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Scorpions

Thu
15
Dec

SWEDEN ROCK FEST Performances Update

 
Another 15 acts have been confirmed for this summer's Sweden Rock Festival: Scorpions, Kansas, Warlock, Wintersun, Wishbone Ash, The Dead Daisies, Grave Digger, Primal Fear, Lucifer's Friend, Myrkur, Picture, Artch, Art Nation, Lost Society and Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies
 
Scorpions have taken their live show to another level with the inclusion of former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee in their line-up. This summer, the German hard rock legends are set to play their first show in Sweden with Gothenburg resident Mikkey behind the drum kit, and they will be bringing a spectacular new production and, of course, an amazing catalogue of songs to build a setlist from, such as "Rock you like a hurricane", "Blackout", "Big city nights", "Still loving you", "Dynamite", "The Zoo", "Still loving you", "Alien nation", "Send me an angel" and "Winds of change".
 
American prog rock icons Kansas have also been reignited lately. Their evergreens "Carry on wayward son" and "Dust in the wind" keep making appearances in movies and TV series, a new band line-up has the band sounding better than they have in many years and recently they released their first studio album since 2000. This summer, they fly to Europe for a single show at the Sweden Rock Festival.
 
2017 will also be the year when the undisputed queen of heavy metal, Doro Pesch, reunites with guitarist Tommy Bolan for four European shows under the name Warlock. One of these shows will be at the Sweden Rock Festival and the main focus of the concert will be on the bands fourth and most beloved album, "Triumph and agony" from 1987.
 
With this, the following 26 out of a total of 80 acts have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2017:
 
Aerosmith
Scorpions
In Flames
Running Wild
Kansas
Clutch
Venom
Warlock
Gotthard
Rhapsody
Black Star Riders
Candlemass
Wintersun
Y&T
Metal Church
Wishbone Ash
The Dead Daisies
Grave Digger
Primal Fear
Lucifer's Friend
Myrkur
Picture
Artch
Art Nation
Lost Society
Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies
 
The remaining 54 bands will be announced as they get confirmed this winter and spring.
 
More info and tickets can be found at www.swedenrock.com
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Thu
21
Jul

SCORPIONS Announce Oz Live Debut

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German heavy rock icons, SCORPIONS, will be bringing their 50th Anniversary Tour to Melbourne for their first-ever Australian show.
In 1988, the Hanoverian pioneers were the first Western rock band to play five consecutive sold-out shows in then Soviet Leningrad. Returning the following year to play the Moscow Music Peace festival, Scorpions ultimately conquered Russia, inspiring frontman Klaus Meine to write the track that became a theme song to the Iron Curtain’s final fall: ‘Wind of Change’.
Travelling to Australia for the first time in the 50-year history of the band, Scorpions will play their debut Australian show at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Tuesday October 18.
Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from midday Tuesday, July 26 until midday Thursday, July 28. For more information on how to purchase, visit: telstra.com/music.
Tickets for this special event will go on sale at 10am Friday, July 29. 
Full tour info: http://bit.ly/2a9MZ2Y
RSVP & stay up to date with all the tour news here: http://bit.ly/29VPiDu
TOUR DATE: 
PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE - TUESDAY OCTOBER 18
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Fri
12
Feb

SCORPIONS 'Return To Forever' Tour Edition CD+DVD

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The Scorpions are on the move!

After last year’s massive sold-out world tour, the band is back to rock stages even harder. On their gigantic 50th Anniversary World Tour that kicked off in 2015, the Scorpions are heading to Eastern Europe in February before returning to the US with an impressive five night run at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and playing even more shows in cities around the globe.

The Scorpions have been going full throttle for more than fifty years now, with their best-selling albums dominating the charts for over 500 weeks in Germany alone, and countless chart successes abroad, as well as thousands of unforgettable concerts in cities like Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin.


The Scorpions are and will be a band of superlatives. There is no other German band, which has gained as much international success and popularity over the course of so many decades. When the rock band from Hannover presented their 18th studio album “Return To Forever” for their 50th band anniversary one year ago, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs displayed that they are unabatedly in formidable shape. Simply world class.
The Tour Edition of “Return To Forever” comes opulently stacked with two brand-new live DVDs and a CD and is bound to make fans’ hearts leap for joy. Apart from the standard album’s twelve tracks, the CD contains all seven bonus tracks, which to date, have only been released on special editions of the album. The live DVDs are even more expansive, offering generous bonus material.

Included are two complete concerts from last year: The open air gig at the French Hellfest Festival, where they headlined in June, and their show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York featuring an impressive guest performance on “No One Like You” by twelve-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer.


The brand-new fifteen-minute video documentary “On The Road in America” by Dennis Dirksen gets to the heart of the matter that the Scorpions are able to consistently attract new generations of fans, who are delighted by their songs, sound and shows. Shot during the current world tour in California and Las Vegas, it gives a voice to fans spanning from teenagers to rock ’n’ roll veterans. The film impressively shows how popular the Scorpions are in the US, and it’s touching to see fans burst into tears while taking photos with the musicians. One highlight is the story of the Ukrainian woman, who at the time used “Wind Of Change” as an impetus to emigrate to the US, and has been a dedicated follower of the band ever since. After all, the Scorpions have not only left their mark on history but continue to influence their fans’ biographies.

In an extensive track-by-track interview, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs offer a sneak peak into the band’s musical universe with anecdotes about the origin and meaning of the songs on “Return To Forever”. The Scorpions manage to blend new songs like “Going Out With A Bang”, “We Built This House” and “Rock’n’Roll Band” seamlessly with their fulminant repertoire of rock classics from “Big City Nights” and “Blackout” to “Still Loving You” and “Rock You Like A Hurricane”. This might also be the open secret allowing The Scorpions to continuously approach their live shows with so much freshness, passion and conviction. Fans can look forward to the upcoming gigs - especially because the Tour Edition of “Return To Forever” is a timely release as the perfect souvenir. And now: It’s showtime for the Scorpions!

The “Return To Forever” Tour Edition will be available from March 11, 2016 as a 1 CD + 2DVD Digipack and as download.

