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Klaus Meine Says Mikkey Dee Has Added ‘A Fresh Wave Of Energy’ To The Band

October 25th, 2016 by

 

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS took part in a press conference prior to their October 21 concert at at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore. You can now watch video footage of the question-and-answer session below.

Speaking about what keeps SCORPIONS going five decades into the band’s career, singer Klaus Meine said: “When we started the band, it was about the passion for music, love for rock and roll. We shared the same visions, and we shared the love for music, and [the desire] to be in a band. It was always… all those years, especially in the early years, about chemistry. Of course, you have great musicians — a great drummer, a great guitarist — but it was also about… You know, you spend so much time [together] being in a band, it’s like your second family, it’s your rock and roll family. And the guy can be the best musician in the world, but if he doesn’t fit right in, if you don’t feel comfortable spending so much time [together] — 24 hours [a day] and month after month and year after year. It’s very important to have a good company, and in a way, this was the foundation for the SCORPIONS — to have not only great, talented musicians, but also good friends, and travel the whole world. So there was this vision from the early days on — we take our music all over the world, and we did.”

He continued: “We’ve been pretty much all over the globe all those years, but the passion for what we’re doing is still there, the fire is still burning very strongly. And we feel a very strong connection with our fans all over the planet, in so many places, and therefore it’s so great to come here back to Singapore. We believe we have a great show this time around, and we wanna share it with our fans, and it’s a wonderful thing.

“Yes, we celebrate fifty years of SCORPIONS, but I guess it’s much more than that. The fact that the band is still together and we still put on a damn good show. And with Mikkey [Dee, drums; ex-MOTÖRHEAD] just joining the band, there’s a fresh wave of energy, and it’s a lot of fun, and we enjoy every night.

“So we’re still excited about doing all those trips and taking our music all over the world. This vision never left us. And at the same time, creating new songs — playing not only the big classics on our show, but also to present new material, new songs from our latest album, ‘Return To Forever’. So it’s the whole package, I guess, that makes the band very, very special. And we still enjoy it very much — not being superstars or anything, but being musicians, being artists, and expressing ourselves though the music and having a wonderful time with our fans all over the world.”

SCORPIONS in September announced the addition of former Dee as a permanent replacement for SCORPIONS‘ longtime drummer James Kottak. Dee had spent the last few months filling in for Kottak, who was said to be on break while he sought medical attention.

The Scorpions press conference in Singapore

October 21st, 2016 by

ROCKERS: German band Scorpions, comprising (from left) bassist Paweł Maciwoda, guitarist Rudolf Schenker, vocalist Klaus Meine, drummer Micael Delaoglou(Mikkey Dee), and Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs, celebrating their 50th anniversary with a cake.

http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore-news/scorpions-still-hit-fans

Scorpions perform in Australia for the 1st time!!!!

October 19th, 2016 by

1)Going Out With a Bang

2)No One Like You

3)Rock You Like a Hurricane

 

Setlist from the Palais Theatre Melbourne, Australia- October 18th-2016

  1. Drum Solo (Mikkey Dee)
  2. Encore:

 

SCORPIONS And MIKKEY DEE Pay Tribute To MOTÖRHEAD’s LEMMY With ‘Overkill’ Cover (Video)

September 6th, 2016 by

SCORPIONS And MIKKEY DEE Pay Tribute To MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY With 'Overkill' Cover (Video)

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS paid tribute to late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister by performing a cover version of the MOTÖRHEAD classic “Overkill” Saturday night (September 3) at Citibank Hall in São Paulo, Brazil.

SCORPIONS‘ current touring lineup includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee. Dee is filling in for James Kottak, who is currently on break while he seeks medical attention.

“It’s been great,” Mikkey said about playing with the SCORPIONS. “These are great guys and we’ve known them for many years, and I love their music.”

Regarding how playing with SCORPIONS is different from performing with MOTÖRHEAD, Mikkey said: “I played so long with MOTÖRHEAD, we were a three-piece, and that’s a tremendous difference. For instance, when Phil [Campbell, MOTÖRHEAD guitarist] was doing his solo, I might have to be a little busier on the kick drum. Here [in the SCORPIONS], I’ve gotta think the opposite — I’ve gotta be easier on certain things and step into some other stuff. But it’s a great challenge. I mean, these guys are so nice, and we’ve known each other for many, many years. And it’s a great honor to carry the SCORPIONS flag here.”

Kottak rejoined the SCORPIONS on the road in November 2014, eight months after he spent a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates jail in April for insulting Islam.

Kottak, who had been receiving treatment for alcohol abuse, released a statement in June 2014 in which he said “this entire incident caused me to realize that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be.”

For some of SCORPIONS‘ 2014 concerts, Swedish drummer Johan Franzon filled in for Kottak.

