German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced the following dates as part of their "Get Your Sting And Blackout" world tour:
May 07 - Leipzig, Germany - Arena
May 08 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
May 12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
May 14 - Stuttgart, Germany - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 29 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
May 30 - Zwickau, Germany - Stadthalle
Jun. 01 - Hannover, Germany - TUI Arena
2009 was the year of the SCORPIONS: they received the German lifetime achievement ECHO, collected many other awards, and undertook a grand tour through Russia, the U.S. and Europe. However, it is 2010 that will set a milestone for the career of the most successful international rock band from Germany. The SCORPIONS will be touring the world for the next two years and performing in the largest venues and stadiums that cross their path. The mammoth tour will be launched for the first time in many years in Germany. "It was important for us to give our fans a chance to celebrate a never-to-forget party with us," said band founder/guitarist Rudolf Schenker. Vocalist Klaus Meine added, "2010 is going to be a very special year for the SCORPIONS, so it is an especially good feeling to be able to start this tour at home."
To top it all off, the SCORPIONS are planning on releasing a sensational statement this January at a press conference.
The performances in Germany will be followed by concerts in the U.S., South America, Asia, Russia and various countries in Europe.
Guitarist Matthias Jabs remarked about the tour, "We are very excited to be touring the globe for the next two years. The SCORPIONS want to rock the world once again!"
SCORPIONS are currently in the recording studio working on their upcoming album that will also be released in 2010. The brand new DVD, "Amazonia - Live In The Jungle" — a live recording of the SCORPIONS concerts in Manaus and Recife, Brazil — is in stores now.
SCORPIONS recently extended their record deal with Ariola, which is part of the international media conglomerate Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
The band's latest CD, "Humanity - Hour 1", was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER.
Schenker released his official German-language autobiography, "Rock Your Life", in Germany on October 14. An English-language version is also planned. More details will be revealed soon.
SCORPIONS took part in a special concert, dubbed "A Night To Remember", on October 2 at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, with special guests, former members/guitarists Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker.