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Pollstar Live! Digital Session: The Scorpions

July 1st, 2020 by
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Pollstar took a close look at the incredible career of the Scorpions, which came out of West Germany in the late 1960s and conquered the world “one sting at a time.”
It’s an incredible 55-year history that would require several books to be told in all detail. We focused on the live milestones, like the Scorpions’ first concert in North America at the “World Series of Rock” in 1978; the 1983 US Festival, where some 300,000 fans saw the Scorpions steal the show; the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989, also known as the Russian Woodstock, and many more.
The band has sold more than 100 million records to date, which makes them the most successful rock band of Continental Europe.
We sat down with front man and vocalist Klaus Meine, lead guitarist Matthias Jabs and Scorpions founder Rudolf Schenker for the latest installment of the Pollstar Live! Digital Sessions series of interviews – to delve a bit deeper into some of the most significant moments in the band’s career, and to find out how the production of their 19th studio album is going in times when the band cannot meet LA-based producer Greg Fidelman in person.
Check out the full interview below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-GPYpchlik&feature=emb_logo

Klaus Meine interviewed by Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon

June 30th, 2020 by

Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon… and Alan Niven present legendary Scorpions’ frontman, KLAUS MEINE (recorded June 2020) Klaus discusses the band’s latest single SIGN OF HOPE as well as working on a new heavier album with (Metallica/Slipknot) producer Greg Fidelman, revisiting older demo songs for the new album, the importance of adding Mikkey Dee to the lineup, working with Desmond Child and vocal coach Eric Vetro on Humanity: Hour 1, being re-energized to continue after the Farewell tour, the 40th Anniversary of Animal Magnetism and much more. Plus, one incredible fan boy geek question… QUOTE: “It’s great to have Greg Fidelman (Metallica/Slipknot) on our side. From the very beginning we said, if we make a new album it’s got to be on the harder edge. It’s got to be an album with attitude. It’s got to take us back to the ’80s – where we had many many big songs and big albums like Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, Blackout and all that stuff. It was just to try to focus on that kind of vibe. If we can pull this off after so many years, I don’t know. All I know is we started writing last year and we have lots and lots of material. What I hear everyday in the studio feels really good… we’re on the right direction; the right track. We work on an album and we try to really go back to the Scorpions DNA from those years. It’s crazy to think about making a new album, but we’re totally in sync with Greg Fidelman. We want to go to this old vibe… After so many many years and decades to go back into the studio to work on an album and to write new material; I think it’s a blessing that we don’t sit here at home watching the grass grow. It’s so much in our veins to travel, to play shows… It feels so good to go deep into your creative world and create new material, new songs… That feels really really good.”

Scorpions Have ‘So Much Great Material’ For Next Studio Album, Says Klaus Meine

June 26th, 2020 by

Scorpions Postpone Show Due to Klaus Meine's Kidney Stones

https://www.955klos.com/2020/06/24/klaus-meine-checks-in-with-marci-wiser/ (95.5 Klos Audio interview)

https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/scorpions-have-so-much-great-material-for-next-studio-album-says-klaus-meine/

SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine spoke to Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station about the band’s upcoming studio album. Tentatively due in 2021, the disc will mark the German hard rock legends’ first release since 2017’s “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, which was an anthology of SCORPIONS‘ new and classic material.

“We have so much great material, and, of course, many, many hard and heavy rockers,”Klaus said (hear audio below). “A couple of ballads as well. We’re so excited. I tell you it’s a blessing in troubled times, like we all go through right now, that we have a chance to be at home and to go into the studio to work on new material and to go and lose yourself in the creative world. It’s great.”

Speaking about SCORPIONS‘ post-pandemic touring plans, Meine said: “When we made this decision [to make a new studio album] last year, we all were excited about it. But that means also, when this record comes out, with all those new songs, and no more songs from way back, from the vault — it’s all new written material — and we’re excited to put it out. And then, of course, we wanna go out on the road again. Not only will we play the postponed Las Vegas [residency] shows next year, but we also wanna put on a full tour in the U.S. — we wanna present a new show, a whole new setup with hopefully a lot of new songs, new song material. We’re really excited about it.

“[As for] what the future brings, you never know,” he continued. “Right now, we’re all in this terrible lockdown, and every other day, you watch the news, and it feels like, here in Germany, the place where we are, in Lower Saxony, our state, it feels like it’s pretty much under control and it’s okay. It’s not great yet. But every other day, you hear news when the virus pops out in some places, some meat factories and stuff, and it’s scary. And absolutely we have no idea where this whole thing will go. And nobody knows around the world. The good thing is, in a crazy way, we’re all united, because we’re all facing the same problem together through these difficult times. And it’s a good way to think about it, that we all live on the same planet, and we’d better work together and we really have to stick close together to get through this terrible time. And hopefully there will be better days around the corner.”

