Sunday, November 17, 2013

Scorpions Announce Unplugged Album

The Scorpions "Farewell" Tour is similar to the Kiss "Farewell" Tour in the sense that it never fucking ends.

Don't get me wrong, I caught the band during their first go round of the states on this tour, and I had a blast.
The thing about it is, there were plenty of good seats left, and in fact, they curtained off the entire second floor of the Iowa Wireless Center because of poor ticket sales.

Point is: anyone who really wanted to check out the Scorpions had ample opportunity to do so.

Which is why I'd like to know who these people are that keep begging the band for additional material, most of which is just repackaged offering of songs done previously...and much their original incarnations.
Photo credit: Torsten Hilse

Nonetheless, this factual press release sites the fact that everyone is delighted that the Scorpions continue to milk this son-of-a-bitch for all it's worth.

The band is now announcing that they'll release a new album MTV Unplugged, which is hilarious since the show isn't even a part of MTV's North American schedule anymore.

Evidently, MTV in Europe doesn't have shows like Catfish or that one with the drunk kids from West Virginia. So for all you complaining how MTV doesn't show music anymore: move to fucking Greece where the Nazi party is alive and well and the Scorpions still rule.

Wait, what?

Here's the press:

(New York, NY) - Sony International is proud to announce the release of legendary international hard rockers the Scorpions' new offering MTV Unplugged. Due out in North America on January 21st, 2014, material from MTV Unplugged is taken from the Scorpions' first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. MTV Unplugged will be available in two formats - a standard CD and a deluxe version featuring CD + DVD. MTV UNPLUGGED will be released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band's iconic status worldwide.

The exact track listing will be announced at a later date. Recorded and filmed just a few months ago on September 11th and September 12th of this year, the Scorpions' MTV Unplugged was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of "MTV Unplugged" (the theatre also shares a birth year with the Scorpions themselves, having been built in 1965, the same year the Scorpions formed).

Of the choice to film/record MTV Unplugged at the Lycabettus Theatre, Scorpions' singer/guitarist Klaus Meine commented, "We have fabulous fans all over the world, but the Greeks are absolute die-hards fans." The Scorpions is Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on MTV Unplugged includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on MTV Unplugged.  

In other news, the Scorpions are still in the midst of their epic Farewell World Tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary.

The Scorpions is one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for their colossal radio and MTV hits "Rock You Like A Hurricane," "No One Like You" and "Wind Of Change," as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked the Scorpions as the #46 Artist on the "Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock" special, while "Rock You Like A Hurricane" came in at #18 on VH1's "Greatest Hard Rock Songs". The band recently received a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Los Angeles. To date, the Scorpions have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.

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