German rockers SCORPIONS have announced five U.S. shows this summer with special guests QUEENSRŸCHE. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 31 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
Sep. 02 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
Sep. 07 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
Sep. 12 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Sep. 14 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
SCORPIONS and QUEENSRŸCHE previously played U.S. concerts together in 2016.
SCORPIONS are currently promoting “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, an essential anthology of the band’s new and classic recordings, which was released on November 24 via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
SCORPIONS’ previous release was 2015’s “Return To Forever”, partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the ’80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS’ longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.
QUEENSRŸCHE recently spent time in the studio with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris recording the follow-up to 2015’s “Condition Hüman” LP for a tentative summer release.
For the past year, drummer Scott Rockenfield has been taking time off from QUEENSRŸCHE’s touring activities to spend time with his young son, who was born last spring. Filling in for him is former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo.
It is not presently clear if Rockenfield laid down the drum tracks on the new QUEENSRŸCHE disc. However, the band has confirmed that Grillo did not play on the record, which will mark QUEENSRŸCHE’s third full-length release with singer Todd La Torre, following the departure of Geoff Tate in 2012.