SCORPIONS To Return To U.S. Next Summer

Although German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS just wrapped a triumphant 38-show tour of North America on August 21 in Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre, they are now booking more U.S. dates for next summer since their overseas tour commitments will prevent them from playing more U.S. concerts this year. The group's 2011 trek will see the band hit cities they did not get a chance to perform in on this most recent run.

SCORPIONS is now on a brief break and will resume its "Get Your Sting And Blackout World Tour 2010" tour on September 4 in Mexico before heading back to Europe, with dates confirmed through November 27 in Germany.

The farewell tour by the iconic band — Klaus Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitar), James Kottak (drums) and Pawel Maciwoda (bass) — is in support of their latest album, "Sting In The Tail" (Universal Music Enterprises). It entered the U.S. chart at No. 23, marking the band's highest chart debut in over 20 years.

The SCORPIONS' tour — in celebration of 40-plus years in music— has been a massive success in a soft touring economy, with the group filling many of the arenas they performed at in the United States and Canada.

In a recent interview with Billboard's Ray Waddell, Meine said, "What can I say? It's a celebration… We feel we owe it to our fans and ourselves to keep this energy level. What we pull off every night on this tour, we want to keep it that way to the very last show. We don't want to see ourselves rocking like a hurricane when it's not a hurricane anymore."

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