The Scorpions are on the move!
After last year’s massive sold-out world tour, the band is back to rock stages even harder. On their gigantic 50th Anniversary World Tour that kicked off in 2015, the Scorpions are heading to Eastern Europe in February before returning to the US with an impressive five night run at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and playing even more shows in cities around the globe.
The Scorpions have been going full throttle for more than fifty years now, with their best-selling albums dominating the charts for over 500 weeks in Germany alone, and countless chart successes abroad, as well as thousands of unforgettable concerts in cities like Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Paris or Berlin.
The Scorpions are and will be a band of superlatives. There is no other German band, which has gained as much international success and popularity over the course of so many decades. When the rock band from Hannover presented their 18th studio album ‘Return To Forever‘ for their 50th band anniversary one year ago, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs displayed that they are unabatedly in formidable shape. Simply world class.
The Tour Edition of ‘Return To Forever’ comes opulently stacked with two brand-new live DVDs and a CD and is bound to make fans’ hearts leap for joy. Apart from the standard album’s twelve tracks, the CD contains all seven bonus tracks, which to date, have only been released on special editions of the album. The live DVDs are even more expansive, offering generous bonus material.
Included are two complete concerts from last year: The open air gig at the French Hellfest Festival, where they headlined in June, and their show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York featuring an impressive guest performance on ‘No One Like You‘ by twelve-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer.
The brand-new fifteen-minute video documentary ‘On The Road in America‘ by Dennis Dirksen gets to the heart of the matter that the Scorpions are able to consistently attract new generations of fans, who are delighted by their songs, sound and shows. Shot during the current world tour in California and Las Vegas, it gives a voice to fans spanning from teenagers to rock ’n’ roll veterans. The film impressively shows how popular the Scorpions are in the US, and it’s touching to see fans burst into tears while taking photos with the musicians. One highlight is the story of the Ukrainian woman, who at the time used ‘Wind Of Change‘ as an impetus to emigrate to the US, and has been a dedicated follower of the band ever since. After all, the Scorpions have not only left their mark on history but continue to influence their fans’ biographies.
In an extensive track-by-track interview, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs offer a sneak peak into the band’s musical universe with anecdotes about the origin and meaning of the songs on “Return To Forever”. The Scorpions manage to blend new songs like ‘Going Out With A Bang‘, ‘We Built This House‘ and ‘Rock’n’Roll Band‘ seamlessly with their fulminant repertoire of rock classics from ‘Big City Nights‘ and ‘Blackout‘ to ‘Still Loving You‘ and ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane‘. This might also be the open secret allowing The Scorpions to continuously approach their live shows with so much freshness, passion and conviction. Fans can look forward to the upcoming gigs – especially because the Tour Edition of “Return To Forever” is a timely release as the perfect souvenir. And now: It’s showtime for the Scorpions!
The ‘Return To Forever’ Tour Edition will be available from March 11, 2016 as a 1 CD + 2DVD Digipack and as download.
Scorpions – The 50th Anniversary Tour
February 17 Sport Palace Odessa, Ukraine
February 19 Palace of Sports Kiev, Ukraine
February 22 Arena Riga Riga, Latvia
February 24 Zalgirio Arena Kaunas, Lithuania
February 27 O2 Arena Prague, Czech Republic
February 29 Papp László Sport Arena Budapest, Hungary
March 2 Steel Arena Kosice, Slovakia
March 4 Tauron Arena Krakow, Poland
March 12 Rockhal Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
March 14 Schleyer-Halle Stuttgart, Germany
March 16 Olympiahalle München, Germany
March 18 Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Germany
March 19 SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany
March 21 Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Germany
March 23 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin, Germany
March 24 Arena Leipzig, Germany
March 26 Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
March 27 Lanxess Arena Köln, Germany
May 6 Carolina Rebellion Charlotte, USA
May 13 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, USA
May 14 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, USA
May 18 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, USA
May 20 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, USA
May 21 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, USA
May 28 Rocklahoma Pryor, USA
May 29 River City Rockfest San Antonio, USA
June 1 Monterrey Arena Monterrey, Mexico
June 3 Arena Ciudad de México Mexico City, Mexico
June 4 Auditorio Telmex Guadelajara, Mexico
June 18 Rock The Ring Hinwil, Switzerland
June 23 Copenhell Festival Copenhagen, Denmark
June 28 Meo Arena Lisbon, Portugal
June 30 Arena Miribilla Bilbao, Spain
July 3 Barclaycard Arena Madrid, Spain
July 14 Menora Mivtachim Arena Tel Aviv, Israel
July 17 Arena Armeec Sofia, Bulgaria
July 29 The Runaway Festival Oripää, Finland
July 30 Rockin’ The Rock Festival Nilsiä, Finland