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Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock with support act Coldspell on Spirit On A Mission World Tour 2015/2016 – European leg – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
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Hellfest Festival 2015
@ Clisson, France
19th-21st June 2015
Review by Anna Dumpe and Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Gavin Lowery and Ritchie Birnie
Break out the balloons – it’s birthday time! No, not just mine (although thank you very much), but Hellfest’s big 1-0, the crossing point into double figures, the decade marker. It’s practically an institution now, not just in France, not just in Europe but across the world with folks coming from every which place to rock n revel. Hellfest is just about the best damn festival out there, so you KNOW this is going to be special.
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Guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will release Scorpions Revisited, a highly-anticipated brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, in physical format on March 10 via UDR Music. Order the album now via iTunes.
As we announced last week, Guitar World Magazine is hosting a dual web premiere of ULI JON ROTH’s re-workings of classic Scorpions tracks “In Trance” and “Virgin Killer”, both featured on Scorpions Revisited. Last week, the magazine posted “In Trance” (listen here), now you can also hear “Virgin Killer”: http://www.guitarworld.com/uli-jon-roth-premieres-new-song-virgin-killer-scorpions-revisited-exclusive
Catch ULI JON ROTH supporting Scorpions Revisited on the Extreme Guitar Tour now:
Remaining 2015 ULI JON ROTH US Tour Dates – Extreme Guitar Tour:
12.02.2015 – Texas – Dallas – Trees
12.02.2015 – Texas – Houston –The Concert Pub North
For over four decades, ULI JON ROTH has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, ULI JON ROTH was a member of European rock giants, the Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth 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.
The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH’s Scorpions Revisited, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it’s clear that ULI JON ROTH reinvents these songs from the soul up. Feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy.
Track listing – CD1:
1. The Sails Of Charon
2. Longing For Fire
3. Crying Days
4. Virgin Killer
5. In Trance
6. Sun In My Hand
7. Yellow Raven
8. Polar Nights
9. Dark Lady
Track listing – CD2:
1. Catch Your Train
2. Evening Wind
3. All Night Long
4. We’ll Burn In The Sky
5. Pictured Life
6. Hell Cat
7. Life’s Like A River
8. Drifting Sun
9. Rainbow Dream Prelude
10. Fly To The Rainbow
“The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978,” explains Roth. “Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I’m very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance.”
The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).
Metal Icons SCORPIONS’ Legendary “Virgin Killer” Album To Be Released On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl!
Metal icons Scorpions’ legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band’s shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band’s career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.
The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli’s “Polar Nights” guitar solo that make it a classic.
“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980’s when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal.
“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre’s development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.
1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: https://audiofidelity.net/product/scorpions-virgin-killer-lp
Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak…it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.
Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.
” ‘Blackout’ just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/scorpions-blackout
HARTWALL ARENA, HELSINKI
11’th of November 2013
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
German bands Scorpions and Accept made history by appearing together for the first time in their decades-long careers. Having these two legendary bands performing at the same event sounds like a brilliant idea and the audience seems to agree, as the Helsinki gig sold comfortably over 9000 tickets. Accept have been enjoying great success since their latest re-union, or “the rebirth”, which took place in 2009. The renewed line-up consists of founding members guitarist Wolf Hoffman and bassist Peter Baltes, drummer Stefan Schwarfmann who’s been on/off member of Accept since the 90’s, rhythm guitarist Herman Frank (Victory) who played in Accept during BALLS TO THE WALL era in the 80’s and vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-T.T Quick) who has replaced the original singer Udo Dirkschneider. Their latest two releases BLOOD OF THE NATIONS (2010) and STALINGRAD (2012) both present a hungry band which wants to go strongly ahead and not live in the past. Accept is one of the most successful German metal bands ever but the Scorpions is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band was formed in in 1965 by Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker and to this day the band has released 17 studio, 6 live and several collection albums which altogether have reached sales of 75 over million copies worldwide. In January of 2010, the band announced their intentions for STING IN THE TAIL to be their last album, with the tour supporting it being their final tour. But during the tour Scorpions changed their minds and here we are, more than three years later, witnessing the first Scorpions show in Helsinki since 2004. But before that it’s time to check out of the mighty Accept…
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Audio Fidelity set to release Classic albums from the Scorpions and Alice Cooper in January on Hybrid SACD.
TWO HYBRID SACDS THAT WILL ROCK AND SHAKE THE NEW YEAR!
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This summer, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release a number of Standard Definition Blu-rays including Scorpions Moment Of Glory. Originally released on standard definition DVDs, it has been upscaled from the original material, with uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound.
Scorpions Moment Of Glory [MSRP $17.98], will be released July 30. Moment of Glory, originally released in 2001, captures the Scorpions backed by the world famous Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. The Blu-ray includes not only this 2000 concert, which was part of Berlin’s millennium celebrations, but bonus band interviews and director’s cuts of “Hurricane 2000,” “Moment Of Glory,” and “Here In My Heart.”
Michael Schenkers MSG with support on Temple Of Rock And Lovedrive Renunion Tour Europe 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden
Michael Schenkers MSG
Temple Of Rock And Lovedrive Renunion Tour Europe 2013
StonWire support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
22/5 – 2013
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA
Herman ‘Ze German’ Rarebell is a German drummer, best known for his long and successful career with the band Scorpions. Rarebell joined that band in 1977 and played on 8 studio albums including; LOVEDRIVE, BLACKOUT, LOVE AT FIRST STING and CRAZY WORLD. Rarebell was an important composer in the history of the group as he wrote many Scorpions songs like “Another Piece of Meat” and “Passion Rules the Game”. He also wrote the lyrics for some of the Scorpions biggest hit songs like: “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Blackout” and “Bad Boys Running Wild”. Rarebell quit the Scorpions in 1995, after 18 years, prior the release of PURE INSTINCT album. Later on he released a few solo albums and toured with his band Herman Ze German. He also participated on the Drum Legends project with Pete York and Charly Antolini and formed Monaco Records together with Prince Albert of Monaco. In 2011 Rarebell released his autobiography AND SPEAKING OF SCORPIONS… and later on the same year he formed a new super group called Strangers in the Night together with Michael Schenker, Michael Voss and Pete Way. In late 2011, Schenker released the album TEMPLE OF ROCK which featured Rarebell, Way, Voss, Wayne Findley and several special guests. In early 2012 Schenker, Rarebell, Findley, vocalist Doogie White and another former Scorpions band mate, Francis Bucholtz, toured under name Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock. The bands highly successful LOVEDRIVE REUNION tour landed finally in Finland on early May. In Helsinki I had a chance to sit down with Mr. Rarebell and here are the results of our interesting discussion. Read on!
Blackout At The Zoo!
No question that Scorpions, Germany’s loudest and proudest rock band ever, have done much for heavy metal over the years, and it’s high time a book on them hit the shelves. Well, the wait is over with the arrival of Scorpions: Top Of The Bill, which looks at every song on every album the Teutonic tone-masters ever crafted, beginning with Lonesome Crow back in ‘72 through to the band’s triumphant “retirement” album Sting In The Tail (and beyond into Comeblack – long story!).
Speedy’s Coming, Dark Lady, Catch Your Train, Virgin Killer, Another Piece Of Meat, Animal Magnetism, Lovedrive, Holiday, The Zoo, Blackout, No One Like You, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Still Loving You, Wind Of Change… these are hits and deep album tracks built into the very fabric of heavy metal, and the stories of their making are all here.
Come join Martin as he embarks on conversation and analysis with all of the principals and beyond, including Klaus Meine, Uli Jon Roth, Herman Rarebell, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, along with the likes of David Krebs, Ralph Rieckermann, Francis Buchholz and legendary manager David Krebs.
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06/08 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
06/09 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
06/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
06/12 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
06/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
06/17 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
06/20 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Center Arena
06/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
06/23 – Las Vegas, NV – Thomas & Mack Center
06/27 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
06/29 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion
06/30 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
07/02 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheater
07/03 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
07/06 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/07 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater
07/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
07/12 – Washington D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Scorpions’ “Comeblack”, a new album of classic rock covers and fresh performances of signature repertoire recorded last year, sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Scorpions’ last collection of all-original material, “Sting In The Tail”, opened with 18,500 units to land at No. 23. This marked the band’s highest chart debut in over 20 years. The CD also landed at No. 6 on the Rock Albums chart.
“Sting In The Tail” was released in North America on March 23, 2010 via Universal Music Enterprises. The CD was recorded at a studio in Hannover, Germany with Swedish producers Mikael “Nord” Andersson and Martin Hansen (the team behind The Rasmus’ “Dead Letters” CD).
Launched by guitarist Rudolf Schenker in 1965, Scorpions forged metal, rock and pop into a sound that’s come to signify an entire genre through hard rock anthems like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and hits like “Send Me An Angel”, “Wind Of Change” and “Still Loving You”, selling more than 100 million records in the process.
In January 2010, SCORPIONS announced that the group’s “Get Your Sting And Blackout” tour, an epic ongoing worldwide rock ‘n’ roll odyssey in support of 2010’s “Sting In The Tail”, would be the group’s last before retirement. The tour is slated to run through early 2013 with a string of historic farewell blowouts and festival performances scheduled Europe culminating with shows at the Wacken Open Air festival (August 4, 2012) and Munich’s Olympiahalle (October 13, 2012).
At some point during the “Get Your Sting And Blackout” tour (“We can’t remember the day, the month or the hour”), Scorpions, enjoying the success of “Sting In The Tail” and the emotional rejuvenation of the farewell tour (“Screaming fans everywhere we went!”) decided to record one last classic album. “The idea to go back to the studio was born out of pure excitement,” said the band who cut an album mixing covers of rock ‘n’ roll standards that informed and inspired the Scorpions alongside new productions and performances of the songs in the band’s core catalog that have proved the most meaningful to the members.
The result, “Comeblack”, is, according to the band, “an encore for our die-hard fans, to thank them for all the support for so many years. At the same time, this is a tribute to legendary bands from the sixties, like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, who have inspired us to follow our dreams. We hope you like it as much as we do… Rock on and … Comeblack.”
Legendary rockers, the Scorpions are perhaps Germany’s biggest rock band of all time.
Over the last four decades with their power-packed live shows they have filled arenas with adoring fans, sold over 100 million albums worldwide and influenced countless rock acts, making them one of the most successful bands to ever come out of Continental Europe, but the Scorpions are not done yet. On November 21, the multi-platinum hard rock legends will release Comeblack, a collection of newly recorded versions of classic Scorpions’ hits and cover songs.
During the Scorpions incredibly successful 2010 tour, journalists all over the world repeated asked about a possible comeback. Taking their cue from that question, the Scorpions responded with Comeblack, a tongue-in-cheek thank you to the die-hard fans whose enthusiasm overwhelmed the legendary rockers during these farewell concerts.
The band explains “We can’t exactly remember the day, the month or the hour, but at some point during this tour we were simply overwhelmed by the success of “Sting in the Tail” and our farewell tour. The idea to go back to the studio was born out of pure excitement. Screaming fans wherever we went! It was great to share the studio with Mikael and Martin again, going crazy with ideas for a new “project”!”
Comeblack features completely new productions of some Scorpions hits, including their 1984 anthem “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, the 1990 ballad “Wind of Change,” and “Still Loving You”. Each has been masterly adapted to today’s technical standards with Swedish producers Mikael “Nord” Andersson and Martin Hansen (the team behind THE RASMUS’ “Dead Letters” CD). These songs are bookended with recordings of classics rock songs that have inspired and influenced The Scorpions throughout their career. The Small Faces’ “Tin Soldier”, “Ruby Tuesday” by The Rolling Stones and Marc Almond’s “Tainted Love” are among the featured tracks.
For more info about the band on their official website www.the-scorpions.com
1 Rhythm Of Love
2 No One Like You
3 The Zoo
4 Rock You Like A Hurricane
6 Wind Of Change
7 Still Loving You
8 Tainted Love Original: Gloria Jones/Marc Almond
9 Children Of The Revolution Original: T. Rex
10 Across The Universe Original: The Beatles
11 Tin Soldier Original: Small Faces
12 All Day And All Of The Night Original:The Kinks
13 Ruby Tuesday Original: The Rolling Stones
Hellfest – Clisson France
17-18-19 June 2011
Hellfest arrives for its 5th edition. The French festival has been growing incredibly huge and very fast. This year it traditional location in the sport facilities of Clisson couldn’t take anymore of the mass of metalheads coming to this small part of France from all over the world.
This year’s crowd-moving, main acts where none less than Rob Zombie, Scorpions, Ozzy, and Judas Priest, with tons of other goodies in between. An excellent line-up as usual, as it’s part of the winning formula that gave success to the organizers of this event, nowadays already one of the biggest metal fests in the European summer.
The weather won’t be the most pleasant ever, but on the other hand it could have been way worse than just some strong wind and rain here and there, and the sun has been lighting the fields from time to time, still giving the impression to be in summer, after all. But as this festival is amazingly fun if you are among the beer-drinking hellraisers in the audience, you can somehow understand the “hell” part when you have to keep up with the insanely long queues to get into the photo pit, along with running all over the festival area from stage to stage, trying not to fall over some boozer laying on the ground. Oh well… running is good for your health!
Article and pics by Marco Manzi
GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2011
Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June 2011
by Brat and guest writer Ray Martens
After one too many overcrowded festivals *cough*Wacken*cough* Ray and I keep a lookout for small or medium sized festivals to combine with sightseeing holidays, preferably in countries not yet travelled. So when the lineup for Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 was announced, we had our next destination.
Hell is empty because all
the devils are here