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Formed: 1965
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.

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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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Judas Priest, Scorpions To Play Royal Albert Hall

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).

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Scorpions Lengthen Record Contract, DVD On The Way

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.

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Judas Priest Confirm UK Dates For 2005

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.

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Judas Priest Planning UK, Ireland Tour?

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.

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Cage To Support Scorpions & Tesla In LA

San Diego, California based heavy metal band Cage have been selected to support the Scorpions and Tesla at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2004.

Cage will once again play the outdoors Sirius Satellite Radio Showcase Stage from 6:45pm-7:30pm for a 45 minute set of pure American heavy metal thunder.

Cage previously was invited to open up for Iron Maiden and Arch Enemy at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, 2004.

Cage recently returned from playing a triumpant show on November 13 at the 2004 Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico alongside Twisted Sister, Dio, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Hatebreed and Shaman.

Cage's last cd, "Darker Than Black," has received incredible worldwide praise from the metal press and fans.

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Scorpions Ready For Mixed Crowds On Tour

The Scorpions kick off a U.S. tour Thursday (Oct. 21) in support of their latest album, which is called "Unbreakable", at the Everett Events Center in Everett, Washington. The dates also feature Tesla and Keith Emerson, and the Scorpions are expecting to see a wide age range in the audience. Singer Klaus Meine told Launch Radio Networks that the band's recent North American tours have drawn fans from two generations: "It was not only the fans who grew up with our music in the '80s, but there were a lot of kids, also — like, 16-, 17-, 18-year-olds — singing 'Blackout' and 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'. And it was just great to see that our music obviously has the power to cross over to a new generation."

The Scorpions/Tesla/Keith Emerson package has shows scheduled through December 5 in Reno, Nevada, and more dates are likely to be added, including an East Coast run.

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Tesla Guitarist To Rejoin Band For Scorpions Tour

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.

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The Scorpions Still Sting A Jakarta Audience

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.

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Jimmy Bain Talks About Leaving Dio For Scorpions

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.

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Islamic Party Seeks To Ban Scorpions

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.

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Scorpions Singer Speaks To The Star Online

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...

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Kiss Among Top 100 Successful Artists In Germany

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.

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Scorpions Complete U.S. Itinerary Released

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.

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Twisted Sister Guitarist On Touring With Scorpions

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."

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