German hard rock legends SCORPIONS will release their 19th studio album, “Rock Believer”, on February 11, 2022. Today the band has launched a three-part documentary, detailing the journey of making the new album. Part 1 can be viewed below.
Says the band: “For our new album Rock Believer we all came back together in the studio like in the old days and captured that journey on camera. Today we release the first part 1 of 3. Maybe you discover some unreleased music snippets from our new album in it…”
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Mind you, “Peacemaker” has turned into much more than simply a lead single. It’s a showcase number that has Scorpions celebrate their legendary tried and tested DNA in a fresh, tough sonic guise, a musical foretaste of their new album that promises to forge an arc between yesterday and tomorrow.
Does a band whose musical career will span 50 years from the release of their first phenomenal album success “Lonesome Crow” to the arrival of “Rock Believer” in February 2022 still have the bite, the toughness, and the brute force that it takes to create and record one or two dozen brand new tracks? Aren’t their 18 studio albums to date, their platinum and double-platinum awards, garnered around the globe, enough for these relentless musicians? Is there still enough gas in the tank to keep going? One of their songs provides the answer to these questions: “Let’s play it louder play it hard / Laid back and a little dark / Give me a dirty riff my friend / There’s gotta be more gas in the tank.”
And indeed, “Peacemaker” sounds like it’s been freshly re-imported from the heyday of a legendary hard rock band. “The first thing that came to my mind,” remembers Scorpions singer Klaus Meine, who wrote the lyrics to the song (music courtesy of Rudolf Schenker and Pawel Maciwoda) and produced the band with the support of Hans-Martin Buff, “was the hook line. ‘Peacemaker, peacemaker/Bury the undertaker.’ I was just playing around with those words. At a time when so many people have died and are still dying of COVID, from devastating wars and other senseless crimes, it makes you feel that the undertaker must be working overtime. In a peaceful world after the pandemic, it will be time for the peacemaker to rule… that’s an image that really appeals to me,” says Meine.
Scorpions are one of the world’s most important rock bands of recent decades, having sold more than 120 million records to date, played over 5,000 concerts, and created a timeless classic in their legendary single “Wind of Change,” which dominated the international charts and still is the best-selling single worldwide by a German artist. Countless awards, a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, and more, hits such as “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Still Loving You,” among others, followed. Their success to date impressively underlines the influence that the Scorpions continue to have on the rock music scene. Their latest album “Rock Believer“ will be out on Universal’s Spinefarm label in the U.S.
“Rock Believer” the credo of their new album, will also be the moniker of their upcoming tour. In March and April 2022, the band is set to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas as part of its residency, followed by a European tour scheduled to kick off with a number of shows in Germany in June 2022 — with more concerts on a global level in the pipeline.
SCORPIONS‘ new album will mark their first release since 2017’s “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, which was an anthology of new and classic material. The band originally intended to record the new album in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman, whose previous credits include SLIPKNOT and METALLICA. However, because of the pandemic, some of the initial work was done with Greg remotely, after which SCORPIONS opted to helm the recordings themselves with the help of their engineer Hans-Martin Buff.
Ex-Mötorhead drummer Mikkey Dee rounded out and completed, for the first time, the legendary SCORPIONS sound. The sound of the new album has massive energy, delivers a real adrenaline rush and shows uncompromising quality. It leaves absolutely no doubt what kind of power the rock legends still bring to the table and will undoubtedly deliver on the road.
2022 is set to be a monumental year for the band. 50 years ago, on January 22nd, 1972, SCORPIONS released their acclaimed debut album and launched an unparalleled international career. They will celebrate this milestone with the world by delivering a phenomenal new album and bringing people back together at their shows. SCORPIONS will kick off their “Rock Believer” world tour in March 2022 in Las Vegas where the band will play nine shows as part of their residency at Planet Hollywood Hotel. Afterwards they will cross the Atlantic to Europe where they will play six concerts in France and six shows In Germany supported by Wolfgang Van Halen‘s new band MAMMOTH WVH.
SCORPIONS Rock Zone fan community members have exclusive first access to tickets and VIP packages beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. CEST, with tickets going on-sale to the general public Friday, October 1 at 10 a.m. CST. Complete information on the fan club pre-sale is available HERE.
SCORPIONS 2022 “Rock Believer” tour dates:
Mar. 26 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 30 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 01 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 03 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 07 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 09 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 12 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 16 – Zappos Theater – Las Vegas, NV
May 10 – Altice Arena – Lisbon, Portugal
May 13 – Zenith Toulouse Metropole – Toulouse, France
May 15 – Zenith De Lille – Lille, France
May 17 – Accorhotels Arena – Paris, France
May 21 – Hallenstadion – Zurich, Switzerland
May 23 – Arena Di Verona – Verona, Italy
May 26 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
May 28 – Tauron Arena – Kraków, Poland
May 30 – Laszlo Papp Sports Arena – Budapest, Hungary
Jun. 03 – Rockfest – Helsinki, Finland
Jun. 08 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany*
Jun. 10 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany*
Jun. 12 – Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany*
Jun. 16 – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany*
Jun. 17 – Zag Arena – Hannover, Germany*
Jun. 19 – Westfalenhalle – Dortmund, Germany*
Jun. 23 – Hellfest – Clisson, France
Jun. 25 – Rock Imperium Festival – Cartagena, Spain
Jun. 28 – Palais Nikaia – Nice, France
Jun. 30 – Le Galaxie – Amneville, France
Jul. 02 – Zenith D’Auvergne – Clermont-Ferrand, France
* with MAMMOTH WVH