German rockers Scorpions are set to drop their 11th album, "Rock Believer" on February 19th, 2022. The album's 1st single, "Peacemaker" will come to us on October 21st, 2021.
Meine comments: "The album was written and recorded in the Scorpions DNA with core [Rudolf] Schenker/[Klaus] Meine compositions," says singer Klaus Meine. "We recorded the album as a band live in one room, like we did in the '80s."
"Rock Believer" was recorded primarily at Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany with engineer Michael Ilbert, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations for his mix work with producer Max Martin on albums by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
Scorpions originally intended to record the new album in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelman, whose previous credits include Slipknot and Metallica. However, because of the pandemic, some of the initial work was done with Greg remotely, after which Scorpions opted to helm the recordings themselves with the help of their engineer Hans-Martin Buff.
Meine previously told Talking Metal that the goal with using Fidelman to produce "Rock Believer" was to bring "the old vibe from albums like 'Blackout', 'Love At First Sting' or even 'Lovedrive'. We try to focus on those albums and this attitude," he said. "If we get there, who knows — it's so many years later. But it's the spirit and it's the whole vibe around this album. This time, the focus is on the harder songs."
According to Meine, Scorpions' new LP features "no outside writers at all," unlike 2015's "Return To Forever", which was largely co-written by the album's producers, Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen.
Scorpions are set to start the 'Rock Believer' tour in Las Vegas, NV on March 26th, 2022 running through April 16th, 2022 as part of their residency at Zappo's Theater at Planet Hollywood Hotel. They will then kick-off their European tour with Mammoth WVH providing support starting in Lisbon, Portugal on May 10th, 2022 and winding up in Clermont-Ferrand, France on July 2nd, 2022.
Scorpions 2022 tour dates:
Mar. 26 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 30 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 01 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 03 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 07 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 09 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 12 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 14 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 16 - Zappos Theater - Las Vegas, NV
May 10 - Altice Arena - Lisbon, Portugal
May 13 - Zenith Toulouse Metropole - Toulouse, France
May 15 - Zenith De Lille - Lille, France
May 17 - Accorhotels Arena - Paris, France
May 21 - Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
May 23 - Arena Di Verona - Verona, Italy
May 26 - O2 Arena - Prague, Czech Republic
May 28 - Tauron Arena - Kraków, Poland
May 30 - Laszlo Papp Sports Arena - Budapest, Hungary
Jun. 03 - Rockfest - Helsinki, Finland
Jun. 08 - Schleyerhalle - Stuttgart, Germany*
Jun. 10 - Olympiahalle - Munich, Germany*
Jun. 12 - Festhalle - Frankfurt, Germany*
Jun. 16 - Mercedes-Benz Arena - Berlin, Germany*
Jun. 17 - Zag Arena - Hannover, Germany*
Jun. 19 - Westfalenhalle - Dortmund, Germany*
Jun. 23 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
Jun. 25 - Rock Imperium Festival - Cartagena, Spain
Jun. 28 - Palais Nikaia - Nice, France
Jun. 30 - Le Galaxie - Amneville, France
Jul. 02 - Zenith D'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand, France
*with MAMMOTH WVH
Scorpions Rock Zone fan community members have exclusive first access to tickets and VIP packages beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday 30 September 10:00a CEST at https://www.the-scorpionscommunity.com
Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday 1 October at 10a CEST.