Dee was originally scheduled to play drums for THIN LIZZY on the latter band’s anniversary shows planned for 2016 and 2017 but was forced to bow out of the dates after he was offered the SCORPIONS gig. He has since been replaced in that group’s touring lineup by JUDAS PRIEST‘s Scott Travis.

 

SCORPIONS: ‘Forever And A Day’ Film To Receive DVD, Blu-Ray Release on September 30th

August 26th, 2016 by

 

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Lifting the lid on life inside one of the world’s greatest rock bands, on September 30 Eagle Rock Entertainment will release “Forever And A Day” by SCORPIONS on 2DVD, 2Blu-ray, Digital Documentary and Digital Concert. This revealing and compelling film tells the incredible official story of the SCORPIONS — and was made with the full co-operation of the band.

SCORPIONS rock like no others, and this story shows just how. This fascinating documentary contains both archive and never-before-seen new live performance clips from many timeless SCORPIONS classics. “Forever And A Day” is a German-language film with subtitles. The concert film that forms Disc Two of the physical formats includes massive tracks like “Wind Of Change”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Send Me An Angel”, “Still Loving You”, “The Zoo”, “Big City Nights”, “Is There Anybody There?”, “No One Like You”, “Sting In The Tail” and many more!

“Forever And A Day” tells the story of the SCORPIONS and is set within the context of their triumphant world tour which ran from 2010 to 2012 and at the time was billed as their farewell tour. It follows the SCORPIONS around the globe whilst both past and present band members and other key people who have worked with them across their career tell how the band started, got their early chances and then broke through to international stardom.

The film chronicles how the SCORPIONS were often one of the first rock bands to blast through the barriers and play all over the world, especially in the Far East, Eastern Europe and Russia. It tells how they deliberately focused on making it in the USA and also how they initially struggled to reach a wider audience in their home country of Germany, despite huge success in many other parts of the world. It is a fascinating story that will enthrall any SCORPIONS fan. To compliment the documentary there is a bonus disc of the jaw-dropping and emotional final concert on the tour at the Olympiahalle in Munich on December 17, 2012.

“Forever And A Day” is a fascinating look at one of Rock’s most engaging, potent and successful acts and the addition of the fantastic live concert film makes this an essential purchase for any SCORPIONS fan! What’s life like in one of the world’s premier rock acts? “Forever And A Day” will tell you.

Track listing (concert disc):

01. Sting In The Tail
02. Make It Real
03. Is There Anybody There
04. The Zoo
05. Coast To Coast
06. Loving You Sunday Morning
07. We’ll Burn The Sky
08. The Best Is Yet To Come
09. Send Me An Angel
10. Holiday
11. Raised On Rock
12. Tease Me Please Me
13. Hit Between The Eyes
14. Kottak Attack
15. Blackout
16. Big City Nights
17. Still Loving You
18. Wind Of Change
19. No One Like You
20. Rock You Like A Hurricane
21. When The Smoke Is Going Down
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/scorpions-forever-and-a-day-film-to-receive-dvd-blu-ray-release-in-september/

SCORPIONS – LIVE IN MUNICH 2012 DVD, BLU-RAY, DIGITAL DUE ON SEPTEMBER 30

August 25th, 2016 by

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015, the Scorpions are one of the most successful rock bands to come out of Continental Europe. On September 30th, their never-before-released, jaw dropping and emotional final concert of the “Sting In The Tail” World Tour will be released as the concert film Live In Munich 2012 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

With over 100 million records sold, Scorpions are one of the first rock bands to blast through the barriers and play all over the world, especially in the Far East, Eastern Europe and Russia. They initially struggled to reach a wider audience in their home country of Germany, despite huge success in many other parts of the world. THIS is what makes this concert film Live In Munich 2012 – a homecoming event at the Olympiahalle in Munich on December 17th, 2012 – so emotional and meaningful.

Scorpions rock like no other, and this live DVD shows just how. Live In Munich 2012 is a high octane performance, captured before a wildly enthusiastic crowd, and serves as further proof of the power and electricity the Scorpions bring to the stage!

Showcased in this concert event, the band deliver fiery renditions of their classic anthems: “Wind Of Change”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Send Me An Angel”, “Still Loving You”, “The Zoo”, “Big City Nights”, “Is There Anybody There?”, “No One Like You”, “Sting In The Tail”, and many more – all captured in High Definition.

Live In Munich 2012 is a fascinating look at one of rock music’s most engaging, potent and successful acts, which makes this an essential purchase for any Scorpions fan!

