SCORPIONS have shared their new single, “Rock Believer”. The song’s music video will follow on January 18. The single’s cover art was designed by Klaus Voormann and can be found below.
Commenting on the advance release of the title track of their latest album, due out on February 25, Klaus Meine, both singer and author of the lyrics, says, “Over the years, we’ve heard people say lots of times that rock is dead. But there are still millions of rock believers out there all over the world that prove them wrong. Our fans are the best in the world. We’ll see you someday somewhere out there, because we’re Rock Believers, just like you.”
The song is a fundamental commitment to rock music, composed by a band in the style of their outstanding, globally successful recordings of the 1980s. The new single “Rock Believer” is the album’s exclamation mark and credo.
Meine says, “The new material sees us return to our roots. We simply wanted to reactivate the original SCORPIONS’ DNA — great riffs, strong melodies. We tried to transport that live feel to the studio with all five of us playing in one room again at last. Having Mikkey Dee in the band is like a shot of fresh energy and real fun.”
Due to the pandemic, the recording sessions planned in America had to be canceled and relocated to Germany. Matthias Jabs says, “In a way, the situation was a blessing in disguise for us.” The band had already hired a studio in Los Angeles, but their plans were thwarted by fate. Instead, the musicians found themselves stuck at home, three of them only a stone’s throw away from the legendary Peppermint Park Studios in Hanover, and as soon as travel restrictions were relaxed, Pawel Maciwoda and Mikkey Dee were able to join them from Poland and Sweden respectively.”
>“And everything suddenly felt like it had back in the 1980s, when the five of us rocked together, hanging out at the corner pub in the evenings and talking about our music,” Jabs reminisces.
“We had already started to talk about a new album back in 2018,” recalls Rudolf Schenker.
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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.”
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