According to a posting at ScorpsNews.com, SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker revealed in the latest issue of the French magazine Rock Hard that SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan makes an appearance on vocals in the new SCORPIONS song "The Cross", which is included on the band's new CD, "Humanity - Hour 1", due in Germany on May 25.
In other news, Schenker stated that the SCORPIONS invited both Rudolf's brother Michael and Uli Jon Roth to appear on the new CD, but that neither was able to guest on the album due to scheduling conflicts.
Also on the SCORPIONS front, professionally filmed video footage of the band's special performance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany — dubbed "A Night to Remember - A Journey in Time" — is currently being edited for a possible fall DVD release. A clip of the SCORPIONS performing the song "Rock You Like a Hurricane" at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany on August 3, 2006 has been posted online at YouTube. SCORPIONS were joined by special guests and former bandmates Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker and Herman Rarebell during their appearance at the festival.
A new video interview with SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker is posted on the Nostalgie.fr web site. Click on the movie icon to start the interview. (NOTE: The interview is conducted in English but the rest of the report is in French.)
Audio samples of all 12 songs that are set to appear on the forthcoming SCORPIONS album, "Humanity - Hour 1", are now available at the website of the German online retailer Weltbild.de. The CD was produced by James Michael and co-produced by songwriter/producer Desmond Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER.
SCORPIONS performed the new song "Humanity", on March 24 at a special concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of signing the Roman treaty, which became the basis for foundation of the European Union. Watch a video clip of SCORPIONS' performance at YouTube.