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SCORPIONS with very special guests ACCEPT: Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

December 22nd, 2013
Accept & Scorpions

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 To Release Classic SCORPIONS And ALICE COOPER In January

December 4th, 2013

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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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO KICK OFF SD BLU-RAY SERIES Including THE SCORPIONS THIS SUMMER

July 18th, 2013

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.”

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Michael Schenkers MSG with support on Temple Of Rock And Lovedrive Renunion Tour Europe 2013 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

June 29th, 2013

Michael Schenkers MSG

Temple Of Rock And Lovedrive Renunion Tour Europe 2013
StonWire support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
22/5 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall Michael Schenker_kb_2013_tourposter_4

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HERMAN RAREBELL – Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock, solo artist, ex-Scorpions

May 24th, 2013

Herman Rarebell

HERMAN RAREBELL

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!

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SCORPIONS: Top Of The Bill – Popoff’s stinging new biog – now shipping!

March 5th, 2013

Blackout At The Zoo!

Scorpions - Rudolf Schenker

Scorpions – Rudolf Schenker

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.

Price including shipping:

US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $44.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

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Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything). Two is definitely the magic number for Europe.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:

Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

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Scorpions ready to begin North American tour in June!

May 30th, 2012

Tour dates:

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 - Final Sting Tour 2012

SCORPIONS - Final Sting Tour 2012

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.”

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SCORPIONS – “Comeblack” In stores from November 21, 2011; Band Re-records their classic songs

November 9th, 2011
Scorpions "Comeblack"

Scorpions "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

 

Track list:

 

1 Rhythm Of Love

 

2 No One Like You

 

3 The Zoo

 

4 Rock You Like A Hurricane

 

5 Blackout

 

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

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Hellfest – Clisson France

October 1st, 2011

 

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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


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Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

September 28th, 2011

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

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SCORPIONS – Rare “Speedy’s Coming” Live 1976 Audio

May 13th, 2011

TMD has obtained rare concert audio of legendary German metal act SCORPIONS, featuring guitar hero Uli Jon Roth, performing “Speedy’s Coming” live at Festhalle, Zweibrucken, Germany on 4/12/1976 during the legendary Virgin Killer Tour. On January 24, 2010, after four and a half decades performing, the group announced that they will be
retiring after touring in support of their new album Sting in the Tail.

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!



The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations

ACCEPT

Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation

Ratt

Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones

Triptykon

Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis 

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Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners

Helloween

Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound

OverKill

The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy

Nevermore

Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms

SABATON

Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal

HALFORD

Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.

 

Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

Crazy Lixx
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


 

Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

23.
Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power

 

Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS AND JUDAS PRIEST ALSO CONFIRMED FOR GMM2011

December 7th, 2010

After yesterday’s announcement of our first headliner SLIPKNOT, we are proud to add three more giants to the lineup of GMM2011.

Four years after his first GMM show as a solo artist, the legendary OZZY OSBOURNE is returning to the GMM festival arena with his 2nd European tour since the release of his new CD “Scream.” Ozzy himself obviously needs no introduction with worldwide album sales of 100 million (as a solo artist as well as a member of the Black Sabbath), his own Ozzfest festival and not to forget the popular reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’. On stage and backed by a brand new band, Prince of Darkness still delivers the goods.  Ozzy live is synonymous with an amazing show seasoned with countless hits. Ozzy Osbourne is headlining on Saturday 25 June.

More than 40 years after they burst upon the rock scene, German legends SCORPIONS are on the final leg of their farewell tour. This year, the ‘Get your Sting and Blackout World Tour’ conquered American and Asian stages and now the Scorpions are returning to Europe, where the saga began all those years ago. The Scorpions’ popularity peaked in the seventies and eighties when ballads such as ‘Wind of Change’ and ‘Still Loving You’ stormed the charts. Still, song writers Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker never abandoned their roots, spoiling metal fans worldwide with fifteen-odd heavy albums including numerous classic rock anthems such as ‘Rock You like a Hurricane’. Unfortunately their first GMM appearance on Friday 24 June will also be their last, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Joining Ozzy on Saturday will be JUDAS PRIEST. No band is more deserving of the epithet ‘Metal Gods’ than the Birmingham quintet. Back in the day, Priest pioneered heavy metal along with Black Sabbath; today, their illustrious career spans over four decades and they are still spearheading the genre they themselves helped create with their no-holds-barred attitude. In 2011, the Priest is embarking on a new world tour of prestigious arenas and major festivals, which obviously includes Graspop Metal Meeting.

Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 will be held in Dessel festival park over the weekend of Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June. With leading bands from just about every metal and rock subgenre and a lineup that spans several generations of heavy music, there’s loads of fun to be had for metalheads both young and not so young. Graspop Metal Meeting is synonymous for three days of music and fun, 70+ bands, four stages and lots of fringe events to boot, including signing sessions, an outdoor festival fair, an indoor metal market, etc.Moreover, the campsite is second to none with its Festival Express Shop, excellent sanitary facilities and much more.

TICKET INFO

As of Wednesday 8 December, tickets for GMM2011 will be available at www.graspop.be/tickets_EN

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Scorpions: Toronto, Canada June 27, 2010

October 23rd, 2010

Scorpions

w/Cinderella

June 27, 2010

Molson Ampitheater, Toronto, Ont.

Review and photos by Celtic Bob

 

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SCORPIONS’ Rudolf Schenker On Future – “It’s A Way Of Creating New Music, Maybe Doing An Album With My Brother”

June 19th, 2010
Dean Guitars Promo of Michael and Rudolf Schenker

Dean Guitars Promo of Michael and Rudolf Schenker

SCORPIONS guitar legend Rudolf Schenker spoke with New York Magazine’s Vulture recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Vulture: Why are you stopping now?

Schenker: “Now we can say we’re doing a last tour and giving the people a complete picture of the Scorpions. How often did you go to a party and you had a feeling around one o’clock to leave but then you met one of your friends, who says, ‘Let’s have one drink together,’ and then it’s five o’clock, and the next morning you said, “How stupid I was to not find the right moment to leave.” I think that’s the most important point. We want to make a decision when we finish, not the people.”

Vulture: What do you plan on doing with all your time off?

Schenker: “For me, it’s a way of creating new music, maybe doing an album with my brother (MICHAEL SCHENKER). I wrote a book called Rock Your Life, which is released already in other countries, so I could promote that. There are lots of things to do.”

Vulture: You lived the dream. You were on top of the mountain. What did you see while you were up there?

Schenker: There is not much to see up there because everything down there is very small. You don’t have to stay up there. By seeing where the best place is, then you have an orientation of where you can go.”

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