Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson To Perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” During Brazilian Shows

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson will be performing Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” with a symphony orchestra during some Brazilian shows next year. The collective will be conducted by Paul Mann and it will feature over 80 instrumentalists including members of Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and more. Guitarist Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey), drummer Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, Don Airey), keyboardist John O’Hara (Jethro Tull), bassist Tanya O’Callaghan (Whitesnake), and percussionist Mario Argandona (Scorpions) will take part as well. Here’s the dates:

04/15 São Paulo, Brazil – Vibra São Paulo
04/19 Curitiba, Brazil – Teatro Positivo
04/21 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Vivo Rio
04/25 Porto Alegre, Brazil – Auditório Araújo Vianna

[via Blabbermouth]

Pantera, Scorpions, Slipknot, Judas Priest, KISS, Etc. Set For 2022 Hell & Heaven Metal Fest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The event will take place at Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico on December 2-4 and it will feature the following daily lineups:

December 2: Scorpions, Pantera, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Epica, Cradle Of Filth, Venom, Possessed, Marduk, Vended, Nagflar, Taake, Mortuary, Deadly Apples, Cemican, Obesity, Killbane, El Chivo, Mexxica Kill Us, Minipony, Strike Master, Lineage, Shattered Vessels, and Deborah.

December 3: Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bad Religion, Behemoth, Trivium, Kittie, Heaven Shall Burn, Pain, Unleashed, Benediction, Demolition Hammer, Cryptic Slaughter, Kampfar, Nifelheim, Revocation, Destroyer 666, Especimen, Acidez, S7M, Cruachan, Aetherevm, Garrobos, Artilleria, B Chaos, For Centuries, The Shelter, and Todos Los Muertos.

December 4: KISS, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Ska-P, Panteon Rococo, P.O.D., Stryper, Hypocrisy, Tormentor, Butcher Babies, While She Sleeps, Suicide Silence, Einherjer, Soziedad Alkoholika, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Born Of Osiris, 3 Puntos, Nightbreed, Transmetal, Los Mala Vibra, Tulkas, Voltax, Rotten, Hate Ritual, and Surgery.

Scorpions Premiere “Hammersmith” Lyric Video

Scorpions have premiered a lyric video for their new single “Hammersmith.” That song originally appeared as a bonus track on the UK edition of the band’s latest album “Rock Believer.” Klaus Meine commented:

“The song takes us back to a time when we played in the smallest clubs, just dreaming about being able to perform in the Temple of Rock, the Hammersmith Odeon.”

Whitesnake Drop Off North American Tour With Scorpions & Thundermother

Whitesnake have dropped off their upcoming North American tour with Scorpions and Thundermother. David Coverdale issued the following statement:

“It is with profound disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that Whitesnake will no longer be able to join The Scorpions on their US and Canadian tour due to my continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection that affects my ability to perform. This includes the cancellation of our own headlining shows as well. While Whitesnake will no longer be on the tour, the Scorpions will be continuing on. We Wish Our Good Friends, The Scorpions Every Success!!! We Wish You Well”

Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Among Pollstar’s “Top Touring Artists” Of The Past 40 Years

Pollstar have shared two charts that showcase the “Top Touring Artists” of the past 40 years. One is based on box office grosses, while the other is based on tickets sold. You can check those out HERE.

A list of the rock/metal artists that made the charts can be found below:

“Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Boxoffice Grosses”:

#01 The Rolling Stones ($2,165,280,638)
#02 U2 ($2,127,771,684)
#07 Bon Jovi ($1,329,891,400)
#08 Eagles ($1,314,544,780)
#09 Metallica ($1,219,599,179)
#10 Paul McCartney ($1,193,812,645)
#21 Trans-Siberian Orchestra ($768,990,894)
#23 Guns N’ Roses ($751,306,152)
#27 AC/DC ($668,427,967)
#31 Aerosmith ($603,229,413)
#41 KISS ($532,363,017)
#42 Def Leppard ($514,231,844)
#44 Iron Maiden ($475,817,777)
#45 Journey ($470,947,895)
#51 Muse ($413,911,387)
#55 Foo Fighters ($397,110,491)
#57 Red Hot Chili Peppers ($391,478,473)
#63 Mötley Crüe ($367,345,912)
#65 Pearl Jam ($351,816,504)
#73 Rush ($341,767,928)
#75 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers )$340,201,810)
#76 Santana ($338,300,077)
#81 The Who ($319,253,907)
#89 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ ($296,571,532)
#91 Van Halen ($295,611,828)
#96 Nickelback ($282,043,003)
#97 ZZ Top ($278,705,470)
#99 Scorpions ($271,865,172)
#100 Tool ($269,044,896)
#113 Queen + Adam Lambert ($225,209,819)
#119 Green Day ($204,959,692)
#132 Ozzy Osbourne ($186,754,231)
#133 Kid Rock ($186,416,121)
#142 Lynyrd Skynyrd ($174,624,299)
#143 ‘Ozzfest‘ ($174,320,095)

“Top Touring Artists Of The Pollstar Era: Tickets Sold”:

#01 U2 (26,178,043 tickets sold)
#06 Metallica (19,468,173 tickets sold)
#07 Bon Jovi (17,750,044 tickets sold)
#11 Trans-Siberian Orchestra (15,276,864 tickets sold)
#13 Aerosmith (13,336,974 tickets sold)
#22 AC/DC (11,512,424 tickets sold)
#23 Def Leppard (11,321,650 tickets sold)
#27 ‘Vans Warped Tour‘ (10,524,715 tickets sold)
#28 Paul McCartney (10,459,620 tickets sold)
#29 Journey (9,958,624 tickets sold)
#30 KISS (9,867,419 tickets sold)
#35 Iron Maiden (9,187,132 tickets sold)
#36 ZZ Top (9,104,788 tickets sold)
#42 Mötley Crüe (8,748,806 tickets sold)
#43 Rush (8,593,428 tickets sold)
#44 Guns N’ Roses (8,470,755 tickets sold)
#50 Santana (7,694,036 tickets sold)
#51 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (7,666,481 tickets sold)
#53 Van Halen (7,483,253 tickets sold)
#63 Pearl Jam (7,006,815 tickets sold)
#66 Red Hot Chili Peppers (6,846,945 tickets sold)
#76 Lynyrd Skynyrd (6,262,495 tickets sold)
#78 Muse (6,124,001 tickets sold)
#80 Ozzy Osbourne (6,006,522 tickets sold)
#82 The Who (5,920,078 tickets sold)
#83 Scorpions (5,864,625 tickets sold)
#84 Foo Fighters (5,815,511 tickets sold)
#88 Pink Floyd (5,662,178 tickets sold)
#89 Nickelback (5,605,065 tickets sold)
#104 Kid Rock (4,782,884 tickets sold)
#105 Green Day (4,764,387 tickets sold)
#109 Tool (4,483,293 tickets sold)
#118 Poison (3,911,113 tickets sold)
#120 ‘Ozzfest‘ (3,802,261 tickets sold)
#134 311 (3,482,392 tickets sold)
#142 Mötley Crüe (3,303,463 tickets sold)
#149 Linkin Park (3,211,166 tickets sold)

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) Plays “Possibly Highest-Ever Drum Solo In The History Of Heavy Metal” For New Volvo Commercial

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) is featured in three new commercials for Swedish car manufacturer Volvo. You can watch those ads below. Notably, one clip finds the drummer playing “possibly the highest-ever drum solo in the history of heavy metal.”

Scorpions Premiere “The Language Of My Heart” Lyric Video

Scorpions have premiered a lyric video for their song “The Language Of My Heart.” The track, which was written in response to the 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan in Paris France, appears on the French edition of the band’s latest album “Rock Believer.” Klaus Meine commented:

“It’s a tribute to France, with its wonderful culture and our fantastic fans.”

Scorpions Postpone Three European Shows Due To Injury

Scorpions have postponed their upcoming shows in Lisbon, Portugal, Toulouse, France, and Lille, France due to guitarist Matthias Jabs suffering an unspecified injury. Singer Klaus Meine commented:

“We very much regret having to disappoint our fans in the three cities that were next on the schedule of our world tour 2022 and ask everyone who had already secured tickets for their understanding.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions, Whitesnake, & Thundermother Announce North American Tour

Scorpions have announced a headlining North American tour. Whitesnake and Thundermother will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

08/21 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
08/24 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
08/27 Montreal, QC – Bell Center
08/30 Detroit, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
09/01 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
09/05 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino (no Whitesnake)
09/07 Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena
09/09 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino (no Whitesnake)
09/12 Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
09/14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
09/17 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09/19 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
09/21 Tulsa, OK – BOK Arena
09/24 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
09/27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09/29 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
10/01 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
10/04 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10/07 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/09 Portland, OR – Moda Center
10/13 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
10/15 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Coliseum
10/21 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay

Watch Scorpions Perform Four Songs At Peppermint Park Studios

Scorpions recently performed “Seventh Sun,” “Shining Of Your Soul,” “Gas In The Tank,” and “Rock Believer” live at Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany. You can see footage of that below: