It looks like Mikkey Dee will play all Scorpions shows up to August 2nd this summer.
Scorpions recruit Mikkey Dee to fill in on U.S. Dates!
Iconic rockers SCORPIONS will hit the road in May for twelve North American headlining dates with Mikkey Dee formerly of Motörhead sitting in on drums for James Kottak, announced today. Kottak is currently on break while he seeks medical attention. Swedish-born Mikkey Dee joined Motörhead in 1992 and is well-respected among the rock and metal community.
Scorpions singer Klaus Meine states “We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority. We wish James a speedy recovery and he will be back to Rock with us very soon! We look forward to seeing all our fans this month.”
Scorpions kick off the 2016 U.S. leg with twelve dates in May beginning at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on May 6th and includes a Las Vegas residency.
In 2010, Scorpions announced their farewell tour in support of that year’s Sting of the Tail album. Then came 2013’s MTV Unplugged recording and a tour behind that, and the German hard rock band decided it wasn’t done yet. When it released an album in 2015 partially comprising songs it had in the vault from the ’80s, it referenced its non-retirement by naming the set Return to Forever. And as it enters its 51st year as a band, it’s still breaking new ground by doing its first-ever residency and rereleasing a “tour edition” of Return to Forever on Century Media today (April 22) that contains an additional seven new songs and two concert DVDs that were filmed in 2015 at Hellfest in Clisson, France and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The May U.S. tour, which includes five Las Vegas shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is a continuation of Scorpions’ 50th Anniversary Tour. Guitarist Matthias Jabs tells Billboard, “Managers and promoters from around the world said, ‘Fifty years; you’ve got to do it,’” he recalls. “So we announced that we were done too early. It’s not that we were forced to do this, because we wanted to, but destiny found its own way.”
The Vegas residency is a first for the band. “The fans love it, and when I hear ‘Vegas,’ Elvis comes to mind,” says Jabs with a laugh. “Not that we’re anything like him, but a lot of great artists have played a string of shows for weeks or months or even a year. Our agent came up with the idea, and we’d had an offer before to do it for a whole month. That didn’t work out for whatever reason, but to be able to do five shows, that sounds pretty good to me.”
And despite the fact that founding guitarist and sole original member Rudolf Schenker and vocalist Klaus Meine are both 67, Jabs, 60, says it’s not getting any harder for the band to play. “The more you tour, the fitter you feel,” he says. “The old days, we were sitting in the studio for six months. Now we go for two weeks, then we take a break and play a couple shows so we don’t get the trauma of being in the studio for too long. And touring keeps you fit. You’re traveling, you’re running around the stage, you can hit the gym. We always said that as long as The Rolling Stones can do it, we can do it!”
As for the rerelease of Return to Forever, Jabs says it’s a sign of the times. “For decades, we used to release an album and go on the road to promote the album,” he says. “Now it’s the other way around, to a certain extent — you make an album for a reason to go on the road. We love the road the most, but to be able to create new music that still sounds OK for today is a lot of fun. We cannot just do the greatest hits and play the same set list again and again. We need at least a couple of new songs to refresh our minds when we go out.”
Jabs admits that as popular as Scorpions still is, it’s a far cry from the heady days of their ’80s success. “The music we were playing was so accepted and loved by everyone that you heard it in the supermarket,” he remembers. “It was almost elevator music because it was everywhere. Today we have so many different music styles, the rock music we’re making has become like a niche. It’s really hard to get new music across. Whatever we record, whatever we release, the fans might like it, but radio would rather play ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane.'”
There’s no finish line ahead for Scorpions yet, though. Jabs says that they’re booked through the end of 2016, and promoters are already calling them about next year. He knows the group is fortunate, because there are only so many rock bands with their level of box-office draw. “Sooner or later, there will be no more AC/DC, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Scorpions and very few other acts from that time that can not only sell out an arena, but with a good package, a stadium. We don’t have any new band from the last 10 or 15 years that can follow in their footsteps. Maybe Coldplay or Muse. They’re different styles, but they could fill a stadium. Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and those other bands are still up there, but if they die or decide to retire, then I think that promoters have a problem.”
