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Happy 54th Birthday Mikkey Dee

October 31st, 2017 by

Happy 62nd Birthday Matthias Jabs

October 25th, 2017 by

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SCORPIONS – “BORN TO TOUCH YOUR FEELINGS” – “BEST OF ROCK BALLADS”-Cover Art/Track Listing Revealed

October 20th, 2017 by

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS will release a new compilation album, “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, on November 24. The effort will include fourteen of the band’s most famous ballads plus three new songs which were recorded this past summer.

Says the band: “We have put our most beautiful and legendary ballads on a brand new album and are topping it off with three brand new songs: ‘Follow Your Heart’, ‘Always Be With You’ and ‘Melrose Avenue’. The album also includes a new acoustic recording of ‘Send Me An Angel’. Additionally, we’re going back to our roots with a brilliant cover photo by the legendary photographer Ellen von Unwerth. After the super-realistic art of Gottfried Helnwein (‘Blackout’) or Helmut Newton‘s legendary photo on the cover of ‘Love At First Sting’, this outstanding photo by Ellen will be worth its weight in gold.”

“Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads” track listing:

“Born To Touch Your Feelings ” (MTV Unplugged Studio Edit)
“Still Loving You ” (Comeblack Version)
“Wind Of Change ” (Comeblack Version)
“Always Somewhere ” (2015 Remaster)
“Send Me An Angel ” (New Acoustic Version 2017)
“Holiday ” (2015 Remaster)
“Eye Of The Storm ” (Radio Edit)
“When The Smoke Is Going Down ” (2015 Remaster)
“Lonely Nights ”
“Gypsy Life ”
“House Of Cards ” (Single Edit)
“The Best Is Yet To Come ”
“When You Came Into My Life ” (MTV Unplugged Studio Edit)
“Lady Starlight ” (2015 Remaster)
“Follow Your Heart ” (New Full Band Version 2017)
“Melrose Avenue ” (New Song)
“Always Be With You” (New Song)

Born To Touch Your Feelings(Trailer)

Message from Klaus Meine

Scorpions Comment on North American Tour with Megadeth

October 18th, 2017 by

Even though we have missed some Shows in the end…it’s been an amazing Tour across the US and Canada and we’d like to thank Megadeth and their Crew, our wonderful Crew of course and all our Fans in the US and Canada for their Love & Support…we hope to see you all again….

Rock on…Scorpions

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Megadeth Statement on the Tour with Scorpions

October 9th, 2017 by

On behalf of Megadeth, I want to express our deepest gratitude to the Scorpions for this amazing opportunity to tour with our heroes. To the fans, old and new, who came out to see these amazing shows, we thank you profusely and hope you dug it as much as we did. Of course to the Scorpions, and their legendary singer Klaus Meine, whose health and well being is a ‘top priority’ to all of us, we wish him and his bandmates the very best. If there’s ever a chance to share the stage again with the Scorpions, we’ll be there! ~ Dave Mustaine

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Klaus Meine Comments on Canceled US Tour Dates

October 9th, 2017 by

Dear Fans –

it breaks my heart to let you down for the remaining shows in the U.S…..there will be better days….

Rock on….Klaus

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SCORPIONS Cancel Remaining 5 Dates Of U.S. Tour With MEGADETH(Klaus Meine Illness)

October 8th, 2017 by

SCORPIONS Cancel Remainder Of U.S. Tour With MEGADETH

The Scorpions regretfully announce that Due to “severe laryngitis,” the remainder of SCORPIONS‘ U.S. 2017 tour with MEGADETH has been canceled.

According to a statement released by the German hard rock veterans, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine has been advised by top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice. If he continues the tour, he could risk permanent vocal damage.

The band said: “[We] truly hate to disappoint our fans and hope to come back to America soon, but this time we have no choice but to cancel.”

Tickets will be refunded at points of purchase for the Phoenix,San Antonio,Dallas,Fort Lauderdale and Tampa shows.