SCORPIONS‘ new album will be produced by Greg Fidelman, who began his career as the guitarist and songwriter for RHINO BUCKET before launching his career as a producer, engineer and mixer, finding an early mentor in Rick Rubin.

How The Scorpions Conquered The World One Sting At A Time

June 23rd, 2020 by

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Interviews on the Scorpions

https://www.pollstar.com/article/how-the-scorpions-conquered-the-world-one-sting-at-a-time-144869

https://www.pollstar.com/article/qs-with-rod-macsween-founder-of-itb-scorpions-agent-outside-the-us-144871

https://www.pollstar.com/article/scorpions-a-team-effort-144870

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June 20th marks the 35th anniversary of World Wide Live

June 19th, 2020 by

Scorpions: World Wide Live - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions ...

Scorpions – World Wide Live Costa Mesa 1984 (2CD) Zodiac 037 ...

 

World Wide Live is a live album by German rock band Scorpions released in 1985. The original audio recording was produced by Dieter Dierks. A VHS was released at the same time with footage of Scorpions’ world tour.

The live album was originally released as a 2LP vinyl set, in a gatefold-sleeve, and a cassette. The liner notes contain a crew member list, tour date information and when the shows were recorded:

  • Bercy, Paris, France (1984-02-29)
  • The Forum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (1984-04-24 & 1984-04-25)
  • Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA (1984-04-26)
  • Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA, USA (1984-04-28)
  • Sporthalle, Cologne, West Germany (1984-11-17)

Side one

  1. “Countdown” (Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs) – 0:41
  2. “Coming Home” (Rudolf Schenker, Meine) – 3:17 (Love at First Sting)
  3. “Blackout” (Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell, Sonja Kittelsen) – 4:11 (Blackout)
  4. “Bad Boys Running Wild” (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) – 3:45 (Love at First Sting)
  5. “Loving You Sunday Morning” (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) – 4:41 (Lovedrive)
  6. “Make It Real” (Schenker, Rarebell) – 3:51 (Animal Magnetism)

Side two

  1. Big City Nights” (Schenker, Meine) – 4:49 (Love at First Sting)
  2. “Coast to Coast” (Schenker) – 4:40 (Lovedrive)
  3. “Holiday” (Schenker, Meine) – 3:12 (Lovedrive)
  4. Still Loving You” (Schenker, Meine) – 5:44 (Love at First Sting)

Side three

  1. Rock You Like a Hurricane” (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) – 4:04 (Love at First Sting)
  2. “Can’t Live Without You” (Schenker, Meine) – 5:28 (Blackout)
  3. “Another Piece of Meat” (Schenker, Rarebell) – 5:36 (Lovedrive)
  4. “Dynamite” (Schenker, Meine, Rarebell) – 7:05 (Blackout)

Side four

  1. The Zoo” (Schenker, Meine) – 5:46 (Animal Magnetism)
  2. No One Like You” (Schenker, Meine) – 4:07 (Blackout)
  3. “Can’t Get Enough”, Pt. 1 (Schenker, Meine) – 1:59 (Lovedrive)
  4. “Six String Sting” (Jabs) – 5:18
  5. “Can’t Get Enough”, Pt. 2 (Schenker, Meine) – 1:52 (Lovedrive)

VHS/DVD Version

  1. “Coming Home”
  2. “Blackout”
  3. “Big City Nights”
  4. “Loving You Sunday Morning”
  5. No One Like You
  6. “Holiday”
  7. “Bad Boys Running Wild”
  8. Still Loving You
  9. Rock You Like a Hurricane
  10. “Dynamite”
  11. “I‘m Leaving You” (Studio version which plays over credits)

Live Videos from World Wide Live

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

2- Big City Nights- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmE_l_dN9UM

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

4- Dynamite- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdDLWXcSYyM

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Klaus Meine 72nd Birthday (May 25)

May 25th, 2020 by

Scorpions Postpone Show Due to Klaus Meine's Kidney Stones

SCORPIONS: ‘Sin City Nights’ Las Vegas Residency Is Officially Postponed

May 20th, 2020 by

SCORPIONS“Sin City Nights” Las Vegas residency, which was scheduled to kick off on July 4 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has officially been postponed. The new dates will be announced soon.

Earlier today (Wednesday, May 20), SCORPIONS released the following message via social media:

“Dear fans…Our Las Vegas Residency in July at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is postponed, the new dates will be announced soon. We want our fans and everybody involved in the shows to be safe during these uncertain times. Please take good care of yourselves, stay healthy and well, and we see you again when times are better for all of us.

