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Happy 65th Birthday to Herman Rarebell

Scorpions in the studio with Michael Schenker

German hard rock legends the SCORPIONS have posted a picture of Michael Schenker meeting his brother Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine and producer Mikael “Nord” Andersson (Sting In The Tail) in the studio.


Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz Interviewed By U.K.’s ÜBER RÖCK (Video)

Über Röck conducted an interview with former SCORPIONS and current MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP members Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass) on July 28 at the Steelhouse Festival at Hafod-y-Dafal Farm, Ebbw Vale, Wales, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below. Schenker’s “Temple Of Rock – Lovedrive Reunion Tour 2013” dates feature him being backed by Rarebell and Buchholz, along with singer Doogie White and keyboardist Wayne Findlay.


Herman Rarebell and Friends “Acoustic Fever” and European Tour Dates



The band

Herman Rarebell – Drums
Robby Lochner – Guitar (Rob Halford’s Fight, Cherie Currie, Eddie Money, Great White)
Dario Seixas – Bass (Firehouse Stephen Pearcy, Crown of Thorns, Great White)
José Antonio Rodríguez – Flamenco Guitar (Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony)
Corey Whitehead – Flamenco Guitar

they reunite forces to present a live and unplugged mini tour in Germany,during winter 2013.
The show will include hits by John Parr, like St. Elmo’s Fire,Naughty, Naughty, classics from Toto like, Hold The Line, Africa acoustic versions of Dokken’s classics like Into the Fire, In My Dreams and of course many Scorpions classics.The show will come to an end with a grand finale,the motto of the night’Rock You Like A Hurricane’.

Tour dates
11.26.13 Köln, Theater am Tanzbrunnen
12.03.13 Mannheim, Capitol
12.04.13 München, Circus Krone
12.05.13 Neu Isenburg, Hugenottenhalle
12.07.13 Roermond, ECI (NL)
12.08.13 Hannover, Capitol

Acoustic Fever Live
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North American release to be announced later……..


Former SCORPIONS Members Herman Rarebell And Francis Buchholz Featured In New Metal Express Radio Interview

Metal Express Radio’s UK correspondent Mick Burgess (pictured middle) recently caught up with former SCORPIONS members Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), who are on a European tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER. Hear them talk about the Temple Of Rock and the Lovedrive Reunion Tour with Michael Schenker and Doogie White, recording a new album, and the start of Scorpions

Francis Buchholz on Scorpions’ hit single ‘Wind of Change:
“When we had recorded it, you know, the record company called me and said: ‘Can we change ‘Wind of Change’? Can we take out the whistling? It’s not rock n’ roll in that for us in America, you know. Can you put in some guitar?’ So I went to Klaus (Meine) and said: ‘Klaus listen, can we get rid of the whistling?’ I didn’t like… I wasn’t so much a friend of it anyway. I was discussing it with him and he got very angry so the whistling stayed in and it became a huge hit in Europe but it didn’t get that much airplay in America.”


Former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell will release a new album, “Acoustic Fever”, at the end of June. The CD contains all-acoustic versions of 12 SCORPIONS songs Herman co-wrote while in the band.

“Acoustic Fever” features Rarebell on drums alongside Robby Lochner (Rob Halford’s FIGHT, Cherie Currie, Eddie Money, GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL) on steel string guitars, Dario Seixas (FIREHOUSE, STEPHEN PEARCY, CROWN OF THORNS, GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL) on bass, José Antonio Rodríguez (Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony) on flamenco guitar and Corey Whitehead on flamenco guitar. Each song features a different singer, including Bobby Kimball (TOTO), John Parr (“St. Elmo’s Fire”), Alex Ligertwood (SANTANA), Jack Russell (GREAT WHITE), Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Michael Voss (Michael Schenker), Gary Barden (MSG) and Johnny Gioeli (HARDLINE).

