Thursday, April 28, 2016

Scorpions hire Motorhead drummer for spring US tour

The Scorpions have hired Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee to fill-in for James Kottack on their upcoming spring US tour.

Kottak is currently on break while he seeks medical attention for undisclosed reasons, according to the band.

“We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority,” says singer Klaus Meine. “We wish James a speedy recovery and he will be back to rock with us very soon! We look forward to seeing all our fans next month.”

The 12-date run will begin with an appearance at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte on May 6 and include a 5-show residency, “Blacked Out In Vegas”, at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where they’ll be joined by special guests Queensryche.

Last week, Scorpions released an expanded tour edition of 2015’s “Return To Forever” in North America.

The package presents seven bonus tracks alongside the original record, plus two brand-new live DVDs presenting two complete concerts from last year.

The set includes the group’s open air gig at the French Hellfest Festival in June, and their show at the Barclays Center in New York featuring an impressive guest performance on “No One Like You” by twelve-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer.

2016 spring US tour

May 06 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion
May 09 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
May 10 - St. Louis, MO - The Fabulous Fox
May 13 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 14 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 21 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 24 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Arena
May 25 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
May 28 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
May 29 - San Antonio, TX - River City Rockfest

See also:

Scorpions reschedule German shows due to illness
Scorpions to release expanded tour edition of Return To Forever
VIDEO: Scorpions release vintage 1984 German TV performance
Scorpions announce Las Vegas residency
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