Scorpions’ May 2016 U.S. tour dates:
May 6 Charlotte, N.C.: Carolina Rebellion
May 9 Nashville: Grand Ole Opry
May 10 St. Louis, Mo.: The Fabulous Fox
May 13-14, 18, 20-21 Las Vegas: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 24 El Paso, Texas: Don Haskins Arena
May 25 Albuquerque: Isleta Amphitheater
May 28 Pryor, Okla.: Rocklahoma
May 29 San Antonio: River City Rockfest
Scorpions Fans! Our very own Matthias Jabs will be hosting a Live Facebook Fan Q&A this Wednesday April 20th at 4pm EST (22:00 CET). #Scorpions
On Wednesday, we will do a post similar to this and ask our fans to put their questions in the comments. Matthias will reply in real time in the comments section. Feel free to put some questions in the comments below to get ready for next week!
The “tour edition” of Scorpions‘ Return to Forever LP is due in stores April 22, and the band’s giving fans their first glimpse of the expanded album’s bonus material with this exclusive premiere of a live version of “We Built This House.”
This recording of “We Built This House,” captured during Scorpions’ Sept. 12, 2015, stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, represents just a small piece of the extra content added to Return to Forever with the “tour edition.” As previously reported, in addition to the standard version’s 12-song track list, the new version packs in seven bonus cuts, a pair of complete 2015 concerts and a new 15-minute documentary, On the Road in America. Scorpions members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs also offer commentary during an “extensive track-by-track interview.”
Meanwhile, Scorpions remain on the road for their 50th Anniversary Tour, which is currently scheduled to keep them on stage through late July. Check out “We Built This House” above, take a look at the group’s tour schedule below, and pre-order your copy of the Return to Forever “tour edition.”
Scorpions 50th Anniversary US Tour Dates:
5/06 — Charlotte, N.C.(Festival)
5/07 – Atlanta, GA. (with Living Colour)
5/09 — Nashville, Tenn.(With Queensryche)
5/10 — St. Louis, Mo.(With Queensryche)
5/13 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/14 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/18 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/20 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/21 — Las Vegas, Nev.(With Queensryche)
5/24 — El Paso, Texas(With Queensryche)
5/25 — Albuquerque, N.M.(With Queensryche)
5/28 — Pryor, Okla.(Festival)
5/29 — San Antonio, Texas(Festival)
The rescheduled dates for all canceled SCORPIONS concerts in Germany – including the canceled show in Hamburg – have been announced:
- November 23rd 2016 Cologne — LANXESS arena
- November 25th 2016 Leipzig — Arena – Leipzig
- November 27th Frankfurt am Main — Festhalle
- November 29th Hamburg — Barclaycard Arena
- December 2nd Berlin — Mercedes-Benz Arena
Tickets purchased will remain valid or can be returned to the ticket offices, at which they were purchased.
Klaus Meine is currently undergoing medical treatment in order as quickly as possible to get the health problems under control again.
German hard rock legends SCORPIONS were forced to cut short their concert in Hamburg last night (Monday, March 21) because of a “viral infection” affecting the voice of the band’s lead singer, Klaus Meine. The band reportedly performed for about thirty minutes before calling off the rest of the gig. It is not presently clear if Meine will be well enough to take part in SCORPIONS‘ next performance, which is scheduled for Wednesday (March 23) in Leipzig.
The Scorpions issue statement concerning the Hamburg show and beyond: “We’re very sorry that the concert in Hamburg had to be discontinued due to acute vocal problems of Klaus Meine yesterday. Klaus has been for days under medical treatment. As a viral infection has now unfortunately affected his voice, the treatment will be continued with even more effort to get his health problems under control as quickly as possible. We expect to announce further information on the progress of the tour this afternoon.”
Rest of the German tour is cancelled!!!!
Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Arena
Leipzig, Arena – Leipzig
Cologne, LANXESS arena
Replacement dates will be announced sometime next week!!!!
Scorpions with special guest Living Colour
Saturday May 7th -7:30
Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, Georgia