Lots of Love ….. Scorpions

“Sin City Nights” was slated to include nine performances during July 2020: 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25.

SCORPIONS Are Trying To Recapture Vibe Of ‘Lovedrive’, ‘Animal Magnetism’ And ‘Blackout’ On Upcoming Album

May 15th, 2020 by

 

SCORPIONS. New album, tour and Las Vegas Residency in 2020

SCORPIONS frontman Klaus Meine spoke to SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation” about the band’s upcoming studio album. Tentatively due in 2021, the disc will mark the German hard rock legends’ first release since 2017’s “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, which was an anthology of SCORPIONS‘ new and classic material.

Speaking about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the making of the newSCORPIONS LP, Meine said: “This situation gives us a little extra time. We had planned to release this new album later this year, but, unfortunately, it will be delayed until early 2021. And so it gives us some extra time. Also, to get prepared, when we pick up the tour again, there will be new songs in the setlist, there will be a whole new production, and I guess we will do a couple of videos, maybe, for some songs that will be released. And so there’s plenty of extra time. And it feels good that we can use this time and really make the best out of this situation right now instead of sitting at home and watching the grass grow. We came in here well prepared, because lots and lots of material we wrote already last year, and they’re still in the making and songwriting process — everybody comes up with bits and pieces. It’s really nice every day to come here and to see how all those elements come together and the feeling that we have hopefully a great rock album on the way is growing every day. And that’s really a good feeling.”

Meine went on to say that he is looking forward to working with producer Greg Fidelman, who began his career as the guitarist and songwriter for RHINO BUCKET before launching his career as a producer, engineer and mixer, finding an early mentor in Rick Rubin.

“The vibe and the feel we [are trying] to go back to [is] the days between ‘Lovedrive’[1979], ‘Animal Magnetism’ [1980] and ‘Blackout’ [1982],” he said about the new material’s musical direction. “I mean, it’s impossible to turn back time and start all over again — it’s such a long time ago. But we try to, especially with our producer, with Greg Fidelman, we try to go back to that spirit and make a hard-rocking album.

Rudolf Schenker, the riff master, he came up with lots and lots of really great tunes, and I wrote more lyrics than probably ever before,” he continued. “So we went back to the same old spirit, like back in those days, and we try to make an album that goes in that direction. I’m not saying it will be like ‘Blackout’ or ‘Animal Magnetism’ — that’s impossible, I think — but it will be different from what we’ve done in the last 10 years. It’s a totally different approach. And hopefully this works out. Right now, what I hear every day, it feels great and it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait until we can share it with the fans.”

Meine also talked about the new SCORPIONS song “Sign Of Hope”, which was surprise-released late last month. Asked how the track came about, he said: “When we came back from [touring] Asia — in Asia, the situation was pretty tense already, in places like Singapore or Yogyakarta, when we were on the road together with our friends from WHITESNAKE. There were temperature checks on airports, in hotels and shopping malls, so it felt already pretty serious, the whole coronavirus thing. But then when we came home, around the 6th or 7th of March, back here in Germany, it felt kind of still okay. But then, a week later, the whole world situation became more and more tense. And it was great to see so many artists, so many songwriters, picking up the guitar, writing new songs, just trying to reflect the situation we all go through right now, and that’s what I did. I think I wrote the song a couple of days after I came home, and it was just reflecting the whole situation. It had not so much to do, really, with the production of the [new SCORPIONS] album, because we said to the fans, when we started this project, especially when you work with a producer like Greg Fidelman, who is really well known for his amazing work with bands like METALLICA orSLIPKNOT. So we’re focused on the hard edge this time, and we wanna keep it going like this. But this song, it was just reflecting the situation. It was something that was straight from the heart in troubled times. I thought this situation, so many artists around the world come up with special little songs or shows and staying-at-home concept, this kind of home concept, and from the SCORPIONS, I wanted to give the world something we can share together — sending out a sign of hope from the SCORPIONS.”

Eddie Trunk Interviews Klaus Meine May 11

May 12th, 2020 by

Scorpions in their Hanover, Germany Studio

May 9th, 2020 by

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Klaus Meine ” We’re not getting away from here (Hanover) and we don’t want to postpone planned production (New Album). That’s why we connect every day with our producer Greg Fidelman in Los Angeles via video zoom. The nature of this collaboration works incredibly well “.
Although all band members received negative for Corona, musicians wear protective masks in the studio. Mine of course I sing in a recording booth. But due to the embedded discs, the suspended particles from your breath cannot sing throughout the studio.
” You shouldn’t miss enough distance between us in the studio, although that, of course, is unusual for us. But there’s also something good about working in Hanover. We feel like we’re in our early days when we recorded our first albums here. Makes us feel good “.

 

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