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Scorpions celebrate 50 years of rock with Return to Forever album

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 SCORPIONS RETURN TO FOREVER CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

 New Album Features Single “We Built This House”

 16-City North American Tour Launches September 10

The most successful export from continental Europe with more than 100 million records sold, Scorpions are celebrating 50 years of rock with the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), on September 11, 2015. Produced by their two favorite Swedes, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), the 19-song collection will be available in various formats including digital, Deluxe CD, and vinyl. The North American configuration boasts three exclusive tracks alongside four bonus tracks previously available only in specific territories, full tracklisting below. The first single, “We Built This House” releases digitally on July 3, and will be available to fans as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes: http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns. Scorpions embark on a 16-city North America tour this fall (dates follow), more information on the dates and new release can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.

“We have been overwhelmed with the amazing response to our new album across the globe and can’t wait to finally release Return To Forever in North America” said Klaus Meine.  “We have always had such a special connection with our incredible fans and are so excited to get them the new album and return to play live this fall.”

Scorpions have also launched an official D2C store with exciting offerings for fans featuring brand new t-shirt and sweatshirt designs coupled with the CD and Vinyl versions of Return To Forever.

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world breaking and remaining in the Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France, Germany, Greece (#1), Hungary, Japan and Switzerland, with continued chart activity in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!

When Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar) and Matthias Jabs (lead guitar) conceived this record, the idea was to revisit their past, recording updated outtakes and unfinished song ideas from their most famous 80’s sessions. Mathias Jabs explains, “There had been quite a few unused songs over the years that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl. We focused on eight songs, which were partly finished which we then recorded from scratch. During the work, new song ideas were added. We were having so much fun we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all.”

Return To Forever includes first single, “We Built this House,” – capturing all the elements that make for the signature Scorpions sound, luring verses with an anthemic chorus – purists will be thrilled! Additional selections include the sweeping “House Of Cards,” “Eye Of The Storm” – a track, that transports a notion of the unbelievable dynamic and joy of playing, characterizing Scorpions’ stage performances, and “We Built This House” where the band reflects the past fifty years – their philosophy and the lessons their unusual life taught them. “In the end, it tells our story” said Klaus Meine. “We’ve built this house called Scorpions brick by brick and often quite arduously. From the first days in Hannover, the first concerts abroad, until this very day. We’ve weathered severe storms, but the house withstood everything, turned out to be weatherproof and stable. However, building the house was never just cumbersome, but joyful as well. The joy of music, the joy of having experienced and still experiencing it all, the joy of – and the thankfulness for – the fan’s affection.”

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Going Out With A Bang
  2. We Built This House
  3. Rock My Car
  4. House Of Cards
  5. All For One
  6. Rock ’N’ Roll Band
  7. Catch Your Luck And Play
  8. Rollin’ Home
  9. Hard Rockin’ The Place
  10. Eye Of The Storm
  11. The Scratch
  12. Gypsy Life
  13. The World We Used to Know
  14. Dancing With The Moonlight
  15. When The Truth Is A Lie
  16. Who We Are
  17. Crazy Ride (exclusive)
  18. One And One Is Three (exclusive)
  19. Delirious (exclusive)

 

The fact that the 50th band anniversary was coming up, hit Rudolf Schenker rather accidentally: “Not long ago I found an old cash account book of my mom’s, in which she meticulously recorded the earnings and expenses of the band from fifty years ago. My parents had lent me the money for the first equipment back then, so they kept a of record of my earnings so I could pay them back in installments. Fifty years is a long time for a working band. Apart from us, only the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and The Who have managed to do it. So the timing for the new album is perfect; We’re celebrating half a century of Scorpions with the record and the upcoming tour.”

Scorpions remain a band able to attract masses of new fans at any given time. A fact that surprises even the musicians themselves, as they gladly admit. “It’s really remarkable”, says Rudolf Schenker, for example, “how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.”

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You” and “Winds of Change.” The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicks off in May 2015 with dates in four continents. For these milestone shows, Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of Scorpion’s hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. North American dates also feature special guests Queensryche.

Date                                    City                                                Venue

September 10                        Boston, MA                                    Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

September 12                        Brooklyn, NY                                    Barclays Center

September 13                        Gilford, NH                                    Meadowbrook

September 16                        Moncton, NB Canada                         Moncton Coliseum

September 18                        Toronto, ON Canada                        Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

September 19                        Montreal, QC Canada                        Bell Centre

September 22                        Columbus, OH                         LC Pavilion

September 23                        Cleveland, OH                         Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

September 25                        Windsor, ON Canada                        Caesar’s Windsor TBA

September 26                        Chicago, IL                                    Allstate Arena

September 29                        Denver, CO                                    Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

October 1                        San Jose, CA                                    SAP Center

October 3                        Los Angeles, CA                        The Forum

October 6                        Santa Barbara, CA                        Santa Barbara Bowl

October 7                        Las Vegas, NV                                    The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

October 9                        Seattle, WA                                    ShoWare Center

 

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