Track listing:

01. Sting In The Tail
02. Make It Real
03. Is There Anybody There?
04. The Zoo
05. Coast To Coast
06. Loving You Sunday Morning
07. We’ll Burn The Sky
08. The Best Is Yet To Come
09. Send Me An Angel
10. Holiday
11. Raised On Rock
12. Tease Me Please Me
13. Hit Between The Eyes
14. Kottak Attack
15. Blackout
16. Big City Nights
17. Still Loving You
18. Wind Of Change
19. No One Like You
20. Rock You Like A Hurricane
21. When The Smoke Is Going Down

Watch Scorpions’ New Live Video for ‘We Built This House’: Exclusive Premiere

April 12th, 2016 by

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/scorpions-we-built-this-house-live/

The “tour edition” of ScorpionsReturn to Forever LP is due in stores April 22, and the band’s giving fans their first glimpse of the expanded album’s bonus material with this exclusive premiere of a live version of “We Built This House.”

This recording of “We Built This House,” captured during Scorpions’ Sept. 12, 2015, stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, represents just a small piece of the extra content added to Return to Forever with the “tour edition.” As previously reported, in addition to the standard version’s 12-song track list, the new version packs in seven bonus cuts, a pair of complete 2015 concerts and a new 15-minute documentary, On the Road in America. Scorpions members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs also offer commentary during an “extensive track-by-track interview.”

Meanwhile, Scorpions remain on the road for their 50th Anniversary Tour, which is currently scheduled to keep them on stage through late July. Check out “We Built This House” above, take a look at the group’s tour schedule below, and pre-order your copy of the Return to Forevertour edition.”

Scorpions 50th Anniversary US Tour Dates:
5/06 — Charlotte, N.C.(Festival)

5/07 –   Atlanta, GA. (with Living Colour)

5/09 — Nashville, Tenn.(With Queensryche)

5/10 — St. Louis, Mo.(With Queensryche)

5/13 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/14 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/18 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/20 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/21 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)

5/24 — El Paso, Texas(With Queensryche)

5/25 — Albuquerque, N.M.(With Queensryche)

5/28 — Pryor, Okla.(Festival)

5/29 — San Antonio, Texas(Festival)

 

 

 

 

Scorpions Return to Paris, France on November 24th and perform in front of 20,000 people

November 25th, 2015 by

SCORPIONS performed in Paris, France Tuesday night (November 24), marking the first time the band has played the city since an extremist group orchestrated a terror attack on Paris that left 130 dead. The sold-out concert at the Bercy arena included an emotional moment when SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak beat the rhythm of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, which the crowd sang a capella.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-scorpions-fans-sing-french-national-anthem-at-paris-concert/

Videos from Paris:
News story from Scorpions show in Paris- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVLBdo0sJ_w

Highlight Hommage to Paris- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPnoFwB1p40

LA Marseillaise- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5TU7mofADE

Make It Real- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4jDOb39G1Q

We Built this House- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtB3qPzFkro

Coast to Coast- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HldnOKLFmLQ

The Zoo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gJaexJoMkg

Send Me An Angel- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMjJtgWNVsM

Wind of Change- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_awfdn_o64U

Still Loving You- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlts7rLs7xw

Kottak Attack- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTxDT4TKiAM

Big City Nights- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwMrlcSBM0A

No One Like You- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFR9M2Pqzdk

Rock You Like A Hurricane- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU2OEKot3s

Set List From Paris

Scorpions release new video “Going out with a Bang” in North America

October 14th, 2015 by

The video was filmed on location in Barcelona and the U.K. and directed by German documentarian/cinematographer Dennis Dirksen.

Scorpions Sell Out the Legendary Forum in Los Angeles 17,000 in Attendance

October 5th, 2015 by

Live Videos from the Forum:

Going out with a Bang- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy6aVVqODDU

Make it Real- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=madrQfQBR3c

The Zoo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yud-XNFDlhA

Coast to Coast- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4udPChwzpQ

70s Medley- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fn1GzkaDxU

We Built This House- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn0YWqhI2Ks

Delicate Dance- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZhmZSlmSeI

Acoustic Medley- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVtSs-nRPB8

Wind of Change- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLk90z8t_nc

Rock ‘N’ Roll Band- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLrgFlZHL9c

Dynamite- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70tW4GTMKLQ

Kottak Attack- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIYeuC713pI

Blackout- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ8bg1soWm0

No One Like You- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktYaGdLmFz8

Big City Nights- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPTCjY7Ggs8

Still Loving You- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4jNwcCd_Ik

Rock You Like A Hurricane- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN-6DJMBNLI

The Full show from LA- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te6KUEwPvxg&feature=youtu.be

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Concert Review from the LA Forum show- http://metalsludge.tv/live-report-scorpions-sell-out-the-forum-in-l-a-and-metal-sludge-is-there-to-mark-down-all-the-gory-details/

http://highwiredaze.com/scorpionslive1

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