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]

Vio-lence, Tyketto, Etc. Members Team Up For Quarantine Cover Of Scorpions’ “Blackout”

Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Dee Dammers (U.D.O.), Michael “Mülli” Müller (Jaded Heart), André Hilgers (Bonfire), and Peter Östros (Jaded Heart) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Scorpions’ “Blackout.” You can check that out below:

Michael Schenker Premieres New Video For His Version Of Scorpions’ “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind”

Michael Schenker has premiered a new video for his version of Scorpions’ “In Search Of The Peace Of Mind.” This track is from the Michael Schenker Group’s new album “Immortal,” which was released today (January 29).

Schenker commented:

“‘In Search Of The Peace Of Mind’ had to be my 50th-anniversary celebration song. It means so much to me, because it was my very first musical composition I wrote at the age of 15. And it was also the first song I had ever put on a record, also at the age of 15. In addition, this song from the original ‘Lonesome Crow’ Scorpions album, the very first album the Scorpions had ever recorded, has a solo on it that that was so perfect I would never change a note in 1000 years. I have no idea where it came from, alongside the other solos on ‘Lonesome Crow’, where you can hear that I am an amateur, young and developing as a kid. But this lead break came from somewhere else. I have no idea how it happened.

I wanted to re-record this song for ‘Immortal’, making it an epic, and put an additional long solo on the end of the song, which turned out so amazing. The sound describes my 50-year journey expressed on lead guitar. Again, it ended up so amazing, like an inner conversation throughout my life — questions and answers; making choices expressed on lead guitar.

With Gary Barden, Ronnie Romero, Robin McAuley and Doogie White making a contribution to my 50th anniversary, it turned out complete. Not to forget the amazing contribution of Simon Phillips on drums, Barry Sparks on bass, as well as Steve Mann on keyboards. Fantastic.

This is the fourth single for ‘Immortal’ — 50th anniversary of Michael Schenker.”

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]

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Etc. Members To Be Featured In “Flying V” Documentary

A new Flying V guitar documentary, simply titled “Flying V,” will be available on DVD on September 11. The film was directed by Peter Hansen and it is being released as part of the “Inside Metal” series. Here’s a description of it:

“The Flying V! Stories Told In Black & White is a documentary film about the Metal Guitar of the Gods. Featuring interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, Accept, Mercyful Fate, Scorpions, Michael Schenker and more!”