SCORPIONS Will Rock Into Retirement in 2012
Posted by Michael Mueller on January 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM
The year 2012 may or may not see the end of civilization as we know it, but it will see the end of hard rock as nearly 40 years of fans have known it. German hard-rock superstars the Scorpions announced on their web site Sunday (1/24) that after the March 23 release of their next album—Sting in the Tail—and a three-year mammoth tour that will take them across five continents, they will call it a career.
"While we were working on our album these past few months, we could literally feel how powerful and creative our work was—and how much fun we were still having in the process," said Scorpions singer Klaus Meine. "We want to end the Scorpions' extraordinary career on a high note. We are extremely gracious for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we've always had since the beginning."
"So at some point," added guitarist Matthias Jabs, "it came to us to end our career with this exceptional album."
"The three-year tour through five continents is meant to be a huge blowout, where we can party with our fans and say good-bye," said Rudi Schenker. "When I started out, I had a lot of wishes. It's crazy, I achieved more than I ever even dreamed of."
During their 40-year career, the Scorpions sold over 100 million albums and received numerous awards, such as the World Music Award and several Echos—the German equivalent to a Grammy. Today they still play sold-out venues around the world. Not long ago, 152,000 South Americans came to 15 concerts between Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Their song "Wind of Change" became anthem for the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The tour will launch in the band's home country of Germany in May. After that, they will tour North America before continuing their journey across five other continents, concluding in 2012. For more info, including upcoming tour dates, visit the Scorpions official web site or their MySpace page.