According to reports from The National, the drummer James Kottak of the German band Scorpions could spend a month in jail after he was convicted on Tuesday morning of insulting Islam, flashing his middle finger at Muslim passengers at an airport and consuming alcohol. Kottak admits he had been drinking but denies the insults. The band already released a statement about the matter as well.
Scorpions have released a sneak peek of their new MTV Unplugged - Live In Athens DVD. Due out on November 29th (in North America on January 21st, 2014), the material is taken from Scorpions' first-ever MTV Unplugged show played in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens and features new acoustic versions of their classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. For now, you can watch the trailer here.
A few months ago, Scorpions announced special MTV Unplugged acoustic shows in Athens, Greece. The group played two acoustic sets in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens. The open air theatre was designed by the Greek architect Takis Zenetos in 1965 and thus is just the same age as the story of the Scorpions. The band recorded these shows for posterity and will be releasing MTV Unplugged - Live In Athens on November 29th, available as double CD, DVD, Blu-ray and in various other digital and physical configurations.
Former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell releases today the new album Acoustic Fever containing all-acoustic versions of twelve Scorpions songs that he co-wrote while he was in the band. Rarebell will support Acoustic Fever with a European tour beginning in November and US dates to follow in 2014. The tour will feature Bobby Kimball (the original lead singer of Toto), Don Dokken, John Parr (St Elmo's Fire) and special guest Beggar's Jam. Check out the tour dates below.
MTV and German hard rock legends Scorpions have teamed up for three MTV Unplugged concerts in Athens, Greece, on September 11th, 12th, and 14th under the banner MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens at the Lycabettus Theatre over the roofs of the ancient city. For the first time in the history of the MTV Unplugged series, the recordings for this concert in Greece will take place under the open sky.
Scorpions have returned to the studio. It seems like they abandoned their retirement plans as the band announced last year that they were working on unfinished songs from the early 80s, leftovers from the Blackout album and Love At First Sting. The quintet has worked on a dozen tracks with producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson for an album that is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.
German hard-rock legends Scorpions have announced a series of headlining shows in the United States and Canada for this summer, which will follow their European dates. The trek is part of their farewell world tour, again, and also in support of their latest compilation album Comeblack, a collection of re-recorded songs and cover versions.
Former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell is working with musicians from California and Brazil — including singer Gustavo Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Takara) — on the follow-up to Herman's 2010 album Take It As it Comes. The new album will be issued under the moniker Herman Rarebell And The Fatal Sting.
Take It As it Comes — a disc of material featuring songs written by friends — was released via Dark Star Records.
German hard rock legends Scorpions are calling it a day. The band's last album Sting In The Tail will be out on March 19th 2010, with a world tour following the release. The official word from the band reads as follows:
"It was always our pleasure, our purpose in life, our passion and we were fortunate enough to make music for you - whether it was live on stage or in the studio, creating new songs.
While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was - and how much fun we were still having, in the process. But there was also something else: we want to end the Scorpions extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we've always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road. We finish our career with an album we consider to be one of the best we have ever recorded and with a tour that will start in our home country Germany and take us to five different continents over the next few years.
The following dates have been announced as part of the Scorpions Humanity-Hour1 world tour:
October 31st, 2007 Tokyo Japan
November 10th, 2007 Sibiu Romania
November 28th, 2007 Bordeaux France
November 29th, 2007 Toulouse France
November 30th, 2007 Clermont-Ferrand France
December 4th, 2007 Lisbon Portugal
December 6th, 2007 Guimaraes Portugal
December 12th, 2007 Shillong India
December 14th, 2007 Bombay/Mumbai India
December 16th, 2007 Bangalore India
The band have also posted the following warning banner: "'Regarding the tourdates of the Scorpions Humanity-Hour1 world tour: It is the booking agents policy to publish Scorpions concert dates only when all contracts are signed. Please don´t send us questions regarding dates posted on other websites, all 100% confirmed dates will be posted here immediately.''
"Heavenly has been chosen to be the Scorpions opener for their french tour.
So the Scorpions and the Heavenly boyz gives you a "rendez-vous" in Paris, Nantes, Dijon & Rouen in order to "burn" all this Zenith!"
Scorpions have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Humanity - Hour 1", due at the end of May.
The "Humanity - Hour 1" artwork has been posted online at this location. The album was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, alice Cooper, KISS, Ricky Martin, Cher, Michael Bolton and Bonnie Tyler.
"Humanity - Hour 1" tracklisting:
01. Hour I
02. The Game Of Life
03. We Were Born To Fly
04. The Future Never Dies
05. You're Lovin' Me To Death
07. Love Will Keep Us Alive
08. Your Last Song
09. Love Is War
10. Rise Again
Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS have set "Unbreakable" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in April. An as-yet-undisclosed single will precede the album in March. The band are also working on a DVD which should be released later in the year.
As previously reported, SCORPIONS - who recently announced the addition of Polish bassist Pawel Maciwoda (SECTION 31, URBANATOR) to the group's ranks - completed the recordings for "Unbreakable" at Peppermint Park Studio in Hannover. The album is expected to feature a return to the band's classic hard rock sound following a foray into a more dance-inspired direction on their last studio release, 1999's "Eye II Eye".