Tokyo Tapes (1978), the first live album by the German hard rock band Scorpions, and Taken By Force (1977), the group's fifth studio album and the final effort to feature guitarist Uli Jon Roth, will be re-released in November 2015. Both reissues will feature many previously unreleased tracks, including demo versions of some of the most important songs dating back to 1977.
Hard rock legends Scorpions have posted online a new lyric video for the single "Eye Of The Storm". You can watch it on the YouTube player below and you might recognize the song from their newest album Return To Forever. The band will be touring extensively to showcase the record and are currently preparing a Russian trek. Later in the year, they head to North America as well as Europe again.
Having recently released their new studio album Return To Forever, Scorpions have also debuted a brand new video. The German hard rock veterans present a video for the first single, "We Built This House", which can now be seen below. Whether you already had time to listen to the new album or not, did you like this particular track?
Renowned filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied German hard rock veterans Scorpions on what was originally supposed to be the band's farewell tour. The resulting documentary, Forever And A Day, follows the band on the road from Bangkok to Moscow, and culminates in Scorpions decision to scrap their retirement plans, deciding instead to mark their 50th anniversary in 2015 with a new tour, a new album and the Forever And A Day movie. Last Saturday saw the world premiere of the documentary in Berlin. A video report on the event can be seen below. The one and half hour long movie premieres in German theaters on the 26th of March.
After the announcement that UDR will release guitar legend Uli Jon Roth's brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, titled Scorpions Revisited, on March 10th, here is the first song to enjoy. The pre-orders are available now via iTunes. When you pre-order, you get the song "Catch Your Train" instantly. You can now listen to that song below as well. Kick off your weekend with Uli Jon Roth!
Guitar maestro Uli Jon Roth is set to release a double-disc collection of 19 re-imagined Scorpions classics called Scorpions Revisited via UDR. Pre-orders for the album will be available soon. Uli Jon Roth was a member of Scorpions and in 2013, he found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.
German hard rock veterans Scorpions had announced this year that they would release a new album and here it is. Titled Return To Forever, the record is to be released on February 20th, 2015. Furthermore, if you pre-order the album now on iTunes or the band's webstore, you'll receive the brand new single "We Built This House". The band recorded 19 songs altogether. Twelve of which are on the album, sixteen on the Deluxe Edition.
Scorpions have recently announced their plans for 2015. The band will release a new album, but the title is not known yet. Last year, the band recorded leftover tracks from the Blackout / Love At First Sting era. The record should also feature 2 songs played acoustically at the 2013 MTV Unplugged project ("Rock'n' Roll Band" and "Dancing With The Moonlight"). A 50th anniversary tour is also planned for next year.
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.