To preorder “Return To Forever” Tour Edition go to  http://smarturl.it/ScRTFAmz

SCORPIONS - The 50th Anniversary Tour


February 17               Sport Palace                                      Odessa, Ukraine
February 19               Palace of Sports                                Kiev, Ukraine
February 22               Arena Riga                                         Riga, Latvia
February 24               Zalgirio Arena                                    Kaunas, Lithuania
February 27               O2 Arena                                            Prague, Czech Republic
February 29               Papp László Sport Arena                   Budapest, Hungary
 
March 2                      Steel Arena                                        Kosice, Slovakia
March 4                      Tauron Arena                                     Krakow, Poland
March 12                    Rockhal                                              Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
March 14                    Schleyer-Halle                                   Stuttgart, Germany
March 16                    Olympiahalle                                      München, Germany
March 18                    Westfalenhalle                                  Dortmund, Germany
March 19                    SAP Arena                                          Mannheim, Germany
March 21                    Barclaycard Arena                            Hamburg, Germany
March 23                    Mercedes Benz Arena                       Berlin, Germany
March 24                    Arena                                                 Leipzig, Germany
March 26                    Festhalle                                            Frankfurt, Germany
March 27                    Lanxess Arena                                   Köln, Germany
 
May 6                         Carolina Rebellion                             Charlotte, USA
May 13                       Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                 Las Vegas, USA
May 14                       Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                 Las Vegas, USA
May 18                       Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                 Las Vegas, USA
May 20                       Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                 Las Vegas, USA
May 21                       Hard Rock Hotel & Casino                 Las Vegas, USA
May 28                       Rocklahoma                                       Pryor, USA
May 29                       River City Rockfest                           San Antonio, USA
 
June 1                         Monterrey Arena                               Monterrey, Mexico
June 3                         Arena Ciudad de México                   Mexico City, Mexico
June 4                         Auditorio Telmex                               Guadelajara, Mexico
June 18                       Rock The Ring                                    Hinwil, Switzerland
June 23                       Copenhell Festival                             Copenhagen, Denmark
June 28                       Meo Arena                                         Lisbon, Portugal
June 30                       Arena Miribilla                                   Bilbao, Spain

July 3                          Barclaycard Arena                            Madrid, Spain
July 14                        Menora Mivtachim Arena                  Tel Aviv, Israel
July 17                        Arena Armeec                                    Sofia, Bulgaria
July 29                        The Runaway Festival                       Oripää, Finland
July 30                        Rockin’ The Rock Festival                 Nilsiä, Finland
 
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Tue
29
Sep

One On One with Mitch Lafon - QUEENSRYCHE & SCORPIONS

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The SCORPIONS' Rudolph Schenker and QUEENSRŸCHE's Todd La Torre guest on episode 154 of One On One with Mitch Lafon.
 
 
Rudolf discusses assembling the band's latest effort RETURN TO FOREVER (my pick for best album of 2015), their 50th anniversary deluxe reissues of Taken By Force (1977), Tokyo Tapes (1978), Lovedrive (1979), Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982) Love at First Sting (1984), World Wide Live (1985), and Savage Amusement (1988), work on a new album with his brother Michael, and much more.
 
Quotes from the interview:
 
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on RETURN TO FOREVER: "We had to find DNA between the old songs and the new songs. The whole album sounds like the perfect album."
 
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on the Scorpions' future: "I'm committed to the Scorpions."
 
RUDOLPH SCHENKER on Michael Schenker: "After the Farewell tour, of course, I had in mind to do something with my brother, but there is nothing in the air yet."
 
For more about the SCORPIONS visit: http://www.the-scorpions.com
TWITTER: @scorpions and Rudolph: @rudolfschenker
 
QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd LaTorre discusses the band's album Condition Hüman, the human condition of the band during the much talked about lawsuit with their former singer, Pledge Music, CRIMSON GLORY, touring, why they almost missed their show in Montreal with the SCORPIONS (Sept. 19th 2015), and much more.
 
Quotes from the interview:
 
TODD LA TORRE on the band's album Condition Hüman: "I'm an equal writer (not just lyrically and vocal melodies), I've also contributed drum and guitar parts."
 
TODD LA TORRE on CRIMSON GLORY: "Crimson Glory stopped working as a band because of Jon Drenning."
 
TODD LA TORRE on the lawsuit: "Theoretically, I could have taken the position that it's not my fight, but it becomes my problem because I'm the new singer in the band and I've got a bullseye on my throat."
 
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Current information for the SCORPIONS Deluxe 50th Anniversary Reissues:
 
All eight releases detailed.
 
1) TAKEN BY FORCE
 
Steamrock Fever
We'll Burn The Sky
I've Got To Be Free
The Riot Of Your Time
The Sails Of Charon
Your Light
He's A Woman - She's A Man
Born To Touch Your Feelings
Suspender Love (Bonus Track)
Busy Guys (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Believe In Love (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Midnight Blues Jam (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
Blue Dream (Unfinished Instrumental Version - Bonus Track)
Born To Touch Your Feelings (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
 
2) TOKYO TAPES -
 
Disc 1
 
All Night Long
Pictured Life
Backstage Queen
Polar Nights
In Trance
We'll Burn The Sky
Suspender Love
In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
Fly To The Rainbow
He's A Woman - She's A Man
Speedy's Coming
Top Of The Bill
Hound Dog
Long Tall Sally
Steamrock Fever
Dark Lady
Kjo No Tsuki
 
Disc 2
 
Robot Man
Hell Cat (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Catch Your Train (Unreleased Live Track)(Japan 78 - Bonus Track)
Kimi Ga Yo (Unreleased Japanese Hymn 78 - Bonus Track)
Polar Nights (Unreleased Live Track Japan 78 - Bonus Track)
He's A Woman She's A Man (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Top Of The Bill (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1978 - Bonus Track)
Robot Man (Unreleased Live Track Japan 1979 - Bonus Track)
 
3) LOVEDRIVE
 
Disc 1
 
Loving You Sunday Morning
Another Piece Of Meat
Always Somewhere
Coast To Coast
Can't Stop Get Enough
Is There Anybody Out There
Lovedrive
Holiday
Cause I Love You (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
Holiday (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
 
Disc 2
 
Intro (Live In Japan 1979)
We'll Burn The Sky (Live In Japan 1979)
Lovedrive (Live In Japan 1979)
Life's Like A River (Live In Japan 1979)
Fly To The Rainbow (Live In Japan 1979)
Is There Anybody There (Live In Japan 1979)
Another Piece Of Meat (Live Injapan 1979)
Can't Get Enough (Live In Japan 1979)
Kojo No Tsuki (Live In Japan 1979)
Interview Special Mit R.Schenker, K.Meine, M.Jabs,H.Rarebell
 
4) ANIMAL MAGNETISM
 
Make It Real
Don`t Make No Promises (Your Body Can`t Keep)
Hold Me Tight
Twentieth Century Man
Lady Starlight
Falling In Love
Only A Man
The Zoo
Animal Magnetism
Hey You (Vocals By Rudolf Schenker - Bonus Track)
Animal Magnetism (Unreleased Demo Version - Bonus Track)
American Girls (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
Get Your Love (Unreleased Demo Version Of Heroes Don`t Cry - Bonus Track)
Restless Man (unreleased Demo Version Of Twentieth Century Man - Bonus Track)
All Night Long (Unreleased Demo Song - Bonus Track)
 
5) BLACKOUT (CD & DVD)
 
Disc 1:
 
Blackout
Can't Live Without You
No One Like You
You Give Me All I Need
Now!
Dynamite
Arizona
China White
When The Smoke Is Going Down
Blackout (Unreleased demo)
Running For The Plane (Unreleased demo song)
Sugar Man (Unreleased demo song)
All My Love (Unreleased demo song)
Searching For The Rainbow (Unreleased demo song)
 
Disc 2:
 
No One Like You (Video clip)
Arizona (Video clip)
Blackout (Rock Pop In Concert)
Loving You Sunday Morning (Rock Pop In Concert)
Coming Home (Rock Pop In Concert)
Always Somewhere (Rock Pop In Concert)
Holiday (Rock Pop In Concert)
Can't Live Without You (Rock Pop In Concert)
Dynamite (Rock Pop In Concert)
Can't Get Enough (Rock Pop In Concert)
Make It Real (Not broadcasted/ Rock Pop In Concert)
The Zoo (Not broadcasted/ Rock Pop In Concert)
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
 
6) LOVE AT FIRST STING (CD & DVD)
 
Disc 1:
 
Bad Boys Running Wild
Rock You Like A Hurricane
I'm Leaving You
Coming Home
The Same Thrill
Big City Nights
As Soon As The Good Times Roll
Crossfire
Still Loving You
Coming Home (Unreleased demo)
Living At Night (Unreleased demo song)
First Sting Jam No. 1 (Unreleased demo)
Anytime (You Want It) (Unreleased demo song)
Still Loving You (Unreleased demo)
 
Disc 2 (Live At Madison Square Garden, New York City (June 7, 1984)
 
Intro
Coming Home
Blackout
Bad Boys Running Wild
Loving You Sunday Morning
Big City Nights
Holiday (Acoustic)
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
The Zoo
Dynamite
 
Disc 3:
 
Rock You Live A Hurricane (Video clip)
I'm Leaving You (Video clip)
Big City Nights (Video clip)
Rock You Like A Hurricane (TV Show Germany 1985)
Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1985)
Still Loving You (TV Show Germany 1984)
Big City Nights (Monsters Of Rock Germnay 1986)
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
 
7) WORLD WIDE LIVE (CD & DVD)
 
Disc 1:
 
Countdown
Coming Home
Blackout
Bad Boys Running Wild
Loving You Sunday Morning
Make It Real
Big City Nights
Coast To Coast
Holiday
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Can't Live Without You
Another Piece Of Meat
Dynamite
The Zoo
No One Like You
Can't Get Enough (Part 1)
Six String Sting
Can't Get Enough (Part 2)
 
Disc 2:
 
Coming Home (Originally only available on VHS)
Blackout
Big City Nights
Loving You Sunday Morning
No One Like You
Holiday
Bad Boys Running Wild
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Dynamite
Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
 
8) SAVAGE AMUSEMENT (CD & DVD)
 
Disc 1:
 
Don't Stop At The Top
Rhythm Of Love
Passion Rules The Game
Media Overkill
Walking On The Edge
We Let It Rock…You Let It Roll
Every Minute Every Day
Love On The Run
Believe In Love
Taste Of Love (Unreleased demo song)
Edge Of Time (Unreleased demo song)
Don't Wait Too Long (Unreleased demo song)
Fast And Furious (Unreleased demo)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Unreleased demo)
Living For Tomorrow (Unreleased demo song)
I Can't Explain
 
Disc 2:
 
Rhythm Of Love (Video clip)
Passion Rules The Game (Video clip)
Believe In Love (Video clip)
I Can't Explain (Video clip)
* Documentary with clips and live material To Russia With Love
* Interview special with R. Schenker, K. Meine, M. Jabs, H. Rarebell
 
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Sat
19
Sep

SCORPIONS Rock Documentary 'Forever And A Day' Set For U.S. Theatrical Release

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Celebrating 50 Years of Rocking Like A Hurricane with a New Album,
North American Tour, and Theatrical Release
 
(September 17, 2015) - International rrock superstars, Scorpions, continue to celebrate their 50th year in metal with a special one-night national screening event of their first theatrical release, the documentary film, “Forever And A Day,” Wednesday, October 14th.  Link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzTfIxUuTSA.  For more information on locations and tickets: http://www.The-Scorpions.com/ForeverAndADay/.

Presented by SpectiCast and Tempest Films, “Forever And A Day” captures the history of one of the most influential bands in music history – following them for 18 months with an insightful look into the dynamic that has kept them at the top of the metal community.  Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on their ‘Final Sting’ dates - originally the band’s farewell tour around the globe, from Bangkok via Los Angeles to Moscow, the resulting documentary “Forever and a Day” is a moving portrait of their unique history, packed with candid moments and Scorpions’ memories, culminating with the decision to scrap their retirement plans. Klaus Meine adds, “I think it'll be a really special film for our fans."

The title, “Forever And A Day,” outlines the philosophy Scorpions have internalized since their early days.  In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travelers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way.

Scorpions continue their global assault in support of their 19th studio album, Return to Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), just released September 11, with North American dates (see below).  For additional info please visit www.The-Scorpions.com.

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972.  The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism.  In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at Fiirst Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You" and "Wind of Change." The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed as #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.  Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents. For these milestone shows Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of their hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics.  In September 2015, Scorpions released their 19th studio album, Return To Forever, and embarked on the first leg of their North American tour featuring special guests Queensryche. 

