Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scorpions - Raised on Rock

Scorpions are a heavy metal/hard rock band from Hannover, Germany, probably best known best for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change". After 45 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music. On January 24, 2010, the band announced that they will be retiring after touring in support of their latest album Sting in the Tail.

Sting in the Tail is the seventeenth studio album. It was released on March 19, 2010 in Europe. The album will have a duet featuring the Finnish symphonic metal singer Tarja Turunen, in the song "The Good Die Young". The album is produced by Swedish fellow Mikael Nord Andersson.

The new album "Sting In The Tail" might not break any new ground, but it is very much a celebration of their classic sound you can hear some trace of the old classic "Crazy World" and yes there is a new "Wind of Change". With 45 years years long career will surely leave some marks on the guys, but hell no, they still sounds as Scorpions did before, melodies are there and he still can sing as before. You can hear and feel that the band once and for all want to make a genuine Scorpions record, especially after the Desmond Child fiasco of last album. But even if the attempt to do a real hit bang album it not enough, but this is the best effort they have done the last 10 years. The only real memorable rocker is opening track "Raised on rock", (Todays tune) a typical Scorpions hit with extra blotched lyrics. A tip of my hat for an honourable decision to sign off after this, rather than to die and be resurrected again and again that so many others do.

Scorpions will travel the globe one last time on the "Get Your Sting And Blackout" tour. Don't know if they will come to Sweden yet, but the tour dates that's are already announced is the end of this post.

The line-up is Klaus Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitar), James Kottak (drums) and Pawel Maciwoda (bass)

A little video about the last record.

Sting In The Tail -​ Re­lease: March 19th 2010

Tour Dates:

March, 15th 2010 Prague Czech Republic O2 arena
March, 18th 2010 Moscow Russia Ice Palace
April, 10th 2010 Mons Belgium Lotto Mons Expo
April, 20th 2010 Minsk Belarus
April, 22nd 2010 Ostrava Czech Republic
May, 7th 2010 Leipzig Germany Arena
May, 8th 2010 München Germany Olympiahalle
May, 12th 2010 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
May, 14th 2010 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May, 15th 2010 Longirod Switzerland Long'I'Rock Music Open-Air Festival
May, 19th 2010 Paris France L' Olympia Ticketnet
May, 21st 2010 Liévin France Stade Couvert Régional
May, 22nd 2010 Straßburg France Zénith Ticketnet
May, 29th 2010 Berlin Germany O2 World Eventim
May, 30th 2010 Zwickau Germany Stadthalle Eventim
June, 1st 2010 Hannover Germany TUI Arena Eventim
June, 5th 2010 Ioannia Greece Ioannina Stadium - Zosimades
June, 7th 2010 Thessaloniki Greece Makedonikos Stadium - Nea Efkarpia
June, 9th 2010 Patras Greece Pampeloponisiako Stadium of Patras
June, 12th 2010 Recklinghausen Germany Stadtgarten am Festspielhaus
June, 18th 2010 Holmdel, NJ USA PNC Bank Arts Center
June, 19th 2010 Columbia, MD USA Merryweather Post Pavilion
June, 22nd 2010 Wantagh, NY USA Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
September, 7th 2010 México, México Palacio de los Deportes
September, 14th 2010 Santiago de Chile Chile Movistar Arena
November, 12th 2010 Mannheim Germany SAP Arena
November, 13th 2010 Cologne Germany LANXESS Arena
November, 19th 2010 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena

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