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Happy 61st Birthday Matthias Jabs

October 25th, 2016 by

Photos and Concert Review from the Scorpions “Singapore show”

October 24th, 2016 by

 

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/scorpions-still-sting

REVIEW / CONCERT

SCORPIONS – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre/Last Friday

Veteran German rock band Scorpions’ energetic 50th anniversary tour performance in Singapore last Friday – a classic rock showcase, complete with all the bombast – would put many younger rockers to shame.

Like the well-oiled machine their compatriots are famous for producing, they proved they very much still have drive and performance, delivering a stellar 90-minute set to a sold-out crowd of 7,000 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Whether Scorpions played a classic number such as Always Somewhere or a newer track such as We Built This House, most of the crowd faithfully woah-oh-oh-ed along.

The audience – which included middle-aged men and women, as well as 20somethings decked out in tour T-shirts – was largely an enthusiastic bunch who, at points during the concert, literally made the ground shake with its foot stomping and cheering.

But no matter how much the band tried, they could not get the seated audience in the venue to join in the party that was happening in the standing-only section.

Even then, they did an excellent job of playing to the adoring mass, with lead singer Klaus Meine frequently throwing drumsticks into the crowd and guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs throwing down face-melting licks with plenty of style.

Wind Of Change, as was to be expected, saw the most spirited interaction between the band and the audience, with the energy in the room lifting as the crowd sang along on the classic in full voice.

Drummer Mikkey Dee, in particular, was a scene stealer with his mop of grey hair flailing as he thrashed away on the drumkit. There was a nod to his former band as the Scorpions performed Motorhead’s Overkill, which segued into a blistering five-minute drum solo that ended with the stage screens filled with Scorpions’ album covers.

It was one of many triumphant moments on a night that culminated in an encore of Still Loving You and Rock You Like A Hurricane.

Scorpions, who played here in 1994 and 2001, belong to a small group of old-school bands who are still going strong after decades. Like The Rolling Stones and The Who, they proved last Friday night why they have such longevity – they can put on a rocking good live show.

One may think it cheesy that Meine’s leather vest was emblazoned on the back with the words “Rock ‘n’ Roll Forever”, but they are living out the truth of those words.

Their tale still has sting.

Another Concert review from Singapore – http://www.metaltalk.net/columns2016/201617368a.php

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

Former MOTÖRHEAD Drummer MIKKEY DEE Joins SCORPIONS As Permanent Member

September 12th, 2016 by

WELCOME TO THE SCORPIONS FAMILY MIKKEY!!!!

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced the addition of former MOTÖRHEAD member Mikkey 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.

Said SCORPIONS in a statement: “We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process.

“After our incredibly successful shows in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead.”

Said Dee: I feel truly honored and fortunate to be able to carry on playing drums on this level.

“I grew up listening to SCORPIONS and have always loved the band.

“We have been friends for a long time so traveling and performing this year with Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias and Pawel has been loads of fun and the crew is very professional.

“The SCORPIONS fans have been most welcoming and it’s been great to meet all the crazy wonderful MOTÖRHEAD bangers along the way.

“I had some close to 25 amazing years with my friends and brothers Lemmy and Phil in MOTÖRHEAD and that will always be the backbone in my future drumming.

Lemmy always had great respect for SCORPIONS for being a real rock band and I am sure he is proud up there that I moved on and for playing with this class act.

“Here’s to many more years of rock and roll.”

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.”

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 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.

 

Happy 68th Birthday to Rudy Schenker!!!!

August 31st, 2016 by

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

Mikkey Dee to play all Scorpions shows in 2016

June 22nd, 2016 by

Matthias Jabs confirmed in a recent interview Mikkey Dee will be the drummer for the Scorpions for the rest of 2016. And for all North American Scorpions fans there might be another tour next Summer here on a bigger scale.

 

The Scorpions Before/During and After the Shows in Vegas!!!!!

June 8th, 2016 by

Attendance figures for the 5 shows in Vegas:

Artist: Scorpions
Venue: Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
Date: May 13-14th, 18th, 20th-21st, 2016
Gross Sales: $1,294,975
Attendance/Capacity: 11,537 / 13,278
Ticket Prices: $300, $150, $99.95, $49.95

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