don't Talk To Strangers" section.
HindustanTimes.com is reporting that Islamic fundamentalists urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday (Sept. 8) to bar a concert by the German rock group Scorpions, claiming the band would corrupt Malaysian youths.
"Concerts like these are the catalysts for hedonism and vice in society," Salahuddin Haji Ayub, a youth leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said in a protest note to the Religious Affairs Department.
"Research has shown how the crumbling of self-worth, morals and dignity in young people begin from deviant programmes like these," said the statement.
There was no immediate response from the government of this moderate, predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian country and promoters said that they planned to go ahead with the concert Sept 13 at a 50,000-seat stadium.
The party claimed that the concert comes a day after the Muslim holy day commemorating the Prophet Mohammed's ascension to heaven and therefore "insults Islam."
Selina Kok, spokeswoman for concert organizer Star Planet, said the Islamic party was being unfair.
"These guys are rockers, no doubt, but they've been around for years and people know they are a healthy band," she said. Kok said that the organizers would work with the department should any changes be proposed.
The fundamentalist party, which was obliterated as an opposition force in elections in March, has previously protested concerts by artists like Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Linkin Park. None was banned, but Jackson changed the city where he performed in 1996, and some entertainers have agreed to more modest dress. Linkin Park was told not to scream too much.
Scorpions singer Klaus Meine recently spoke to Malaysia's The Star Online about how the veteran German hard rock band has beaten the career odds and still continues to thrive with new material. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
The Star Online: How has the Scorpions survived this long?
Klaus Meine: "It is a mixture between talent and our philosophy of friendship. We've been through highs and lows in our career but the most important thing is that we've never lost our passion for music." More...
According to the RTL Chartshow, Kiss are the 98th most successful band in Germany based on the number of Top 10 singles. Kiss reached the Top 100 position with two Top 10 hits ("I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "God Gave Rock & Roll to You"). The most successful bands in Germany are The Beatles, followed by ABBA, The Sweet and Boney M. Top hard rock/metal bands are Scorpions at No. 29, Bon Jovi at No. 42, Rammstein at No. 59, Led Zeppelin at No. 80, Guns N Roses at No. 87 and Aerosmith at No. 89.
In other news, a KISS-themed Microsoft comic has been posted online at the GeekCulture.com web site. Check it out at this location.
German hard rock veterans Scorpions have released the complete itinerary for their upcoming U.S. tour. Support on the trek will come from Tesla and Keith Emerson. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 21 - Seattle, WA (Everett) @ @ Arena
Oct. 23 - Portland, OR @ Coliseum
Oct. 24 - Boise, ID @ Bank Of America Center
Oct. 26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
Oct. 27 - Denver, CO @ Magness Aud / World
Oct. 29 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
Oct. 30 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Hall
Oct. 31 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel
Nov. 03 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ Five Seasons
Nov. 04 - St Paul, MN @ Xcell
Nov. 06 - Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Arena
Nov. 07 - St Louis, MO @ Saviss Arena
Nov. 09 - Dallas , TX @ Next Stage
Nov. 10 - Houston, TX @ Reliant arena
Nov. 12 - Austin, TX @ Erwin Center
Nov. 13 - San Antonio, TX @ SBC Arena
Nov.14 - Hildago, TX @ The Dodge Arena
Nov. 16 - El Paso, TX @ UTEP
Nov. 17 - Albuquerque, NM @ Conv Center
Nov. 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crickett Pavilion (outdoors)
Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Alladin / Mandalay Bay
Nov. 21 - Tucson, AZ @ SW International Speedway on sale
Nov. 23 -San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena
Nov. 24 - Fresno, CA @ Savemart Arena
Nov. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph (2 firm)
Nov. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph
Nov. 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amph (option)
Nov. 30 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Arena
Nov. 01 - Sacremento, CA @ Arco Arena
Nov. 03 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Dec. 04 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic
Dec. 05 - Reno, NV @ Lawler Pavilion
Scorpions are continuing to tour in support of their new album, "Unbreakable", which was released in the U.S. in June through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, Holland. The band, who recently announced the addition of Polish bassist Pawel Maciwoda (Section 31, Urbanator) to their ranks, are also working on a DVD which should be released later in the year.
Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French has posted the following message regarding the band's recently completed European mini-tour: "We want to thank all of our new fans in Spain for the amazing response that you gave us following our show with the Scorpions in Granada. The reviews have been just as amazing."
Guitar legend Uli Jon Roth is finally returning to the States after an absence of 19 years. News of the tour was already spreading like wildfire among the many admirers of one of the last great and original guitar heroes before the tour was even announced.
Best known for his ground-breaking work with the German hard rock band Scorpions, of which he was an original founding member, the enigmatic multi-talent is at long last embarking on a US tour, which will continue through September.
The long-awaited tour will start in Los Angeles at the House of Blues on August 26th and ends in Mexico, where Roth is head-lining shows with special guests. In the States U.J.R. is sharing the bill with the Michael Schenker Group.
Roth has often been hailed as a true genius on the guitar, always stoutly defying the conventions of the music industry and forging his own way. It is virtually impossible to categorize his output which is wide ranging from classic rock to full scale symphonic works with orchestras.
Since his time with the Scorpions and his own group Electric Sun, U.J.R. has persistently developed his unique playing style which earned him the reputation of being one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of our time. Always one to push the envelope on the guitar as well as in his symphonic compositions, Uli is seen by many as a musical trend setter who is well ahead of his time. He has been an inspiration to artists world-wide, influencing generations of younger players as well as his peers.
His show will include material from all periods of his career including a new and amazing version of his Scorpions song "The Sails of Charon," which Roth has just recorded with a symphony orchestra. The song features Liz Vandall on vocals. Furthermore Uli¹s set will feature parts of his latest release the critically-acclaimed "Metamorphosis of the Seasons," as well as material from each of his Electric Sun albums.
The format of Uli¹s set is innovative. He will be playing his legendary seven-string Sky Guitar, an instrument he designed himself, which enables him to play a full six-octave range. He will also perform in front of a cinemascope screen with just two other musicians on stage. The screen will show spectacular footage directed by the man himself, which often features the members of his own classical Sky Orchestra as well as other musicians with whom Roth interacts live. The result is a perfectly sounding trip through Space and Time.
Roth has recently toured this format in Europe with great success and is very much looking forward to touring in the US again.
The Following are confirmed dates on Uli Jon Roth U.S. Tour: More...
German hard rockers the SCORPIONS have made available streams of all the tracks from their forthcoming studio album Unbreakable, due out May 3rd. Tracks include: New Generation, Love 'em Or Leave 'em, Deep And Dark, Borderline, Blood Too Hot, Maybe I Maybe You, Someday Is Now, My City My Town, Through My Eyes, Can You Feel It, This Time, She Said, Remember The Good Times. A World Tour begins April 17th in Hannover Germany. You can hear the tracks here.
The SCORPIONS are working on a new studio album, due in Spring. You can view clips of the bands progress in the studio on their official site. This is the first studio album of new material for the band since 1999's Eye II Eye.