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RIP Lemmy Kilmister the “Godfather of Heavy Metal”

December 29th, 2015 by

The band’s management confirmed Lemmy’s death via a post on the band’s official Facebook page.

There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.

Share stories.

Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win.

 

SCORPIONS – North American Edition Of Return To Forever To Include 7 Bonus Tracks and will be released on September 11th

June 16th, 2015 by

SCORPIONS - North American Edition Of Return To Forever To Include 7 Bonus Tracks; Release To Coincide With Launch Of North American 50th Anniversary Tour

The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11th in North America. The album was released in Europe back in February.

Produced by their two favorite Swedes, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, MTV Unplugged), the 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, Deluxe CD, and vinyl. The North American configuration boasts three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories, full tracklisting below.

The first single, “We Built This House” releases digitally on July 3rd, and will be available to fans as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon and iTunes. Scorpions embark on a 16-city North America tour this fall (dates follow), more information on the dates and new release can be found at the-scorpions.com.

“We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can’t wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America” said Klaus Meine. “We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall.”

Scorpions have also launched an official D2C store with exciting offerings for fans featuring brand new t-shirt and sweatshirt designs coupled with the CD and Vinyl versions of Return To Forever. Also included in each bundle is an exclusive “fanified” poster that will feature every fan’s name on it who pre-orders Return To Forever through the D2C site by August 14th. Visit this location for more details.

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world breaking and remaining in the Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France, Germany, Greece (#1), Hungary, Japan and Switzerland, with continued chart activity in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

When Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar) and Matthias Jabs (lead guitar) conceived this record, the idea was to revisit their past, recording updated outtakes and unfinished song ideas from their most famous 80’s sessions. Mathias Jabs explains, “There had been quite a few unused songs over the years that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl. We focused on eight songs, which were partly finished which we then recorded from scratch. During the work, new song ideas were added. We were having so much fun we suddenly 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.”

Return To Forever includes first single, “We Built This House,” – capturing all the elements that make for the signature Scorpions sound, luring verses with an anthemic chorus – purists will be thrilled! Additional selections include the sweeping “House Of Cards,” “Eye Of The Storm” – a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing Scorpions’ stage performances, and “We Built This House” where the band reflects the past fifty years – their philosophy and the lessons their unusual life taught them.

“In the end, it tells our story” said Klaus Meine. “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 weatherproof 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 fan’s affection.”

Tracklisting:

“Going Out With A Bang”
“We Built This House”
“Rock My Car”
“House Of Cards”
“All For One”
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”
“Catch Your Luck And Play”
“Rollin’ Home”
“Hard Rockin’ The Place”
“Eye Of The Storm”
“The Scratch”
“Gypsy Life”
“The World We Used to Know”
“Dancing With The Moonlight”
“When The Truth Is A Lie”
“Who We Are”
“Crazy Ride” (exclusive)
“One And One Is Three” (exclusive)
“Delirious” (exclusive)

The fact that the 50th band anniversary was coming up, hit Rudolf Schenker 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 the band from fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, so they kept a of record of my earnings so I could pay them back in installments. Fifty years is a long time for a working band. Apart from us, only the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and The Who have managed to do it. So the timing for the new album is perfect; We’re celebrating half a century of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”

Scorpions remain a band 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.”

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 in four continents. For these milestone shows, Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of Scorpion’s hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. North American dates also feature special guests Queensryche.

September
10 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
12 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
13 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
16 – Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
18 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
19 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
22 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH
23 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
25 – Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, ON
26 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
29 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village, CO

October
1 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
3 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
6 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
7 – The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
9 – ShoWare Center – Kent, WA

Scorpions New Guitar Picks for the 50th Anniversary World Tour – 2015/2016

April 9th, 2015 by

Scorpions finish filming “We Built This House” Video

February 2nd, 2015 by

Scorpions Filmed their new Music Video “We Built This House” in Berlin last week and should be released by February 20th.

Scorpions's photo.

Happy 52nd Birthday to James Kottak

December 26th, 2014 by

Merry Christmas from The Scorpions!!!!

December 24th, 2014 by

The Scorpions New Single “We Built This House”

December 20th, 2014 by

Hey everybody,

“Love is the glue that holds us together!” – how do you like our brand new single “We Built This House”?
It’s available for download now on iTunes or the webstore at www.the-scorpions.com

See you on tour in 2015!
Scorpions

Welcome Back James Kottak!!!!!!

November 26th, 2014 by

James Kottak returns to the Scorpions this week to play the last two shows of 2014.

November 27- Rotterdam, Netherlands – Ahoy
November 29- Brussels, Belgium- Palais 12

The Scorpions and Aerosmith enjoying a Rolling Stones concert in Berlin, Germany this past summer

September 30th, 2014 by

Scorpions Longtime Manager Peter Amend Dies

September 3rd, 2014 by

Photo: On September 1st 2014, our dear friend PETER AMEND passed away.
PETER AMEND was more than just a manager and economic and legal consultant for us. He was an important part of the Scorpions and was also a driving force in the artistic and strategic decisions of the Band with his infinite knowledge and his sensitivity to the music. 
Due to his advice and influence we achieved great international success in recent years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Peters family in these very difficult times.
PETER, you will always be in our hearts forever and a day.
R.I.P. Yours Scorpions
Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias, Pawel and James

Am 1. September 2014 ist unser lieber Freund PETER AMEND von uns gegangen. 
Für uns war PETER AMEND mehr als nur Manager und wirtschaftlicher und juristischer Berater. Er war ein wichtiger Teil der Scorpions, der mit seinem unendlichen Wissen und seiner Sensibilität für die Musik auch ein Impulsgeber der künstlerischen und strategischen Entscheidungen unserer Band wurde.
Nicht zuletzt seinem Einfluss und seinem Rat verdanken wir die großen internationalen Erfolge der letzten Jahre. 
Unsere Gedanken sind in diesen schweren Zeiten bei Peters Familie. 
PETER, you will always be in our hearts forever and a day.
R.I.P. Deine Scorpions
Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias, Pawel und James

Peter Amend, longtime manager for Scorpions, passed away yesterday. There are few details on his death at this time, but the band did post a statement on its Facebook page in both its native German and in English mourning their late friend.

On September 1st 2014, our dear friend PETER AMEND passed away.
PETER AMEND was more than just a manager and economic and legal consultant for us. He was an important part of the Scorpions and was also a driving force in the artistic and strategic decisions of the Band with his infinite knowledge and his sensitivity to the music.
Due to his advice and influence we achieved great international success in recent years.
PETER you will always be in our hearts forever and a day.
R.I.P. Yours Scorpions
Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias, Pawel, James

Amend became the group’s lawyer, manager and booker in 1991, and has been with the band for the past 23 years.

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