According to Sweet Sounds Management, which represents former SCORPIONS drummer Herman Rarebell, Herman's new project HERMAN ZE GERMAN AND FRIENDS will perform at this year's Rocklahoma festival on Friday, July 10. The band will reportedly play one of the side stages after POISON's main-stage set and before DEF LEPPARD's performance. Other bands that are scheduled to appear at the third annual Rocklahoma — set to take place July 9-12, 2009 on the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma — include KEEL, KIX and GYPSY PISTOLEROS.
POISON singer Bret Michaels confirmed last month that POISON is in talks to tour with DEF LEPPARD later in the year. Speaking to CNN about his upcoming activities, Michaels said, "I've got a huge announcement, which actually just happened this morning. DEF LEPPARD and POISON are gonna go out on the road this summer. And the reason that's exciting for me [is] I know it will be the rock tour this summer. POISON and DEF LEPPARD, with all those big hits, being out there, we put out a great show, we've got a huge fanbase, but the one thing the fans get, we always keep the ticket prices down and deliver an absolutely awesome, kick-ass rock show. And I look forward to it, because I'm still a fan of music — I'm very passionate about the music I make — and when you can be out on the road with people you like — I've been able to go out with AEROSMITH, KISS, SKYNYRD — and to be out with DEF LEPPARD and POISON this summer, I think that it's gonna be the tour of the summer."
Michaels engaged in a war of words with DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott in June 2008 after the LEPPARD frontman criticized POISON's music — accusing them of lacking "substance" in their songs and relying too much on their 1980s image.
Elliott's comments led to a fued in the press between the two frontmen, with Michaels slamming the British group for allegedly lip-syncing during a performance on U.S. TV show "Dancing With The Stars".
HERMAN ZE GERMAN AND FRIENDS' current lineup is as follows:
Herman Rarebell (SCORPIONS) - Drums
Duke Jackson (STRIKEFORCE) - Guitar
Timexx Nasty (DRIVIN' RAIN, BEGGARS JURY) - Vocals
Joe Council (STRIKEFORCE, PUSH) – Bass
HERMAN ZE GERMAN AND FRIENDS' setlist will include the following SCORPIONS classics, among others:
* "Rock you like a Hurricane"
* "Another Piece of Meat"
* "He's a Woman, She's a Man"
* "Passion Rules The Game"
* "Make It Real"
* "Loving You Sunday Morning"