SCORPIONS To Be Honored By The Los Angeles City Council(Friday October 6th)

October 4th, 2017 by

 

According to MyNewsLA.com, Friday, October 6 will be declared “Scorpions Day” in the city of Los Angeles in honor of the German hard rock veterans who amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers in the 1980s.

SCORPIONS will be honored by the Los Angeles City Council. They are being recognized for “fifty-two years of excellence in rock ‘n’ roll, including making records in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world,” said City Councilman Jose Huizar, who authored the resolution to honor the band.

The group will accept the honor in person at the council meeting, which will be held at Van Nuys City Hall.

The resolution notes that the group has ties to L.A., where the band recorded three albums and has frequently performed over the years.

Scorpions play at The Forum in Inglewood on Saturday along with Megadeth.

 

Scorpions Return to Madison Square Garden!!!!

September 20th, 2017 by

 

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Saturday September 16th after 33 years the Scorpions made their return to “The World’s Most Famous Arena””Madison Square Garden”. It was packed to the top of the rafters. One ticket agent told me there were less then 1,000 tickets left as of 6pm. That means over 19,000 people attended Saturday nights Scorpions/Megadeth show. Not one person went home disappointed that night. This was my first time at the Garden. I have been to over 100 plus shows in my life and there is nothing like seeing a show in New York City on a Saturday night. The Energy outside of the building was electric all day long. I took the MSG tour Saturday morning and was able to see the crew setup the stage prior to the show. I soaked in the atmosphere all day long in NYC. While wearing a Scorpions shirt all day i was stopped a number of times by people asking me about the Scorpions. It felt like one big family in the city. This show was very important to the Scorpions. All members flew in their families and close friends to witness this event. There were VIP’s and celebrities all over the venue. When i walked into the Garden at 6:30pm i could feel it in the air. The nervous tension in the air. This was not your normal Saturday night show. This was the Return of the Scorpions to the Garden. Lets take a trip back in time to the last time the Scorpions played the Garden(June 6-7-8 1984). The Scorpions opening act on those 3 shows was a unknown American band called Bon Jovi. Wow how times have changed in 33 years. On this night and on this 17 date North American tour the Special Guest is Megadeth. If you have never seen Megadeth please get to the venue early. The time on your ticket is when Megadeth will hit the stage. They played a blistering 50 minute set of their hits while getting the fans pumped throughout their time on stage. Note at other shows on this tour Megadeth is playing 60 minutes it will depend on the curfew at the venue. Either way a must see band live.

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Megadeth(7:30-8:20) Setlist- 1)Hangar 18 2)Mechanix 3)Take No Prisoners 4)Dystopia 5)Trust 6)Tornado of Souls 7)Symphony of Destruction 8)Peace Sells 9)Holy Wars(The Punishment Due)

