The Scorpions Plan Deluxe Reissue of Crazy World
... (hennemusic) The Scorpions
will release a deluxe reissue of their 1990 album, "Crazy World," which featured the international hit, "Wind Of Change," on June 3. The two-disc set will feature the original album plus a disc of 12 live tracks from their Live Crazy world tour, along with the album's four promotional videos. On January 24, 2010, after 45 years of performing, The Scorpions
announced that they would be retiring after touring in support of their new album at the time, "Sting In The Tail," although this decision was eventually retracted and the band will continue. more on this story hennemusic is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright hennemusic - Excerpted here with permission. The Scorpions
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Testament's Iron Maiden & Scorpions Covers To Be Released As 'Record Store Day' 7″
... Testament have a new 7″ release in the works for this years 'Record Store Day'. The band will be issuing a limited edition picture disc featuring two of the bonus cover songs from their latest album, "Dark Roots Of Earth". Those tracks include the bands renditions of Scorpions
' "Animal Magnetism" and Iron Maiden's "Powerslave". This years 'Record Store Day' event will be held on April 20th. Testament's Iron Maiden & Scorpions
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Scorpions Explain Download Festival Offer Rejection
... (Classic Rock) The Scorpions
rejected an offer to play the Download festival this summer. Talking to Classic Rock, guitarist Rudolf Schenker explained the band's decision as being down to two reasons. "We were asked to play on the first day (June 14), when Slipknot will headline. The problem was that we would have been on the second stage, not the main one. This would have meant us not having the chance to bring over a full stage set, and that isn't something we were prepared to consider. We'd be cheating the fans, and feel we are worth a bit more than being anywhere other the main stage. "There was also a financial problem, because what we would have been paid wasn't very good at all. So we reluctantly turned it down." The band recently finished their final world tour. It lasted three years, but didn't include a single UK show. And nobody it appears is more disappointed than the band. more on this story Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Scorpions
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Rudolf Schenker (guitar)
Klaus Meine (vocals)
Matthias Jabs (guitar)
Francis Buchholz (bass) 1973-1992
Herman Rarebell (drums) 1977-1995
Ralph Rieckermann (bass) 1993-2003
Pawel Maciwoda (bass) 2003-
James Kottak (drums) 1996-
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The band is from Germany, but they've always recorded their songs in English, as their goal was always to conquer the United States.
In their early years, the band did most of the management and promotion themselves. They played gigs across Europe and in Japan because they had a deal with their record company that their albums would only be released in countries they toured.
When we spoke with Rudolf Schenker
in 2010, he explained that their background in classical music and outside perspective helped them achieve success in America. Said Schenker: "In the beginning of our career, we had a problem in Germany because nobody expects a German band to play rock music. With rock music, there are more bands from England or America, which are more exotic than the Scorpions, who are from Germany. But when we went to America in '79, we became the exotic ones. They said, 'Hey, what kind of crazy guys are these?' (laughs) We were already exotic, with a different view, and we also play our rock music with a little bit of an ethnic touch. You'll notice that Americans come from the blues side, whereas we come from the classical side, which is different."
Their song "Still Loving You
" was especially popular in France, and government data shows a baby boom coinciding 9 months after the peak of the song's popularity in that country. The Scorpions learned about this when they went on a French talk show.
When they finished making their 2010 album Sting in the Tail, the band decided it would be their last, as they were very pleased with the result and wanted to go out on top. They continued touring around the world, but stopped recording.
In 1988, they became the first hard-rock band to play in Russia, and their visit to that country the next year inspired their anthem "Wind Of Change
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Bass Player Scott Edwards
Scott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."
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