Scorpions & Whitesnake Announce Australian/New Zealand Tour

Scorpions and Whitesnake have announced an Australian/New Zealand tour. Here’s the dates:

02/19 Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
02/22 Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
02/24 Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre
02/27 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena

New Spider Species Named After Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Scorpions, & Angra Members

According to Public Radio International, Cristina Rheims, a biological researcher at Instituto Butantana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has named four new spider species after several rock/metal musicians. Among them are Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, which was named after Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Extraordinarius rickalleni, which was named after Def Leppard’s Rick Allen, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, which was named after Scorpions’ Klaus Meine, and Extraordinarius andrematosi, which was named after Angra’s André Matos.

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions Launch Their Own Whisky

Scorpions have teamed up with Swedish top distillers Mackmyra to create their own whisky. The single malt is bottled at 40% and it will be available through Mackmyra’s website.

The following description was shared:

“This whisky is matured in American ex-bourbon barrels as well as former oloroso sherry casks – but with an additional finish in German sweet cherry wine casks. The use of the German ex-sweet cherry casks gives the whisky an added cherry sweetness and complements the vanilla of the ex-bourbon casks and the nutty buttery flavours of the casks. The result is a whisky with rich tones of vanilla, dried fruit and roasted nuts and an elegant berry sweetness from the cherry wine casks. The odds are you’ll love this whisky at first sting!”

The band commented:

“Finally, we have our own Scorpions Whisky ready to be released… we love it ! This particular whisky gets to its perfect maturity in extraordinary German sweet cherry wine casks. We hope you all enjoy it… let‘s Rock the Night and Taste the Sting!”

Master Blender Angela D’Orazio added:

”Lovely guys to work with! Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias, Mickey and Pawel were very nice and interested in the process. I think we managed to get a smooth whisky with a lovely aroma of fruity vanillas from the bourbon casks, soft buttery tones from the oloroso sherry casks as well as a sweeter touch from the cherry casks. The fact that we got a finish of both cherry and sherry gave the whisky a perfect balance.”

Motörhead’s Phil Campbell Joins Scorpions Onstage For “Overkill” Cover At Spain’s Rock Fest

Scorpions, who currently feature Mikkey Dee, were joined onstage by Dee’s Motörhead bandmate Phil Campbell during their July 7 set at the Rock Fest in Barcelona, Spain. You can see footage of them paying tribute to Lemmy Kilmister with a cover of Motörhead’s “Overkill” below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions & Queensrÿche Announce Two More U.S. Shows

Scorpions and Queensrÿche have announced two more U.S. shows together. Here’s the updated schedule:

08/31 Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
09/02 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
09/05 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
09/07 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
09/09 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
09/12 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
09/14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Scorpions & Queensrÿche Announce U.S. Shows

Scorpions and Queensrÿche have announced some U.S. shows together. Here’s the dates:

08/31 Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
09/02 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
09/07 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
09/12 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
09/14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Scorpions Post New Lyric Video For 2017 Version Of “Follow Your Heart”

Scorpions have posted a lyric video for the 2017 version of “Follow Your Heart.” This version is from their new best-of-ballads compilation, “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads,” which is set to be released on November 24.