SCORPIONS: 'Sting In The Tail' Songwriting Credits Available

February 21, 2010

"Sting In The Tail", the final studio album from SCORPIONS, will be released in Europe on March 19 and in North America on March 23 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).

The complete track listing and songwriting credits for "Sting In The Tail" are as follows:

01. Raised On Rock (3:57)

Music: Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen
Lyrics : Martin Hansen, Klaus Meine

02. Sting In The Tail (3:12)

Music : Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

03. Slave Me (2:44)

Music : Rudolf Schenker
Lyrics : Klaus Meine, Matthias. Jabs, Eric Bazilian

04. The Good Die Young (feat. Tarja Turunen) (5:14)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Christian Kolonovits
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

05. No Limit (3:24)

Music : Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Bazilian
Lyrics : Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Bazilian

06. Rock Zone (3:17)

Music : Klaus Meine, Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

07. Lorelei (4:31)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström
Lyrics : Klaus Meine, Eric Bazilian, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström

08. Turn You On (4:25)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Mikael Nord Andersson, Martin Hansen
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

09. Let's Rock (3:21)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Eric Bazilian
Lyrics : Klaus Meine, Eric Bazilian

10. SLY (5:15)

Music : Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

11. Spirit Of Rock (3:43)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Eric Bazilian
Lyrics : Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Bazilian

12. The Best Is Yet To Come (4:34)

Music : Eric Bazilian, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström
Lyrics : Rudolf Schenker, Eric Bazilian, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström

13. Thunder And Lightning (bonus track)

Music : Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Christian Kolonovits
Lyrics : Klaus Meine

Greek online radio station Rockmachine.gr recently premiered the new SCORPIONS song "The Good Die Young" and a reduced-, radio-broadcast-quality version of the track has since been uploaded to YouTube by the Greek Sting Fan Club (SCORPIONS' Greek fan club). You can now listen to the song — which features a guest appearance by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen — below.

After the release of the album and a three-year mammoth tour, which will take the SCORPIONS across five continents, the band will end its career. The group broke the news on its web site last month.

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker told Billboard.com that the prospect of ending SCORPIONS is indeed "really sad, and I don't even want to think about it." But he explained that the band and its management ultimately feel it's the right move to end the band on a high note with its new album, "Sting in the Tail", rather than risk a slow decline.

"You can't think about SCORPIONS at 70, not moving on stage, playing 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' — but on stage it's not like a hurricane, it's a very small wind," he said. "There's no stinger, and that's not good. You're going back down hill, from big hall to small how, small how to club...Everything has it's end; the question is it a good end or bad end? In this case we want to do these things and make it a good end."

Regarding the SCORPIONS members' future plans, Schenker said that guitarist Matthias Jabs has a musical instruments store in Munich, while drummer James Kottak has his own band, KOTTAK. Rudolf himself intends to publish his book, "Rock You Live", in the U.S. and plans a collaboration with his brother a Michael Schenker — which may include SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine on some songs.

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for "Sting In The Tail" can be viewed below.

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