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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Scorpions not already retired

News came out on Sunday that German rockers, The Scorpions were calling it quits. But not before they release a new/last album, Sting in the Tail, in March, and not before they go on a cash-in farewell world tour. Most of us at DCRC weren't aware that the Scorpion were actually still together. Even more amazing is that they've been around since 1965.

The more I read about bands on wikipedia, the more obvious This Is Spinal Tap becomes. The Scorpions at one time were two different bands. There was the Scorpions and there was another band called Dawn Road. After Michael Schenker left the Scorpions in 1973 to join UFO, the Scorpions broke up with members drifting over to Dawn Road. But Dawn Road had enough ex-Scorpions and a lame name to compel them to adopt the Scorpions moniker - eventually bringing Michael Schenker back after his drinking got him booted out of UFO in 1979. While we're at it, did you know that Don Dokken (of Dokken...fame) filled in on vocals during recording of the Scorpion's 1981 album, Blackout? Klaus Meine was recovering from throat surgery at the time. Fascinating, no?

Here's a 1972 clip of the Scorpions.


4 comments:

Rick Mayfield said...

I wish the new album was called "Stinging the Tail" instead of Sting in the Tail"

Jimbromski said...

Or "Ten Summoner's Tales by Sting", perhaps

Potsy said...

The tour name is worse: "Get Your Sting and Blackout."

What the hell does that mean?

Rick Mayfield said...

Probably sounds better in German. Okay, probably not.