German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have announced the dates for the North American leg of their "Get Your Sting And Blackout" world tour in support of the new album. The legendary rockers will be celebrating 40-plus years in music on this final outing — set to kick off June 18 in Holmdel, NJ — that will take them around the globe through 2012, with special guests supporting along the way, including CINDERELLA who will help jump-start the tour, and heavy metal/hard rock band DOKKEN.
"The SCORPIONS is a live band," asserts vocalist Klaus Meine. "Totally, 200%, this band was always about live concerts. We always wanted to go on stage and play in front of our fans. From the very beginning, from the smallest clubs to the biggest arenas and stadiums around the world, the passion to be a live band has never changed."
And when asked why the band decided to retire after all these years together, guitarist Rudolf Schenker stated, "We want to celebrate [with] a big party around the world. We've had a really great career, coming out from Germany and showing people that rock can come out of Germany. I think we started as a gang built by friendship and musicality, and going and showing that the Germans can rock."
With over 30 North American shows planned, the two-month summer tour will take the band, known worldwide for their mega, arena hard rock and over 100 million records sold, to such cities as Baltimore, MD; Jones Beach, NY; Toronto and Milwaukee. As they make their way west, they'll stop in Albuquerque before hitting the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles July 29. (See dates below with more to be announced)
The SCORPIONS have partnered with I Love All Access to offer a variety of VIP ticket packages, some of which include the chance to meet band members at their shows. For more details, go to www.iloveallaccess.com.
SCORPIONS' "Get Your Sting And Blackout Tour" North American dates (more to be announced):
Jun. 18 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jun. 22 - Jones Beach, NY - Jones Beach Theater
Jun. 25 - Quebec City, QC - Pavillion de la Juenesse
Jun. 26 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Jun. 27 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Jul. 02 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - TBA via Ticketmaster
Jul. 24 - Oklahoma City, OK - Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul. 26 - Albuquerque, NM - The Pavilion
Jul. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
Jul. 31 - Ontario, CA - Citizen's Business Bank Arena
Aug. 06 - Roseburg, OR - Douglas County Fairgrounds
Aug. 07 - Ridgefield, WA - Amphitheatre at Clark County