Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) To Open Alabama Rock Bar In Paris

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) has announced that he will be opening a new rock bar called Alabama in Paris, FRA. The bar will open to the public on April 12 at 8 p.m. and the drummer will be in attendance. He said the following:

“Alabama is a tiny bar filled with rock spirit: a fine selection of beer and whisky, great music, and even a jukebox to play your favorite songs on vinyl.”

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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.”

Lucifer Stream Cover Of Scorpions’ “Evening Wind”

Lucifer are streaming their cover of Scorpions’ “Evening Wind.” That track was previously only available as a b-side on the band’s “California Son” 7 inch and as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their latest album “Lucifer II.” Johanna Sadonis commented:

“Since many have asked, we are happy to make the song digitally available for everyone now. The Scorpions are my favorite German band and it was long overdue for me to pay respect to their mighty album ‘In Trance’ released in 1975. We hope you dig it!”

Parker Lundgren Missing Queensrÿche’s Current Dates With Scorpions, Mike Stone Filling In

Parker Lundgren has been sitting out Queensrÿche’s current dates with Scorpions. During his absence, former guitarist Mike Stone has been filling in. The band commented:

“We want to let everyone know that Parker Lundgren has some personal things to take care of, and thus will not be with us on the Scorps run, but will be returning to us all at the end of September. Additionally, we’d like to thank Mike Stone for filling in while Parker is away. #Queensryche #announcement #temporaryuntilSeptember #MikeStone”

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Etc. Among Top 100 Grossing Tours Of 2018

Pollstar have shared a list of the top 100 worldwide grossing tours for the first half of 2018. You can see where rock and metal artists landed on the list below.

Artists like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and The Rolling Stones took the top spots for worldwide tours, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made the list:

#9 Roger Waters (60.7 million gross)
#12 Foo Fighters (53.6 million gross)
#19 Metallica (40.6 million gross)
#21 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#35 Queen + Adam Lambert (23.9 million gross)
#43 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#52 Iron Maiden (17.3 million gross)
#53 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#81 Avenged Sevenfold (10.5 million gross)
#91 Scorpions (10.1 million gross)

They also did a list of the top 100 North American tours. Artists like P!nk, Eagles, and Justin Timberlake took the top spots, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made that list:

#10 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#19 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#29 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#49 Foo Fighters (10.3 million gross)
#55 Avenged Sevenfold (9.5 million gross)
#81 Foreigner (5.8 million)
#83 Queens Of The Stone Age (5.7 million gross)
#89 Judas Priest (5.0 million gross)

[via Blabbermouth]

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]

Deep Purple Members To Read Citation For Polar Music Prize Laureates Metallica, Ghost & Candlemass Members To Perform At Ceremony

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and Roger Glover have been chosen to read the citation for Metalica when they are honored with Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. The ceremony will take place on June 14 at Konserthuset in Stockholm, and it will also feature members of Ghost and Candlemass playing one of Metallica’s song. Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén and Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) will make appearances as well. Dee in particular will perform a piece that was written specifically for the occasion. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo will accept the award from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and the entire event will be broadcast live on Sweden’s TV4.

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[via Blabbermouth]