About SpectiCast

SpectiCast is the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world, providing specialty film programs, cultural arts events, contemporary music programs, and other alternative content to over 4,500 theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 60 countries around the globe. SpectiCast provides content rights holders with turnkey access to theatrical and all downstream digital platforms including DVD, VOD and TV and has distributed programs from some of the world’s most prestigious cultural arts organizations including the Strafford Festival, Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, the British Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. SpectiCast has also partnered with some of the world’s most renowned entertainment companies including Universal Music, Sony, EagleRock Entertainment, and Fathom Events. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in
Philadelphia, PA. For more information please visit: www.specticast.com.

Remaining dates of the first leg of their North American tour:
 
Date                           City                                         Venue

September 18          Toronto, ON Canada           Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 19          Montreal, QC Canada          Bell Centre
September 22          Columbus, OH                    LC Pavilion
September 23          Cleveland, OH                    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
September 25          Windsor, ON Canada          Caesar's Windsor TBA
September 26          Chicago, IL                        Allstate Arena
September 29          Denver, CO                       Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
October 1                San Jose, CA                     SAP Center
October 3                Los Angeles, CA                 The Forum
October 6                Santa Barbara, CA              Santa Barbara Bowl
October 7                Las Vegas, NV                    Hard Rock Hotel
October 9                Seattle, WA                       ShoWare Center
 

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Mon
31
Aug

SCORPIONS Deluxe Catalog Reissues Due November

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Here are the full track details for the Scorpions 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions of four classic albums, due November 6.

1) Savage Amusement:

Disc: 1
1. Don`t Stop At The Top 04:03
2. Rhythm Of Love 03:47
3. Passion Rules The Game 03:58
4. Media Overkill 03:32
5. Walking On The Edge 05:05
6. We Let It Rock...You Let It Roll 03:38
7. Every Minute Every Day 04:21
8. Love On The Run 03:35
9. Believe In Love 05:20
10. Taste Of Love - Unreleased Demo Song (Bonus Track) 04:39
11. Edge Of Time - Unreleased Demo Version (Bonus Track) 04:36
12. Don`t Wait Too Long - Unreleased Demo Song (Bonus Track) 04:15
13. Fast And Furious - Unreleased Demo (Bonus Track) 03:11
14. Dancing In The Moonlight - Unreleased Demo Version (Bonus Track) 03:07
15. Living For Tomorrow - Unreleased Demo Song (Bonus Track) 03:30
16. I Can`t Explain 03:22

Disc: 2
1. Rhythm Of Love (video clip) 03:47
2. Passion Rules The Game (video clip) 03:58
3. Believe In Love (video clip) 05:20
4. I Can`t Explain (video clip) 03:22
5. Documentary with clips and live material To Russia With Love
6. Interview Special with Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Herman Rarebell

2) World Wide Live (CD & DVD):

Disc: 1
1. Countdown
2. Coming Home
3. Blackout
4. Bad Boys Running Wild
5. Loving You Sunday Morning
6. Make It Real
7. Big City Nights
8. Coast To Coast
9. Holiday
10. Still Loving You
11. Rock You Like A Hurricane
12. Can't Live Without You
13. Another Piece Of Meat
14. Dynamite
15. The Zoo
16. No One Like You
17. Can't Get Enough (Part 1)
18. Six String Sting
19. Can't Get Enough (Part 2)

Disc: 2
1. Coming Home (Originally Only Available On Vhs)
2. Blackout
3. Big City Nights
4. Loving You Sunday Morning
5. No One Like You
6. Holiday
7. Bad Boys Running Wild
8. Still Loving You
9. Rock You Like A Hurricane
10. Dynamite
11. Interview Special With R.Schenker,K.Meine,M.Jabs,H.Rarebell

3) Love At First Sting (2CD & DVD):

Disc: 1
1. Bad Boys Running Wild
2. Rock You Like A Hurricane
3. I'm Leaving You
4. Coming Home
5. The Same Thrill
6. Big City Nights
7. As Soon As The Good Times Roll
8. Crossfire
9. Still Loving You
10. Coming Home (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)
11. Living At Night (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
12. First Sting Jam No.1 (Unreleased Demo) (Bonus Track)
13. Anytime (You Want It) (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
14. Still Loving You (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)

Disc: 2
1. Intro (Live At Madison Square Garden,New York City 06.07.84)
2. Coming Home
3. Blackout
4. Bad Boys Running Wild
5. Loving You Sunday Morning
6. Big City Nights
7. Holiday (Acoustic)
8. Still Loving You
9. Rock You Like A Hurricane
10. The Zoo
11. Dynamite

Disc: 3
1. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Videoclip)
2. I'm Leaving You (Video Clip)
3. Big City Nights (Video Clip)
4. Still Loving You (Video Clip)
5. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Tv Show Germany 1985)
6. Still Loving You (Tv Show Germany 1985)
7. Still Loving You (Tv Show Germany 1984)
8. Big City Nights (Monster Of Rock Germany 1986)
9. Interview Special With R.Schenker,K.Meine,M.Jabs,H.Herman Rarebell

4) Blackout (CD & DVD):

Disc: 1
1. Blackout
2. Can't Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
5. Now!
6. Dynamite
7. Arizona
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
10. Blackout (Unreleased Demo Vers.) (Bonus Track)
11. Running For The Plane (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
12. Sugar Man (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
13. All My Love (Unreleased Demo Song) (Bonus Track)
14. Searching For The Rainbow(Unreleased Demo Song)(Bonus Track)

Disc: 2
1. No One Like You (Video Clip)
2. Arizona (Video Clip)
3. Blackout (Rock Pop In Concert)
4. Loving You Sunday Morning (Rock Pop In Concert)
5. Coming Home (Rock Pop In Concert)
6. Always Somewhere (Rock Pop In Concert)
7. Holiday (Rock Pop In Concert)
8. Can't Live Without You (Rock Pop In Concet)
9. Dynamite (Rock Pop In Concert)
10. Can't Get Enough (Rock Pop In Concert)
11. Make It Real (Not Broadcasted)(Rock Pop In Concert)
12. The Zoo (Not Broadcasted)(Rockpop In Concert)
13. Interview special With R.Schenker,K.Meine,M.Jabs,H.Rarebell

 
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Thu
27
Aug

SCORPIONS Celebrate North American Release Of Return To Forever With Yahoo Live Stream

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New Studio Album Available September 11 (Toronto, Canada) August 26, 2015 - Iconic rock superstars, Scorpions, have partnered with Yahoo for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Fans can tune in at 9:10pm ET, to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning set list of Scorpions' hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. The live stream will be available on desktop at https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/scorpions, or through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) or connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, Xbox).
 
Scorpions will be on tour in North American celebrating their 50th anniversary and the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), available September 11, 2015.  More information on the new release and upcoming tour dates (routing below) can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.
 
Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world going Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France (#5), Germany (#2), Greece (#1 debut), Russia (platinum!), Hungary, Japan (#4), Turkey (#4) Switzerland (#2), Malasia (their first gold!), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!  Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, "MTV Unplugged"), Return To Forever features 19 new songs including first single, "We Built This House," currently at #3 at Classic Rock in the U.S.  The track is available digitally as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes:http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns .

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970's with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "No One Like You," as well a string of successful singles such as "Send Me an Angel," "Still Loving You" and "Winds of Change." The band was also ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane" also landed as #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents.
 
North American dates feature special guests Queensryche.  
 
Sep. 10 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA
Sep. 12 - Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
Sep. 13 - Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH
Sep. 18 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Sep. 19 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
Sep. 22 - LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
Sep. 23 - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH
Sep. 25 - Caesar’s Windsor - Windsor, ON
Sep. 26 - Allstate Arena - Chicago, IL
Oct. 01 - SAP Center - San Jose, CA
Oct. 03 - The Forum - Los Angeles, CA

www.the-scorpions.com

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Fri
21
Aug

SCORPIONS - Return To Forever (Review)

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Mikael Nord Andersson & Martin Hansen
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2015
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Worldwide
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Melodic Hard Rock
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85
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Germany’s rock legends the Scorpions return with their final studio album and final tour. Or not…maybe, who knows. Either way, the guys have come out firing with a big guitar fueled, anthemic rock record that combines song ideas from the early and mid-80s and from today.
So it sounds like an old-school Scorps record, but with a contemporary production.
There’s a lot to like here as long as you can get past the cringe worthy and clichéd lyrics and the band should absolutely be cited for the overuse of the term ‘rock and roll’ – Rock My Car, Rock N Roll Band, Hard Rockin’ The Place, Rollin’ Home.
We get it guys – you ROCK!
 
On a serious note, this is a fun album as long as you check your brain in when you hit play.
The 80s hard rock of Going Out With A Bang sums things up fairly well; and We Built This House is a great melodic rocker with a big chorus.
Rock My Car sounds like it might be called Rock My (censored) if you don’t listen close enough. It’s a bit daft.
 
House Of Cards is a solid new Winds Of Change style ballad; Rock N Roll Band has a fast beat and decent riff; Catch Your Play is a nice pompous AOR track; The Scratch has quite a groove; and Gypsy Life is a sentimental anthem before a whole range of bonus tracks (depending on format) kick in.
 
Of the bonus stuff, only the upbeat Dancing With The Moonlight has any real lasting power. The chance of having up to 5 bonus tracks moves this album from consistent to too long and containing several fillers.

Well produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen and filled with the best anthemic songs the Scorps have always been known for. Nothing new, but nothing bad (apart from the lyrics) either. Just good old’ rockin’ rocking rock rock’n’roll.

 
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Fri
17
Jul

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RUDOLPH SCHENKER (Scorpions)

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In episode 123 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by RUDOLF SCHENKER of the SCORPIONS.

Rudolf discusses the band's latest album RETURN TO FOREVER, their 50th anniversary tour, the Scorpions rockumentary FOREVER AND A DAY, Uli Jon Roth, the Tokyo Tapes and Taken By Force albums, his brother Michael, thoughts of leaving the band in the last 50 years, drummer James Kottak, and much more.

Quotes from the interview: "This band is not a band made by a manager. There was a new generation coming from Germany - not with tanks and making war, but with guitars and playing music. Bringing Music, Love & Peace. [the Scorpions] are Love, Peace & Rock N' Roll - Love stands for Still Lovin' You, Peace for Winds Of Change, and Rock N' Roll for Rock You Like A Hurricane."

On his brother Michael: "My brother was perfect for the Scorpions, but two Schenkers in one band are too much."

This episode is co-hosted by BRITNY FOX & DORO drummer, Johnny Dee. Johnny also gives an updateon the Britny Fox reunion and new album.

For more about the SCORPIONS visit: http://www.the-scorpions.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Scorpions
TWITTER: @scorpions

For more about JOHNNY DEE visit: http://www.britnyfox.com & http://www.doromusic.de
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoroOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/britnyfoxband
Twitter: @dee_drums @Britny_Fox @DoroOfficial

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Extreme, Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http://www.heavymontreal.com

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Tue
02
Jun

Maximum Metal Interview ULI JON ROTH

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Maximum Metal have just posted a new interview with guitar great ULI JON ROTH

Direct Interview link: http://www.maximummetal.com/interviews/intresults.asp?ID=ulijroth&idBand...

If you know the history of metal guitar, you don't have to be told who Uli Jon Roth is. First coming to the world's attention as a member of Germany's Scorpions in the 1970's, he was among the first guitar players to incorporate the influence of Classical music into a heavy rock context. In the 80's, he began taking this fusion further, first with the band Electric Sun (which also bore a distinct Jimi Hendrix influence he had begun to show in the Scorpions), and then with other projects that included several orchestral works. After increasingly leaving the rock world behind for a time, Roth has seemed to come to terms with his proto-metal past. It began with a handful of onstage appearances with the Scorpions, and has now culminated in Scorpions Revisited, a studio album featuring inspired new interpretations of songs he originally recorded with the band in the 70's (plus a tour featuring a set list that draws heavily from that era).

Roth recently spoke to Maximum Metal's Vinaya Saksena about his past, present and future, plus his thoughts on technology, society and the future of music in general. What follows is a slightly edited version of that interview here:

Roth has a new album of Scorpions material "Scorpions Revisited," out now. His thoughts on what he might do next:

Roth: I've written a new album a year ago, but I've never gotten around to start recording it, and I'm kind of itching to start the recording process. In some ways, it's a continuation of "Under A Dark Sky," but it's more rock-orientated, slightly simpler, but it's strongly melodic and I like the lyrics as well. So I'm looking forward to recording that one.

Roth expresses concern about the often superficial nature of popular music and culture in general:

As far as the music itself, I'm not really enamored with the whole instant gratification-like download mentality. You know, the iTunes thing means that it's just like McDonald's. You can get any piece of music instantly, and they're disconnected. My music for instance, I always tried to write like an album of pieces that are connected. And then of course you can listen to them on their own, but I feel it's not quite the same. I tend to think in broader artistic frameworks. And I'm not the only artist, you know. Kate Bush thinks like that, and so do several others. That's one thing.

I feel that the young generation, because everything is downloaded in seconds, there is no more physical aspect to it, and they don't seem to bond with the artists. But the artist needs a bond with the audience, a deeper understanding, which goes both ways, you know? Both sides are missing out if that's not happening, because the music benefits from that, the quality of the music benefits from that kind of bonding, which is a mutual understanding and a mutual kind of respect for one another- the audience for the artist and the artist for the audience. That reflects in the music and also the quality of the music, I think. So that's a little deplorable.

So it's a sign of our times. That's why I call it the McDonald's society. It's all mental fast food. Fast food of the mind is the name of the game. That's what rules the planet. You know, it's fast information, shallow information, cheap information. Anything instant, but very little of that goes down way deep. That's just the time we live in, and it takes some period of transformation inside of us to come to grips with this kind of speed, you know?

Everything is much faster now than it used to be. The train of mankind is running at a different frequency now, and that frequency is not necessarily very much in tune with what would be healthy for the human mind. There's a certain kind of spectrum of plus and minus of a healthy speed which is conducive to real progress of the human mind and spirit. But if you go beyond that, if the speed is too high, it's like you could easily have the whole train derailed, you know? And then the learning is not facilitated by that, because the speed is just too quick for that which we are naturally equipped with.

Maybe the next generation will adapt to that kind of speed, but I know very few people who have so far. Most people are just kind of coasting along , but maybe they don't even really notice, but when you really analyze what's going on, I don't really know anybody who's really on top of it now, even if they appear to be on top of it. A lot of precious things fall by the wayside. And I don't mean that financially. I mean spiritually precious, mentally precious, you know? A lot of good things fall by the wayside. They get crushed by this incredibly fast train.
  

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Thu
26
Mar

Focus On Metal - SCORPIONS

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"This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Scorpions. To mark the occasion they have just released their 18th studio album "Return To Forever" as well as embarking on a celebratory world tour. For those you that want the scoop on this years Scorpions plans (and who doesn't) we have a guy with the inside scoop, drummer James Kottak on the show this week. James called us direct from tour rehearsals and graciously gave us a nice chunk of time out of his very hectic schedule."
 
www.focusonmetal.net and iTunes under "focus on metal".
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Tue
24
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SCORPIONS

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SCORPIONS' James Kottak and THREE DAYS GRACE'S BARRY STOCK join Mitch in this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON.

Russ Dwarf of the KILLER DWARFS & HAREM SCAREM'S Darren James Smith co-host. Follow RUSS DWARF on TWITTER: @RussDWaRf and his band the KILLER DWARFS: @KillerDwarfs. Follow Harem Scarem: @HaremScaremBand

In our first interview, James Kottak discusses the Scorpions' new album Return To Forever, their upcoming tour with Queensrÿche, his time with Warrant, the band's 'Farewell Tour', working on the much maligned Eye II Eye album, reuniting with Kingdom Come, his band KOTTAK and much more.

Visit James at: http://www.jameskottak.com and on Twitter: @JKottak

Our second interview features Barry Stock of THREE DAYS GRACE. We discuss their new singer Matt Walst (My Darkest Days), their new album Human, the challenges of being a Canadian band, playing the Heavy Montreal festival and much more.

Follow Three Days Grace On Twitter: @threedaysgrace  and visit: http://www.threedaysgrace.com/

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit: http://www.heavymontreal.com

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Wed
25
Feb

FIREWORKS Issue 68 Out Now

FIREWORKS #68 OUT NOW
 
Out this week ... awesome KILLER issue with interviews with Scorpions, UFO, Thunder, Toto, Revolution Saints (all 3 members), Jeff Scott Soto, ISSA, Blind Guardian, H.e.a.t, China Sky, Eclipse, Ammunition, Care of Night, Angra, Reach, Furyon, Orden Ogan, Leah, The Answer, Gun, Wolfpakk, Sweet & Lynch, Impera, Blackberry Smoke, Last Autumn's Dream and many more!! Wonderful AOR packed 100 page issue.  Also includes competition to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to the fantastic Vasby festival where you can check out bands like WASP, Danger Danger, Magnum, X-Rated, MSG, Heaven & Earth, Work of Art, H.e.a.t, Eclipse and many more this July 17th/18th in Sweden.
Throw in 36 pages of the best melodic and hard rock reviews, and you have another issue packed to over-flowing.
 
Available NOW in WH Smith stores across the UK, this issue will reach USA and Canada late March.  You can also pick up hard copies directly from the Fireworks mini-shop at www.rocktopia.co.uk, and download pdf version also available for only 3GBP in the download store.

 

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Mon
23
Feb

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - HERMAN RAREBELL, JACK BLADES

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Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell (Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock), U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (ex Accept), journalist Martin Popoff, stand up comedian/actor Bethany Black, and independent music marketing expert John Oszajca, and is now available for streaming at this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/richs-rock-show-herman-rarebell-night-rangerudobethany-black-martin-popoff-john-oszajca/


 
In the first hour, Udo Dirkschneider discusses the writing and recording of U.D.O's new album 'Decadent', their touring plans, and chooses 2 tracks from the new release.

Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades talks about the band's forthcoming UK dates (London, Islington 02 Academy, Thurs 12

th March, Hard Rock Hell AOR, Wales, Sunday 14th March) and what fans can expect from the setlist. Jack also reveals that Night Ranger may begin working on a new album after their summer tour of the US ends later in 2015, gives an update on Revolution Saints, and chooses 2 Night Ranger tracks.

Also in part 1, the show's ongoing series of interviews with musicians and comedians who are fans of Monty Python continues as stand up comic Bethany Black (star of Russell T Davies's 'Banana') drops in to talk about her love of Kiss, Monty Python, and her roller derby adventures as 'Beth Leppard'. Beth chooses a favourite Python song and Kiss classic.

In part 2, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell talks about his new album of re-recorded Scorpions classics, 'Herman's Scorpions Songs' (featuring Bobby Kimball, Doogie White, Don Dokken, Tony Martin, and many more), his current role as drummer in Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, playing on Pete Way's solo album, and the population explosion in France which was partly fuelled by the Scorpions' 'Still Loving You'. Plus three songs from 'Herman's Scorpions Songs'.

Esteemed journalist Martin Popoff takes a look at the history of 80s Metal with his new book 'The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Metal's Debauched Decade', and chooses 80s classics from Ratt and Whitesnake. (www.martinpopoff.com )

And finally, musician and online music marketing expert John Oszajca talks about 'Music Marketing Manifesto', his course for independent musicians, inspired by his own major label experiences at the sharp end of the music industry. John explains how the course can help musicians to make a clear strategy to get their music out to the right audience, and survive in the 21st century music industry (www.musicmarketingmanifesto.com)

You can also listen on Sunday 22nd February 15:00-17:00, Tuesday 24th February 12:00-14:00 and Thursday 26th January 07:00-09:00 on  www.totalrock.com
 

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Mon
16
Feb

Scorpions' “Virgin Killer” Album Released On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl

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Camarillo, CA - Metal icons Scorpions' legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band's shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band's career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.

The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli's "Polar Nights" guitar solo that make it a classic.

“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980's when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal. 

“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre's development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.

TRACKLIST:
1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
6. Hell-Cat
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven

Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: https://audiofidelity.net/product/scorpions-virgin-killer-lp

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Wed
14
Jan

SCORPIONS 'Return To Forever' Full Press Release

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SCORPIONS

“Return To Forever”
The new studio album celebrating 50th stage anniversary
including the single “We Built This House”
Release: February 23, 2015

“There’s something unreal about the number”, reckons Klaus Meine. The video for “Wind Of Change” has been viewed more than 108 million times on YouTube to date. VEVO meticulously recorded the view requests and certified them. With this, the Scorpions are the first German band  to break the 100 million click mark. Once again, the Scorpions have written a piece of music history.

The number is not only impressive, it also highlights the Scorpions phenomenon. 50 years after a very young Rudolf Schenker founded the band in the profoundly provincial, post-war Hannover, the Scorpions remain a band that is able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. “It’s really remarkable”, says Rudolf Schenker, for example, “how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.”

“Today”, they all marvel, “we’re not only as hip as we were at our best times, our audience is becoming younger and younger as well.” The insight that new generations worldwide are just now discovering the Scorpions inspires them. In 2010, the band had reached a point where the perpetual cycle of studio sessions, album releases, and subsequent mega tours had in the end worn them out to such an extent that they seriously considered winding down and planned to retire with a farewell tour. 2013 however, a world tour later, brought a breath of fresh air. The sensational “MTV Unplugged” concert at the Lycabettus open-air theater in Athens was the most urgent reminder of how dreamlike and intense performances in front of an audience can be, and what challenges still await them. Either way, the hunger for more had returned, for all of them.

So the band once again met up with their two favorite Swedes to realize a project, which initially had been intended to be rather plain. Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen had already produced “Sting In The Tail”, and re-arranged the whole material for “MTV Unplugged” together with Matthias Jabs.

“Actually, we only wanted to finally record some song ideas for the fans, which we had worked on in the past but never put on an album, and then release them without much fanfare”, Matthias Jabs remembers. “There had been quite a few over the years, ideas that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl and later on CD. We quickly had eight songs, which partly had to be finalized first and were then recorded from scratch. During the work, increasingly new song ideas were added from our end, as well as from the two Swedes. We had so much fun working and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all.”

The fact that the fiftieth band anniversary was coming up as well, hit Rudolf rather accidentally: “Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom’s, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of my band Scorpions fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, and it had to paid off in installments from the earnings. 50 years are a long time. Apart from us, at most the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys or The Who managed to do that. In that sense, the timing for the new album is perfect, we’re celebrating half a decade of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”

Ultimately, the band recorded 19 songs altogether. Twelve of which are on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition. They all present the Scorpions at the peak of their creativity once again. Tracks like the first single “We Built This House” are as contemporary as the sweeping “House Of Cards” (a guaranteed live hit). Also belonging in the category live hit is “Eye Of The Storm”, a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing the Scorpions’ stage performances. In songs like “We Built This House” the band reflects the past fifty years; their philosophy and the lessons, their unusual life taught them. Klaus Meine: “In the end, it tells our story. We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be wheatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of and the thankfulness for the fans’ affection. We have been  working hard for this dream, but we’re thankful as well for having been able to live it, and for still being able to live it today.”

In these fifty years, the world has changed rapidly. When the Scorpions started, the present with its smart phones, the Internet, intelligent fridges, holograms, and online streaming services was hardy imaginable even for the boldest science fiction authors. The Scorpions have witnessed and participated in all of these changes, were up to speed with these developments as artists and musicians, while at the same time staying true to themselves at all times. That too, is documented on “Return To Forever”. The band was never in need to make concessions to the respective zeitgeist, their own creative potential was much too extensive for that. For this, they have earned highest recognition worldwide, and in these fifty years have contributed an inestimable share in restoring the profoundly damaged reputation of Germany in the world after the Second World War. The fact that this contribution is now being acknowledged, is not least proven by the bestowal of the Lower Saxon State Award for the year 2014, which the band will receive on February 3, 2015.

Just how much the band is still charged with high voltage is demonstrated by classic arena rockers like “Going Out With A Bang” or the fantastic “Rock 'n' Roll Band”. Songs like these already whet the appetite for the upcoming world tour kicking off middle of next year, which the band is already looking forward to. Not least, “because it’s simply unbelievable and inspiring to look into the faces of very young fans, who discover us and our music in a whole new way.” And who, this might be added, experience the magic that characterizes Scorpions concerts since their early days, for the first time. The tour will take the band around the globe once again.

