SCORPIONS Guitarist MATTHIAS JABS's Fretboard Covered In Blood At New York City Concert: Photo

May 15, 2022

Rock journalist Robert Cavuoto has shared a photo of SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs performing with his bandmates in New York City a little over a week ago, with the fingertips on Jabs's left hand covered in multi-colored Band-Aids and blood visible on his guitar's fretboard.

The picture in question, which can be seen below, was taken on May 6 when SCORPIONS played a historic show at Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bangladesh's 50 years of independence. The Golden Jubilee Bangladesh Concert marked the German hard rock legends last live appearance before it was announced that they were postponing the first three gigs on the European leg of their 2022 world tour due to an unspecified injury suffered by Jabs.

The shows in Lisbon, Portugal (originally scheduled for May 10),Toulouse, France (May 13) and Lille, France (May 15) will now take place later in the year.

The SCORPIONS tour is expected to resume on May 17 at the Accor Arena in Paris, France.

SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine said in a statement: "We very much regret having to disappoint our fans in the three cities that were next on the schedule of our world tour 2022 and ask everyone who had already secured tickets for their understanding."

Last week, SCORPIONS announced that they will return to North America on the "Rock Believer" world tour with special guests WHITESNAKE on the David Coverdale-fronted outfit's farewell tour.

Fresh off of their sold-out "Sin City Nights" Las Vegas residency, SCORPIONS will kick off a two-month-long Live Nation-produced run of dates on August 14 in Toronto, with additional concerts in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and Denver, among others. In addition to WHITESNAKE, Swedish band THUNDERMOTHER will be joining the tour.

SCORPIONS' latest album, "Rock Believer", was released on February 25. The album was recorded primarily at Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany with engineer Michael Ilbert, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations for his mix work with producer Max Martin on albums by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

SCORPIONS originally intended to record the new album in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman, whose previous credits include SLIPKNOT and METALLICA. However, because of the pandemic, some of the initial work was done with Greg remotely, after which SCORPIONS opted to helm the recordings themselves with the help of their engineer Hans-Martin Buff.

SCORPIONS' new album marks their first release since 2017's "Born To Touch Your Feelings - Best Of Rock Ballads", which was an anthology of new and classic material.

SCORPIONS' previous full-length collection of new recordings was the aforementioned "Return To Forever", partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the '80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS' longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.

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