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:

Mikkey Dee Says Scorpions Have “Over 25 Songs” Written For Their New Album

During a recent appearance on “The MetalSucks Podcast,” Mikkey Dee offered an update on the new Scorpions album. The drummer said the following:

“I actually go back to Germany here on Sunday and continue the record. We’re making a very good record. We record everything live together, and it’s coming along really nice. We’re just in the beginning of the actual recordings, because it’s quite a lot of production, demoing, doing the writing. I think we have over 25 songs, and that’s gonna be down to 12. And that’s all great. And I can’t wait to continue smacking the drums on that record.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Wind Of Change” With New Box Set

Scorpions will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Wind Of Change” with a new deluxe box set. The effort, which is titled “Wind Of Change: The Iconic Song,” will be released on October 3 and it will feature five versions of the song, which served as an anthem for the end of the Cold War. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s what the box set will come with:

* 12″ LP and CD
* 84-pages hardcover book with story written by Dr. Edgar Klüsener, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and close confidant of the band
* Rare und exclusive photographs by Didi Zill, band photographer during that period
* Interview with Klaus Meine
* Material from Klaus Meine’s private archive
* Vocal and piano arrangement
* Handcrafted unique piece of the Berlin Wall customized with the red “Wind Of Change” star and a handwritten lyric by Klaus Meine.

Here’s the track listing:

CD:

01. “Wind Of Change” (“Crazy World” Version)
02. “Wind Of Change” (Scorpions & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Version)
03. “Ветер перемен” (Russian Version)
04. “Viento De Cambio” (Spanish Version)
05. “Wind Of Change” (Unreleased Demo Version by Klaus Meine)

LP:

Side A:

01. “Wind Of Change” (“Crazy World” Version)
02. “Wind Of Change” (Scorpions & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Version)

Side B:

01. “Ветер Перемен” (Russian Version)
02. “Viento De Cambio” (Spanish Version)
03. “Wind Of Change” (Unreleased Demo Version by Klaus Meine)

An alternate worldwide retail version of the box set will also be available in November. That version will include an 84-page book, a vocal and piano arrangement, a vinyl pressing, and a CD.

Klaus Meine had the following to say about “Wind Of Change,” which was inspired by the band’s performance at the 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival:

“When we came on stage in the Lenin Stadium and started the show with Blackout, all the Red Army soldiers, who function as security, threw their hats and jackets in the air, turned to us and became part of the crowd. The world was changing right in front of our eyes. It was unbelievable!”

“In times of COVID-19 and all the wild conspiracy theories in these extremely trying times, Wind Of Change is like a hug, a good friend from a time when the hope for a peaceful world seemed to be fulfilled. The dream of peace lives on in this song.”

Scorpions Announce Rescheduled Dates For Las Vegas Residency With Queensrÿche

Scorpions have announced the rescheduled dates for their Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche. The shows will take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in May 2021.

Dates: May 8, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, and 30

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) Says He Recovered From COVID-19 In April

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) has confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and that he has since recovered. The drummer decided to issue a statement on his condition after Don Dokken recently shared the news with some incorrect details.

Dokken previously told Songfacts the following:

“I talked to Mikkey Dee from the Scorpions the other night, and he and his wife got COVID in Australia. They were in the middle of nowhere and got it. He called me up and he said, ‘I’ll tell you, Don, you don’t want to get it. I was on the floor.’ He lost 35 pounds. He was sick as a dog. He was in a hospital. He was really in bad shape. He said, ‘I don’t know how I got it.’ Because they had social distancing big-time in Australia.”

Dee then responded:

“Hello guys! I just want to set some rumors straight regarding Don Dokkens statement about my Corona situation.

I did get Corona and was sick for about 1 month. I am now fully recovered since mid April. I was already playing hockey and drums by the end of April.

Unfortunately my good friend Don got some info wrong. I did not get Corona in Australia, the virus was contracted in Sweden. I did not loose 35 pounds, I lost 15 pounds. But as I just mentioned, I am now fully recovered and have registred antibodies so that feels great.

I can’t wait for things to go back to normal so we can hit the road again.

Thank you guys for caring and my heart goes out to each and everyone affected by the current situation our world is in.

Stay safe! Mikkey”

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz To Release New Scorpions Statues

KnuckleBonz have announced that they will be releasing new Rock Iconz statues of Scorpions’ Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, and Matthias Jabs later this year. On top of that, the company will also be releasing a 3D vinyl statue featuring the cover art for “Blackout” and a “Road Case On Tour Series Collectible.” Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Scorpions Invite Fans To Take Part In Their “Sign Of Hope” Video

Scorpions are offering fans a chance to appear in the official video for their latest single “Sign Of Hope.” The band commented:

“Show us your ‘signs’ of hope! We want to use our new music video as a platform to spread a little hope in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether a photo or image of a blooming flower, your favorite summertime activity or you spending time with loved ones, we want to include your sign in our new ‘Sign of Hope’ music video. Click to enter ► https://woobox.com/uwkita

Scorpions Postpone Las Vegas Residency

Scorpions have postponed their Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Dear fans…Our Las Vegas Residency in July at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is postponed, the new dates will be announced soon. We want our fans and everybody involved in the shows to be safe during these uncertain times. Please take good care of yourselves, stay healthy and well, and we see you again when times are better for all of us. Lots of Love ….. Scorpions”