Before that, however, the Scorpions will appear on the big screen. The renowned film maker Katja von Garnier has accompanied the Scorpions on their “Final Sting” tour and put together a moving documentary with unique images during these eighteen months, displaying the band’s magic, which has never before been captured so well. The film is called “Forever And A Day”. The title at the same time outlines the philosophy the Scorpions have internalized since their early days. In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travellers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way.

The brand-new Scorpions studio album “Return To Forever” is out February 23, 2015 and will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector’s Box, and several more digital and physical formats. The first single “We Built This House” can be downloaded as an Instant Grat on iTunes and Amazon.mp3 as of now!


 
Tracklist:
01. Going Out With A Bang
02. We Built This House
03. Rock My Car
04. House Of Cards
05. All For One
06. Rockn Roll Band
07. Catch Your Luck And Play
08. Rollin' Home
09. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
 
13. The World We Used To Know (bonus Deluxe Edition)
14. Dancing With The Moonlight  (bonus Deluxe Edition)
15. When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus Deluxe Edition)
16. Who We Are (bonus Deluxe Edition)
17. Delirious (bonus iTunes)
 

To preorder -

Deluxe CD  http://smarturl.it/RTF_deluxe
Vinyl http://smarturl.it/RTF_Vinyl
Box Set http://smarturl.it/RTF_BoxSet
CD http://smarturl.it/RTF_CD 


SCORPIONS - Return To Forever - The 50th Anniversary World Tour  2015/2016

Only UK show

25th July Headlining the Ramblin’ Man Fair

Rest of the world

08.05.15 Pardubice, Czech Republic - ČEZ Aréna

       
09.05.15 Łódź, Poland - Atlas Arena          
20.06.15 Clisson, France - Hellfest             
21.06.15 Dessel, Belgium - Graspop              
18.07.15 Sion, Switzerland - Plaine de Tourbillon       
19.07.15 Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France - Guitare En Scene            
25.07.15 Maidstone, UK - Mote Park (Ramblin' Man Fair)
15.08.15 Eckernförde, Germany - Rock am Strand
21.08.15 Coburg, Germany - Schlossplatz
09.11.15 Rome, Italy - Palalottomatica
         
11.11.15 Milano, Italy - Mediolanum Forum               
13.11.15 Trieste, Italy - Palasport             
21.11.15 Lille, France - Zénith  (Special Guest: Europe)
24.11.15 Paris, France - Bercy (Special Guest: Europe)
26.11.15 Strasbourg, France - Zénith(Special Guest: Europe)
28.11.15 Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
30.11.15 Lyon, France - Hall Tony Garnier  (Special Guest: Europe)
01.12.15 Montpellier, France - Park & Suites Arena (Special Guest: Europe)
03.12.15 Bordeaux, France - Patinoire Meradeck (Special Guest: Europe)
04.12.15 Toulouse, France - Zénith  (Special Guest: Europe)
   

06.12.15 Grenoble, France - Palais des Sports (Special Guest: Europe)
14.03.16 Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyer-Halle
16.03.16 Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
18.03.16 Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle
19.03.16 Mannheim, Germany - SAP-Arena
21.03.16 Hamburg, Germany - O2-World
23.03.16 Berlin, Germany - O2-World
24.03.16 Leipzig, Germany - Arena
26.03.16 Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle

More to come!

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Sat
20
Dec

SCORPIONS 'Return To Forever' in February

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Scorpions' new album, Return to Forever, will be released February 23rd in Europe, according to the band's official fan-club Crazyscorps.
 
Tracklist:
01. Going Out With A Bang
02. We Built This House
03. Rock My Car
04. House Of Cards
05. All For One
06. Rockn Roll Band
07. Catch Your Luck And Play
08. Rollin' Home
09. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
 
13. The World We Used To Know (bonus Deluxe Edition)
14. Dancing With The Moonlight  (bonus Deluxe Edition)
15. When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus Deluxe Edition)
16. Who We Are (bonus Deluxe Edition)
17. Delirious (bonus iTunes)
 
Formats:
 
CD standard : 12 songs, 12 page booklet
Limited edition : 24 page booklet, 4 bonus songs
LP limited edition : Double LP (12 songs)
 
50th Birthday box : Edition collector limite avec la version Ecolbook (16 songs) + 2CD-Audiobook (interviews track by track), tee-shirt exclusif, post-card, EP, USB key, pass backstage
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Wed
05
Nov

SCORPIONS Classic 'Blackout' on Limited SACD Release

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Audio Fidelity Records To Release Scorpions "Blackout" On Limited Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD

Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album "Blackout" on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! "Blackout", their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak...it is the band's 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin' anthems like the top ten hit "No One Like You" then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad "When the Smoke is Going Down".

Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom."Blackout" is the band's most solid and rockin' album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.

" 'Blackout' just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history." - Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President

Tracks
1. Blackout       
2. Can't Live Without You       
3. No One Like You       
4. You Give Me All I Need       
5. Now!       
6. Dynamite       
7. Arizona       
8. China White       
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down   

Production
Dieter Dierks - producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/scorpions-blackout

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Mon
27
Oct

SCORPIONS' Klaus Meine Discusses New Album

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Scorpion's Klaus Meine on new record - "The new album sounds fantastic"

Guillaume (Gegers) from Scorpions' official french fan-club Crazyscorps (www.crazyscorps.com), recently conducted an interview with Scorpions' frontman Klaus Meine, who is currently in Sweden recording Scorpions' new album, which will be released in february or march 2015, and will be followed by an extensive world tour to celebrate the band's 50th aniversary. Klaus Meine speaks about the new Scorpions record, James Kottak's rehab process, feeling ridiculous on stage and his first groupie.

A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.

About the new record : "A few years ago, when we thought about this album, about putting out something for the die-hard fans, we were thinking about using some good old material from the 80's, find some old diamonds and pearls, and we did ! But between 2011 and now, and even this year, we kept on writing. This album is not so much about old material, in the end it's much more about new songs, and that feels really good!"

About drummer James Kottak's rehab: "We told him "At this point, it's good if you take a break, not so much for us but for yourself. And not so much about being the drummer of the Scorpions but for yourself being a family man. You should go into a rehab, clean out yourself and come back the same James we know for so many years, not only our drummer but also a friend, and a great guy".

Watch the full interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBschU63xPw

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