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Around 8:50 the lights went out and the party began. For the next 1 hour and 40 minutes the Scorpions rocked the Garden like no other night. Klaus Meine was in great vocal form all night and Rudy Schenker was running around the stage like it was 1984 all over again. Matthias Jabs hit every  guitar solo and classic rock star poses all night long. Pawel Maciwoda played his heart out and Mikkey Dee has added a new powerful element to the Scorpions show which has been missing since the early 90’s. Band members could be seen looking up to the top of the venue enjoying the size of the crowd and the reaction from their fans who had come from all over the world to witness this amazing night. The show started out with a new cool intro video that led into “Going out with a Bang” which was followed by Make It Real. Klaus introduced the next song which was written about a street 8 blocks from MSG-42st street called “The Zoo”. The place went nuts during this 7 minute version of this song. Next up was Coast to Coast an instrumental from the Lovedrive album that showcased Rudy and Matthias on co-lead guitars with Klaus playing some Rhythm guitar. For me the next 8 minutes was a major highlight of the evening. The band decided to pay homage to their 70’s albums with a medley of 4 songs(Top of the Bill-Steamrock Fever-Speedy’s Coming and Catch Your Train). Next song was “We Built This House” the 1st single from their latest album Return to Forever. This song fit in perfectly with the set and the fans who have not bought the new album i think will go out and get it now. It was time for Matthias to step up to the spotlight with his instrumental “Delicate Dance” which also had Matthias guitar tech”Ingo Powitzer” on backing guitar. Now it was time to slow things down with a 3 song acoustic medley from 3 different decades(Always Somewhere(1979),Eye of the Storm(2015),Send me an Angel(1990). After the acoustic set”Wind of Change” was next with Klaus declaring our world needs another “Wind of Change”. The Garden lit up like a Christmas tree during this ballad. Back to the Hard Rock portion of the evening with a new song “Rock and Roll Band” from Return to Forever”. The band now showcased new drummer Mikkey Dee who in my opinion is one of the best drummers i have ever seen in concert. They paid tribute to the late-great Lemmy Kilmister(who by the way was a huge Scorpions fan) with a cover of “Overkill” and then a 7 minute drum solo where Mikkey’s drums rose about 25 feet in the air. During most drum solos fans run to the bathroom or to get a drink. Not one person left the seating area. All i could see was stunned and amazement from everyone in the arena. After the Drum solo was complete Blue strobe lights and sirens rang out throughout the venue which led all band members back on stage to perform the 1982 classic Blackout. During this song Rudy Schenker’s guitar had smoke coming from the bottom of the flying V. The band sounded great doing this classic Hard Rocker. Then it was time for a “Big City Nights”. How appropriate to play this song in the biggest city on the planet”New York City”. Just imagine 19,000 people singing “Big City..Big City Nights”. A major highlight to close out the first part of the show. For the Encores the band returned to played 3 of their biggest songs. First was New York City there’s “No One Like You” which had everyone singing and dancing on their seats. Second probably the most emotional part of the evening. Klaus told fans they were going to have a “Hurricane Relief Fund” at every show on this North American run (Text-Give Rock to 80077) and then introduced “Still Loving You’. There wasn’t a dry eye in the arena during this song. And now for the closer “Rock You Like A Hurricane”. The song that defined a decade and is still being played at all stadiums around the world. This song tore the roof off the Garden. You could feel the ground shaking under you during this song. While the Scorpions thanked the 19,000 plus fans who showed up on a Saturday night to Rock The Garden. You could tell this band after 52 years still has some great years ahead of them and a return to the Garden before they ride into the sunset is possible. But if it doesn’t happen the fans know the Scorpions gave them everything they had on Saturday September 16 and we the fans gave them everything we had on that night. So thank you Scorpions for all the great concerts and the great music you have provided us throughout the years. Don’t Forget Us Because We Will Never Forget You!!!

Scorpions(8:50-10:30) Setlist- 1) Going Out with a Bang 2) Make It Real 3) The Zoo 4) Coast To Coast 5) 70’s medley-(Top of the Bill-Steam rock Fever-Speedy’s Coming-Catch Your Train) 6) We Built This House 7) Delicate Dance 8) Acoustic Medley-(Always Somewhere-Eye of the Storm-Send Me An Angel) 9) Wind of Change 10) Rock and Roll Band 11) Overkill(Motorhead cover) 12) Mikkey Dee Drum Solo 13) Blackout 14) Big City Nights ENCORE- 15) No One Like You 16) Still Loving You 17) Rock You Like A Hurricane

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More than 50 years after the band began, business for Scorpions is as good as it ever was. Guitarist Matthias Jabs and drummer Mikkey Dee joined Q104.3’s “Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show” to talk about the band’s incredible career, the undying love it gets from its worldwide fanbase and the miracle worker who cured Jabs’ smoking habit. (19:11 interview)

Short Documentary of the Scorpions weekend in New York City-conducted by DW MusicImage may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing

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Rudolph Schenker 69th Birthday(August 31)

August 31st, 2017 by

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