September 14th – Reading, PA (Santander Arena) On Sale 4/14
September 16th – New York, NY (Madison Square Garden) On Sale 4/1
September 19th – Laval, QC (Place Bell) – NO MEGADETH On Sale 4/8
September 22th – Toronto, ONT (Budweiser Stage Amphitheater) On Sale 3/31
September 23nd – Chicago, IL (All State Arena) – NO MEGADETH On Sale 4/7
September 26th – Denver, CO (1st Bank Center) On Sale 4/7
September 29th – Spokane, WA (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena) On Sale 4/14
September 30th – Seattle, WA (Tacoma Dome) On Sale 4/14
October 3rd – Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Resort) On Sale TBD
October 4th – Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena) On Sale TBD
October 7th – Los Angeles (The Forum) On Sale Now
October 8th – Phoenix, AZ (Talking Stick Arena) On Sale TBD
October 11th – San Antonio, TX (Freeman Coliseum) On Sale TBD
October 12th – Dallas, TX (Pavilion at The Music Factory) On Sale 3/31
October 14th – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center) On Sale TBD
October 15th – Tampa, FL (Amalie Arena) On Sale 4/7
*More Concerts Announcing Soon
German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced their North American “Crazy World” tour with very special guest MEGADETH.
Since performing a handful of festivals and concerts last year in the U.S., the band will return to North America for a month-long run of dates.
“When our album ‘Crazy World’ was released back in ’91, right at the end of the cold war, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future,” said SOCRPIONS singer Klaus Meine. “Now, 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, ‘Crazy World’ is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you out there.”
According to the Los Angeles radio station 93.1 Jack FM, MEGADETH will open for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS on a U.S. tour this fall. The trek will include an October 7 stop at the Forum in L.A. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m., with a presale on Thursday using the password “crazy.”
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently said that he was “really excited” about the opportunity to support an undisclosed band on at least one show in the U.S. later in 2017.
MEGADETH has spent more than a year on the road promoting the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, which arrived in January 2016. The group is currently scheduled to head back out on tour at the end of April, with three U.S. festival appearances penciled in for July.
Speaking to Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan, Mustaine stated about MEGADETH‘s touring plans for the coming months: “Believe it or not, we’ve got some cool things going on for the States. We’ve got two really great things we’re gonna be doing. We’ll be heading out some part of the spring or summer, and then we just were told about an opportunity at the end of the year that really, really excited me. It’s somebody I’ve never played with before that we’re actually gonna be supporting. They were so cool that we would step down from being a headliner to support this group.”
Mustaine offered more information on MEGADETH‘s two upcoming tours in a separate interview with Billboard. He said: “They’re both going to be very different, but exciting. One we’re headlining, and it’s very much bands of our ilk, and for the other one, we’re in a support position for the first time in years. It’s a band that I’m a huge fan of. We’re really excited to see what these different dates are going to be like and have fans see us in different capacities. The headlining dates will be these diehard fans, and the others where we’re going to be out with this band we’re supporting, and their fans are going to hear us and won’t know us from the man on the moon.”
Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee confirmed last night that the German titans are to release a brand new studio album in early 2018 and continue rocking global audiences.
Mikkey told a press conference at the Hall Of Heavy Metal History induction ceremony that The Scorps, who celebrated fifty years of existence with one of their biggest tours ever last year, have already started working on new music and the forthcoming songs are as exciting and as vibrant as ever, just as you would expect.
The Swedish beatmeister, often referred to by Lemmy as “the best drummer in the world”, also confirmed that the band are on a much needed break at the moment but will reconvene later in the year to record their brand new opus, their first with Mikkey who was Motörhead drummer for twenty-three years.
Expect a brand new Scorpions album and another mega world tour coming your way in 2018.
On November 10, BackstageAxxess conducted an interview with singer Klaus Meine of German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Speaking about the departure of longtime drummer James Kottak — who was dismissed from the band during his well-publicized his battle with alcoholism — and addition of former MOTÖRHEAD member Mikkey Dee, Klaus said: “With Mikkey, it’s fantastic. It really gives the band a fresh shot of energy. Mikkey, [he] joined this band where we just played the big encore. And at the end of this year, we all need a break. And Mikkey is, like, ‘C’mon, guys. We’ve gotta keep going. This is so fantastic. We have such a good time. The fans are amazing around the world. And let’s keep going.’ And we say, ‘Okay.’ But at this point, we’ve played everywhere. We’ve been everywhere — we’ve played all continents, and even in Australia. So at the end of this tour, we all need a break. But, of course, we will pick it up at some point, because it really feels great with Mikkey.”
He continued: “James [had] been with us for twenty years; it’s such a long run. And we’re still in touch, and it’s great to hear from him. He’s feeling much better now and he’s getting back on track. We said to him, ‘James, it’s so important… You’re a healthy guy. You’re the guy we all love so much — the band, your family, the fans — so you’ve gotta really take care of yourself and really think of you first and your health situation. So he went into a long rehab and was really taking it serious and really taking care about himself. And we gave him all the support we can give him. And it looks like he’s really in a good way, and his health at the end of this year is so much better than it’s been ever before. So that’s really good.”
Klaus added: “But what can I say? There came a point in the spring when we had to make this decision and really what’s great is that Mikkey came in and joined the band. He’s a great drummer, a great musician, a very powerful drummer and very well respected after more than twenty years with MOTÖRHEAD. It’s all about attitude, and he’s a great guy. The chemistry between us worked right away. We had a great time between when we played the Carolina Rebellion in early May until now. We had a lot of fun, and the SCORPIONS fans welcomed Mikkey. And at the same time, they’re sending their thoughts and prayers to James, which is a wonderful thing.”