In a recent interview with, Rarebell stated about “Acoustic Fever”: “On this album, I’m playing all my classic songs I wrote for the SCORPIONS. For example, ‘Passion Rules The Game’, which will be sung by John Parr. You remember John Parr ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’? Then I have Bobby Kimball from TOTO singing ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’. I have Tony Martin from BLACK SABBATH singing ‘Another Piece of Meat’, I got Jack Russell from GREAT WHITE singing ‘Don’t Make No Promises (Your Body Can’t Keep)’. He’s a killer singer. And then I have Vossy, Michael Voss, who sings ‘Loving You Sunday Morning’. I have Don Dokken singing ‘You Give Me All I Need’, I have Gary Barden singing ‘Falling In Love’ and I have Paul Shortino. He sings the song ‘Love Is Blind’, which I wrote many years ago. I also got Alex Ligertwood from SANTANA, he sings ‘Is There Anybody There’, and I also have Johnny Gioeli, who sings with Axel Rudi Pell, he is singing ‘Dynamite’. So, I have really some really killer singers on this album and I’m very proud that they all said yes to me. Robby Lochner from GREAT WHITE played guitar on the album. And I must say all those guys and also Dario Seixas, the bass player from GREAT WHITE, were great. They have done a fantastic job, all of those boys.”

Rarebell will support “Acoustic Fever” with a European tour beginning in November, with U.S. dates to follow in 2014. The drummer’s touring band will feature three or four lead singers.

Happy 63rd Birthday Herman Rarebell

Herman Rarebell News

Legendary Scorpions drummer Herman Ze German on tour in California March 3-9, 2012 – Herman Ze German And The Fatal Sting, plus special guest Living Eden will be in concert on March 8, 2012 at the historic Tower Theater in Fresno, CA. Herman Ze German hits hard with a killer set of Scorpions classics and a few new songs. The concert will be filmed for a upcoming episode on the History Channel!
HZG Includes Herman – Drums (Scorpions) / Duke Jackson – Lead Guitar (Strikeforce, Hzg) / Gus Monsanto – Vocals / Gary Omerea – Bass / Cory Whitehead – Guitar.

Happy Birthday Herman Rarebell

Herman Rarebell turns 62 today!!!

Herman Rarebell Summer 2011 Update

Herman Ze German Solo band Live
Herman playing live with MSG with special guest appearance from Rudy Schenker

A note from Herman Rarebell below:

August 21, 2011

My Dear Friends,

As you all may already know, my new autobiography “And Speaking of Scorpions…” is scheduled for release this fall. I am so very excited about this because honestly it is written for you and is meant to begin what I hope will be a very long “Thank you” to all of you who have supported me and given me a wonderful life filled with beautiful remembrances.

To coincide with the release of the book I have already begun scheduling the first of what I hope will be many tours to not only talk about the book but simply to say hello to as many of you as possible. My first stop will be in the western United States – California and Nevada to be precise. We have been overwhelmed by the response to our initial contacts and sadly I wish we had more than the two weeks that are already scheduled.

The tour will start October 28 and run through November 10. Most of the dates are already scheduled. I hope you will make your plans accordingly. Unlike many “book tours” we are not simply going bookstore to bookstore as you will see. We will visit some of the most beautiful cities in the west to say the least.

And so here is what is already scheduled. Please note this is subject to change as well as subject to additions in the coming weeks.

October 28 – Arrival 8:00 pm local time- San Francisco International Airport- United Airlines… If you would like to say hello, please feel free to do so. I would love to see you!

October 29 – Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Convention- Oakland Convention Center- Oakland, California 10:00-3:00

October 30 – Hard Rock Café, Pier 39, San Francisco, California- 2:00-5:00
– Book Passage- Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, San Francisco- 6:00pm

November 1 – Guitar Center, Sacramento, California (2120 Alta Arden Expwy)- 6:00

November 2 – Guitar Center, Reno, Nevada (6663 South Virginia Street)- 2:00-5:00
– Sundance Books, Reno, Nevada (121 California Ave)- 6:30

November 3 – Spinners Records, Fresno, California (639 East Olive) – Tower District Art Hop- 5:00

November 4 – KMPH FOX 26 Morning Show “Great Day”- 7:30 am
– Fresno State University- Music 75 class lecture – 10:00 am Music Dept.
– Fresno State University- Kennel Bookstore- Book Signing- 12:00
– Guitar Center- Fresno, California (5330 N. Blackstone) 6:30

November 6 – Russo Books, Bakersfield, California (9000 Ming Ave.) 1:00-3:00
– House of Blues, Anaheim, California (Downtown Disney) 8:00 pm

November 8 – Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada (Paradise and Harmon) 5:00 pm

I hope to see all of you during this tour. And please, to say thank you to the various establishments for giving me the chance to come and meet you there, I hope you will frequent their locations and give a personal thanks from the heart.


P.S.- Please note that some of these stops will include many “special” prices for the book that you will not find anywhere else! It is again my way of saying thank you to all of you who come out to say hello…

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