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RiP Ronnie James Dio (1942 – 2010)


This is not Scorpions related per se, but I felt this needed to be said.

I wanted to write a short note to express my condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Ronnie James Dio.

I saw him perform 5 times over the last 8 years, a few times opening up for the Scorpions. He always put on an awesome show. I never got to meet him in person, but I was able to touch “devil horns” with him at the end of a show in Austin, TX. He seemed like a truly nice guy which is more and more rare in today’s world.  He was a true vocal talent.

This week I will be listening to all of my Dio, Black Sabbath (Dio era), and Heaven and Hell CDs as my own personel tribute to RJD. Rock on brother.  You will be missed by many. I believe that you indeed knew how much you were loved, and you were still a humble man to show for it. Rest in peace.

Bear With Us

Once again please bear with us, everyone, as we transition to a new web host.  I’m trying to get it as close as possible to before, but that may be impossible. Rock on!

New host

Hello all, we are migrating to our own blogging setup and away from Blogger (aka Google).  So things may look a little bit strange for a few days or so.

Please bear with us.

SCORPIONS: North American Tour Dates Announced

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced the dates for the North American leg of their “Get Your Sting And Blackout” world tour in support of the new album. The legendary rockers will be celebrating 40-plus years in music on this final outing — set to kick off June 18 in Holmdel, NJ — that will take them around the globe through 2012, with special guests supporting along the way, including CINDERELLA who will help jump-start the tour, and heavy metal/hard rock band DOKKEN.

The SCORPIONS have partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet band members at their shows. For more details, go to www.iloveallaccess.com.

With over 30 North American shows planned, the two-month summer tour will take the band, known worldwide for their mega, arena hard rock and over 100 million records sold, to such cities as Baltimore, MD; Jones Beach, NY; Toronto and Milwaukee. As they make their way west, they’ll stop in Albuquerque before hitting the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles July 29. (See dates below with more to be announced)

Get Your Sting and Blackout North American tour (more dates are coming)
Jun. 18 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 – Baltimore, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jun. 22 – Jones Beach, NY – Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 25 – Quebec City, QC – Pavillion de la Juenesse
Jun. 26 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jun. 27 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Jul. 02 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest – TBA via Ticketmaster
Jul. 24 – Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul. 26 – Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
Jul. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
Jul. 31 – Ontario, CA – Citizen’s Business Bank Arena
Aug. 06 – Roseburg, OR – Douglas County Fairgrounds
Aug. 07 – Ridgefield, WA – Amphitheatre at Clark County

Sting in the Tail first single available now for purchase

The first single for the Scorpions final studio album, “Raised on Rock”, is now available for purchase from Amazon.com as an mp3.

Scorpions support the Time for Climate Justice Initiative

This is a followup post to the one Scott posted about the Scorpions supporting the Time for Climate Justice program. Klaus Meine has at least a small vocal part at about the 2 minute mark of the song “Beds Are Burning” which was released for free a few days ago. You can download it in mp3 format from the above link.

Scorps version of Dust in the Wind

Here a blog post from Bring Back Glam which discusses the Scorpions cover of “Dust in the Wind”.

Kansas recorded “Dust in the Wind” way back in 1977 (about a year after “Carry On Wayward Son”). It became the band’s signature song and is still played in heavy rotation on classic rock radio today. “Dust In the Wind” is both melancholy and fabulous. When played live, the song always evokes a positive emotion from the audience. With such a famous song, covers are inevitable. But what happens when the cover is better than the original?

The mighty Scorpions covered the song and included the track on Acoustica.

Happy 61st Birthday to Rudolf Schenker

On behalf of Scorpsnews.com, we would like to wish Rudolf Schenker a very happy and wonderful 61st birthday. Thanks for continuing to put out rocking music! Best wishes!

Herman Ze German Issues Post-Rocklahoma Report

From Brave Words:

Herman Ze German is set to embark on full US tour beginning in October with South American dates to follow! Also look for the new Herman Ze German CD to be released this fall.

Also here is some live video from their recent Rocklahoma appearance:

Rockline Tonight

Just another quick reminder. Tonight at 8:30 PM Pacific time will be the Scorpions on Rockline. The official website has some links to radio stations that will allow you to listen to the show live over the internet. If any of you call in to the radio show with questions be sure to mention Scorps News if you get a chance! 🙂

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