Scorpions’ New Song “Peacemaker” Will Now Arrive In November

Scorpions have delayed the release of their new song “Peacemaker.” The track, which was supposed to be released yesterday (October 21), will now be available on November 4. It will also appear on the band’s new album “Rock Believer,” which is set to be released on February 11.

Scorpions To Release New Album “Rock Believer” In February, Announce European Tour

Scorpions have announced that their new album, “Rock Believer,” will be released on February 11, 2022. The effort’s first single, “Peacemaker,” will debut on October 21, 2021. Frontman Klaus Meine commented:

“The album was written and recorded in the Scorpions DNA with core [Rudolf] Schenker/[Klaus] Meine compositions. We recorded the album as a band live in one room, like we did in the ’80s.”

In other news, the group have also announced a spring European tour:

05/10 Lisbon, Portugal – Altice Arena
05/13 Toulouse, France – Zenith Toulouse Metropole
05/15 Lille, France – Zenith De Lille
05/17 Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena
05/21 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
05/23 Verona, Italy – Arena Di Verona
05/26 Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
05/28 Kraków, Poland – Tauron Arena
05/30 Budapest, Hungary – Laszlo Papp Sports Arena
06/03 Helsinki, Finland – Rockfest
06/08 Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle (with Mammoth WVH)
06/10 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle (with Mammoth WVH)
06/12 Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle (with Mammoth WVH)
06/15 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena (with Mammoth WVH)
06/17 Hannover, Germany – Zag Arena (with Mammoth WVH)
06/19 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle (with Mammoth WVH)
06/23 Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/25 Cartagena, Spain – Rock Imperium Festival
06/28 Nice, France – Palais Nikaia
06/30 Amneville, France – Le Galaxie
07/02 Ferrand, France – Zenith D’Auvergne – Clermont

As previously reported, the band also have a Las Vegas residency booked for March/April:

03/26 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
03/30 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/01 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/03 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/07 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/09 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/12 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/14 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater
04/16 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater

Scorpions Honored With European Culture Prize

On August 28, Scorpions were honored at the European Culture Prize gala at the Bonn Opera House in Bonn, Germany. Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker accepted the award during the event, which was held in the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. The band commented:

“What an honour to receive the wonderful EUROPEAN CULTURE AWARD 2021 in Bonn / Germany … Thank you so much …it was truly a Night to remember … SCORPIONS”.

Scorpions Had To Abandon Their Plans To Work With Producer Greg Fidelman On Their New Album

As previously reported, Scorpions were planning to work on their new album with producer Greg Fidelman. However, it now looks like they were unable to do so.

Drummer Mikkey Dee said the following about the band having to abandon their plans to work with Fidelman during a recent appearance on Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn’s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast:

“Unfortunately, because of this corona, we could not come to L.A., and [Greg] could not come to Germany. So we were trying for a whole month, via Zoom, to work on songs. And then he was with us [virtually] in the early evening, and we were working together on certain songs and arrangements. But it was almost impossible for him to get our feeling and for us to understand his feeling. So we decided that it was probably better that we were trying to do this on our own. And that’s what we’ve been doing. But I’m sure Greg would have put his magic ears to this album, and it would have been fantastic too. But, unfortunately, we had to make the best out of the situation. We were even talking about breaking in the fall, maybe in October or something already. We talked about maybe breaking the record and then come back and maybe fly to L.A. in February or March. We thought it’d be open by now. But look, here we are — it’s even worse than it was in October. So if we would have been sitting here now and broke the recording October, we would have wasted six months here.”

He also added the following about the group’s early sessions with Fidelman:

“He was listening and working on this with us. But it’s really hard to get that feeling, of course. And when he wanted to change some stuff, we were sitting in the studio going, ‘What does he fucking mean here?’ ‘But it sounds great here.’ So it’s very hard to communicate [virtually]. But maybe next record — who knows? [So] we decided to move forward and continue recording and do the best we could. And we have Hans-Martin as an engineer. He’s brilliant, by the way. He worked on a lot, a lot of stuff for a lot of musicians. And he’s so fast, and he has a great ear, and he feels everybody on their instrument, which is important. He knows drums, he knows bass, he knows guitars, and they speak German as well, so that helps out when they can go at it and work on some stuff. Now, with this done, I think this is the only way we have to do it, and I think we chose the right way. Because if we would have stuck to really have Greg on this, we couldn’t even have started now. So who knows? Maybe we could have started in June or July [of this year]. We captured a moment when we all were fresh and really wanted to make a new album. Who knows what the feeling would have been if we started in June?”

Dee went on to say that the other members of Scorpions will probably be done with all of their recordings for the album in about two weeks. The effort will then be mixed by Michael Ilbert at Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany.

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions Postpone Las Vegas Residency To 2022

Scorpions have postponed their Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will now take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2022. Here’s the dates:

March 26 and 30

April 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 14, and 16

Mikkey Dee Says Scorpions Are “Almost Done” With Their New Album

Scorpions drummer Mikkey Dee has confirmed that the band’s new album is “almost done.” He said the following about that:

“We are gonna finish up the album, and we are working really hard on that. And it’s coming together; we’re almost done. So, I’ve got one more little run to go here, and that’s about it. The other guys have been working while I’ve been in Sweden, of course, but there’s a few more little things to do on the drums.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Scorpions Sing A Cappella Version Of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” In New Holiday Message

Scorpions have shared a new holiday video message for their fans. The clip includes a partial a cappella cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and it can be seen below: