On Tour: Scorpions

With Love at First Sting, Scorpions cemented themselves as a major act ion the heavy metal scene.


The Teutonic terrors known as the Scorpions will be rocking the United States like a hurricane this spring. After announcing their previous tour would be their last, the band decided they were having too much fun touring and decided not to retire after all, as is the case with many bands from their era.

Formed in 1965, Scorpions has kept most of their present lineup since 1970. Vocalist Klaus Meine & Co. have enjoyed massive success since their 1980 U.S. breakout album, Animal Magnetism, which included the hit single “The Zoo”.

Following the success of their next two releases, Blackout, with the heavy metal hit “No One Like You,” and their über hit album, Love at First Sting, Scorpions delivered the hits “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Bad Boys Running Wild,” and the MTV fave, power ballad “Still Loving You.” They cemented themselves as a major act ion the heavy metal scene.

In 1990, the band enjoyed the biggest hit of its career with the socio-political power ballad “Winds of Change,” one of the largest-selling singles of all time. All in all, the band has recorded 18 studio albums, several compilations, and live LPs. Live, the band is powerful, holding on to its melodic style. After Meine underwent vocal surgery to save his voice during the making of Blackout (Don Dokken was brought in to do guiding and backing vocals while he healed), there was speculation as to whether he would ever sing again. Thankfully, he healed completely, and returned to the helm as lead singer.

The band has won many awards, including a World Music Award. They have a permanent exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Opening the show is metal band Queensryche. Formed in 1981, the band has had major success with albums like Empire, which spawned the hits “Jet City Woman,” the title track, and the mega-hit “Silent Lucidity.” The band has not been as successful since losing its lead singer, Geoff Tate, several years ago. It will be interesting to see how new front man Todd La Torre will approach the material made famous by the band’s former vocalist. | Marc Farr

Tickets for the St. Louis show are available through all TicketMaster outlets. Full U.S. tour dates are below:

05.06.16 | Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord NC
05.07.16 | Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta
05.09.16 | Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville
05.10.16 | Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis
05.13.16 | The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
05.14.16 | The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
05.18.16 | The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
05.20.16 | The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
05.21.16 | The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
05.24.16 | UTEP Don Haskins Center, El Paso
05.25.16 | Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque
05.28.16 | Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, Rocklahoma Festival, Pryor OK
05.29.16 | AT&T Center, Bud Light River City Rockfest, San Antonio

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